GRE TestThe Graduate Record Examination is aStandardized test that measures verbal,mathematical and analytical skills. It isintended to help the graduate schools (ofall fields other than business) assess thepotential of applicants for advanced study
The GRE Program Conducted by educational testing service(ETS). ETS sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report . There are 9 centres in India Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivandrum.
When is the GRE Test held? All-round-the-year five-days-a-week Registering at least 15 days in advance is mandatory.
Eligibility No restrictions based on age. The test scores are valid for 5 years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to five years old. But it is always better if your scores are recent (not older than 2 years).
How to Apply? Visit Prometric Centres. Registering Online: www.gre.org.
GRE General Test Overview Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Analytical Writing
Quantitative Section Arithmetic Questions Algebra Questions Geometry Questions No Construction of Proof Questions Data Analysis Questions
Analytical Writing Tasks Present Your Views on an Issue (45 minutes, choice of 2 topics) Analyze an Argument (30 minutes) Each essay is scored on a 0-6 scale using holistic scoring
GRE SCORE PATTERN VERBAL 800 QUANTITATIVE 800 ------------------------------ TOTAL 1600 ------------------------------- ANALYTICAL WRITING SCALE(0-6)
GRE Exam Fee Test fees for GRE Test may vary according to the country In India, this fee is US $140 (approx Rs. 7000), payable at the time of registration. You cannot pay in Indian Rupees. The payment can be made through a credit card which has global acceptance.
THE GRE PREPTest Preparation Materials are available at the GRE Website: http://gre.org Download softwares, Test materials Use Standard Study materials like Princeton, Kaplan, etc Use Orkut & FaceBook Communities
Semesters Top US universities offer two main semester intakes: Fall Semester (September/October): This is the main intake and almost all programs are offered at this times. More financial aid is also available for this semester and as funds are allocated for the entire year during this time. Spring Semester (January/February): This is the mid-year intake. There is limited financial assistance available for this semester as most universities allocate funds to projects in the Fall semester.
Application Requirements Academic Records Standardized Tests Work Experience Details Letters of Recommendation Statement of Purpose (SOP) Financial Support Interviews (If applicable )
Financial Aid & Scholarships University Funding/Scholarships Loans from U.S. Banks Aid from Other Sources Loans and Support from your Home Country
Who Should Apply? Good Academic scores Decent scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS) Increase opportunities for a teaching assistantship Specialize in a field or have a research interest to increase opportunities for research assistantships and grants Have outstanding letter(s) of recommendation and an impressive statement of purpose. Send a sample of professional writing, published or otherwise.
INTRO An all-India examination for PG in engineering Conducted in 8 zones across the country Conducted by the GATE committee that comprises IIS, Bangalore and 7 IITs Exam mode: Mostly off-line Eligibility: B.E/B.Tech
8 Zones Zone 1 – IIS, Bangalore Zone 2 – IIT, Bombay Zone 3 – IIT, Delhi Zone 4 – IIT, Guwahati Zone 5 – IIT, Kanpur Zone 6 – IIT, Kharagpur Zone 7 – IIT, Chennai Zone 8 – IIT, Roorkee
Why GATE? M.E/ M.Tech Specialize and further your interest in a specific area that may lead to PhD Faculty in Educational institutions R&D in big firms
EXAM PATTERN Single paper for 100 marks 3 hrs 60 objective questions Only one correct choice Negative marking
Type of questions Recall Comprehension Application Analysis & Synthesis
Mark distribution 20 * 1 1/3 30 * 2 2/3 6 * 2 Common data Q1, Q2 2/3 4 * 2 Linked answer Q1 <- Q2 2/3
Syllabi Engineering Mathematics • Probability – Permutation & Combination – Algebra – Set theroy – Numerical Methods – Calculus CS & IT • Digital logic – Computer Architecture - Algorithm & Programming – Data Structures – Theory of computation – Compiler design – Operating Systems – DBMS – S/W Engg. – Computer Networks – Web Technology
DATES Information brochure - Sep last week – Nov 1st week Application submission - Nov 1 st week Exam - 2nd Sunday of Feb Result – Middle of March
TANCET• Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test• Self-financing professional, arts and science colleges• M.Tech/ M.E./ MBA/ MCA/ M.Arch/ M.Plan
DATES• Application forms: Last week of March• Submission: Last week of April• Exam: Last week of May
MBA• Eligibility – Any Bachelor’s degree• Exam Pattern – 2 hours – 100 objective type questions – 1mark each – 1/5 for each wrong answer
Areas covered• Data Interpretation/ Data sufficiency• Comprehension• Mathematics (+2 and Graduation level)• English – Basic usage, grammar & punctuations
M.Tech/ M.E./ M.Arch/ M.Plan• 2 hours duration• 3 parts – Engineering Mathematics • 30 objective type questions – Basic engineering and sciences • Minimum 30 questions to answer out of 45 • 1 mark each • -1/4 for incorrect answers – Specialization • Minimum 40 questions to answer out of 45 • 1 mark each • -1/4 for incorrect answers
Test Scores Out of 800, 700+ is a decent score to get admit in top universities. Dedication is the key factor.
General Tips! The first questions are weighted more heavily than the rest It’s not the number of questions you get correct that determines your score – it’s the level of difficulty Questions increase in difficulty as you answer questions correctly
Concentrate on getting a series of questions in a row correct Answer as many questions as possible If you are not sure, guess! Pace yourself, but be aware of your time Confirm your answers only when confident Be careful about exit and quit commands
After Exam Either you can apply by your own or you can approach consultancies for short listing the universities. Use Orkut & Face book Communities.
Study Strategies Buy a book! Treat it like a class Commit to specified study time(s) Test yourself realistically Do use downloadable GMAT software Do take full length test to identify weak areas and get rough estimate of score DO NOT allow yourself to exceed time limits DO NOT use calculators
ALL ABOUT TOEFL TEST• The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test designed to measure the ability to understand and to use English.• Conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) worldwide.
WHY TOEFL?Additionally, institutions such as governmentagencies, licensing bodies, businesses, orscholarship programs may require this test.
WHAT COMPRISES THE TOEFL EXAM?• 4 hour test• Consists of the following four sections, – Reading – Listening – Speaking – Writing
• 3–5 passages, each approximately 700 words in length and questions about the passages. The passages are on academic topics
• 6 passages -> Each 3–5 minutes in length and questions about the passages. These passages include 2 student conversations and 4 academic lectures or discussions.• A conversation involves 2 speakers• A lecture
• 6 tasks • 2 independent tasks • 4 integrated tasks.• In the 2 independent tasks, test takers answer opinion questions on familiar topics.• In 2 of the integrated tasks: test takers read a short passage• In the 2 remaining integrated tasks: test takers listen to an academic course lecture or a conversation about campus life and then respond to a question about what they heard.
– 1 integrated task – 1 independent task.• In the integrated task, test takers read a passage on an academic topic and then listen to a speaker discuss the same topic.• In the independent task, test takers must write an essay that states, explains and supports their opinion on an issue, supporting their opinions or choices, rather than simply listing personal preferences or choices
Task Description Approx. timeREADING 3–5 passages, each containing 12–14 60–100 minutes questionsLISTENING 6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 60–90 minutes questions BREAK 10 minutesSPEAKING 6 tasks and 6 questions 20 minutesWRITING 2 tasks and 2 questions 55 minutes
• TOEFL provides five scores: four sections scores for Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking and a total score.• Each section is on a 0-30 scale.• The total score is the sum of the four section scores. The range of total scores could be anywhere from 0-120.• VALIDITY: It is valid for two years.