Standardized admission tests (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE and others) were originally introduced in the United States in order to determine whether an applicant possessed the specific knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a particular program of study. Today many schools use these tests worldwide as an objective and convenient tool to assess the performance potential of their prospective students. They are rigourous and require careful study and preparation.

Standardized admission tests fall into three main categories:

  • Tests that measure English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC)
  • Tests required for undergraduate study (SAT, ACT)
  • Tests required for professional and graduate programs (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, and others)

SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) administered by College Board, New York is required for the admission into any bachelor’s degree program. Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That’s why more than two million students take the SAT every year.

SAT Includes:

  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • SAT Subject Tests

Each edition of the SAT Reasoning Test include a Critical Reading, Math and Writing section as follows:
The Critical Reading section includes:

  • Content: Critical reading and sentence-level reading
  • Item Types: Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading
  • Time:70 min. (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section)
  • Score: 200-800

Mathematics Section includes:

  • Content: Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis
  • Item Types: Five-choice multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses
  • Time: 70 min. (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section)
  • Score: 200-800

Writing Section includes:

  • Content: Grammar, usage, and word choice
  • Item Types: Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student- written essay (25 min.)
  • Time: 60 min.
  • Score: 200-800
  • Commencement of SAT 
    SAT is held 6 times in a year: May, June, October, November, December and January

SAT II

  • The SAT II tests individual subjects, ranging from literature to biology to U.S. history to Japanese.
  • The SAT II can be pretty challenging depending on your level of knowledge about a specific subject, so a good study tool is crucial.
  • The SAT II gives you a score of 200-800. You get a point for every right answer and zero points for every omitted answer. You lose 1/4 of a point for every question you answer incorrectly.
  • The SAT II takes one hour for each subject test.
  • The SAT II is given six times a year, usually in October, November, December, January, May and June. The SAT I and SAT II are held on the same day at the same time, so you can’t take both exams on the same administration date.

GRE

The GRE is now only available as a computer-adaptive test. Instead of having a pre-determined mixture of easy, medium, and hard questions, the computer will select questions for you based on how well you are doing.

Correct answers to harder questions leads to large score as compared to easier questions. This means to get large score more difficult questions have to be answered.

Your GRE scores are valid for 5 years. You may appear again in GRE after one month. The test is scored on a maximum of 340 marks. The test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school he/she desires.

Total testing time is up to three hours, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section.
The Analytical Writing section is always first. For the Issue task, two topics will be presented and you will choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented.
The Verbal and Quantitative sections may appear in any order, including an unidentified unscored section. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.

Section

Number of Questions

Time

Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task* 30 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task* 30 minutes
Verbal 30 30 minutes
Quantitative 28 45 minutes
Unscored** Varies Varies
Research*** Varies Varies

What is the scoring scale for the GRE?

  • The AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5 point increments
  • The Quantitative Reasoning section grades are from 130-170 in 1 point increments
  • The Verbal Reasoning section grades are from 130-170 in 1 point increments
  • Total scores are from 260-340 in 1 point increments; AWA scores are separate

GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Computer-Adaptive standardized test in mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools commonly use the test as one of many selection criteria for admission into graduate business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.) principally in the United States, but also in other English-speaking countries. It is delivered via computer at various locations around the world.

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (or TOEFL, pronounced “toe-full”) evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English in an academic setting. It sometimes is an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities.

Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then will no longer be officially reported since a candidate’s language proficiency could have significantly changed since the date of the test. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.

The TOEFL is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and is conducted at many locations in India, as an internet based test.

The TOEFL is scored on a scale of 0 – 120 and consists of 4 sections:

Reading: Passage reading followed by 36- 70 questions and the duration of the test is 60-100 minutes.
Listening: to conversations and lectures and answering the 34-51 questions that follow in duration of 60-90 minutes.
Speaking: comprises of 2 tasks to express an opinion on a topic and 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to, in a total of 20 minutes.
Writing: one task to write on what is read and listened to, and one task to support an opinion on a topic, in a total of 50 minutes.

IELTS

ELTS, or ‘International English Language Testing System’, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd, and was established in 1989.

There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version:

  • The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
  • The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.

It is generally acknowledged that the reading and writing tests for the Academic Version are more difficult than those for the General Training Version, due to the differences in the level of intellectual and academic rigor between the two versions.

Most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 2,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organizations accept IELTS. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and Canada.

IELTS scores are awarded in terms of band scores ranging from 0-9. Test takers must try to get at least 7.0 bands so that it may serve their purpose.

There are two broad categories of IELTS test:

Academic module and General module. Each module consists of four sections/modules:
Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking

Exam

Purpose

Format

Duration

Maximum

Score

SAT
Scholastic
Aptitude Test
Required for
undergraduate studies
by US universities.
1. Critical Reading
2. Quant
3. Writing
70 mins
70 mins
60 mins
200 – 800
200 – 800
0-6
SAT II
Scholastic
Aptitude Test
Required for
undergraduate studies
by top US universities.
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Maths
(Any One)
60 mins 200 – 800
GRE Graduate Record
Examination
Required for pursuing Masters programmes in specialized fields in foreign universities. 1. AWA
2. Verbal
3. Quant
45 mins
30 mins
45 mins
0-6
130-170130-170
GMAT Selection criteria for admission into graduate business administration programs overseas. 1.Analytical Writing Assessment
2. Quant
3. Verbal
60 mins
75 mins
75 mins
0 – 6
200 – 800
200 – 800
TOEFL
Test of English as
a Foreign Language
Mandatory for almost all Indian students going abroad in order to validate their proficiency in English. 1. Reading
2. Listening
3. Speaking
4. Writing
60 – 100 mins
60 – 90 mins
20 mins
50 mins
0 – 30
0 – 30
0 – 30
0 – 30
IELTS
International English
Language Testing System
For all those who want to enroll in foreign universities verifying their written and spoken English. 1. Listening
2. Reading
3. Writing
4. Speaking
30 mins
60 mins
60 mins
15 mins
0 –9 band
0 –9 band
0 –9 band
0 –9 band

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