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Tests To Be Taken


The following tests are required for a student to secure an admission in to College/University abroad.

GRE (Graduate record Examination)

Taking the GRE, is a key step in applying for any masters level program in the USA (other than a business related program-MBA/Management).The GRE is also accepted / required by some universities in Canada.

Test scores are used by institutions to assess the capabilities that measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Writing skills of applicants. For more than 50 years, the GRE has been the most recognized assessment for graduate studies.

Most of the universities in the US require GRE scores from each applicant. The GRE tests the fundamental skills - Reasoning and Comprehension included - and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study.

The GRE is broken down into three primary components: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. For the verbal reasoning section, test takers have two 30-minute periods to answer two sets of 20 questions. Test-takers answer two sets of 20 quantitative reasoning questions, with 35 minutes to answer each set. The analytical writing section consists of two essays, for which test takers get 30 minutes to write each. The verbal and quantitative reasoning sections are graded on a 130- to 170-point scale in 1-point increments, and the analytical writing section is scored on a 0-6 scale in half-point increments.

The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

GRE Verbal Section Old v/s New Pattern
New GRE Pattern 2011 Current/Old GRE Pattern
Scores Range 130 —170 200 — 800
Types of Questions
  • Text completion Questions

  • Sentence Equivalence Questions

  • Reading Comprehension Questions.

  • NO Antonyms

  • NO Analogies
  • Analogies

  • Antonyms

  • Sentence Completions

  • Reading Comprehension
Score Increments 1 Point increments 10 point increments
Sections 2 Sections 1 section
Question per section Approximately 20 Exactly 30
Time Allocated 30 Minute Per section, total will be 60 Minutes 30 Minutes
GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section Old v/s New Pattern
New GRE Pattern 2011 Current/Old GRE Pattern
Scores Range 130 —170 200 — 800
Types of Questions
  • Multiple Choice questions
    - Select One answer Choice
    -Select One or more answer choices

  • Numeric Entry questions

  • Quantitative comparison Questions

  • Quantitative Comparison

  • Problem Solving

  • Data Interpretation

Score Increments 1 Point increments 10 point increments
Sections 2 Sections 1 section
Question per section Approximately 20 Exactly 28
Time Allocated 35 Minute Per section, total will be 70 Minutes 45 Minutes
GRE Analytical Writing Section Old v/s New Pattern
New GRE Pattern 2011 Current/Old GRE Pattern
Scores Range 0-6 0-6
Types of Questions 2 Questions 2 Questions
Score Increments 0.5 0.5
Sections One Sections No section Concept
Question 2 Questions or Tasks
- One Analyze and issue task
-One Analyze an Argument Task
2 Questions or Tasks
-One Issue task – Choose from two
-1 Argument task- No choice.
Time Allocated 30 Minutes per task
Total 60 minutes for two tasks or questions
45 minutes for Issue task
30 minutes for Argument task

Registration:

The GRE exam dates for computer-based test can be booked all year round and the candidate can ask for only one date in a month for the revised general GRE examination dates.

Test Fee:

The Revised GRE General test fee is $ 185.

GRE score reporting:

On test day, after completing the test and viewing your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores, you will be asked to designate which score recipients you want to receive your General Test scores. If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center. You will have the option to select the Score Select Most Recent option or Score Select All option for up to four institutions for free. You also can choose not to send any scores at that time.

Ordering Additional Score Reports:

Additional score reporting can be ordered for a fee of US $27 per score report. Candidates can order scores through online, phone, fax or mail.

Validity of the test:

Test for admission into US Graduate programs is valid for five years from the date of test.

TOEFL


Test of English as a Foreign Language is a Standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English. TOEFL is a mandatory test to be taken for admission to any course in the USA and Canada. Some universities in the UK and New Zealand also accept the TOEFL score.

TOEFL measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and universities. In India the test is available in computer based format.

A good score in TOEFL plays a key role in admission as well as in obtaining financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships. The higher the score, the brighter are one’s chances with most U.S and Canadian universities. Maximizing the score thus becomes the key.

The TOEFL test is divided into four sections. They are
• Reading
• Listening
• Speaking
• Writing

The New Test Format.
Serial number section Number of questions Time (in minutes) score
1 Reading section 3- 5 passages
• 12- 14 questions each
• 700 words per passage
60 - 100 30 points
2 Listening section 4-6 lectures
• 6 questions each
• 500 -800 words each (4-6 minutes)
2-3 conversations • 5 questions each
• 400-500 words (2-3 minutes)
60 - 90 30 points
3 BREAK 10 Minutes
4 Speaking 2 independent tasks
• 1 personal experience
• 1 preference 2 integrated tasks (Read- Listen – Speak)
• Reading (100 words)
• Conversation (200 words 1-2 minutes)
• Lecture (200-300 words 1-2 minutes) 2 integrated tasks (listen – speak)
• Conversation (200 words 1-2 minutes)
• Lecture (200-300 words 1-2 minutes)
20minutes 30 points
5 Writing 1 independent task (same as TWE)
1 Integrated task (Read – Listen – Write)
• Reading 250 -300 words
• Lecture 250 -300 words 2minutes.
50 minutes 30 points

The TOEFL test is offered in two testing formats: the TOEFL IBT test, administered via the Internet, and the TOEFL PBT test, administered in a paper-based format. The format you take depends on your test center location and is offered more than 50 times a year at authorized test centers around the world.

Validity of the test:

Valid for 2 years from the date of test.

Test Fee:

$165

Score reporting:

Score reporting services are available to institutions that accept TOEFL scores with a 4-digit institution code.

IELTS


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

IELTS test takers can choose between two versions of the test – Academic or General Training – depending on their academic or professional aims, or visa requirements. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking components but different Reading and Writing components. If you are planning to undertake non-academic training or apply for immigration to Australia or New Zealand it is recommended that you sit for the General Training Reading and Writing.

The test has four sections:

Serial No Name of the sub-test Total number of questions Time allocated for the section Band Worth
1 Listening 40 questions 30 minutes 9
2 Academic reading [ Or ] General Training Reading 40 questions 60 minutes 9
3 Academic writing [ Or ] General Training writing 2 Tasks 60 minutes 9
4 Speaking test Personal interview 11-14 minutes 9

IELTS Band Score Scale:


9 Expert User 4 Limited User
8 Very Good User 3 Extremely Limited User
7 Good User 1 Intermittent User
6 Competent User 2 Non User
5 Moderate User 0 Do Not Attempt the Test

You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.

Validity of the test:

Valid for 2 years from the date of test.

Test Fee:

INR 9300