Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal - Henry Ford
The trend of Indians studying abroad is not new to the country. It dates back to pre-Independence years. The affluent used to send their wards to foreign countries for higher education and yet some pursued the study availing the scholarships. But today the trend has caught up with the youth more than ever before.
The option seems to be too alluring. It has no longer remained the proverbial sour grapes. While the affluent class and the nouveau riche afford the foreign education of their wards, the financially disadvantaged fund their education by making use of the easily available education loans and working part-time.
A foreign degree, a proud feather in one’s cap, brings in better recognition in professional and social circles. Besides, studying abroad has been a fascinating and challenging experience.
For entry into academic programmes abroad the candidates are required to take a few tests depending upon the level and course of study they choose. Following are some of the exams.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), is a common standard test administered by the USA-based Educational Testing Services (ETS) across the world. It is a prerequisite to pursue studies in the US. The test measures the aptitude of the non-native speakers of English to analyse and comprehend the language as it is spoken, written and heard in the institutes of America.
Besides, TOEFL is required for almost all programmes in the US. Many government organisations, business and scholarship programmes use TOEFL score to assess the English language proficiency of the candidate whose native language is not English. Some of the institutes located outside the United States also use TOEFL score for the same purpose. Universities in Canada, Australia, Europe and New Zealand too recognize the TOEFL score along with the Test of Written English (TWE) in place of the usual IELTS.
The TOEFL is administered as TOEFL – iBT (TOEFL – Internet Based Test) and TOEFL –PBT (TOEFL – Paper Based Test). In areas where TOEFL- iBT is not available, the paper-based version TOEFL - PBT is offered. Though the ETS suggests that 11th grade level or above is suitable qualification to take the test, the level of the test is high. The test consists of the below mentioned four sections.
• Section I: Listening Comprehension
• Section II: Structure and Written Expression
• Section III: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
• Section IV: Essay Writing
About a million candidates appear for TOEFL annually at 4,500 test centers spread across 165 countries. The test which has 30-40 dates a year is usually conducted on Saturdays and Sundays. There are 73 test centres in India. The scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test designed to measure the overall proficiency of English of those who wish to pursue their education or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognized for course admission by universities in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. It is also required as a proof of one’s language abilities for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Many US universities too have started accepting IELTS in their admission process.
Established in 1989, the IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council and the IDP Education Australia. The test is simultaneously conducted by British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge ESOL.
The IELTS is offered as the General Test for the professional and immigration purposes and the Academic Test for students. The candidates are tested in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Candidates in both the categories take the same Listening and Speaking modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules. The Listening, Reading and Writing modules must be completed in one go in a day but the Speaking module can be taken at the discretion of the test centre in a period of seven days before or after the other modules.
The IELTS score is accepted by more than 6000 institutions in over 135 countries. As many as 1.4 million candidates appear every year at more than 500 test centres. The test is conducted on 48 fixed dates a year (4 times a month) usually on Saturdays and Thursdays. India has 39 IELTS test centres. The test results of IELTS or Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years.
Scholastic Aptitude Test is required for college admissions for undergraduate courses in the United States. It is conducted by the College Board, a non-profit organization, with the main objective of providing opportunities to the deserving students of various countries to study with the students of other developing or developed countries.
The SAT, primarily a multiple choice test, is offered as SAT I and SAT II. SAT I is a reasoning test structured basically to assess the candidates’ verbal, mathematical and reasoning abilities. SAT II is a subject test to assess their knowledge of the specific subject opted. Some institutions expect students to clear more subject tests. SAT is conducted seven times a year. The SAT caters to seven million students, 23,000 high schools and 3,800 colleges every year.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a commercially-run standardized test conducted by the Educational Testing Services, USA. The test is required for obtaining admission to higher education institutes in the USA and in other English speaking countries. It assesses the potential of a candidate for admission in different streams like Graduate studies, Fellowships Programmes and Research Programmes etc. The primary focus of the GRE is to test the abstract thinking skills in the areas of mathematics, vocabulary and analytical writing.
In the admission process the level of emphasis upon the GRE scores varies widely between schools and again departments within the school. Sometimes the score can be crucial for admission or sometimes it is regarded as just an admission formality. Though GRE is looked upon as the first major hurdle to be cleared to get admission in the Graduate School of choice, a high score alone does guarantee admission. The GRE score is one of the several parameters the Graduate Schools or Universities look into to assess an applicant for admission to all the streams except Management.
The GRE is taken as GRE General and GRE Subject Tests. A candidate may take either GRE General Test or GRE Subject Test or both depending upon the courses and the Institute or University requirements.
GRE General Test: The GRE General Test does not focus on any specific field, but assesses the skills that have been acquired over a period of time. The exam focuses on the aspects like critical thinking analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. The GRE General is required for Humanities, Sciences and Engineering fields in the US.
The GRE Subject Test: GRE Subject Test is required along with GRE for admission to a few Universities and Programmes in the US. It gauges the achievements in the undergraduate level in the below mentioned eight subjects.
• Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
• Computer Science
• Literature in English
• Psychology Test Schedule
More than 6,00,000 applicants from approximately 230 countries take the GRE General Test. ETS representative in India is responsible for conducting the examinations.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive standardized test, to evaluate the candidate’s aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business schools. This aids the graduate schools of business to screen the admission seekers. The test is a must in the admission process for most of the MBA programmes in the US, Canada and the rest of the world. A high score in the GMAT exam is essential to get admission in top business schools. The test consists of three modules namely GMAT Verbal, GMAT Math and Analytical Writing.
It is the most widely used assessment test for graduate management admissions. Over 1900 graduate business schools world over including many in India consider the GMAT scores for admission in their programmes. The Indian institutions include Indian School of Business (ISB) - Hyderabad, Great Lakes Institute of Management-Chennai, S P Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) - Mumbai & Dubai, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)-Mumbai and Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA).
GMAT is developed and administered by the ETS under the direction of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization. It is given at various locations around the world. The ETS appoints Testing Agencies in various countries, which serve as franchisees for the ETS. In India, the Prometric Testing (P) administers the test at nine centres in the country.
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