GRE and TOEFL, Your Ticket Abroad
Dec 11, 2016 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 941 Views
In order to understand the ways to succeed in these exams, we first need a brief introduction of both.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. It tests knowledge / skills, analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning.
Duration: About 3 hours and 45 minutes (includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10-minute break after third section).
Analytical writing: 0.0 to 6.0 (in 0.5 point increments),
Verbal reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments),
Quantitative reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments).
Score / grade validity: 5 years
Computer-based test: Can be taken only once after 21 days from the day of exam in every year. (Applies even if candidate cancels scores on a test taken previously.)
Paper-based test: Can be taken as often as it is offered.
About 700 test centers in more than 160 countries.
(Paper-based test offered only in areas where computer-based testing is not available.)
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in American universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.
Knowledge / skills tested: Reading, listening, speaking and writing of the English language.
Duration Internet-based test (iBT): 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 20 minutes
Paper-based test (PBT): 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Score / grade range iBT: 0 to 30 (in 1 point increments) on each of the 4 sections. So total of 0 to 120.
Listening: 31 to 68, Structure: 31 to 69, Reading: 31 to 67. Total of 310 to 677. Writing (separate): 0 to 6. (All in 1 point increments.)
Score / grade validity: 2 years
Restrictions on attempts iBT: Can be taken only once in any 12-day period.
Countries / regions: 4500 test centres in 165 countries.
Now that we understand the basics of these tests, let us move on to the purpose of attending coaching classes for these tests.
In India, where Science has always been placed above language, we seldom recognise the importance of good language skills. If we approach these tests with this misconception, we are bound to fail. Tests like GRE and TOEFL, not only test you for basic grammar/vocabulary, they also look into your level of language. This is where coaching classes will help you out.
It is ideal to attend coaching classes for these exams because you not only get a rough idea about the examination pattern beforehand, you also get accustomed to the language and the answers expected of you in these tests.
Many coaching classes offer mock tests that follow the same testing and evaluating pattern to get you accustomed and to make you more comfortable with the change in the test pattern. You will receive valuable feedback that will further help you with your preparations.
Also, it is to be noted that just passing GRE and TOEFL is not enough. You will need to furnish letters of recommendation and SOP (Statement of Purpose) to finalise your admission in the college you choose. Coaching centers are of immense help in this area as they have a clear idea about the college you are interested in and also possibly have students from the center who have gained admission into the college in the previous years.
This vast alumni network will definitely help you get extra information that you will not have access to if you want to apply privately. Coaching centers also offer good consultation when it comes to fees and scholarships. They generally have people with good experience in these fields to answer all your questions.
Thus, coaching centers not only help you take the first step towards getting into an institute abroad, they also help you make it a reality.