Additional Exams

The GRE exam
Graduate and business school applicants from all around the world take the GRE revised General measure the kind of thinking necessary for the programs you will engage in at this level of education. The results provide schools with a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications beyond undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications.

The GRE is offered at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries around the world. In most regions, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer- based test is available one to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-based format up to three times a year in October, November and February.

The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school:

•   Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

•   Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

•   Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
You can prepare yourself for the GRE by becoming familiar with the test format, reviewing fundamentals, increasing and practicing your vocabulary, and taking practice tests. GRE tests three main areas: verbal ability, mathematical proficiency and analytical ability. There will be two sections for each of these areas.

You will have 30 minutes to complete each section of the exam. Each verbal section will have 38 questions, each math section will have 30 questions, and each analytical section will have 25 questions. There is also an un-scored section with 25-30 questions of varying content.

When you take the test, guess at answers you do not know - there’s no penalty for incorrect answers. First eliminate answers you know are wrong and then choose the most likely answer.

The IELTS exam
Depending on your study or career plan for studying in the U.S., you might also be required to take the IELTS exam, in addition to the TOEFL®. Although the TOEFL® represents the standard by which most universities and colleges measure, you should familiarize yourself with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as well.

This exam assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. According to their website,tests are offered in over 900 locations around the world up to four times per month. For more information on locations and registering for this exam, please visit their website.

The IELTS measures the four language skills, listening, reading, writing and speaking, and relies on face-to-face interviews with a certified examiner in an interactive situation to measure fluency.

Test takers can choose between two versions of the test, either the Academic or the General Training version, depending on visa requirements and/or academic or professionals goals. Both versions include the same listening and speaking sections, but have different requirements for the reading and writing sections.

The Academic measures the English language proficiency necessary for a higher education environment, whereas the General Training measures English language proficiency in a more practical, everyday context.