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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a highly regarded exam that determines proficiency in the English language and evaluates a non native English Speaker’s ability to read, listen, speak, and write in English through the use of multiple-choice and student response question. The exam examines university aspirants in their ability to use English in both academic and business environment.

The TOEFL test is recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. Wherever you want to study, the TOEFL test can help you get there.

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

S.No Section Score Time (Min) Question Tasks
1 Reading 0–30 60-80 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
2 Listening 0–30 60-90 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, and then answer questions.
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3 Speaking 0–30 45-60 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
4 Writing 0–30 50 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

 

Other  information

Exam Fee Test Validity Full Marks Minimum Requirement
US  $ 160 2 Years iBT – 120 70 ( UG*) & 80 ( G*)
  • UG – Undergraduate, G – Graduate

For Further information: www.toefl.org or www.ets.org

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide.  IELTS is recognized as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:

IELTS Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education

The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test. IELTS Academic may also be a requirement to join a professional organization in an English-speaking country.

General Training – For school, work or migration

The General Training format focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

IELTS Score

You cannot fail the test. IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels.

You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

S.No. Section Minimum Score Time (Min)
UG G
1 Listening 5.5 6 30
2 Reading 5.5 6 60
3 Writing 5.5 6 60
4 Speaking 5.5 6 11-14
  • UG – Undergraduate, G – Graduate

For further information: http://www.britishcouncil.org.np

A standardized Graduate Management Admission Test intended to measure a test taker’s aptitude in mathematics and the English language. The GMAT is most commonly used as the primary exam reviewed by business schools to gain entrance into an MBA program. The exam is generally offered by computer only; in areas of the world where computer networks are limited, the exam may be given as a paper-based test. The GMAT test is computerized and administered six days each week, 52 weeks per year. While the exam can be taken at virtually any time, it can only be taken once per 31 days and 5 times per year.

Format and Timing

GMAT Test Section No. of Question Question Types Timing Competitive Scores
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of Argument 30 Minutes 5-6
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Multi-Source ReasoningGraphic Interpretation

Two-Part Analysis

Table Analysis

30 Minutes 7-8
Quantitative 37 Questions Data SufficiencyProblem Solving 75 Minutes 48-51+
Verbal 41 Questions Reading ComprehensionCritical Reasoning

Sentence correction

75 Minutes 35-40+
Total Exam Time 3 hrs, 30 Minutes 650-800

 

Other Information

 Exam Fee Test Validity Full Marks Minimum Requirement
US $250 5 Years 800 500*

 

For Further Information: http://www.mba.com/global

The only test center in Nepal is Kathmandu College of Management (KCM) in Gwarko.

Useful Link: www.kcm.edu.np

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is the general test for students applying for master’s and PhD studies in fields other than management or MBA. This standardized exam measures one’s aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics and vocabulary. The GRE is commonly used by many graduate schools to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the program. The GRE is only offered via computer; however in areas which lack the appropriate computer networks, a paper-based exam may be given.
Structure of the Computer-based Test:

Measure Questions Allotted Time Competitive Scores
Analytical Writing One “Analyze an Issue” taskOne “Analyze an Argument task 30 minutes30 minutes 158-170
Verbal Reasoning( Two Sections 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section 159-170
Quantitative Reasoning( Two Sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section 4.5-6
Total 3 hrs, 30 Minutes 650-800

 

The cost for the GRE General test is $190 and the only test center in Nepal is USEF-Nepal (also known as the Fulbright Commission) with 5 years of test validity.

The GRE Subject Tests are paper-based tests in eight subject areas. Students need to take the test only if the college or university requires it. There are approximately three test dates in a year.

For further information:

http://usefnepal.org/

http://www.ets.org/gre

The SAT is also called the Reasoning Test. Previously, the SAT was known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT I. The SAT Reasoning Test consists of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The test is scored out of 2400 points with each section worth 800 points. It is a paper based exam.

Structure of the SAT

Section Number of Questions Time Limit
Essay 1 25 minutes
Writing – Multiple Choice Improving Sentences – 25
Identifying sentence errors – 18
Improving paragraphs – 6
1  25 min section
1  10 min section
Critical Reading Passage-based reading – 48
Sentence completion – 19
2  25 min sections
1  20 min section
Math Standard multiple choice – 44
Student-produced response – 10
2 25 min sections1  20 min section

 

The cost for SAT is $75. The test is offered five or six times a year and you should register well in advance to appear for the test due to limited seats. There are three test centers in Nepal: Lincoln School, Rato Bangala School and St. Xavier’s School. Please note that on a single test date, you can either take the SAT Reasoning Test or the SAT Subject Tests.

For further information:

http://usefnepal.org/

https://sat.collegeboard.org