The number of institutions signing in to use TOEFL scores continue to increase at a fast pace. An additional 383 institutions have become TOEFL score users within the last year. Globally, around a million students appear for the test every year. The TOEFl test has been accepted by the top ranking universities around the world for the last 45 years.
Educational Testing Service, the creators of the test, announced that the English language proficiency test for both undergraduate and graduate applicants has now been accepted by 7,300 institutes across the world, making it one of the most widely accepted tests.
The Toefl test is accepted at 5,175 institutes in United States and Canada 1,000 in Europe, 600 in Asia and 200 in the United Kingdom . Institutes in Australia and New Zealand have also joined the bandwagon.
“Every student planning to *”study abroad":http://studyabroad.learnhub.com/* takes either GRE or Toefl. For Indians, where one in every 25 student heads abroad, this is great news," said Palav Sharma, counselor.
“As the number of institutions accepting the Toefl test is rising rapidly, we have opened additional testing centres in India and abroad,” said Teresa Sanchez-Lazer, executive director, Toefl product management. Currently there are more than 4500 test administration sites globally.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) , a test taken by 600,000 students across the world each year, will look significantly different in 2011. The Educational Testing Service , which administers the exam, announced its plans to revamp the GRE. on Dec. 4, calling the changes the “largest revisions” in the test’s history.
ETS spokesman Tom Ewing said changes have been a “long time coming.” ETS first announced changes in 2006, but delayed making them until 2007 to add more Internet-based test centers. In 2007, it canceled the planned changes. The new test will include a new grading scale and an increased emphasis on reasoning and critical thinking skills, while focusing less on analogy and vocabulary sections.
Changes to the computer systems the test is administered through will allow students to skip questions and come back later to complete them before finishing the section. Previously, students could not go back to answer questions they skipped. The most significant change, Ewing said, will be in the types of prompts.
“The questions asked will be more focused and require thoughtful responses rather than strictly memorization,” he said. Ewing said exam changes will benefit future test takers.
There is good news for all GRE takers. With the introduction of the GRE revised General Test, Educational Testing Service (ETS) will offer 50% discount on the test fee to all individuals, for a limited-time period, who take the test between August 1 and September 30, 2011.
The announcement appeared on the GRE website when ETS revealed a completely new test-taker section designed to educate potential graduate and business school students about the GRE revised General Test.
The GRE revised General Test will deliver many new features when it is introduced in 2011. Some changes are –: 1) More questions based on real life situation to analyse students’ thinking and reasoning skills.
2) New navigation features, including the ability to skip questions and go back to them later within a section for a better test-taking experience.
3) More emphasis on reading — and no antonyms or analogies.
4) New answer types, such as filling in a number or providing more than one response when asked, so students can better demonstrate what they know.
5) On-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
Speaking about these changes to the Indian Express, David G. Payne, VP and COO for Graduate and College Programs at ETS, said, “We know students are going to find the overall testing experience better with the introduction of the GRE revised General Test.”
Starting in August 2011, the split-test administration will be eliminated in China (including Hong Kong), Korea and Taiwan, and will be replaced with computer-based testing one to two times per month. Candidates appearing from those regions will be able to take the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections on computer, all on the same day. This change has been made to cater to growing number of Asian students taking the exam.
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Rohtak has been inaugurated. As per sources, the institute had been formally launched by the Vice Chairman of Tata Motors Limited and Chairperson of the Board of Governors at IIT-Rohtak, Ravi Kant. Currently, IIM Rohtak will commence with an intake capacity of 50 students, all of which have been filled up for the current academic year.
Until the time IIM Rohtak gets its own faculty, the faculty of IIM-Lucknow would organize classes. The process of recruiting faculty members to teach at the university is likely to take a period of about a year. However, a permanent director for the institute would be recruited within a month.
In addition, presently, the new IIM will begin functioning from the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) campus, until it can have its own building, which might take a time period of 2 years. Moreover, the MDU would also be providing temporary residence to the faculty members from IIM-Lucknow.
From 22nd February 2010, all potential Tier 4 students applying to UK from inside or outside the UK must use a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) in their application. All applications that do not contain a CAS will fall for refusal.
Institutions will need to provide all potential students with a CAS reference number and your sponsor licence number (SLN). Institutions will also need to give them all the information they will need when making their application. This information is sometimes called a ''CAS statement''; it is up to sponsors to decide its format and how to send it to their potential students. A ''CAS statement'' may contain:
student date of birth;
course start and end date;
details of any financial sponsorship/deposits taken;
documents that should be included as part of an application to prove qualifications;
CAS number; and
ATAS certificate (if appropriate).
This additional information will assist our caseworkers and entry clearance officers when making decisions on migrant applications under Tier 4.
If a prospective student has a visa letter issued before 22 February 2010, they can no longer use it to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. If institutions have issued a visa letter to a student who is intending to apply to us, they must replace the visa letter with a CAS.