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The GRE revised General Test features new types of questions that more closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do — and the skills you need to succeed — in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. It is designed to provide a friendlier, more flexible test-taking experience. Get a look at the structure of the computer-based or paper-based GRE revised General Test. Here's a look at content covered in the three test sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:
  • analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent
  • select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
  • understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts
Featuring new types of questions, the Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to understand what you read and how you apply your reasoning skills.

Get a quick view of the Verbal Reasoning Question Types.

Take a closer look at the Verbal Reasoning section.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:
  • understand quantitative information
  • interpret and analyze quantitative information
  • solve problems using mathematical models
  • apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics
With increased emphasis on data interpretation and real-life scenarios, this section has new types of questions that require you to show your quantitative reasoning ability. To reduce the emphasis on computation, the computer-based test includes an on-screen calculator. And, if you are taking the paper-based test, a calculator will be provided at the test center.

Get a quick view of the Quantitative Reasoning Question Types.

Take a closer look at the Quantitative Reasoning section.

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:
  • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.

Get a quick view of the Analytical Writing Question Types.

Take a closer look at the Analytical Writing section.

Modified Versions of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Questions

The test you take may include questions that are modified versions of published questions or of questions you have already seen on the test. Some modifications are substantial; others are less apparent.

Even if a question appears to be similar to a question you have already seen, it may in fact be different and have a different answer. Pay careful attention to the wording of each question.
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.

Structure of the Computer-based Test

Measure

Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing

(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning

(Two sections)

Approximately 20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning

(Two sections)

Approximately 20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Unscored¹

Varies

Varies

Research²

Varies

Varies

The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.

Test Design Features

The GRE revised General Test design features advanced technology that allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:
  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • A "mark and review" feature to tag questions, so you can skip and return later
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section
  • New answer formats, including tasks such as numeric entry and highlighting a sentence in a passage to answer a question

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a compulsory English test conducted for every student from non-English speaking country looking for overseas education in English speaking countries like, USA, UK, etc. It is a test conducted for assessing the fundamental abilities in English and is accepted by over 6000 colleges and universities in 110 countries. This is over 3 times the number of any other English-language proficiency test. The test is administered in 180 countries at more than 1275 test sites. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then is deleted from the official database. The maximum score for Internet based TOEFL (Computer Based TOEFL) is 120.
Difference between Internet and Paper based Tests:
TOEFL IBT measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and takes approximately 4½ hours. It is given on computer 30-40 times a year at test centers throughout  the        world.

TOEFL PBT measures listening, structure (grammar), reading and writing and takes approximately 3½ hours. It is given using paper and pencil 6 times a year at test centers where TOEFL IBT is not available.
Structure of TOEFL IBT:

Section

Description

Testing Time

Questions

Score Scale

Reading

3-5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage.

60-100 minutes

36-70 questions

0-30

Listening

4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each
3-5 minutes long; 6 questions each. 2-3 conversations; each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each.

60-90 minutes

34-51 questions

0-30

Break

 

10 minutes

 

 

Speaking

2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic;
4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.

20 minutes

6 tasks

0-4 points converted to 0-30 score scale

Writing

1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.

50 minutes

2 tasks

0-5 points converted to 0-30 score scale

Total Score

 

 

 

0-120

For more information visit www.ets.org

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in United States and other countries.

Who is it for?
IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. More than 700,000 people a year take the test.

What is the IELTS test like?
You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.
The test has four sections:

  1. Listening - 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes
  2. Speaking - interview, 15 minutes
  3. Reading - different for Academic or General Training - 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
  4. Writing - different for Academic or General Training - 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes

Score
Out of 9 for each section and an overall score out of 9.

9

Expert User

8

Very Good User

7

Good User

6

Competent User

5

Modest User

4

Limited User

3

Extremely Limited User

2

Intermittent User

1

Non User

0

Did not attempt the test

Level
Multi-level. 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.

Where do I take the test?
IELTS tests are administered at accredited Test Centers throughout the world - there are currently more than 300 Centers, in over 120 countries..

What is the computer-based test?
At some centers you can take the computer-based version of IELTS. This is only available for academic modules at some centers only.

When can I take the test?
Arrange with your closest test centre. There are frequent dates, usually on Thursdays or Saturdays.

How much does it cost to take IELTS?
Fees are set by test centers. Expect to pay around £90 GBP or $140 USD. Depending on various English language requirements, individual universities, organizations and countries decide which IELTS band score is suitable for their applicants.

For more information visit http://www.ielts.org/

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a mandatory test for students who wish to gain admission to Bachelor's programs in US. The SAT is classified into two tests:

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly SAT I)
The SAT Subject Test (formerly SAT II)

Students planning to take admission to US Universities in the year 2006 will undertake the SAT tests with a new format.

The new SAT I will contain 3 sections: Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

The Writing section
The writing section will measure the test takers ability to organize and structure the essay, ability to express his/her opinion lucidly and language usage.

Time

Content

Item Types

Score

60 min

Grammar, usage, and word choice

Multiple choice questions (35 min) and student-written essay (25 min)

200-800


The Critical Reading Section (formerly known as 'Verbal' section)

The Critical Reading Section measures sentence completion and passage reading abilities of the test taker.

Time

Content

Item Types

Score

70 min (two 25 min sections and one 20 min section)

Critical reading and sentence-level reading

Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading

200-800

 

The Mathematics Section

The mathematics section measures the number sense, computational skills, and basic math skills of the test taker.

Time

Content

Item Types

Score

70 min (two 25 min sections and one 20 min section)

Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis

Five-choice multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses

200-800


Subject Tests

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.


General Information

Website

www.collegeboard.com

Type of test

Computer Based Test

Number of sections

3 (Writing, Critical Reading & Math)-for reasoning test

Test Duration:

3 hours 20 minutes

Test Fee

SAT Reasoning: $ 81.50
SAT Subject Language Tests with listening: $ 75
SAT Subject Tests (other): $ 65

No. of score reports

5 to the universities and one to the applicant

Additional Score Report Fee  

US $ 9 per report

Decent SAT score (Reasoning)

600+ for every section


For more information visit http://www.collegeboard.com/
College Board SAT Program
Princeton, NJ 08541,
USA

Graduate Management Admission Test or the GMAT is a mandatory test to be taken by students desirous of getting admission to any Management program in US. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) examination consists of three main section, the Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative section, and Verbal section.

Test Section

# of Questions

Timing

Analytical Writing Assessment

 

 

Analysis of an Issue
Analysis of an Argument

1 topic
1 topic

30 minutes
30 minutes

Optional Rest Break

 

5 minutes

Quantitative Section

37 Questions

75 minutes

Problem Solving
Data Sufficiency

 

 

Optional Rest Break

 

5 minutes

Verbal Section

41 Questions

75 minutes

Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction

 

 


Test Preparation

A good score in GMAT plays a key role in admission as well as in obtaining financial aid in the form of tuition waivers (partial/full). The higher the score, the brighter are one's chances with U.S universities. Maximizing the score thus becomes the key.


General Information

Website

www.mba.com

Type of test

Computer Based Test, for a maximum score of 800

Number of sections

3

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Test Fee

US $ 225

D.D favoring

Pearson VUE - GMAT, payable at Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes


Score Reporting

To institutions

3 weeks

No. of tests

Throughout the year

Number of free score reports

5 to the universities and one to the applicant

Additional Score Report Fee

US $ 28 per report

Validity of Test Scores

5 Years

Scores

200-800 (with 2/3rd students scoring between 400-600) 600 + is a decent score

Unofficial GMAT scores are available once the student completes his/her test. Official reports reach the students and the designated universities through mail in 2 weeks time.
For more information visit http://www.mba.com/

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