ELIGIBILITY TESTS

ACADEMIC

GMAT

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized test for candidates aspiring to do an MBA from a globally competitive business school across the world. The teachers at the Princeton Review are well trained and certified to guide their students for the GMAT test preparation and every student at the Princeton Review is given enough GMAT test preparation material, in addition to the 10 GMAT preparation online tests. The GMAT measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical and writing skills that you’ve developed over time. The exam helps graduate programs assess your readiness for advanced study in business and management. Every student has to be very regular once he commences his GMAT test preparation and also practice repeatedly so that he develops the highest level of self confidence with regard to GMAT exam preparation.
The GMAT is available year-round and on demand, which offers test takers greater flexibility in scheduling.
The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally.
You can take the GMAT once every 31 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period
You will get an unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores immediately after you test. Official Score Reports are available online within 20 days to you and to the programs you requested to receive them.

2.GRE

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test for admissions into graduate school in the US. It is mandatory for most students aspiring for a Masters Degree (except Business, Law and Medicine) and PhD courses in several universities in the US. The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools. The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In August 2011, the GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE® General Test to align the test to demands of current graduate and business schools. GRE today is increasingly accepted by several business schools too. A thorough GRE test preparation is thus a must for applicants desiring to study at an internationally recognized school abroad.
The GRE revised General Test is given year-round at computer-based test centers in most locations around the world. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
GRE revised General Test (computer-based and paper-based) can take only once every 30 days, and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.
The verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are scored between 130 and 170 in one point increments; whereas the AWA section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 in half point increments.
GRE scores are valid for 5 years and the GRE fee worldwide is US$ 185.

3.SAT

SAT is a standardized test for admission to colleges in the United States. It is created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and College Board in the USA. Many colleges view the SAT score as an important criterion for admission, along with academic GPA, recommendations and participation in extracurricular activities. More than 80 years ago the College Board created the first standardized college entrance test to help colleges and universities identify students who could succeed at their institutions and to connect students with educational opportunities beyond high school. Today, the SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Each year, more than two million students take the SAT. Nearlyevery college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student’s college readiness. The SAT preparation is an important activity since you need good SAT scores to get admission to prestigious colleges in the US. SAT scores [SAT Scoring] are also used to grant scholarships and financial aids, which are often sought by students from India. A thorough preparation for SAT courses through recognized SAT training courses and SAT test preparation programs ensure that your dream of studying abroad is just about to be a reality. The College Board’s SAT Program consists of the SAT Reasoning Test TM (SAT) and SAT Subject Tests TM (SAT-II).
Why should I take the SAT Test?
Used with GPAs and high school transcripts, SAT scores allow colleges to fairly compare applicants. Also, taking the SAT gives students access to scholarship opportunities
When is it offered?
The SAT is administered 7 times a year in the US and 6 times a year in India. In India, SAT is offered in January, May, June, October, November and December. In case you are not sure when to take the SAT, you can always ask us.
How long is it?
3 hours, 45 minutes
What is the structure of the test?

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.

How many times can I take the SAT? Are my scores reported?

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

What is the unscored section?

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

What is the test order?

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.

What is the ideal score?

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.

4.MCAT

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam
When should I take the MCAT exam?

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:

  • Will I take the exam just once or is there a possibility I may want to take it again?
  • Have I mastered the material or do I need additional coursework or study?

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

1.PTE

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:

  1.      Written Paper – The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK.
  2.      Spoken Test – The spoken test is assessed by trained local examiners and is sent to the UK for moderation.

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 General Certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly.
  • The scores awarded for the tests at each level are Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail
  • PTE Academic is a 3 hour test and has 3 parts.
  • Levels 4 and 5 are designed for young people aged 17+

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)

2.TOEFL

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.

  • TOEFL fee in India is US$ 165.
  • Scores will be posted online within two weeks of the test date. Log in to your online TOEFL iBT account, enter the ETS ID received when you registered and click on the “View Scores” link. Your scores are also mailed to the universities or institutions you selected when you registered.
  • TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.
  • The TOEFL test has more test dates (more than 50 per year – Only weekends) and locations (4,500 test centers in 165 countries) than any other English-language test in the world. You can retake the test as many times as you wish.

3.IELTS

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.

    • The Reading and Writing sections are for 60 minutes each, the listening is for 30 minutes, speaking is for 11-14 minutes, which means that total duration is 2hrs 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
    • IELTS fee in India is INR 7900.
    • IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.
    • ELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand