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IELTS

IELTS tests your writing, speaking, reading and listening skills in the English language. It uses a nine-band scale (0 to 9) for assessment.  IELTS offers two types of tests – Academic and General. You should take the one based on your academicand career goals. The duration of IELTS is around 3 hours.

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TOEFL

TOEFL tests your ability to read, write, hear and speak the English language as used in the academic settings in the universities abroad.It uses a scale of 0 to 120 points for assessment. It typically takes around 4.5 hours to complete the test.

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GRE

GRE tests your quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking. You can take GRE subject tests in Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science and several other disciplines, based on what program you want to pursue in EU. GRE score has two components – a scale score of 130-170 and a percentile rank.A percentile is the percent of test candidates who scored below the given score. So,the higher your percentile score, the better you performed.It takes around 3.5 hours to complete the test.

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GMAT

GMAT test is your gateway to a business school abroad. It tests your integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing. It is scored on the scale of 200 to 800 points. You can complete this test in around 3.5 hours.

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SAT

SAT tests your critical reading, math and writing skills. You need to appear for the SAT if you are seeking admission to an undergraduate course in the EU. SAT scores are measured in the range 400 to 1600. It takes 3-4 hours to complete the test.

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PAT

PAT is a subject-specific test for students applying for Engineering, Physics, Materials Science and Physics and Philosophy programs. It tests your math and physics aptitude. It takes 2 hours to complete the test.

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Aptitude Test

Universities across the world conduct aptitude tests for international students to assess their academic excellence, intellectual ability and/or language proficiency. These tests are a pre-requisite to the selection process. These tests vary according to each country, university and academic program where you plan to study. However, most universities accept GRE, GMAT, SAT or PAT scores for academic and intellectual skills; and IELTS and TOEFL for language proficiency. If you are a native speaker, you may not need to appear for language proficiency tests.

It is advisable to check the aptitude test requirements for each course. All these tests follow a fixed format and pattern. If you prepare well in advance, you can easily clear them. These tests can be taken across different centers in your home country. The following section gives a brief overview of each exam.

    IELTS has the following test format:

    • Listening: It is a 30-minute test which requires you to listen to the audio recordings of native English speakers and answer 40 questions.
    • Reading: It is a 60-minute test which requires you to read descriptive, factual, discursive and analytical texts and answer 40 questions.
    • Writing: It is a 60-minute test which requires you to complete two questions based on two sets of writing tasks. In the first task, you have to describe visual information such as a graph, table, chart or diagram in your own words. In the second task, you have to respond to an argument, problem or a viewpoint.
    • Speaking:It is about a 15-minute test which requires you to appear for an oral interview with an examiner.

                    https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test- format 

    TOEFL has the following format:

    • Listening:It is 41-57 minute test which requires you to answer 28-39 questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions.
    • Reading:It is 54-72 minute test which requires you to answer 30-40 questions based on reading passages.
    • Writing:It is a 50-minute test which requires you to read a passage, listen to a recording and write your response.
    • Speaking:It is a 17-minute test which requires you to complete 4 speaking tasks based on material/topic you read and listened to.

                https://www.ets.org/toefl/test-takers/

     

    GRE has six sections:

    • Analytical Writing: You have to complete two tasks of 30 minutes each – ‘analyze an issue’ and ‘analyze an argument’.
    • Verbal Reasoning: You have to answer two sections of 20 questions each. You get 30 minutes per section.
    • Quantitative Reasoning: You have to answer two sections of 20 questions each. You get 35 minutes per section.

                https://www.ets.org/gre

     

    • Analytical Writing Assessment:This is a 30-minute test of one question that requires you to complete analysis of an argument.
    • Integrated Reasoning: This is a 30-minute test of 20 questions based on graphics interpretation, table analysis, multi-source reasoning and two-part analysis.
    • Quantitative Reasoning: This is a 62-minute test of 31 questions based on data sufficiency and problem solving.
    • Verbal Reasoning: This is a 65-minute test of 36 questions based on reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction.

                https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat

     

    • The format of PAT paper comprises a mixed sequence of maths and physics questions – there are no separate sections. The format has evolved over the years – there could be multiple choice and/or long problems. It is advisable to study the past sample papers and syllabus to prepare well for this test. You can’t use data books, tables and formula sheets. However, the use of a calculator is permitted, albeit as per some specifications.

      https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduates/applications/physics-aptitude-test-pat

       

       

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