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Preparing for Tests
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One of the first and important steps of applying to USA higher education institutions is taking standardized tests. You need to take exams like
· TOEFL (Test Of English As A Foreign Language)
· GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
· GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
· USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination)
· SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
· ACT (American College Testing Program Assessment)
· ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test)
· AP (Advanced Placement Examinations)
. APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Test)
and submit your scores to each college you are applying before they evaluate your application packet. Depending upon your field of study, you may be required to take other exams like Subject GRE, MLE etc too. The tests are being conducted by worldwide network of testing centers operated by Prometric Thomson Learning .
TOEFL (Test Of English As A Foreign Language) / TSE (Test Of Spoken English)
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The most common standardized test that every international student needs to take discarding the major is TOEFL. Though the main idea of having TOEFL score if just to prove you're capable of surviving well in an English speaking community, especially in the academic environment of colleges, that test score is still being considered one of the core factors to your acceptance. All students whose national language is not English (basically you!!) are required to show proficiency in English by taking paper-based tests.
TSE is not generally asked, but it may improve your chances of getting TA (Teaching Assistantship). TOEFL and TSE are conducted once every month.
The TWE (Test of Written English) is conducted with TOEFL on certain days. In this test you will be asked to write an essay. TWE is free but compulsory if you appear on the day it is conducted. You can write for the form to the above address.
Schedule the exam date/time well before ahead. Check for the nearest text center or Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in your city/county/region. Please, note that TOEFL is NOT given everyday in all test centers. If you are not satisfied with your score result, you may take the test again. Please note, that in the case you won’t be refunded and you MAY NOT take computer-based TOEFL more than once per calendar month.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
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You are generally required to take the GRE for all MS programs. This exam which is now computer based (CBT) is conducted in Computer-based Testing centers. The application form and additional information can be obtained by contacting nearest International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) centers. Those going for MS in Computer Science may be required to take AGRE (Subject GRE). You may need to confirm this with the university.
The GRE General Test is composed of verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. GRE tests are intended to measure only a portion of the individual characteristics that are important for graduate study: reasoning skills, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate effectively in writing in the General Test, and discipline-specific content knowledge through the Subject Tests. The General Test measures specific reasoning skills that are developed over a long period of time. The power of the GRE General Test and Subject Tests to predict first-year grades in graduate education is greater than has been represented in some recent criticisms. In fact, GRE scores enable important, practical improvements in admissions decision-making. Subject Tests. The GRE Subject Tests are designed to help graduate school admission committees and fellowship sponsors assess the qualifications of applicants in specific fields of study. The tests also provide students with an assessment of their own qualifications.


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