The test takes three hours and 45 minutes and consists of 10 separately timed sections:
1.Three sections test critical reading – includes reading passages and sentence completions.
2.Three sections test mathematics – includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
3.Three sections test writing – includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
4.One variable (unscored) section tests either critical reading, mathematics, or writing
The total score is 2400 and each section of Critical reading, mathematics and writing is scored between 200 – 800.
You can take the SAT as many times as you want. Most universities will combine the best writing, reading and math scores of all your attempts to evaluate your performance on the SAT. This is valid though only if you report your scores from more than one attempt!
You can choose which attempt’s scores to report
This section does not count in your final score, but is used as a research based section to try out new questions for future SAT Tests, and to ensure that scores on new SAT editions are comparable to earlier scores of the test. It is always a 25 minute section but can be anyone of the multiple choice sections of critical reading, writing or math
The 25-minute essay will always be the first section of the SAT, and the 10-minute multiple-choice writing section will always bring up the rear or the final section. The remaining six 25-minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20-minute sections. It is quite likely that examinees sitting next to each other in the same exam may be answering test books with altogether different sections.
The total score on the SAT is 2400. There is no ideal score, since getting into a college does not depend merely on SAT scores; your GPA and other components of the application package such as extra curricular activities and recommendations are also important. However, in order to get into good universities you do need a competitive score and most universities put up their average and minimum SAT scores on their website at the beginning of an application cycle. Please remember that you will need to check the university’s website to check the minimum SAT score for that academic year. Most universities consider a score of 1800 to be competitive.
In most cases, you should take the exam in the calendar year prior to the year in which you plan to enter medical school (so that, for example, if you are applying in 2013 for entrance to medical school in 2014, you should take the exam in 2013).
If you are trying to determine whether you should take the exam early in the year or later, you should ask yourself a couple of questions:
Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) is designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. It is computer based test that measures a students’ ability by testing their level of English through tasks which reflect real-life settings and situations.
PTE General consists of two parts:
There are six levels which are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). All levels in the test are awarded by Edexcel and accredited by Of qual in the UK.
PTE fee in India is INR 9350 (If you book within 48 hours of your test date, a late booking fee will be applied and the test price will be INR 11,687.50)
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test for non-native English speakers to evaluate their ability to read, write, speak, and listen to English. The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
There are two formats for the TOEFL test. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. Most test takers take the TOEFL iBT test. Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the Paper-based Test (PBT). In India, it is the TOEFL iBT that is conducted in various test centers across the country. Each year, nearly a million individuals of all ages take the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. More than 25 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test since it was first offered.
There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete and each section is taken online. Of these, Speaking and Writing are Integrated Tasks since they involve listening and reading tasks before answering questions. The total score is 120.
The International English Language Testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication and instruction. It covers four basic language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is managed by three reputable, international organizations – British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS is a compulsory exam for admission into universities and training programs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Did you know that it has become a must for those of you who wish to get a student visa to Australia? The tests are administered at centers throughout the world. Internationally, universities, professional bodies, government agencies and immigration authorities of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia recognize the tests.
There are two formats of the test – Academic and General training.
It should be noted that certain professions require an Academic test result for registration and migration purposes. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance in the test, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Your results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.