IBT TOEFL Test of English as a foreign Language
The Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT)
is the new generation TOEFL. It is the 3rd generation of the TOEFL
that Alfa beta is providing classes in having started in the early
nineties with the paper based TOEFL. The iBT is about as cutting
edge as a proficiency test gets. With a radically new platform
and futuristic test delivery, the iBT is the most exciting thing
to happen to the world of exam testing in decades.
The iBT is substantially different from the CBT (Computer Based
TOEFL) in that it has an 'integrated' testing platform. This new
platform integrates linguistic skills in an environ that is a
close replication of the classroom atmosphere. The purpose of
this new innovation in testing is to give score receivers a better
idea of how well speakers of other languages will do in an academic
setting where English is the first language.
However, all the modules of the TOEFL have not been 'integrated'.
Students are only expected to show the skills of integrating different
sources of information in the 'Writing' and 'Speaking' Sections.
The iBT will be introduced in Nepal in April 2006 and will immediately
impact the testing environ in Nepal. All universities that accepted
CBT scores will continue giving validity to CBT scores till they
expire and will also accept iBT scores from
students in Nepal who have given this new test post April 2006.
The is also no cost
rise in the administration of the iBT with a reasonable cost of
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
The IELTS is an entry level test in several English speaking countries
in the world.
It is a test of English proficiency that is mainly valid in England,
Australia and New Zealand. However, increasing numbers of institutions
in the United States have also begun accepting IELTS scores as
an alternative to the TOEFL.
IELTS is administered by the UCLES (University of Cambridge Local
Exam Syndicate) and IDP, Australia. In Nepal, the IELTS is administered
by the British Council. The British Council in Kathmandu often
uses 'outside' testing centers like the 'British School' and 'The
Blue Star Hotel'.
SAT (Scholastic Admission Test)
The SAT is an entry level test for prospective undergraduates.
While there are many colleges and universities in the United States
that accept foreign students on the basis of their TOEFL scores,
the better state universities and private universities require
a certain score in the SAT 1 before they can admit any student-
domestic or international. The SAT 1 is also one of the criteria
that are used to evaluate scholarship applications. A good SAT
1 score goes a long way in ensuring that you get a scholarship
award in the institution of your dreams.
The SAT 1 is a 'scholastic' test.
It is more esoteric than a proficiency test like the TOEFL and
is supposed to measure your aptitude in 'scholastics'. Earlier,
the SAT was the acronym for 'Scholastic Aptitude Testing' but
in the latest bulletins, this 'full form' can is no longer found
on any of the official publications or media.
Classes are conducted from Monday to Friday for a total of Two
hours daily. Every Day, one hour each is allotted to the Verbal
portion (reading and writing) and the Math portion. Sunday is
for full length testing and dedicated testing. Dedicated testing
means that students are tested only on question types that they
have covered in class. A dedicated test in useful in that, it
pinpoints the weaknesses of the student in particular areas.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination Test)
The GRE, in its present avatar, is a test of verbal reasoning,
analytical writing and quantitative reasoning. It is an entry
level criterion for prospective graduate students who wish to
enter Master's level courses in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.
The GRE is a computer based and computer adaptive test that is
administered in Nepal by the American Center. The GRE is held
daily but seats must be booked in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
The GMAT is a Computer based and Computer Adaptive test for prospective
Graduate students in Management and Finance fields. The GMAT consists,
broadly speaking, of the Analytical Writing, Verbal and Quantitative
sections. It is an entry level criterion for prospective M.B.A
students and students who wish to do the M.B.S and M.S. with business
The GMAT is required by the vast majority of Grad schools that
offer Graduate level courses in Business. Varying Graduate Schools
have varying qualifying benchmarks.