GRE Graduate Record Examination general test is a computer based test offered through the year. GRE test scores are required for admissions in most of the universities of USA, Canada and other countries. It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study. GRE is conducted by Education Testing Services (ETS), New Jersey, USA. After you complete your course once, start practising sample papers, which you get from ETS after registration and there are ample number of websites providing you sample papers. Some of the popular software’s to start are Cambridge, Peterson, Princeton (Review), Kaplan & finally Powerprep. Exhaust the database from Powerprep as few questions may be repeated in the main exam.
TOEFL iBT – Test of English as Foreign Language internet based test is one of the most widely accepted English language exam in the world. A test for ability in English proficiency for admissions to US, UK and Canadian Institutions is needed more particularly for students from countries where English is not there first language. TOEFL iBT measures skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The registration for TOEFL test can be done with ETS online for appearing for exams at various centres of TOEFL all over India. After registration for exams, ETS offers a variety of preparation and practice materials. The test basically consists of four sections on English i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening, each of 30 marks, totalling to 120 marks. Minimum scores required by most of the universities is 80 out of 120 and some of the universities ask for section wise score also.
IELTS is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students for study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. Among the popular study destinations IELTS is accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for students of many nationalities to get student visas to Australia. You cannot be granted an Australian student visa without an IELTS score if you are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and many other countries, TOEFL is not accepted. All other study destinations either require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS. IELTS is however not accepted by most universities in USA. TOEFL is required for study there.
GMAT Graduate Management Admission Test is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. It is intended to help the graduate schools of business assess the potential of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 900 management institutes all over the world (almost all of them in the US) require GMAT scores from each applicant. The GMAT tests the fundamental skills – Reasoning and Comprehension included – and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study. The test is designed in such a way that it would be unlike any other test you would have taken at school or college. First, the test has no question paper or answer sheets, nor does it have the same set of questions for all the examinees.
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test/ SAT-I) is a prerequisite Reasoning Test conducted for the admissions of undergraduate programs in United States. It is a 3 hour test that determines the proficiency of the students in verbal, mathematical and reasoning skills that are required to evaluate the skills needed to complete the academic successfully. The test is administered several times a year. Many universities also require SAT-II test score along with the SAT-I score for admission. Every year around 2 million students take SAT. The test scores are valid up to 5 years of the test date.