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Standardized Test

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GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 5,900 programs offered by more than 2,100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs. The GMAT exam is administered in standardized test centers in 112 countries around the world.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain grammar and knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. The GMAT does not measure business knowledge or skill, nor does it measure intelligence. According to the test owning company, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. It can be taken up to five times a year. Each attempt must be at least 16 days apart.

The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. Total testing time is three and a half hours, but test takers should plan for a total time of approximately four hours, with breaks. Test takers have 30 minutes for the analytical writing assessment and another 30 minutes to work through 12 questions, which often have multiple parts, on the integrated reasoning section and are given 75 minutes to work through 37 questions in the quantitative section and another 75 minutes to get through 41 questions in the verbal section.

Scores

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800;

Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60

AWA ranges from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

https://www.ets.org/gre

About the GRE ® test GRE® test stands for GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS®. There are two types of GRE® tests: (1) GRE® General test, and (2) GRE® Subject test

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States.The GRE is owned and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) who created it in 1949. According to ETS, the GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers.

In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor

The GRE was significantly overhauled in August 2011, resulting in an exam that is not adaptive on a question-by-question basis, but rather by section, so that the performance on the first verbal and math sections determine the difficulty of the second sections presented. Overall, the test retained the sections and many of the question types from its predecessor, but the scoring scale was changed to a 130 to 170 scale (from a 200 to 800 scale).

The cost to take the test is US$205, although ETS will reduce the fee under certain circumstances.They also promote financial aid to those GRE applicants who prove economic hardship. ETS does not release scores that are older than 5 years, although graduate program policies on the acceptance of scores older than 5 years will vary. https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/computer

The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.

Verbal Reasoning - Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Quantitative Reasoning - Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Scores

Verbal Reasoning: 130 - 170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning: 130 - 170, in 1point increments

Analytical Writing: 0 – 6, in half point increments

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration

IELTS results are recognised by more than 9,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 135 countries around the world.

IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic - for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills.

IELTS is a test of all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between. Depending on your test centre, your Speaking test may be on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that. The total test time is under three hours.

If you are applying for a visa to stay in the UK, IELTS is on the UK Home Office's list of approved secure English Language Tests.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Scores

Listening : 40 Questions : 40 Minutes : Score of: [0 - 9]

Reading: 40 Questions : 60 Minutes : Score of: [0 - 9]

Writing: 2 Questions : 60 Minutes : Score of: [0 - 9]

Speaking: 3 Task : 15 Minutes : Score of: [0 - 9]

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The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an English Language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. PTE Academic is accepted by universities in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, amongst others.

It was created by Pearson Language Tests part of the Pearson PLC group and endorsed by GMAC ® (Graduate Management Admission Council), owners of GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test).

It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. Throughout the test, students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language encountered at higher education institutions in English speaking countries.

To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test center. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.

TestModules

Speaking and Writing - These modules assess all communications skills of a test taker.

Module includes:
  • Reading a Text Aloud
  • Repeating a sentence
  • Describing an Image
  • Re-telling a Lecture
  • Answering short questions
  • Summarizing a text
  • Writing an essay

Reading - This module assesses reading skills of the test taker.

Module includes:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Re-ordering Paragraphs
  • Filling Blanks in a text

Listening - This module assesses listening of the test taker.

Module includes:
  • Summarizing spoken text
  • Multiple Choice Questions based on recording
  • Fill blanks in a transcript based on recording
  • Writing a dictation.
Scores

The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.

The overall score reflects your overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.

Scores for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are based on all test items that assess these skills, either as a single skill or together with other skills. The range for each communicative skill score is 10-90 points.

Scores for enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) are based on all test items assessing one or more of these skills. The range for each enabling skill score is 10-90 points.

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The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admission in the United States.

Introduced in 1926, Its Name and scoring have changed several times originally called the Scholostic Aptitude Test, It was later Called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT

Owners of SAT:

The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, not-for-profit Corporation in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess students readiness for college.

Purpose of SAT:

SAT scores/grades are mostly used by Universities and Colleges in US offering Undergraduate programs.

On March 5, 2014, the College Board announced that a redesigned version of the SAT would be administered for the first time in 2016.The current SAT, introduced in 2016, takes three hours to finish, plus 50 minutes for the SAT with essay. Scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: mathematics, and critical reading and writing. Taking the SAT, or its competitor, the ACT is required for freshman entry to most of the universities in the United States

TYPE OF TEST:

It is a Paper and Pencil based standardized test.

Fees for SAT:

As of 2017 costs US$45 (US$57 with the optional essay), excluding late fees, with additional processing fees if the SAT is taken outside the United States. (For Indian students it is $49 additional processing fees for SAT outside of US)

Link for fees details: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international/fees (courtesy: collegeboard.com)

Redesign SAT:

SAT has been redesigned for the first time in eleven years. The SAT test was redesigned in March 2016, while the PSAT launched in October, 2015. The test has been redesigned to more accurately assess student preparedness for the demands of collegiate academics. Old SAT was administered for the last time in January 2016, with some good news to students with no negative marking for wrong answers as Old SAT had few chinks in the armor for students especially getting negative marks ¼ for wrong answers.

REGISTRATION LINK FOR

SAT: https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login?idp=ECL&appId=115&DURL=https%3A//nsat.collegeboard.org/satweb/login.jsp (courtesy: collegeboard.com)

Score Structure

Total score: 400-1600

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section: 200-800

Math Section: 200-800

SAT Essay: Three scores ranging from 2-8

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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 TOEFL iBT® test, delivered via the internet, measures a test taker's ability to combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, making it the most comprehensive English-language proficiency test. With unmatched scoring procedures and security measures, the TOEFL ® test is the industry standard in English-language assessment.

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 (Internet Based TOEFL) is 120.

Test Modules

TOEFL test consists of four distinct modules, each determining the essential language proficiency that is used in the atmosphere of the academic.

Reading

This module determines the proficiency of understanding intellectual reading issues. The Reading module consists of 3-5 comprehensive passages (long passages and questions asked about them). They are chosen from the academic topics, which are found in undergraduate university textbooks.

Listening

This module determines the proficiency of understanding the English since it is used in the colleges and universities. Listening module consists of 6 comprehensive passages, two passages will be the conversations of the students and the other four will be academic lectures or discussions. Students have to understand the conversations and answer for the passage questions.

Speaking

This module determines the proficiency of speaking in English. Speaking module consists of 6 tasks, two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. In the independent tasks, students have to answer opinion questions concerning to the academic life. In two of the integrated tasks, students have to read a passage, listen to a passage and speak about how the ideas in the two passages are related. In the other two integrated tasks, students have to listen to long passages, review them and speak about the information in the passages.

Writing

This module determines the proficiency of writing that is pertinent for colleges and universities assignments. This module consists of two tasks, one independent task where students have to read an academic passage, listen to an academic passage and write their reviews about the two passages. Another is the integrated task where students have to write an own essay

Scores

Reading Section (Score of: 0-30)

Listening Section (Score of: 0-30)

Speaking Section (Score of: 0-30)

Writing Section (Score of: 0-30)

Total Score (0-120)