English-language certificate Exams
When you are applying for a study programme abroad you are most likely be tested and certified in English, proving that you have sufficient knowledge of it so that you can participate in classes and understand the materials, making it easier for foreign students to enroll in degree programmes abroad.
Below are the general and basic information about the English-language certificates that are widely accepted around the world
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
Each part is graded with up to 30 points which adds up to a maximum score of 120 points.
- Reading comprehension
- Listening Comprehension
- Written Expression
During the entire test, you are just interacting with a computer. In the first two parts, you read and hear texts about various topics and answer multiple-choice questions about the content later. In the speaking part, your spoken answer is recorded, sent to an online scoring network and evaluated by three to six raters later. The written part is evaluated by this online scoring network as well.
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
IELTS offers an academic & General version of their test, especially suited to this user group. Like TOEFL, IELTS is widely recognized in all English-speaking countries as well as for many English-taught programmes around the world. Besides, IELTS is also accepted as language proof for certain working permits as well as for immigration. Also at the IELTS four parts are tested:
listening (40 minutes)
reading (60 minutes)
writing (60 minutes)
speaking (11-14 minutes)
This adds up to a test duration of about 3 hours. Tests can be taken in over 500 test centres worldwide and contrast to TOEFL, the speaking part is conducted face-to-face with a certified examiner. The total grade for the IELTS test ranges from 1-9. Common scores required needed to be admitted for English programmes range from 5.5 to 6.5. Currently, the IELTS is valid for two years.
PTE: Pearson Test of English Academic
GRE: Graduate Record Examination
The computer-based GRE General Test consists of six sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections. Unlike the computer adaptive test before August 2011, the GRE General Test is a multistage test, where the examinee’s performance on earlier sections determines the difficulty of subsequent sections. This format allows the examined person to freely move back and forth between questions within each section, and the testing software allows the user to “mark” questions within each section for later review if time remains. The entire testing procedure lasts about 3 hours 45 minutes.
GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test
The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. Total testing time is three hours and seven minutes. Test takers have 30 minutes for the analytical writing assessment and another 30 minutes to work through 12 questions, which often have multiple parts, on the integrated reasoning section and are given 62 minutes to work through 31 questions in the quantitative section and another 65 minutes to get through 36 questions in the verbal section.