GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)
LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
SAT (SAT Reasoning Test)
The GMAT is the primary entrance examination typically required for business school admissions. The score is considered as a reasonable indicator of future academic performance at business schools. It is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and can be taken at any one of many test centers around the world 5 or 6 days a week. You may take the GMAT only once every 31 days and no more than five times within any 12-month period.
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. About 66% of test takers score between 400 and 600. The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. For the Verbal section, most people score between 9 and 44. For the Quantitative section, common scores are between 7 and 50. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different things and cannot be compared to each other, however, each section's score can be compared across different GMAT tests.
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The LSAT is the standardized achievement examination for law school admissions in the United States and is produced by LSAC, Inc. The LSAT test has historically consisted of 3 multiple choice types and an essay; the multiple choice section types are Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Logic Games. The LSAT is required for admission to LSAC-member law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non–ABA–approved law schools.
- The LSAT is a 3.5 to 4 hour test and can be taken at any one of many test centers in the United States and around the world 4 times a year.
- The LSAT composite score ranges from 120 to 180 and is drawn from the four scored multiple choice sections. The writing section does not get factored into the composite score. The average and most popular LSAT score for nearly all administrations is 151.
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The GRE is one of two standardized achievement examinations for business school admissions in the United States, as well as various graduate studies programs such as engineering, English literature and more. The GRE test has historically consisted of 2 multiple choice sections, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, and an Analytical Writing Assessment. In July 2009, ETS is planning to include a new section entitled the Personal Potential Index, or PPI, a special assessment section developed to increase the validity of GRE performance when related to post-collegiate study.
- The GRE is a 2.5 to 3 hour test and can be taken at any one of many test centers in the United States and around the world 5 or 6 times a year.
- The GRE composite score ranges from 400 to 1600 and is drawn from the two multiple-choice sections. The writing section does not get factored into the composite score, but has its own, unrelated score. The GRE is a computer-adaptive test. The national mean GRE score is about 465 in Verbal, 584 in Quantitative and between 4 and 4.5 for the writing assessment.
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The Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is used as an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking universities and colleges. It can be taken in an Internet-Based test (iBT) or paper-based test (PBT) format. The four hour test is divided into four sections, each testing basic skills in an academic setting: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. The test may be taken no more than once a week.
Total scores range from 0 to 130. In evaluating your performance on TOEFL iBT, it is useful to compare your scores with those of other students from your native country and with those of students who speak the same language as you.
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The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is one of the two standardized tests (along with the ACT) for college admissions in the United States. It measures students’ preparedness for colleges and universities by testing the critical thinking skills that are essential for success after high school. The test is owned, developed and published by the College Board. It is administered and scored by Educational Training Systems. A testing session lasts approximately 4 hours and costs $45 ($71 when taken abroad).
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