International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the mandatory tests required to be taken for admission into universities in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA
It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations), British Council, IDP Education Australia.
The IELTS examination contains 4 sections
Candidates receive scores on a band scale from 1 to 9 score is reported for each module of the test. The individual module scores are than averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score. A band score pf 6-7.5 is necessary for admission into university or immigration
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Graduate record Examination (GRE) is a mandatory test to be taken by students desirous of getting admission to any masters level program in the USA (other than a business related program-MBA/Management). The GRE is accepted/required by some universities in Canada also.
The GRE tests the student's verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. These can be either computer based tests or paper based tests.
The Graduate Record Examination is of two types-
The General GRE and
The Subject GRE.
The General Test measures analytical writing, verbal, and quantitative skills of the student.
The analytical writing section tests the student's your critical thinking ability and analytical writing skills.
The verbal section measures the student's ability to analyze the written material provided and evaluate it and synthesize information obtained from it.
Three scores will be reported on the new General Test:
• a verbal score reported on a 130-170 score scale,
• a quantitative score reported on a 130-170 score scale, and
• an analytical writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, with half-point increments.
The GRE Subject Tests are designed to help graduate school admission committees and fellowship sponsors assess the qualifications of applicants in specific fields of study. The Subject Tests are offered in November, December and April. The test Fee is $150. These Advanced Subject tests are offered as paper-based tests and are given in eight areas: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science; literature in English; mathematics; physics; and psychology.
In India we have only the Computer Based Gre Test. The test is scored out of 1600 and 6 points for AWA section.
Who administers TOEFL and GRE?
Both the Tests are developed and administered by the US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS) under the direction of the Graduate Record Examination Board, a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. In India, the agency which represents ETS is the "Sylvan Testing Services Pvt Ltd" which administers the test at 9 centres in the country: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivendrum.
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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a mandatory test to be taken by students desirous of getting admission to any Management / MBA program in the USA. The GMAT is also accepted/ required by some universities in UK, Canada, Australian and New Zealand Universities.
GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) that consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative section, and Verbal section.
The GMAT CAT is out of a total of 800 points and the student will have 75 minutes for 37 quantitative questions, 75 minutes for 41 verbal questions, and 30 minutes for each of the two analytical writing topics. Data sufficiency and problem solving questions will be mingled within the quantitative section, sentence completion, reading comprehension, and critical reasoning questions will be mingled within the verbal section. Test fee is $225 and valid 5 years.
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The Scholastic Apptitute Test (SAT) is a mandatory test for students seeking admission into undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's degree. SAT measures your verbal and math skills. The test consists of Verbal and Quantitative sections and has a maximum score of 1,600.
The SAT is classified into two:
The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly SAT I)
SAT-I consists of the following sections:
VERBAL SECTION consists of:
· Sentence completion
· Critical Reading
MATH SECTION consists of:
· Regular Math
· Quantitative comparison
· Student Produced response (Grid Ins)
The SAT Subject Test (formerly SAT II)
Subject Tests will measure the test takers knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.
Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. There are 18 subjects in all.
Test score is valid for 2 years