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  1. 1. EducationUSA can help you every step along the way. 5 Steps to U.S. Study 1.Research Your Options 2.Finance Your Studies 3.Complete Your Application 4.Apply for Your Student Visa 5.Prepare for Your Departure
  2. 2. Every little piece counts. And every university is different. The “Application Package” for the U.S. • Application Fee and Form – Your answers to questions and lists. • Statement of Purpose and other Essays • 2-3 Recommendation Letters • Official Academic Records/Transcripts • Exams (SAT/ACT, GRE, GMAT) • TOEFL iBT (or IELTS) Results sent from testing agency. • Writing Samples, Research Papers, Portfolio, Other • Curriculum Vitae or Resume • Financial Aid Form and Documents as Proof • Interview
  3. 3. What is TOEFL? Test of English as a Second Language. About 3 million people from around the world have sat for a TOEFL test. It is an important test when it comes to study in an English-speaking country.
  4. 4. Which TOEFL Test Should I Take?
  5. 5. TOEFL ITP (Institutional TOEFL) • Paper-based test, used by many exchange programs. • Consists of 3 sections: • Total score is from 310 to 677 • Valid for two years Section Number of Questions Admin. Time Score Scale Listening Comprehension 50 35 minutes 31–68 Structure and Written Expression 40 25 minutes 31–68 Reading Comprehension 50 55 minutes 31–67 TOTAL 140 115 minutes 310–677
  6. 6. Preparation • For registration, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263 TOEFL ITP online preparation courses • Familiarizes participants with the institutional TOEFL examination including test-taking strategies, analysis of question types, vocabulary building strategies, grammar review, and listening strategies Online Test Prep ITP Test Preparation Test Prep, 24 hours 1,700 Online Test Prep ITP Test Preparation Crash Course Test Prep, 12 hours 1,800
  7. 7. Registration • Fees: 1,250 LE • Digital Test Fees: 1,490 LE • Documents Required: A valid national ID, driving license or a valid passport is a must. • For more information during COVID-19 times, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263.
  8. 8. Section Time Limit Questions Tasks Reading 54–72 minutes 30–40 questions Read passages and respond to questions Listening 41–57 minutes 28–39 questions Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions Break 10 minutes — — Speaking 17 minutes 4 tasks Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response TOEFL iBT • Internet-based test, often required by U.S. universities. • Consists of 4 sections: • Total score is from 0 to 120. • Valid for two years.
  9. 9. TOEFL iBT Reading Section • First section in the test. • 54 or 72 minutes to answer 30-40 questions. • If you get 72 minutes, it means that you will get an extra reading passage with an additional set of questions. This extra section is not graded, but it is used by the test center to determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions. There is no way for you to know which set of questions is the experimental one, so you have to do your best in each section.
  10. 10. TOEFL iBT Reading Section • It includes 3 or 4 reading passages, each approximately 700 words long, with 10 questions per passage. • Excerpts from university-level textbooks • Don't worry if you're not familiar with the topic of a passage. All the information you need to answer the questions will be included in the passage
  11. 11. Tips for the TOEFL iBT Reading Section • Use skimming and scanning in order to answer questions. • Time yourself well. Divide time equally between reading passages and answering questions • When hesitant, do not waste too much time on any one question. Make a decision, answer, and move on.
  12. 12. TOEFL iBT Listening Section • Second section of the test. • Consists of 2 parts (+ 1 experimental). • 41-57 minutes • Can listen to each recording only once • The Listening section includes native-speaker English accents from North America, the U.K., New Zealand or Australia to better reflect the variety of accents you might encounter while studying abroad • Conversations between speakers that last for 3 minutes. This is followed by 5 questions per conversation. • Academic lectures by a professor that last from 3 to 5 minutes. This is followed by 6 questions per lecture.
  13. 13. Tips for the Listening Section • Practice note taking. • Divide your time equally among questions.
  14. 14. TOEFL iBT Speaking Section • 4 tasks. 17 minutes total. • You'll get 15–30 seconds of preparation time before each response, and your response will be 45 or 60 seconds long. • Question 1 is called an "independent speaking task“. It requires you to draw entirely on your own ideas, opinions and experiences when you respond. • Questions 2–4 are called "integrated speaking tasks" because they require you to combine your English-language skills i.e: listening and speaking, or listening, reading and speaking.
  15. 15. Tips for the Speaking Section • Practice this section well before you sit for the exam. • Note taking is crucial. • Remember that the room may become loud. • Prepare a speaking template for yourself. Know what you are going to say.
  16. 16. • 2 tasks. 50 minutes total. • Integrated writing task (20 minutes): : Read a short passage and listen to a short lecture, then write in response • Independent writing task (30 minutes): Write an essay based on personal experience or opinion in response to a writing topic/prompt. TOEFL iBT Writing Section
  17. 17. General Tips to Prepare for the TOEFL iBT • This is an introductory presentation and by no means sufficient in preparing you for the test. • Give yourself at least a month to prepare and familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will encounter on test day. • Thoroughly review the “Prepare for the Test” section on the ETS website. It has a wealth of resources such as: interactive questions, sample questions from old tests covering all four sections, and free webinars and tips on how to excel on the test.
  18. 18. Preparation TOEFL iBT online preparation courses • Familiarizes participants with the TOEFL iBT examination including test-taking strategies, analysis of question types, vocabulary building strategies, grammar review, and listening strategies • For registration, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263 Online Test Prep iBT Test Preparation Test Prep, 30 hours 2,300 Online Test Prep iBT Test Preparation Crash Course Test Prep, 12 hours 1,800
  19. 19. TOEFL Preparation Materials
  20. 20. Registration Dates and Places • Register at least 2 month in advance. • Pick a test date that's at least 2 to 3 months before your earliest deadline. • For COVID-19 times, check https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/europe- middle-east-africa/ • Fees: 185$ • Documents Required: A valid passport as a primary ID or a national ID along with a valid driving license. • For more information, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263
  21. 21. GRE: What is it? • Graduate Record Exam: Tests your readiness for graduate level studies. • Measures verbal, mathematical, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section QuantitativeReasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section Unscored¹ Varies Varies Research² Varies Varies
  22. 22. GRE: Analytical Writing • Essay 1: Analysis of an Issue. You will be given an issue, and your task is to form an opinion (whether you agree or disagree with the statement), and defend that opinion. o All possible essay prompts are publically available on the ETS website. • Essay 2: Analysis of an argument. You will read an argument, and you should provide a critique of that argument. o All possible essay prompts are publically available on the ETS website.
  23. 23. GRE: Verbal Reasoning Three types of questions: 1. Text completion: You will read a 1 to 5 sentences passage. The passage will have 1 to 3 blanks, and you have to choose words or phrases that can complete the passage. 2. Sentence equivalence: You will see one sentence with one blank. You have to choose 2 words or phrases from the choices you get, that would complete the sentence, and the two resulting sentences must give the same meaning in the end.
  24. 24. GRE: Verbal Reasoning 3. Reading comprehension: o Half of the verbal reasoning questions consists of this type of question. o You read a passage that consists of 1 or more paragraphs, then answer a number of questions. There are three types of questions in the reading comprehension: a. Multiple choice- choose 1. b. Multiple choice- choose 1 or more. c. Select in passage. Click on a sentence within the passage that answers a given question. https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/verbal_reasoning
  25. 25. GRE: Quantitative Reasoning • Tests mathematical problems that you would have studied at elementary and secondary school. Five types of questions: 1. Quantitative comparison: You are given two quantities, and you determine which is greater 2. Multiple choice: Choose one from five other options 3. Multiple choice: Select all correct responses to the question 4. Numeric entry: No choices 5. Data interpretation: Answer questions related to graphs, charts, diagrams, etc. https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/quantitative_reaso ning
  26. 26. GRE: Exam Design • Preview and review capabilities within a section • "Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section • The ability to change/edit answers within a section • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section
  27. 27. Preparation GRE General online preparation courses • For registration, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263 Course Online Test Prep GRE (Verbal) Test Prep, 12 hours 1,800 Course Online Test Prep GRE (Math) Test Prep, 12 hours 1,800
  28. 28. Registration Dates and Places • Register at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance. • Pick a test date that's at least 3 to 4 months before your earliest deadline. • For COVID-19 times, check https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/europe-middle- east-africa/ • Fees: 3847 L.E (205$ + 40$ admin fees) • Documents Required: A valid passport as a primary ID or a national ID along with a valid driving license. • For more information, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263
  29. 29. GMAT • Graduate Management Admission Test: mba.com • Measures ability to succeed in business schools. • You may NOT change, return to, or skip any questions. • Approximately 25% of all the questions on the GMAT are experimental questions. Section Duration Number of questions Score Range Analytical writing 30 1 Essay 0-6 in half-point increments Integrated Reasoning 30 12 1-8 in one-point increments Quantitative Reasoning 62 31 6-51 in one-point increments Verbal 65 36 6-51 in one-point increments
  30. 30. GMAT: Analytical Writing Assessment • Analysis of an Argument • 30 minutes
  31. 31. GMAT: Integrated Reasoning • Analyze information from different sources (charts, tables, texts, etc…). • Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis. • 12 questions, 30 minutes
  32. 32. GMAT: Quantitative Reasoning 1. Problem solving questions (⅔ of all questions): o You get a question with 5 choices. 2. Data sufficiency questions (⅓ of all questions): o Determine whether two different statements provide enough information to answer a given question. o The answer choices are always the same in these questions.
  33. 33. 1. Sentence correction questions (⅓ of questions.): These are grammar questions, and you need to select the choice that creates the best sentence. 2. Critical reasoning (⅓ of questions): You are going to analyze an argument and choose the best answer. 3. Reading comprehension (⅓ of questions): Answer questions based on information in a passage. GMAT: Verbal Reasoning
  34. 34. How to prepare for the GRE or GMAT? • This is an introductory presentation and by no means sufficient in preparing you for the test. • Give yourself at least 3 months to prepare and familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will encounter on test day. • Cramming does not work. There is no way you will memorize all the unfamiliar vocabulary nor the math concepts and bizarre questions. The key is to find a way to work around these problems that works for you. Actually, this is the point of the test.
  35. 35. How to prepare for GRE or GMAT? • GRE: Download a software called Powerprep II from the official ETS website. This software is available for free and it helps you get familiar with the types of questions in all the different sections of the test, and to get familiar with the test layout that you are going to see on test day. https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/powerprep2 • GMAT: You can find a software on mba.com that provides you with two tests to answer. You pay to get more (about $8 for 20 more tests).
  36. 36. Preparation GMAT General online preparation courses • For registration, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263 Course Online Test Prep GMAT (Verbal) Test Prep, 12 hours 1,800 Course Online Test Prep GMAT (Math) Test Prep, 12 hours 1,800
  37. 37. Registration Dates and Places • Register at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance. • Pick a test date that's at least 3 to 4 months before your earliest deadline. • For online registration, check https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/before- the-exam/register-for-the-gmat-exam • Fees: 4870 L.E • Documents Required: A valid passport as a primary ID or a national ID along with a valid driving license. • For more information, contact AMIDEAST Egypt on 19263
  38. 38. Recommended Books
  39. 39. Take your research seriously. You have many free tools to help. Global network of centers & information on the 5 Steps of US Study EducationUSA AMIDEAST Information on testing, test prep, and fields of study. College Board, Petersons & Niche College Board/Magoosh Fantastic tools and resources for undergraduate study, incl. SAT & GRE College search Engines College Confidential/ QUORA Student Blogs. The Princeton REVIEW Student Reviews. CHEA Database of accredited American education institutions. Search Tools and Resources US EMBASSY CAIRO Information on Student Visas and list of exchange programs. NUMBEO, FOREIGN CREDITS, Cost of Living comparison, GPA calculator, and more.
  40. 40. Our Facebook Community EducationUSA Egypt
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  42. 42. https://www.instagram.com/educationusaegypt/?hl=en Thank you and Good Luck! Cairo@educationusa.org Alexandria@educationusa.org 19263 https://www.clubhouse.com/club/educationusa-egypt https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB8dXSCJ6hGMui6GV_M_C9Q
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