IELTS

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

 

International English Language Testing Systemis a test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is accepted by most Australian,, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States. No minimum score is required to pass the test. 

 Listening

The module comprises og 4 sections..  It takes 40 minutes: 30 - for testing, plus 10 for transferring the answers to an answer sheet. Each section, which can be either a monologue or dialogue, begins with a short introduction telling the candidates about the situation and the speakers. Then they have some time to look through the questions. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing candidates to look at the remaining questions. Each section is heard only once. At the end of this section students are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.  

Reading

There are three reading texts with a variety of question types. Texts come from books, journals, magazines, newspapers and online resources, written for a non-specialist audience. All the topics are of general interest to students at undergraduate or postgraduate level...

Writing

There are two Writing tasks and BOTH must be completed. In Task 1, you have to describe some visual information in your own words (a graph, table, chart or diagram). In Task 2, you are given a point of view, argument or problem which you need to discuss...

 Speaking

The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and an examiner. The Speaking test is recorded...

 

Duration

The total test durations is around 2 hours and 55 minutes for Listening, Reading and Writing modules.

  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Reading: 60 minutes.
  • Writing: 60 minutes.
  • Speaking: 11–15 minutes.

The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing (always in that order) - are completed in one day, and in fact are taken with no break in between. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.

The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.

ACT

ACT

The ACT originally consisted of four tests: English, mathematics, reading, science, writing (optional). The Purpose is Undergraduate admissions (mostly in US and Canadian universities or colleges. Composite score: 1 to 36, Subscore (for each of the 4 subject areas): 1 to 18. (All in 1-point increments).  The Course offered  in US and Canada: 6 times a year. Other countries: 5 times a year.

English

The first section is the 45-minute English test covering usage/mechanics and theoretical skill. The questions focus on usage and mechanics – issues such as commas, apostrophes, (misplaced/dangling) modifiers, the colons, and fragments and run-ons – as well as on rhetorical skills.

Mathematics

The Mathematics section is the 60-minute, 60 covering pre-algebra, 10 elementary algebra, 9 intermediate algebra, 14 plane geometry, 9 coordinate geometry and 4 elementary trigonometry questions.

Reading

The reading section consists of four ten-question passages, from the realm of prose, humanities, social science, and natural science. The student gets 35 minutes to take this test.

Writing

The optional writing section, which is always administered at the end of the test, is 30 minutes long. All essays must be in response to a given prompt. The prompts are about a social issue applicable to high school students. The essay can affect the score of the English section only. If a student were to score a 10 out of 12 on the writing, and the student scored an English composite score of 25 then the score would be affected, but would most likely stay the same  

ACT

The ACT originally consisted of four tests: English, mathematics, reading, science, writing (optional). The Purpose is Undergraduate admissions (mostly in US and Canadian universities or colleges. Composite score: 1 to 36, Subscore (for each of the 4 subject areas): 1 to 18. (All in 1-point increments).  The Course offered  in US and Canada: 6 times a year. Other countries: 5 times a year.

English

The first section is the 45-minute English test covering usage/mechanics and theoretical skill. The questions focus on usage and mechanics – issues such as commas, apostrophes, (misplaced/dangling) modifiers, the colons, and fragments and run-ons – as well as on rhetorical skills.

Mathematics

The Mathematics section is the 60-minute, 60 covering pre-algebra, 10 elementary algebra, 9 intermediate algebra, 14 plane geometry, 9 coordinate geometry and 4 elementary trigonometry questions.

Reading

The reading section consists of four ten-question passages, from the realm of prose, humanities, social science, and natural science. The student gets 35 minutes to take this test.

Writing

The optional writing section, which is always administered at the end of the test, is 30 minutes long. All essays must be in response to a given prompt. The prompts are about a social issue applicable to high school students. The essay can affect the score of the English section only. If a student were to score a 10 out of 12 on the writing, and the student scored an English composite score of 25 then the score would be affected, but would most likely stay the same  

 

GMAT

GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

 

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test  which seeks to assess a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as an MBA. The cost to take the test is US$ 250. The purpose of GMAT is Admissions in graduate management programs of business schools. The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together. A minimum score of 600/800 is awarded on attempting the exam.

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) measures your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. During the AWA, you are asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument.

The Integrated Reasoning section

The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills you need to succeed in our technologically advanced, data-driven world.

The Quantitative section

The Quantitative section measures your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The mathematics needed to understand and solve the questions in this section of the GMAT exam are no greater than what is generally taught in secondary school classes.

The Verbal section

The GMAT exam showcases all of your skills – not just math. The Verbal section measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.

 

GRE

GRE - Graduate Record Examinations

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The cost to take the test is US$ 195. A minimum score of 260/340 is awarded on attempting the exam.

Verbal Reasoning

  • Measures your ability to understand text (such as the ability to understand the meanings of sentences, to summarize a text, or to distinguish major points from irrelevant points in a passage)
  • the ability to interpret discourse (such as the ability to draw conclusions, to infer missing information or to identify assumptions)
  • The verbal test is scored on a scale of 130-170.
  • each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

  • reading and understanding quantitative information
  • interpreting and analyzing quantitative information, including drawing inferences from data
  • using mathematical methods to solve quantitative problems
  • The quantitative test is scored on a scale of 130–170.
  • each quantitative section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes
  •  Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

Analytical Writing

  • The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task".
  •  The writing section is graded on a scale of 0–6.
  • Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

SAT

SAT

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.

 SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The SAT test takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish, and as of 2010 costs US$51 (US$91 International), excluding late fees. The purpose of SAT is Admissions to undergraduate programs of universities or colleges.

Structure

 SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections

Critical Reading

The Critical Reading section of the SAT is made up of three scored sections: two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, with varying types of questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages.

Mathematics

The Mathematics section of the SAT is widely known as the Quantitative Section or Calculation Section. The mathematics section consists of three scored sections. There are two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, as follows:

  • One of the 25-minute sections is entirely multiple choice, with 20 questions.
  • The other 25-minute section contains 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. For grid-in questions, test-takers write the answer inside a grid on the answer sheet. Unlike multiple choice questions, there is no penalty for incorrect answers on grid-in questions because the test-taker is not limited to a few possible choices.
  •  The 20-minute section is all multiple choice, with 16 questions. Scientific, and graphing calculators are permitted on the SAT math section; however, calculators are not permitted on either of the other sections.

Writing

 The writing portion of the SAT, based on but not directly comparable to the old SAT II subject test in writing (which in turn was developed from the old Test of Standard Written English (TSWE)), includes multiple choice questions and a brief essay. The essay subscore contributes about 28% to the total writing score, with the multiple choice questions contributing 70%. This section was implemented in March 2005 following complaints from colleges about the lack of uniform examples of a student's writing ability and critical thinking.

TOEFL

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

Test of English as a Foreign Language is a  test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. TOEFL fesr format has two type, the computer-based tests (CBT) and paper-based tests (PBT), although paper-based testing is still used in select areas. The TOEFL iBT test has been accepted by United States, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy. Test Fees for iBT US$ 160- US$250 depending on the country, for PBT, US$160.

Internet-based test

Reading

The Reading section consists of questions on 4–6 passages, each approximately 700 words in length. Students answer questions about main ideas, details, inferences, essential information, sentence insertion, vocabulary, rhetorical purpose and overall ideas. New types of questions in the TOEFL iBT test require filling out tables or completing summaries. Prior knowledge of the subject under discussion is not necessary to come to the correct answer.

Listening

The Listening section consists of questions on six passages, each 3–5 minutes in length. These passages include two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. The conversations involve a student and either a professor or a campus service provider. 

Speaking

The Speaking section consists of six tasks: two independent and four integrated. In the two independent tasks, test-takers answer opinion questions on familiar topics. They are evaluated on their ability to speak spontaneously and convey their ideas clearly

Writing

The Writing section measures a test taker's ability to write in an academic setting and consists of two tasks: one integrated and one independent. In the integrated task, test-takers read a passage on an academic topic and then listen to a speaker discuss it

Paper-based Test

The TOEFL  paper-based Test (PBT) is available in limited areas. Scores are valid for two years after the test date, and test takers can have their scores sent to institutions or agencies during that time.

  1. Listening (30 – 40 minutes)

The Listening section consists of 3 parts. The first one contains 30 questions about short conversations. The second part has 8 questions about longer conversations. The last part asks 12 questions about lectures or talks.

  1. Structure and Written Expression (25 minutes)

The Structure and Written Expression section has 15 exercises of completing sentences correctly and 25 exercises of identifying errors.

  1. Reading Comprehension (55 minutes)

The Reading Comprehension sections has 50 questions about reading passages.

  1. Writing (30 minutes)

The TOEFL PBT administrations include a writing test called the Test of Written English (TWE). This is one essay question with 250–300 words in average.

 

 

 

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