Overview of ENTRANCE EXAMS TO GET IN OTHER COUNTRIES
The standard exams one gives to get into B-schools across the globe are: GMAT (A Management aptitude test), GRE, TOEFL, IELTS (the English language exams). B-schools may also have their own private examination in order to determine entrance of the most suitable students into their programme and this depends on the B-school or university’s admission requirements. These exams are tailored to check the success rate potential and aptitude of the test taker. Language profiency exams are made a requirement in some countries because Let’s however examine the following common standard exams that are accepted universally across the globe:
Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
This test is conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and is a standard computer based test held to test analytical skills, problem solving skills, data sufficiency, logical thinking and critical reasoning. It is used all over the world for admission into management programmes in B-schools. The GMAT exam is held in test centres in 112 countries all over the world.
The test is of 3.5 hours duration consisting of four sections: An analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning and two sections to test quantative and verbal abilities respectively.
Scores that a taker of the GMAT exam can have are in the range of 200 and 800. These scores are valid for 5 years from the time of release. After previewing one’s unofficial GMAT score, a GMAT test taker may also decide to cancel one’s score if desired.
GMAT is offered multiple times a year and applicants are required to pay an entrance fee of $250. As such there are no pre requisites required – it is intended for Bachelor degree holders and for final year under graduates. These scores are used by more than 2,100 universities and B-schools in USA and all over the world.
To register for this exam, applicants may register themselves on the website mba.com or calling one of the test centres.
This test is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is aimed to measure skills such as verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills. GRE is standard computer based exam held at around 700 test centres in more than 160 countries all over the globe.
The test is of 3 hours and 45 minutes in duration consisting of around 5 sections for the computer based exam and 6 sections for the offline exam. Scores range between 130-170 (130 being the lowest possible score and 170 being the highest) and they are valid for five years.
Candidates are required to pay an exam fee amount of $195 every time they take the exam. The computer based exam is offered multiple times a year depending upon the test centre and the paper based exams are offered 3 times a year.
There are no prerequisites required for this exam and fluency of the English language is assumed from all candidates. Scores are used by most graduate schools in the USA and some schools elsewhere. These exams are primarily taken by holders of Bachelor degrees or undergraduates in their final year of the respective course. To register for the exam, students may visit the website www.ets.org/gre else call their local test centres for more information.
This test is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is aimed at testing the English language proficiency of the test taker for academic and other miscellaneous purposes. Typically the test can be taken over the internet else on paper and are held in 4500 test centres in over 165 countries.
The test consists of four sections to be taken in roughly four hours duration – Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The internet based test has a score range of 0 to 120 whereas the paper based test has scores in the range of 310 to 677. These scores are valid for two years from the date of release. The internet based test maybe taken more than 50 times a year but abiding by the rule that candidates CANNOT retake the test more than once in a 12 day period.
Test takers will have to pay an amount between $160 and $250 depending upon the location of the test centre for internet based test. Paper based tests require that the test takers pay an amount of $160 as test fee.
These test scores are used by over 9000 universities and grad schools all around the globe in over 130 countries. In order to register for the test, applicants may register visit the website: www.ets.org/toefl or contact your local test centre for more information.
IELTS is a standard international test aimed for testing the English language proficiency of the test taker for academic and other purposes. It is jointly conducted by the British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge English Language Assessment. This test provides two modules – Academic Module and the General Training Module and a separate test called IELTS life skills.
1. IELTS Academic is taken by those for the purpose of admission into institutes of higher education and other academic purposes.
2. IELTS General Training is taken by those who are aiming to apply jobs or programmes that will enhance their working skills and add on to their work experience.
3. IELTS Life Skills exam is taken by those who need to prove their English skills for visa or immigration related matters.
The test has four different parts – listening, which is of about 30 minutes duration; Reading, which is of about 60 minutes duration; Writing which is of 60 minutes duration and Speaking which is about 11–14 minutes in duration thus making the total test time as 2 hours and 45 minutes.
This test is taken in over a thousand locations in over 140 countries around the world. IELTS Academic can be taken 48 times a year (4 times a month) and IELTS General Training can be taken 24 times a year (twice a month).
There is no minimum score required to pass the test. Applicants are simply graded on a scale from 0 to 9 where 0 means absent from test, 1 means non user and 9 means expert user. Scores are two years valid from the date of release. No prerequisites are required for taking such exams. An exam fee is required to be paid before undertaking of the exam which depends on the respective country’s currency.
These scores are used by more than 9,000 education institutions, governments, professional registration bodies and employers worldwide. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions and by over 3000 academic institutions in the United States alone. It is the only secure English proficiency test that is a requirement for visa customers applying for visa in Australia, UK, Canada and New Zealand. In order for candidates to register themselves for the test, they may do so at www.ielts.org
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