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12th Nov 2022
Afia Azmi

5 tips to crack the Standardized Tests you Need to Study Abroad

Studying abroad starts with tests, whether you like it or not. It comes with a huge round of applications from near and far, from local to international. And one of the biggest hurdles you have to cross while channelling your inner foreign student vibe is to crack the standardised tests.

Some of the most popular standardised English entrance tests for studying abroad are -

PTE – Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

This is a widely accepted English language certification test recommended for students who want to showcase their English language abilities to enter any foreign university.

Eligibility Criteria: Anyone of 16 years and above

**Test Format - **

  • Speaking & Writing (54-67 Minutes)
  • Reading (29-30 Minutes)
  • Listening (30-43 Minutes)

Average Total Time: 3 hours

Test Fee: INR 13,000

Registration: Online through the official PTE website

Test Date: Conducted round the year

Results: Available online within 2-4 working days of your test date

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TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

This standardized language test is one of the popular entrance exams for overseas universities. With the pandemic taken into consideration, this test has been redesigned for applicants to appear from within the comfort and safety of their homes.

This test is usually accepted in universities in the USA and Canada.

Eligibility Criteria: No age restriction specified as such

Test Format: Four sections include Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing

Test Duration: Average 3 hours

Test Fee: INR 14,242

Registration: Online

Test Date: Conducted more than 60 times a year

Results: Available online approximately six days from the test date.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

This is one of the most popular English language tests for students from non-native English-speaking countries to study or work abroad.

Most countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada accept these scores.

Eligibility Criteria: Recommended for students 16 years of age and above

Test Format: Four sections include Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

Test Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Test Fee: INR 14,700

Registration: Online via the British Council website

Test Date: Convenient dates are available throughout the year.

Results: Available online within 3 to 5 days of the test or specific categories within 13 days of the test date.

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5 Tips to Pass These Tests With Flying Colors

Speak

All you need to do everyday is make sure that you are speaking correctly, including pronunciations. Practice speaking in English in front of the mirror or conversing with your friends. Don't attach accents or weird, unfamiliar tones to your voice.

Enrich Vocabulary

Synonyms, antonyms, whatever you may have, learn it. Pick words of the day and learn the meaning and the uses. Try to use formal or better words in daily conversations.

Read Thoroughly

From newspapers and leaflets to books and brochures, read aloud everyday for atleast 15 mins. Increase your reading pace as you practice. Set daily limits and goals. Increase them regularly.

Write Better and Faster

Basic English entrance tests also require you to ace your writing abilities. Improve and work on your writing speed and handwriting. Use better words, supplicate your statements in a better way.

Watch English Movies/Series

Use this time to watch series and movies that you binge on and learn words and phrases. Increase and improve your listening ability. At times, try understanding parts of the video without subtitles.

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Conclusion

The core tip to crack these tests is consistency and practice. You have to keep on to ensure that your abilities are fresh every time they are tested. Make this bridging language a part of your life curriculum. Circumstances may push you to go off roads but remember to be patient and answer.

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