Standardized Tests For Admission
Certain tests are used to evaluate applicants for admission to colleges and universities in the United States.
Test Scores are sent to each student who has taken the test. Students may request that the test scores be reported to the colleges to which they are applying.
For a Bachelors Programme in the US required admission Tests are SAT and TOEFL. Minimum test scores for admission is set individually by each college or university.
For a Master's or Doctoral Programme the required Tests are TOEFL, GRE, GMAT. Minimum Test scores needed are TOEFL- 600, GRE-2100, GMAT- 700.
College Board SAT Program
The Sat Program consists of 2 tests. SAT I : Reasoning Test and SAT II : Subject Tests.
SAT I is a three hour test, primarily multiple choice that measures verbal and mathematical abilities. The Verbal Sections test vocabulary, verbal reasoning and critical reading skills. Emphasis is placed on reading passages, which are 400-850 words in length.
Mathematics Sections test students ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, algebra and geometry. This section include questions, which students should produce their own responses rather than choosing from various answer choices. Calculators are allowed for SAT I Math Section.
SAT II :- Subject Tests are one hour tests, primarily multiple choice, in specific subjects that measure students knowledge of these subjects and their ability to apply the knowledge tests offered include writing, literature, math level I, Math Level I C, Math Level II C, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, American History and Social Studies, World History, French (reading only) German (reading only), Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish (reading only) and foreign language Tests with listening in German, Spanish, Japanese, French and Chinese.
ACT (American College Testing) Assessment Program
The ACT Assessment Instrument consists of four Academic tests, taken under timed conditions, and a student Profile Section and Interest Inventory, completed when students register for the ACT. This program is a comprehensive data collection, processing and reporting service designed to assist in educational and carrier planning by students, high schools and post secondary institutions.
TOFEL (Test of English as a foreign language)
There are 3 sections in the exam. 1) Listening comprehension 2) Structure written Expressions 3) Vocabulary and Reading Comprehensions. The most important section is the Listening comprehension. It involves listening to taped conversations and the ability to understand is tested.
TOEFL centers are there in almost all the main cities in India. The test is conducted almost every month or alternate months.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GRE has 2 main sections. One is the General test and the other is the Subject Test. Subject Test is to be written by only those who wish to go for Research or doctoral Programme.
The general test is a 3 1/2 hour test with 7 sections of objective questions. These sections include 2 sections each of verbal ability, analytical ability and quantitative ability and a 7th section which can be one among the above, not known till the time of the exam.
The subject test is a 2 hour 50 minutes test. Subject tests can be written in 17 subjects.
The application forms for TOEFL and GRE Exams in India can be obtained from
Institute of Psychological and Educational Measurement (IPEM),
119/25-A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Allahabad, UP-211001.
website : www.ipem.org
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
GMAT is the admission test for a Master's Degree in Business administration. This is a 3 1/2 hours test with 7 sections of verbal and quantitative ability. For application forms and registration you should contact in the following address.
Graduate Management Admission Test,
Educational Testing Service, PO. Box 6103,
Princeton, NJ 08541-6103, U.S.A.
There are also other admission tests like MCAT for medicine and LSAT for law.