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Academic Standardized Tests

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a computer based standardized test which is an admission requirement for most graduate schools in the U.S. and Germany. This test was launched in the year 1949 and since then administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) . The test measures an individual's quantitative ability, critical thinking, verbal reasoning and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time.

The structure of the computer based GRE revised general test consists of five sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections.

GRE Pattern

If you were to look at the overall GRE exam pattern, it has 3 sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

Analytical Writing

This section tests you ability to analyze facts, dissect arguments, judge the presented evidence and put forth your views in the most convincing and structured manner.

  • Issue-Task essay
  • Argument-Task essay

Both essays are to be completed in a period of 30 minutes are each and total evaluation is done on a scale of 0-6 with half point increment in the GRE New Pattern

Verbal Reasoning

This section checks your capacity to understand the content author's perspectives and intentions, prioritize the points made, and connect the dots across various ideas presented, even if they may not necessarily be documented in a coherent manner.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Completion
  • Sentence Equivalence

The GRE New Pattern has 2 Verbal reasoning sections - 20 Questions & 30 minutes per section.

The scoring is done on a scale of 130 to 170, with 1 point increments.

Quantitative Reasoning

This is where your comfort level with numbers and quantitative data is tested. You'll have to understand the problem and use models and mathematical formulas to solve them. The GRE Quantitative section tests a candidate's ability to understand, analyze and interpret quantitative information. It covers basic mathematical skills you have developed during high school like arithmetic concepts, geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. The good news is that you will have access to a calculator.

The GRE New Pattern has 2 Quantitative reasoning sections - 20 Questions & 35 minutes per section.

The scoring is done on a scale of 130 to 170, with 1 point increments.

The Score Grade is valid for 5 years

Scoring

The GRE New Pattern is evaluated on a scale of 260-340 with 0-6 rating for Analytical writing. The break of the scores is mentioned above.

Cost:

The registration fee to take the GRE is US $ 195 (Note: Fee is subject to change)
Student benefit GRE preparatory courses are available both online and class room.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

GMAT is a prerequisite for many MBA programs in abroad. It is a computer adaptive test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain grammar and knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. The GMAT does not measure business knowledge or skill, nor does it measure intelligence. It can be taken up to five times a year. Each attempt must be at least 16 days apart

According to the test owning company, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. The exam is administered in standardized test centers in 112 countries around the world.

Format of GMAT

The GMAT exam consists of four sections: An analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, the quantitative section, and the verbal section. Total testing time is three and a half hours, but test takers should plan for a total time of approximately four hours, with breaks. Test takers have 30 minutes for the analytical writing assessment and another 30 minutes to work through 12 questions, which often have multiple parts, on the integrated reasoning section and are given 75 minutes to work through 37 questions in the quantitative section and another 75 minutes to get through 41 questions in the verbal section.

Section Duration in minutes Number of questions
Analytical writing assessment 30 N/A
Integrated reasoning 30 12
Quantitative 75 37
Verbal 75 41

The quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT exam are both multiple-choice and are administered in the computer-adaptive format, adjusting to a test taker's level of ability. At the start of the quantitative and verbal sections, test takers are presented with a question of average difficulty. As questions are answered correctly, the computer presents the test taker with increasingly difficult questions and as questions are answered incorrectly the computer presents the test taker with questions of decreasing difficulty. This process continues until test takers complete each section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of their ability level in that subject area and come up with a raw score for each section. Scoring

The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together (performance on the AWA and IR sections do not count toward the total score, those sections are scored separately).

Scores are given in increments of 10 (e.g. 540, 550, 560, 570, etc.).

Fact: The average GMAT score of all test takers is about 540.

Cost

The cost of the exam is $250. (Note: Fee is subject to change)

GMAT preparatory courses are available both online and class room.

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions (undergraduate admissions) in the United States. The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service.

The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college. It is designed to not be aligned to high school curriculum. takes 3 hours to finish plus 50 minutes for the SAT with essay. Possible scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: Mathematics and Critical reading and Writing. Taking the SAT or its competitor, the ACT, is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, universities in the United States.

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. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are 10 sub-sections, including an additional 25-minute experimental or "equating" section that may be in any of the three major sections. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT and does not count toward the final score. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections; most administrations (after accounting for orientation, distribution of materials, completion of biographical sections, and fifteen minutes of timed breaks)

run for about four and a half hours. The questions range from easy, medium, and hard depending on the scoring from the experimental sections. Easier questions typically appear closer to the beginning of the section while harder questions are toward the end in certain sections. This is not true for every section (the Critical Reading section is in chronological order) but it is the rule of thumb mainly for math, grammar, and the 19 sentence-completions in the reading sections.

Only Computer Algebra System (CAS) calculators are permitted on the SAT math section

Cost

The cost of SAT in India is US $ 69.50 (Late registration fee of $20 add this amount incase of late registration) (Note: Fee is subject to change)

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