IELTS-International English Language Testing System is the world’s most popular and most attempted English language test. This language test checks the English Language proficiency of students and is required to study, migrate or work in overseas education destinations. More than two million IELTS tests are taken each year as per a recent survey conducted by British Council. Accepted in 135 countries and thousands of organizations, universities worldwide, the IELTS test is fair and unbiased for any candidate. It has a brilliant international reputation amongst profound universities, schools, employers and etc. IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.
The IELTS test is conducted in 2 formats; Academic IELTS and General IELTS. Both these formats consist of 4 components: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The maximum duration of the test is 3 hours. The distinction between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training lies in the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components.
IELTS Academic is for people planning to study in higher education or seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the first language.
IELTS General is taken by the people who are planning to settle abroad or migrate to New Zealand, UK, Canada, or Australia. This form of IELTS is to check and assess the basic understanding of English as a foreign language.
IELTS Exam Syllabus
The IELTS test evaluates aptitude in four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests, but different Reading and Writing tests.
The Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to a week before or after the other tests.
Listening: 30 minutes
You will listen to recorded texts which are divided into four sections, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and then you have to write your answers to a series of questions. Total number of questions is 40 and they are of 1 mark each.
Reading: 60 minutes
The Reading section for the IELTS test consists of 40 questions. These questions include reading the gist, comprehending the main ideas, reading for detail, skimming and scanning the text, understanding logical argument to find out the probable answers and recognizing the writers' opinions, attributes towards a topic, attitudes and rationale.
The Academic IELTS includes three long passages that ranges from the evocative and factual to the discursive and logical form of English. The passages are authentic which are taken from journals, case studies, magazines, books and newspapers. Ideally these have been chosen for a non-specialist audience but are fitting for people opting for university courses or seeking professional registration.
The General IELTS has a variety of questions used to judge the skill set of a candidate. The General Training version of reading extracts are also taken from books, newspapers, magazines, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
Writing: 60 minutes
The Writing segment of IELTS has two tasks each for Academic and General IELTS.
IELTS Academic includes two written tasks for 1 hour. Topics are of general interest to make it comfortable for a candidate and are suitable for test takers to enter at an undergraduate and postgraduate studies or any professional registration.
Task 1: You will be given a pictorial diagram or a graph, table, chart or diagram, pie chart, life cycle and are asked to elaborate, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to portray and clarify data, depict the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
Task 2: You will be asked to write an elaborate essay for 250 words, in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
IELTS General consists of two written tasks – Task 1 and Task 2 which are based on topics of general interest.
Task 1: You will be given a general with a situation where in you will be asked to write a letter requesting information, or elaborating the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
Task 2: Here you will be asked to write an essay of 250 words in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be somewhat personal, formal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.
Speaking: 11–14 minutes
The Speaking module assesses your use of spoke English, vocabulary; has 3 parts and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every speaking test is recorded. The Speaking section is presented in such a way that it does not permit people to practice set responses beforehand.
The assessor will ask you some general questions about yourself and many other familiar topics about your family, qualification, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
In this part you will be given a cue card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have 1 minute to prepare before speaking for 2 minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.
You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more nonfigurative ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
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TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language is a standardized test to assess the English language ability of non-native English speakers, wishing to enroll in good foreign universities. It is used by understudies or experts where English is not a local dialect to set up their skill in the dialect. TOEFL exam scores are acknowledged by nearly 9000 colleges and organizations in more than 130 countries including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. TOEFL score is also accepted by Immigration departments to successfully issue the residential and work visas.
TOEFL Test Exams Syllabus
TOEFL test includes four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. During the test, the candidate is asked to perform on combined tasks so that the above mentioned skills are assessed perfectly. You will always have 20 minutes for Speaking and 50 minutes for writing. Although, reading ranges from 60 to 80 minutes and listening ranges from 60 to 90 minutes due to the experimental questions.
The first section on TOEFL is the Reading section. Reading will be 60 minutes long and contain 36-42 questions. If you get experimental questions, it’ll be 80 minutes long and contain 48-56 questions. There are three Reading question types: multiple choices, insert a sentence and Reading to Learn. Reading is first scored according to the number of points you get per question and then converted to a scaled score out of 30.
Listening varies in its length and number of questions due to the possibility of experimental questions. This section can be 60 minutes with 34 questions or 90 minutes with 51 questions. You will listen to four or six lectures and two to three conversations. Each lecture lasts three to five minutes and comes with six questions, while each conversation lasts about three minutes and comes with five questions. There are three types of questions for the Listening section: standard multiple choice, multiple answer and replay. Listening is also first scored according to the number of points you get per question and then converted to a scaled score out of 30.
The TOEFL Speaking section lasts just 20 minutes in total. There are two types; independent with 2 tasks and integrated having 4 tasks. The first two tasks; the Independent tasks, require you to speak for 45 seconds about your opinion on familiar topics. The latter four; the integrated tasks, require you to speak for 60 seconds about passages and audio clips. For speaking, each task is scored on a special scale of 0-4. These scores are then summed and converted to a final speaking score on a scale of 0-30.
For this final section, you must write two essays; an integrated essay and an Independent essay, within 50 minutes. You’ll have 20 minutes for the first essay and 30 minutes for the second essay. Each essay is scored using a scale of 0-5. The two essay scores are then combined and converted to a scaled Writing score out of 30.
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PTE- Pearson test of English is an English Language Test for aspirants who plan to study abroad, but hail from countries where English is not the native language. PTE has two formats; Academic, the scores of which are used for admission to foreign colleges, universities and general, the scores of which are used for obtaining work visas or for immigration’s.
PTE Test Exam Syllabus
PTE Academic test measures candidates on four language skill sets, namely the writing, speaking, reading, and listening. All the test takers are evaluated on the basis of the aggregate score obtained from the PTE test. The total duration is of three hours and the mode of the exam is computer-based.
Part 1: Writing and Speaking
This section mostly scores the writing and speaking ability of aspirants. This section takes about 70 to 90 minutes and consists of an introduction, read aloud section, image description, short question and answer, essay and summarization.
Part 2: Reading
This section evaluates a person’s reading skill and takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. This section consists of multiple questions, paragraph rephrasing, fill in the blanks etc.
Part 3- Listening
This section consists of questions based on audio and video clips. It will take usually 45 to 55 minutes to complete and is used to comprehend the aspirants listening skills. This section consists of fill in the blanks, summarizing, multiple choice questions, find the missing word, incorrect words, dictation etc.
The PTE test scoring gives aspirants an accurate snapshot of the performance on a scale of 10 - 90. Scoring is based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response.
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GRE- Graduate Record Exam is a broad assessment exam of your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. It is much like the CAT and MAT that Indian students take to apply for management courses. All the skills are developed over the course of many years. Some universities or colleges may also require you to take one or more GRE Subject Tests. There are eight GRE subjects; Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; English Literature; Mathematics; Physics and Psychology.
GRE Exam Syllabus
The GRE exams takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes and are broadly divided into two categories; The GRE General Test that evaluates verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills and GRE Subject Test that tests the subject knowledge of students in a particular field.
The verbal segment has 2 sections with 20 questions each and evaluates comprehension and vocabulary and takes about 30 minutes per section.
The quantitative segment has 2 sections with 20 questions each and tests the candidate’s capacity to comprehend and investigate quantitative data, solve problems using numerical models like number juggling, polynomial math, geometry, likelihood and measurements. This segment takes about 35 minutes each.
The analytical segment scores the analysis of an issue and analysis of an argument. Each task takes 30 minutes.
The GRE exams scores are as follows:
Verbal Reasoning score is a 130–170 score scale
Quantitative Reasoning score is on a 130–170 score scale
Analytical Writing score is on a 0–6 score level
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GMAT- Graduate Management Admission Test is a machine based test required by most business schools for admissions to courses like MBA, MS in Management, MiM (Masters in Management), MFin (Masters in Finance) etc. GMAT is well accepted by more than 6,000 business and management programs worldwide.
GMAT Exam Pattern
GMAT online exam consists of a total of 91 questions that must be completed in 3 and a half hour. There are 4 sections; Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal Section.
The Analytical Writing Assessment section has only 1 question and test takers will have 30 minutes to complete it. It judges how efficiently test takers can think, analyze and communicate their ideas.
Integrated Reasoning consists of 12 questions and 30 minutes will be given to solve it. This section has questions like multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two part analysis and table analysis. It evaluates the test taker’s ability to process information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources and compile it to make sound decisions.
Quantitative section has 37 questions and 75 minutes will be given to solve this section. This consists of data sufficiency and problem solving that use mathematical formulas and calculations.
Last section is the verbal segment consisting of 41 questions to be attempted in 75 minutes. This section is divided into 3 parts- Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Formation.
The GMAT Test Score range for the four sections is between 200 and 800. The Verbal and Quantitative GMAT score hold the highest value; for the Analytical Writing section, test takers are scaled on a 0–6 range and the Integrated Reasoning is scaled on a range of 1–8. The Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections do not impact the total score of GMAT test. Candidates are measured on a scale of 0-60 for the Quantitative and Verbal sections, while on the Analytical writing section, the scale ranges between 0-6. The Integrated Reasoning section is scaled on a range between 1 and 8.
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