The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of individuals who want to study or work in countries where English is used as a language of communication.

IELTS exam is conducted worldwide by British Council, UK and IDP, Australia. This test is available in two formats academic and general.

Academic IELTS -If applying for higher education or professional registration in English speaking countries.

General IELTS – If migrating to Australia, Canada or the UK.

One can appear for IELTS test as many times as required. It is conducted 4 -5 times every month. The test score is valid for 2 years.

Exam Pattern

i) Reading Section3 Sections, Time Allotted – 20 mins. for each section
ii) Listening Section4 Section, Time Allotted – 30 mins.
iii) Speaking SectionTime Allotted – 11 to 15 mins
iv) Writing Section2 Sections, Time Allotted – 20 mins for 1section and 40 mins for other section
Total Time2 hours, 45 minutes
Nature of ExamPaper Based Test (PBT)
Total ScoresIELTS is out of 9.0 bands.

Other Details

Websitehttp://www.ieltsidpindia.com/ 
https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/india
RegistrationOnline
Test FeesINR 12,100
Score Validity2 Years
Score ReportingApplicants can report their IELTS score to maximum of 5 universities as per the STED RO list free of cost after receiving the IELTS result.
Additional Test Score Reporting FeesINR 250 per Institution via post INR 1250 via courier.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a test for English aptitude at any level for foreign universities. Administered by non-profit organization ETS (Educational Testing Service), TOEFL measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. iBT stands for Internet Based Test which is the most common form of TOEFL conducted worldwide.

Students who want to apply for higher education overseas, scholarship and certification candidates, students and workers applying for visa can take TOEFL test any number of times not more than once in a 12-day period.

Exam Pattern

i) Reading Section36 – 70 questions, Time Allotted – 60 to 100 mins.
ii) Listening Section34 – 51 questions, Time Allotted – 60 to 90 mins.
iii) Speaking Section6 Tasks, Time Allotted – 20 mins.
iv) Writing Section2 Tasks, Time Allotted – 50 mins.
Total Time4 hours
Nature of ExamInternet Based Test (iBT)
Total ScoresTOEFL iBT is out of 120

Other Details

Websitehttp://www.ets.org/toefl
RegistrationOnline
Test FeesUS $180
Score Validity2 Years
Frequency of TestThroughout the year (On weekends)
Score ReportingThere is a provision of reporting your TOEFL test scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the TOEFL test fee you pay.
Additional Test Score Reporting FeesUS $20

 

Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an English language test for non-native English speakers who want to study abroad. It examines reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities. PTE is an approved test by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland.

There are two types of PTE –

PTE Academic is a computer-based English language test aimed at non-native English speakers who want to study abroad.

PTE General used to assess the English language proficiency and consists of a written paper and an interview.

Students can appear for PTE academic any number of times. However, they must receive the score of their previous test before applying for the next one.

PTE Exam Structure

Exam Pattern
i) Speaking and Writing Section77 – 93 minutes
ii) Reading Section32 – 41 minutes
iii) Listening Section45 – 57 minutes
Total Time3 hours
Nature of ExamComputer Based Test
Total ScoresPTE score is out of 90 points

Other Details

Websitehttp://pearsonpte.com
RegistrationOnline
Test FeesINR 12100
Score Validity5 Years
Score ReportingYou can send your PTE Academic scores to as many institutions as you choose – there are no additional fees for extra score reports.
Frequency of TestAll round the year

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is the most commonly required admission test for graduate and business schools in the US. GRE is administered by a non-profit organization ETS (Educational Testing Service). It is used to assess an individual’s critical thinking, analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning abilities.

Prospective graduate or business school applicants can take GRE once in every 21 days for up to five times within any continuous 12-month period.

Exam Pattern

i) Verbal ReasoningTwo Sections – 20 questions in each section,
Time Allotted – 30 mins per section
ii) Quantitative ReasoningTwo Sections – 20 questions in each section,
Time Allotted – 35 mins per section.
iii) Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)Two Essays – Issue & Argument,
Time Allotted – 30mins each.
Total Time3 hours, 45 minutes
Nature of ExamComputer Based Adaptive Test
Total ScoresGRE score is out of 340.

Other Details

Websitehttp://www.ets.org/gre
RegistrationOnline
Test FeesUS $205
Score Validity5 Years
Score ReportingThere is a provision of reporting your GRE test scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the GRE test fee you pay
Additional Test Score Reporting FeesUS $27

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an entrance test for admissions to quality business programs offered by eminent business schools worldwide. Administered by Graduate Management Admission Council, GMAT is a computer adaptive test that broadly assesses your analytical, writing, verbal, quantitative and reading skills.

Prospective students who want to apply to management programs like MBA can appear for GMAT for up to 5 times in any 12-month period. However, they cannot apply more than once in any 16-day period.

Exam Pattern

i) Analytical Writing Assessment1 Argument essay, Time Allotted – 30 mins.
ii) Integrated Reasoning12 questions, Time Allotted – 30 mins.
iii) Quantitative Section37 questions, Time allotted – 75 mins
iv) Verbal Section41 questions, Time allotted – 75 mins.
Nature of ExamComputer Based Test (CBT)
Total Time3 hours, 30 minutes
Total ScoresGMAT score is out of 800.

Other Details

Websitehttp://www.mba.com
RegistrationOnline
Test Fees:US $250
Score Validity5 Years
Score ReportingThere is a provision of reporting your GMAT test scores to a maximum of five universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the GMAT test fee you pay.
Additional Test Score Reporting FeesUS $28

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is one of the standardized college admissions tests in the USA (The other is ACT). It is taken by students seeking admission at undergraduate level in the USA. The SAT test evaluates the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.

There are two types of SAT

  1. i) SAT General Test
  2. ii) SAT Subject Test – It is designed to measure a secondary school student’s proficiency in a particular subject.

Exam Pattern

i) Evidence-Based Reading and WritingTotal Marks – 800
Reading Test – 52 standard multiple-choice questions
Time Allotted – 65 minutes
Writing & Language Test – 44 standard multiple – choice
Time Allotted – 35 minutes
ii) MathematicsTotal Marks – 800
No Calculator – 25 questions
Time Allotted – 25 minutes
Calculator – 38 questions
Time Allotted – 55 minutes
iii) Essay (Optional and Separate)Score – 2 to 8 scale
1 evidence based essay
Time Allotted – 50 minutes
Total TimeSAT without Essay – 3 hours
SAT with Essay – 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Nature of ExamPaper Based Test (PBT)
Total ScoresSAT score is out of 1600

 

Other Details

Websitewww.collegeboard.org
RegistrationOnline/Draft
Test FeesSAT with Essay $106
SAT without Essay $94
Frequency of TestSAT General Test – October, December, March, and May.
SAT Subject Test – October, November, December, May, and June.
Score Validity5 Years
Score ReportingThere is a provision of reporting your SAT test scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice until 9 days after the test, the cost of which is built into the SAT test fee you pay.
Additional Test Score Reporting FeesUS $12
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