Completing 12th standard with flying colours could be the final aim for many students but not for those who wish to study abroad in big universities and land up getting their dream jobs. Don’t think of putting your feet up as you finish 12th class, instead try studying for these exams that will help you in getting admissions in universities abroad. You may however, always decide upon which exam to write depending upon the choice of your country where you wish to go and study further. Different preparations will be required by different countries and the exams you choose to appear for. Always check the changes in rules and dates on the exams website. Re checking will always be helpful for you to know about any tiny details about the test. You can also get a lot of tips from the test websites.
IELTS – International English Language Testing System or IELTS is the exam that is true confirmation of your English skills. Many countries globally ask for this test to be written by the students. Preparing for this test can be done with guidance from people who have already appeared for it in the past. They will be able to guide you well as how to study for this exam and prepare well. You will be required to be perfect with not just writing but reading English too. The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education in an English speaking environment. The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. There are almost more than 1,200 IELTS test locations in over 140 countries. You can choose the location that suits you the most.
PTE – Pearson Test of English or PTE is based on regular English. The pattern of this exam is entirely different from other exams and tests. To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to go to a secure Pearson test centre. You will have a computer and headphone to listen to, read and reply to the questions. The total test is of three hours which has three parts. Speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There is also an optional 10-minute break between the reading and listening parts.
TOEFL – This renowned English test is called Test of English as a Foreign Language. Many students do this for UG and PG studies in the USA. You can choose from two options for the TOEFL test: Online or via paper. There is no passing or failing in the TOEFL. Universities and programs that accept TOEFL have their own rules and score requirements. Giving the TOEFL test is very fitting because you can choose from various test site locations. However you perform in the test, your scores will be checked carefully by certified experts. The students who score well in the TOEFL are usually eligible to go ahead and pursue higher studies abroad in many big universities. The best part is that the scores are available online in just ten days after you have taken the test.
GRE – This one is called Graduate Record Examination. It is usually for those students who wish to study graduate or business programmes in the USA and Canada. GRE Verbal Reasoning has two sections, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. You should regularly learn new words and try using them. Only practice will make you clear the verbal round. GRE Maths section only tests basic maths. You can take the GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times. The best way to prepare for GRE is firstly taking a GRE Practice Test. Then, trying hands on a complete practice test to know about your scores. Always stay away from distractions like TV and Social Media and just concentrate in preparing for your test. Always have a proper time table ready and follow it till your real test date comes.
ACT – American College Testing is also another test required for undergraduate admissions in the USA. There are no age or grade restrictions to appear for the exam. You need to have a valid International passport for ID. International test dates for ACT can always be found on their website, which they update every year. ACT will check you on the subjects like English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Official Practice Test by ACT can always give you great practice sessions. It has a full-length practice test (including a writing test) and also has ways on how you can score more in the exam etc. You can also try hands on some free sample practice tests. Try reading a few books related to clearing the ACT. Such books are always a great way to know about ACT syllabus and general pattern, how to prepare, score better etc.
GMAT – This is required by many B-schools abroad. Graduate Management Admission Test becomes important with all international students. GMAT is a computer-based test, and is used to measure a student’s general skills including subjects like Maths. The GMAT exam consists of analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. GMAT is developed and administered by testmaker GMAC. A great GMAT score will have a constructive impact on your business school application. GMAT exam will be full of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, multi-source data analysis, and grammar. The GMAT is real test of your critical thinking skills.
SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test is taken up by students who plan to pursue undergraduate courses at universities globally. It is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the US, Canada. The best time to take SAT depends on a lot of things like the choice of the school and the deadline of the test and also money and your performance.
So, whichever test you wish to appear for depending upon your needs, always make sure you read all the rules and instructions well. Preparing for such tests will open your ways for a bright future. Good luck!
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