Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test, conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), considered to be the most prestigious B-schools of India. It is an entrance exam for students who want to pursue their Post Graduate level Management Degree, from the world renowned IIM’s. Performance in the Common Admission Test or CAT, followed by Group Discussions and Personal Interviews, serves as the basis for admission. Apart from the IIM's, a candidate can get admission in many other business schools, provided he/she has a CAT score.
• Verbal ability and reasoning
• Reading Comprehension
• Quantitative skills
• Data Interpretation
• Analytical and Logical reasoning
The test comprised 90 questions divided into 3 sections, way back in the year 2005. Typically this test can be expected to comprise between 75 to 150 objective type questions and is usually divided into three to four sections. Each question has a question statement followed by four alternate answer choices and the candidate has to choose the best answer for each of the questions and mark it on a special Optical Reader answer sheet.
Over the years, the number of questions being asked in CAT has been decreasing steadily. While the early 90s witnessed 180 to 200 questions, the late 90s, specifically CAT 1999 and CAT 2000 had 165 questions each. CAT 2001, CAT 2002 and CAT 2003 had only 150 questions each and these 150 questions were divided into three sections of 50 questions each. There were 123 questions in CAT 2004 and only 90 in CAT 2005. CAT 2004 and CAT 2005 both had differential marks to questions. There were also 0.5 marks, 1 mark and 2 mark questions.
The duration of the test is of 120 minutes. This literally translates to answering a CAT question in 48 seconds. Most successful aspirants do not attempt anything more than 120 plus questions. Quite a lot of them attempt between 70 to 90 marks worth of questions. The key to success, therefore, lies in two important parameters.
The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States and is developed, published and assessed by the College Board.
In the early 1990s, the SAT consisted of six sections: Two math sections (scored together on a 200-800 scale), two verbal sections (scored together on a 200-800 scale), the Test of Standard Written English (scored on a 20-60+ scale) and an equating section. In 1994, the exam was modified, removing antonym questions, and adding math questions, that were not multiple choice. The average score on the 1994 modification of the SAT I was usually around 1000 (500 on the verbal and 500 on the math). The most selective schools in the United States (for example, those in the Ivy League) typically demanded SAT averages, exceeding 1400 on the old test.
Beginning with the March 12, 2005 administration of the exam, the SAT Reasoning Test was modified and lengthened. Changes included the removal of analogy questions from the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section and quantitative comparisons from the Math section and the inclusion of a writing section (with an essay) based on the former SAT II Writing Subject Test. The Mathematics section was expanded to cover, three years of high school mathematics.
Getting started to prepare for the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) can be intimidating. Our goal is to make the first step as easy for you as possible. To perform well on the SAT, you need to draw on a set of skills. The SAT is an important test. It's different from the tests that you're used to taking. One explicitly stated purpose of the SAT, is to predict how students will perform academically as college freshmen. But the more practical purpose of the SAT is to help college admission officers, make acceptance decisions, because it provides a single, standardized means of comparison. The SAT is a predictable test and can be well prepared for, through practice.
The Common Entrance Test (CET) is a competitive exam, conducted for the purpose of admission of students to the first year or first semester of full time courses in Medical, Dental and Engineering Courses in professional colleges within the state in question, in India.
The Common Entrance Tests in India are increasingly becoming popular as it allows the students to apply to various colleges in different states of the Indian Union. Thus the Common Entrance Test increases the choice of the students and also helps them to save time.
The Common entrance examinations are held to admit students in almost all the professional courses such as medical, engineering, MBA, MCA, Pharmacy, Law, Nursing and others. Therefore we would like to insist that candidates seeking admissions in any professional course must check the common Entrance test calendar and its details, so that they do not miss information about Medical, Engineering, MBA, MCA, Law, Pharmacy, Nursing or other entrance exams.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL, evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English, in an academic setting. It sometimes is an admission requirement, for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking Colleges and Universities, abroad.
Additionally, Institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs, may require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then will no longer be officially reported, since a candidate's language proficiency could have significantly changed since the date of the test. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.
The TOEFL test is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is administered worldwide. The test was first administered in 1964 and has since been taken by more than 23 million students.
'International English Language Testing System’ is an international standardized test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd and was established in 1989.
There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version:
The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in Universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
It is generally acknowledged that the reading and writing tests for the Academic Version are more difficult than those for the General Training Version, due to the differences in the level of intellectual and academic rigour between the two versions.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 2,000 academic institutions in the United States and various professional organizations, spread across the world. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and Canada.
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) is an All-India Examination conducted by the six Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science,Bangolore, on behalf of the National Co-ordinating Board-GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development(MHRD), Government of India.
Admission of Postgraduate courses, with MHRD scholarship/assistantship, in engineering/Technology/Architecture/pharmacy at colleges/Institutes will be open only to those who qualify in GATE. The objectives of GATE is to identify meritorious and motivated candidates, for admission into postgraduate programs in Engineering at the National level. Every year one IIT or IISc is selected as the Organizing Institute.
Why should we take GATE ?
To pursue M.Tech/M.E program in a leading institute of the country. The benefits of M.Tech are :
• More and better companies for Campus placement in leading Institutes
• Higher salaries are being offered for M.Tech as compared to B.tech
• M.Tech degree leads to specialization and furthering of interest in a certain area, which may lead to Ph.D
• M.Tech degree is a must for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational institutes/R&D centres
• Scholarship is paid during M.Tech. so student can easily afford his needs
• M.Tech program is a 4 semester(24 months) program; which means that there is more time to work out career opportunities
• To be a part of any Nationally reputed Educational Institute and enjoy learning and research
• Some industries and foreign universities have indicated their interest in GATE qualified candidates
• Some colleges/Institutes specify GATE as a mandatory qualification even for admission of self financing students
• Gate qualified candidates in the Engineering discipline are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in the CSIR Laboratory
MAT is the MBA entrance test conducted country-wide by the Centre for Management Services (CMS) of the All India Management Association (AIMA). It is usually conducted four times in a year in February, May, September and December. MAT is conducted in all major cities in the country and in leading cities abroad.
MAT Score is necessary for admission into PGDM / equivalent programmes offered by AIMA or other Management Institutes (MIs), who participate in it. The number of participating institutes may vary, as it keeps on changing from test to test. Admission criteria for admission to every institute is different, but all these Management Institutes participating in MAT are either AICTE / DEC approved; University affiliated colleges, University Departments. Validity of the MAT score for that particular session for most Management Institutes, is one year.
MAT has become popular with over hundreds of AICTE approved Institutions & University Departments and over lakhs of MBA aspirants having availed AIMA’s testing services in the past six years and now MAT is approved as a National Entrance Test, vide the Government of India, Ministry of HRD.
The GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is administered by Graduate Management Admission Council (or GMAC) and required for admission to most U.S., Canadian and European business school MBA programs. Also, the GMAT test result can be used for admission to business PhD program, such as Harvard Business School DBA program.
Many test-takers have been working for several years and some are still in colleges. However, the GMAT exam does not test any specific knowledge in business or other subjects. Rather, it tests the "mental intelligence" and the ability to make decisions in a situation which involves pressure. The following table represents GMAT test format:
|GMAT Format||Break 5 minutes||Break 5 minutes|
Number (s) of Questions (Total) Length
Verbal: About 14 Reading Comprehension Questions (3 passages), 10 Critical Reasoning Question and 17 Sentence Correction Questions) 41
Quantitative (about 13 Data Sufficiency, and 34 Problem Solving) 37
|AWA (one Issue and one Argument) 2 30 minutes for each essay|
The GMAT is an essential element in the evaluation of an applicant and schools attach great importance to the test for two good reasons: it allows the school to compare applicants from different backgrounds according to the same numerical scale; moreover, the average GMAT score is taken into account in the various business school rankings.
At most schools, the GMAT is a deciding element in your application. Along with your undergraduate grades, your score on the GMAT determines your "academic ability". Although everyone refuses to compare it to an IQ test, the GMAT implicitly provides the school, with an indication of your ability to follow the MBA courses.
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