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Admits Fall 2017

MS in US FALL AND SPRING 2017 ADMITS

MS in US FALL AND SPRING 2017 ADMITS

Collegepond is thrilled to announce results for its Fall and Spring 2017 Admission season. The results have been outstanding so far with students receiving admission to the college of their dreams such as Georgia Tech, Upenn, UMich and more. Our startling accomplishments year-on-year are an outcome of unflagging determination, meticulous approach and collective efforts of Collegepond and its students.  Read More

Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US – an expert opinion by Jimeet Sanghavi

Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US

There is a mass hysteria prevailing in the international students’ community in view of the recent Executive Order on Temporary Immigration Ban on seven countries and proposed changes to the H-1B bill. Let’s understand how these developments can impact Indian students aspiring for higher education in the US.

Firstly, while the EO curtails immigration from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen, the courts have overruled this EO order recently. Similarly, the refugee clause will not apply to Indians as well. Indian students going on F1 Visas, therefore, need not worry.

Moving onto the topic that has everyone on the edge of their seats (moreso, than the NaMo demonetisation effect) – the legislation on H1B (employment) visas. Before we discuss the impact, let’s understand what the H1B visa does – it allows you to work “post” the OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. After the completion of the college program, a student is entitled to work on OPT for upto 12 months for non-STEM and upto 36 months for STEM courses. Thus, a STEM student can work upto THREE years (irrespective of H1B application), which usually is more than enough to not just recover the fees and the loan but also set-up a strong foundation to build upon later.

Thinking from a recruiter’s point of view, if there is uncertainty in the regulations, then the company would be more keen on recruiting interns and people on OPT than on H1B. The OPT does not have a minimum salary requirement as compared to H-1Bs under the proposed regulations. This in turn will increase the opportunities for fresh graduates.

Lets try to decipher a few hidden clauses of the new legislation. Now, the proposed legislation on the floor in the Congress for H1B eligibility prioritizes market-based allocation of H-1B visas for institutions willing to pay 2x of the wage calculated by a survey. Estimates are that the annual salary will amount to a minimum of approximately US$130,000 per year. While the legislation is yet to be finalized, here is why even these rules should not be a cause of grave concern for Indian students:

a) Various such proposals have been floated previously unsuccessfully.

b) The current visa requirements mandate Indian students to prove their indisposition towards migrating to the US permanently. However, the new H1B leaves scope for a “dual intent” which means F1 visas may not be denied on the basis of the student’s intention to migrate. The transition from F1 to H1B in that sense should be lot smoother now.

c) The new H1B rules shall eliminate the ‘country based’ allocation earlier available to ‘Chile’ and ‘Singapore’ thereby creating more opportunity for Indian students.

d) The salary cap of $130,000 on H1B will be applicable to only those companies who have more than 15% employees on H1B visa – this will refrain a few particular companies (read – the beneficiaries of outsourcing policies) to exhaust the quota via the H1B lottery system and open up more opportunities for other companies and startups.

e) The following tweet by Trump talks of his intention to create more new businesses, which translates to more jobs. The new H1B will cut down ‘hoarding’ of talent by a few companies and help small businesses in hiring talented individuals.

Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US

Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US

f) The effect of the proposal will predominantly be felt by those companies who hire Indians on H1B and L1 visas for US-based projects without paying them the salaries that an American University-trained graduate (India-based or otherwise) is in a position to command. The effect thus, will be felt more on a corporate level and not at an employee level, and the Indian students aspiring for American education should not be too concerned with this move by President Trump.

g) The OPT enables the student to work for a total of three years in the US after completion of their Masters. Many of the students who complete their Masters get a starting salary in the range of US$85,000 to US$95,000. Having gained three years of work experience, it is natural for these students to expect the salary in range of eligibility criteria decided for obtaining H1B visa. If the student has successfully proven his mettle to his employer, the employer will not hesitate in rewarding the employee with compensation that is above the minimum amount required to obtain the visa.

g) Since the proposed H1B bill aims at leveling the playing field and curbing companies to outsource jobs, it is unlikely that these vacant positions will be filled by the existing workforce. This will create more opportunities for Indian students available under OPT option.

i) If the reports are to be believed, U.S. colleges will end up losing close $700 million of their annual revenue if Indians decide to explore other avenues. This move can significantly impact US’s undisputed standing as the top study destination. University Presidents are aware of these dire implications and are trying their best to chalk out ways to attract students to the US shores, and in a bid to do so they are likely to ease out the fiercely competitive admission process. The US is known for its inclusive education system and their commitment to diversity. With the ban on seven Muslim countries, chances of Indian applicants being accepted is likely to move up a notch. In fact, we have seen better results so far this year than the previous year in terms of the admits the students have got at Collegepond.

Many brilliant innovations in the US are driven by immigrants. It is a startling fact that all the six American who bagged the Nobel prize in 2016 were immigrants! A large number of international students study STEM courses and contribute significantly to research and economic growth of the nation. Statistics indicate that there is a scarcity of U.S born graduates prepared to work in STEM fields. The universities would try their best to give out admits to deserving international students to ensure their higher-education system attracts the best and brightest from across the globe.

j) For the convocation ceremony at the time of graduation, more often than not, the parents end up visiting United States. The cascading impact of Indians not going to US Universities will affect the tourism industry in excess of US$ 1.0 billion as Indians are amongst the highest spenders as tourists in USA.

From losing revenues in the form of visa fees, University tuition, tourism, etc – the amount will be drastic for the country to suddenly sustain. Several multinational companies have already begun lobbying against the 2x eligibility criteria of $130K, and as per Mr. Vikas Swaroop, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, the concerns about H1B and L1 visas have been conveyed to the US at the highest levels. With President Trump and PM Modi expected to chalk out a long-term strategy of incremental Indo-US collaboration on multiple fronts, expect the deal only to get increasingly favorable for Indians going forward. Politically and diplomatically, it makes a lot of sense for President Trump to work towards creating a foreign policy with India which is mutually beneficial for the two countries.

Thus, it is important to scavenge at the opportunities during uncertain times rather than dwell too much on the negativities that have been propogated by media without even the laws and proposals being legislated.

Please note that this is an interpretation of the current proposals and may require modification with the future developments. Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US

Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US  
Impact of Trump’s policies on Indians aspiring for higher education in the US

HOW WILL THE H-1B PROCESS CHANGE DUE TO TRUMP

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President Donald Trump, the 45th POTUS, took charge on January 20th with multiple clouds of apprehension about the policies that he had promised to implement. With the Executive Order (EO) on January 27th restricting immigration from 7 countries, these apprehensions looked to be materializing sooner than expected. With the number of students applying for higher education in the US at an all-time high, and increasing at a rapid pace, the EO on immigration and President Trump’s comments on visa misuse and outsourcing of American jobs have led to several furrowed brows. Since January 2017, three separate bills were proposed to amend the current H-1B system by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durban, Representative Darrell Issa and Representative Zoe Lofgren. These proposals vary in approach with respect to the priority, degree requirements and minimum salary requirements. For example, Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durban have recommended elimination of the lottery system and priority given to foreign students educated in the US. Representative Zoe Lofgren has proposed a market based allocation system wherein individuals who are offered the highest salaries will be awarded the H1B visa first. The intent is to prioritize issuance of employment visas for individuals with specialized skills.

Much is written in the press with respect to Representative Zoe Lofgren’s proposals is her Highly Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017. This Act suggests market based priority allocation to those companies willing to pay a minimum of 200 percent of the wage calculated by a survey (amounting to approximately US$130,000) and raises the minimum salary level for H-1B dependant employers that are exempt from non-displacement and recruitment attestation services to a wage level that is 35 percentile points higher than the median national annual wage or approximately USD$132,000 for Computer and Mathematical Occupations published by the Department of Labour Occupational Employment Statistics.   She has further recommended withdrawal of the Master’s degree exemption for H-1B dependent companies.

For any of these proposals to be enacted into law, these bills have to be passed through the House of Representatives and Senate and signed by President Trump. Though it is quite clear that there will be changes to the existing H1B regulations, it is unclear which of the proposal(s) will be documented in the final bill. Rest assured that the bill will be thoroughly discussed with significant lobbying happening on the side lines. Already, Mr. Vikas Swaroop, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, has raised his concerns about H1B and L1 proposed changes, which have been conveyed to the US at the highest levels.

In addition to the above, another pressing concern that students expressed was regarding the OPT policy that the new administration is likely to adopt. A series of unauthenticated tweets by a PhD student sparked rumours about Trump government’s intention to cancel the OPT provision, or roll-back the extensions made under President Obama’s government. However, upon careful study of the proposed Executive Order — https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7872567/Protecting_American_Jobs_and_Workers_by_Strengthening_the_Integrity_of_Foreign_Worker_Visa_Programs.0.pdf, one notices that the EO nowhere mentions OPT (which is covered under the F1 visa). Neither does the document contain any statement calling for a roll-back of the OPT extension.

We must at this point adopt a wait and watch approach with respect to the contours of the final bill. In the meantime, we recommend every student to continue with his/her plans and make a final decision at the appropriate time. It is expected that the final bill will be legislated before the next H-1B season, which is in April. Till then, let’s hold our horses and not jump to any hasty conclusion.

H-1B PROCESS CHANGE TRUMP

Top Entrance exams for overseas study

Top Entrance exams for overseas study | Education Abroad

Overseas education is gaining a lot of prominence and it caters to students of varied academic backgrounds and interests. However, there are certain prerequisites that need to be met in order to gain admission into an overseas university. Top Entrance exams for overseas study

Top entrance exams: Top Entrance exams for overseas study

Some of the most popular and important international entrance exams include the GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.  Students may be required to give a combination of one or more exams which may be unique to that country and its education system.

Given below is a brief introduction to the various entrance exams and respective paper formats:

  1. GRE: Top Entrance exams for overseas study

The Graduate Record Examination, a standardized test, is a prerequisite for gaining admission into a majority of graduate schools in the United States.  It was created as well as administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949. GRE aims to test verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills of students that have been developed over a period of time. Students who wish to pursue a master’s degree or want to study a specialized master’s course; MBA, MEM, MS or a doctoral degree can give the GRE Test. The computer-based GRE revised General Test consists of five sections. The first section of the test is the analytical writing section which consists of Issue and Argument tasks. The other five sections have two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or a research section.

  1. GMAT: Top Entrance exams for overseas study

The Graduate Management Admission Test, commonly known as the GMAT, is a computer-based examination used to measure skills that are necessary for the study of management. Its duration is 3½-hours, and it is designed to predict how students will perform academically in MBA programs. Based on the GMAT scores, graduate business schools make admission decisions. Several schools require GMAT scores from applicants, therefore preparing well for the test is important. The GMAT score is vital as it can be the deciding factor regarding acceptance or rejection to a program. The GMAT tests four major skills: analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and integrated reasoning.  These skills are analyzed through four sections namely:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment (one writing task, duration-30 minutes)
  2. Integrated Reasoning section (12 multiple-choice questions, duration-30 minutes)
  3. Quantitative section (37 multiple-choice questions, duration- 75 minutes)
  4. Verbal section (41 multiple-choice questions, duration-75 minutes)

A separate score and percentile rank are provided for all the exam sections mentioned above.

  1. SAT: Top Entrance exams for overseas study

The SAT is a standardized and general test of verbal and quantitative reasoning which is required by many US colleges and universities as part of their admission process. Originally, it was called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and now it is known as SAT. The duration of the test is three hours, and it measures the verbal and mathematical reasoning skills that students have developed over time. Many colleges and universities use the SAT as one of the admission criteria among others such as class rank, GPA, participation in extracurricular activities, personal essay and letters of recommendation.

SAT consists of two different examinations:

  • The SAT Reasoning Test (Earlier known as SAT I)
  • The SAT Subject Test (Earlier known as SAT II)

The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour and forty-five-minute test which comprises of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. This test is designed to measure critical thinking and analytical skills. The SAT Subject Tests are a series of one-hour multiple-choice tests in subjects such as Literature, US and World History, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

  1. TOEFL: Top Entrance exams for overseas study

Students who wish to study abroad in an English-speaking country are required to take a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). It assesses your ability to speak and understand English by analyzing your English skills in terms of reading, speaking, listening and writing. It evaluates how well you combine these skills to perform academic tasks. TOEFL is accepted as proof of English proficiency in 9,000 colleges, and it is conducted more than 50 times in a year by Educational Testing Service (ETS) – a US-based non-profit organization. TOEFL has two versions: TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) and TOEFL PBT (paper-based test). Both the versions of TOEFL test has four sections- Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing and takes about 4-hours to complete. Students can retake the TOEFL test as many times as they wish. It uses both human raters and automated scoring methods for evaluating a student’s performance.

  1. IELTS:

The International English language testing system (IELTS) is a popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. Its objective is to assess the ability and preparedness of students who wish to study or train in a foreign country. IELTS assesses the test takers English skills with respect to reading, writing, listening and speaking. It is accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

The two versions of IELTS are- the Academic IELTS and the General Training IELTS. The Academic IELTS is usually for people who wish to study abroad, and the General Training IELTS is usually for people want to follow a non-academic course or for immigration. The duration of IELTS exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and it consists of four sections which test the candidates listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

  1. PTE:

PTE Academic (The Pearson Test of English) is a computer- based English language test designed to assess the readiness and ability of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level program which is taught in English. PTE focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. PTE is accepted by thousands of universities worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale. In the three-hour test, there are three main sections- Writing coupled with speaking, listening skills and reading. There are twenty different types of question formats, ranging from multiple choice questions to essay writing and information interpretation.

TOEFL vs. IELTS vs. PTE

TOEFL scores are accepted by a majority of universities in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The IELTS is mandatory for Indian and other non-native English speakers, especially in the Commonwealth countries. The PTE is accepted by several institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.

While TOEFL and IELTS are more well-known, there are other tests like PTE, which is relatively new. All the three tests have a few characteristics that make them unique, but they also share a few similarities. The three tests have similar sections such as- Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing, but they differ when it comes to assessing the speaking skills, scoring and evaluation criterion and format of the writing section. Unlike IELTS and TOEFL, PTE has several innovative question formats.

GRE vs. GMAT

The GRE is another examination which Indian students must give if they wish to study in the USA or Canada. It measures the verbal, mathematical and analytical skills of the student. It is a prerequisite for gaining admission into many graduate courses, particularly for engineering and the science field in USA. Students who wish to specialize in management courses (like MBA) must take the GMAT, which is an admission requirement for business schools in US and UK.

To sum it up, these top international entrance exams are a standard as well as reliable mode for assessing a large number of applicants who aspire to study abroad. Therefore, students must plan in advance and prepare well in order to get high scores in these exams and gain admission into the university of their choice.

georgia tech

Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

  1. About the Course Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

[ Financial Engineering (Quantitative and Computational Finance) at Georgia Tech is a top 10 course currently with a great faculty and super strong placements happening over the last season. Course work wise if you haven’t done all three levels of CFA, it’s a great value add. But the Mathematical Finance part is very tough to get a hang on in the initial month, cause as a Mumbai University candidate your 4 semester of Mathematics knowledge is all thanks to Kumbhojkar, while you are competing with peers from IIT Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras, Delhi, Kanpur, BITS Pilani/Goa, NIT Suratkal, Delhi College of Engineering etc, who have their mathematical base of probability and statistics super strong. A genuine advice would be to take a refresher course in Probability and Differential Calculus before coming here. Also a short introduction to finance is very much suggested as to what are options, derivatives and other basic terminologies if you are not aware of. But, on the flip side one good thing Mumbai University has taught us is ‘Catching up towards the end of semester’, though the definition changes a lot here, in the times of intense pressure and need, you need to up your game and to play to your strengths while delivering quality work with every deadline which is every week during the semester.]

  1. How many % of student in your course are Indians? Need just an approximate.

[15%-20%, Majority Chinese, Apart from that Indians, Americans, Korean, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan]

  1. Which country people are most in your university?

[ China, American, Indians ] Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

  1. Does the university follow semester or trimester?

[ Semester ] Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

  1. Internship Opportunities

[ 3-4 Career Fairs ] Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

  1. What are the off campus opportunities available?

[Not Sure] Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

  1. In which month does the career fair takes place?

[ September, October (Department to Department varies), January (2), Companies come during GT Hackhaton also tend to hire ]

  1. Name 3 apartments close to university area.

[ AMLI, The Flats, Atlantic Station]

  1. The rent for the apartments in the area you stay.

[ $350 – $450 per person]  Georgia Tech | Student Feedback

  1. What is the approximate living expense excluding rent?

[ $150 – $200 if cooking food in the house, else around $350]

  1. List the name of 3 stores close to university or your home from where you buy grocery, milk and daily food products.

[ Halal Shop – 14th Street, Target, Publix ]

  1. What are the public transport options available in city? Does student have concession on student’s UniversityID for transportation?

[Georgia Tech is in the heart of the city, so everything is very close by, for Indian Grocery shopping, Patel Brothers is 20 minutes drive away and best way to get there is an Uber or Lyft. Public transport in Atlanta is skewed. Atlanta is more of a drivable city, than a walk-able city like other cities on the eat coast]

  1. Is there any Indian store close to university? If yes then please name.

[ Halal Meat Shop – Bangladeshi Store, but you get pretty much everything Indian there]

  1. Name the 3 restaurants available next to university or close by to place where majority of students stay.

[ Moe’s Mexican, Tindrum Asian, Umma Korean and Japanese, Panda Express Chinese, Cafe Spice Indian]

  1. What are the places to hangout on weekends?

[ Cafe Intermezzo, Vortex, Sweet hut, Antico, Rocky Mountain Pizza, Opera Lounge, Buckhead, Edgewood ]

  1. What is the minimum and maximum temperatures that city faced in a last year.

[ Best part about Atlanta is it’s weather, it’s quite above the sea level, and although Summers are sunny, the temperature is very much moderate and can be easily sustainable with just two layers of clothing in the winters]

  1. To describe your city climate for most of the time in one word, what would you say: sunny, winter, rainy, windy?

[ Bangaloresque weather, overcast, rains anytime of the year, semi Seattlish]

 

University of Maryland Collegepark

University of Maryland Collegepark

Hi, University of Maryland Collegepark

So here’s  my opinion regarding your questions. Take into consideration i have just completed 1 semester and have barely started the new one so all my answers might not be correct.

FYI I am currently doing MIS in University of Maryland. Most of my answers might be related to my course and may not pertain to other courses in the university.

  1. About the Course University of Maryland Collegepark

Good course so far subjects and professors are mostly pretty good. Not very happy with the career services Im happy with everything else.

  1. How many % of student in your course are Indians? Need just an approximate.

  50% maybe more.(Ya kinda sucks)

  1. Which country people are most in your university?

In my program(MIS) there are mostly Indians and Chinese not sure about other programs, I think CS might have better diversity.

  1. Does the university follow semester or trimester?

Semester University of Maryland Collegepark

  1. Internship Opportunities University of Maryland Collegepark

Haven’t got an internship yet but most if not all seniors had internships.

  1. What are the off campus opportunities available?

If ur taking about part time jobs u mostly will get some type of job if u start looking early n take efforts.

  1. In which month does the career fair takes place?

I think September or so basically early. Don’t know about other career fair might be one in this set as well.

  1. Name 3 apartments close to university area.

Graduate Gardens, Graduate Hills, Parkside.

  1. The rent for the apartments in the area you stay.

$345 2 bhk 4 ppl University of Maryland Collegepark

  1. What is the approximate living expense excluding rent?

Depends on u not really sure main expense is rent. Take about $200 more i guess.

  1. List the name of 3 stores close to university or your home from where you buy grocery, milk and daily food products.

Target, Farmers market, CVS.

  1. What are the public transport options available in city? Does student have concession on student’s UniversityID for transportation?

University shuttles are pretty good and take u to most places n its free. You can also use the metro buses(haven’t needed to use it much) or the metro if ur going to DC

  1. Is there any Indian store close to university? If yes then please name.

Patels store is nearby. University of Maryland Collegepark

  1. Name the 3 restaurants available next to university or close by to place where majority of students stay.

Slices pizza, Blaze pizza, Panda Express, Noodle company, Chipotle.

  1. What are the places to hangout on weekends?

Mainly theres 1 road on which u find everything nothing else is there.Its a pretty much a village to be honest but there are 3-4 bars and DC and baltimore are close by.

  1. What is the minimum and maximum temperatures that city faced in a last year.

Temperatures varies a lot when u arrive in fall its really hot and sunny about 25-30 degrees and winters are usually fine not to cold but somedays have gone to -10–15 degrees

  1. To describe your city climate for most of the time in one word, what would you say: sunny, winter, rainy, windy?

Its pleasant sunny mainly. You can live here easily no worries.

I hope this was helping if u have any doubts feel free to contact me.

PTE Test Format and Scoring

PTE Test Format and Scoring

What is PTE? PTE Test Format and Scoring

PTE Academic (The Pearson Test of English) is a computer-based English language test designed to assess the readiness and ability of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level program taught in English. PTE focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. PTE Academic English test assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing skills of the test taker. It is accepted by thousands of universities worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale.

Test Format: PTE Test Format and Scoring

It is a three-hour test session with three main sections: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice questions to essay writing and interpreting information.

PART 1: SPEAKING AND WRITING (75 – 90 minutes)

Speaking: PTE Test Format and Scoring

A student’s writing skills is tested during Part 1 of the test.  Speaking skills is also tested by asking the student to repeat sentences, respond to questions and summarize passages. Students should not start speaking before the microphone opens or else their voice will not be recorded. Students should speak clearly and remember that they will be able to record their answer only once.  They must finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end and then the word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.

  • Personal introduction PTE Test Format and Scoring

This is an opportunity for the students to give the selected institutions some information about themselves. Students will be given 25 seconds to prepare and their response will be sent together with their score report to the institutions selected by them.

  • Read aloud PTE Test Format and Scoring

Students are required to read a written text aloud. They will have 30-40 seconds to prepare, depending on the length of the passage. However, students will be able to record their response only once.

  • Repeat sentence PTE Test Format and Scoring

Students are required to repeat the sentence that they hear. The audio will begin to play automatically. When the audio finishes the students have to speak into the microphone immediately and repeat exactly what they heard.  They will not be able to replay the audio.

  • Describe image PTE Test Format and Scoring

Students are required to describe an image, and they are given 25 seconds to study the image and prepare for it. Students must keep in mind that they will be able to record their response only once.

  • Re-tell lecture PTE Test Format and Scoring

In this test, students are required to repeat what they hear in the audio. The students may also see an image related to the audio. After the audio is over, students will be able to record their answer only once.  However, students can take notes while the audio is playing.

  • Answer short questions PTE Test Format and Scoring

Here students are required to reply to the question in a few words. The audio may be accompanied by an image. Once the audio is over, students have to answer the questions. Students will not able to replay the audio, and can record their response only once.

Writing:

The Word Count will be given at the bottom of the screen.  Cut, copy and paste buttons are also available which can be used by students during the writing test.

  • Summarize written text

Students are required to write a summary of the text in one sentence within 10 minutes.  Students must include the main points of the passage in a full, single sentence of no more than 75 words.

  • Write Essay

Students are required to write a 200-300 word argumentative essay in response to a prompt in 20 minutes.

 

PART 2: READING (30 – 40 minutes)

In this section, students are mainly tested on their reading skills.

  • Multiple-choice (choose single answer)

Students are required to read the passage and answer the multiple-choice questions. Several answer options will be given but only one is correct. The option selected by the student will be highlighted in yellow.

  • Multiple-choice (choose multiple answers)

Students are required to read the passage and answer the multiple-choice question, but more than one correct response is possible. Students need to select all the response options that they think are correct from the list of possible options given.

  • Re-order paragraphs

Students are required to restore the original order of the text by selecting text boxes and dragging them across the screen. To deselect a box, students have to left-click elsewhere on the screen.

  • Fill in the blanks

Students are required to drag and drop words across the screen to correctly fill in the gaps in the text.  They will be given a list of words in a blue box that they can use to fill the gaps in the text.

  • Fill in the blanks

Students are required to select the most appropriate words from a drop-down list to restore the text. A passage is given with some missing words and beside each gap there is a button with a drop-down list. Students are required to Left-click on this button and select the option that best fills the gap.

PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 60 minutes)

Students are tested on their listening skills. It consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which students can listen to only once however; they are allowed to take notes.

  • Summarize spoken text PTE Test Format and Scoring

Students are required to listen to an audio recording and write a 50-70 word summary within 10 minutes. The Word Count is given at the bottom of the screen which counts the number of words written.

  • Multiple-choice (choose multiple answers) PTE Test Format and Scoring

Students are required to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question wherein more than one correct response is possible. Students need to select all the response options that they think are correct from the list of possible options.  The options selected are highlighted in yellow.

  • Fill in the blanks

Students are given a transcript of the audio recording, however some words are missing. They have to restore the transcript by typing in the missing words.

  • Highlight correct summary

Students are required to select the summary that best matches the recording. After listening to the audio students have to select the answer from the given options.

  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer

Students are required to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice questions. Several possible options will be provided but only one is correct. The option selected will be highlighted in yellow.

  • Select missing word

Here the last word or group of words in the recording will be replaced by a beep and students are required to select the most appropriate option to complete the recording. Out of the various options the students have to select one option.

  • Highlight incorrect words

Students will be presented with a transcript of the audio recording, which contains some errors. While listening and reading, students are required to select the words in the text that differ from what the speaker says. The selected words will be highlighted in yellow.

  • Write from dictation

Students have to hear a short sentence and type the sentence into the response box given at the bottom of the screen. Students can take notes while the video is being played but remember to check their spellings.

Registration and payment:

Students can register for the test either online or by phone. Payment can be made through- MasterCard and Visa debit cards or American Express, JCB, MasterCard and Visa credit cards. However, PayPal is not accepted

On the Test day:

The students have to provide to the test administrator copies of their ID. The administrator will ask for a digital photograph and signature and scan the student’s palm. Students will be assigned a locker to check-in their belongings. If a student fails to provide an ID, he will not be allowed to take the test and will lose his test fee. If a student is unable to appear for the test, he may receive a partial refund if he cancels his test before the appointment date.

PTE Scores:

Students will receive their results within 5 working days.  The test scores are reported on the Global Scale of English, a standardized, numeric scale from 10 to 90. The scores can be accessed via an online account. Students will receive an email notifying them once the scores are available. Students can see their scores once they have signed into their Pearson Vue account at www.pearsonvue.com/pte. Students can also send their scores to unlimited number of institutions free of charge once they have signed into their account. It generally takes 48 hours for the scores to be sent to institutions.

If a student is disappointed with his score, he can take the test again. He can retake the PTE as many times as he wants to but he must wait until he has received his scores from the test before booking another. One can send his/her scores to unlimited number of institutions, but  can select only seven recipients at any one time. However, the test scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Rescoring: PTE Test Format and Scoring

If a student is unhappy with his PTE score, he can request for a rescore. However, a student can request for a rescore only for his most recent PTE Academic test. He cannot request a rescore if he has already either scheduled another test or sent his score to an institution.

For rescoring, the student must contact Pearson Customer Service within 14 calendar days of his report being made available.  If the scores change then the rescore fee will be fully refunded to the student.

When to apply Fall or Spring intake

When to apply fall or spring intake ?

The decision to apply to universities abroad is followed by a series of preparations that students need to undertake. Being a relatively new process, students are often plagued by a horde of questions and one such question is when to apply, during spring or fall semester? Students often wonder if applying for the fall season has any benefits and what are the pros and cons of applying for either of these intakes. Coming to a conclusion requires a comparative analysis of the various advantages and disadvantages, which can help the student to arrive at a well-planned and carefully thought out decision. When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

Fall vs. spring intake When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

  1. Check if university offers both intakes When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

It is important to ascertain whether the universities in question accept applications for both the seasons. Almost 75 percent of universities in the US do not have a spring intake for a majority of the courses.  Thus, if you wish to apply for the spring intake, you should conduct a detailed research on the prospective universities, and find out whether they accept students in that season or not.

  1. Courses offered When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

An advantage of applying during the fall intake is that there are comparatively a higher number of courses offered by a university as the number of applicants is higher during the fall semester. In spring, there are comparatively fewer students applying, and so the courses offered by the university are also fewer in numbers. Thus, if you want to pursue a course which is relatively new and is a rare choice of specialization, then there is a possibility that the course may not be offered in the spring semester. So, you must check your target universities if they offer the courses, especially if you are applying for the spring intake.

  1. Need time to prepare When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

More students apply for the fall intake since, by that time, they have already finished their undergrad degree.  Since students from most countries complete their Undergraduate course by May/June, they have a few months to relax and prepare for the fall semester, which begins in September.

  1. Chances of getting admission When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

Acceptance rates usually do not depend on the semester you are applying for, but since the class sizes are larger for the fall season, the number of admits during the fall term is greater.  On the other hand, as there are a fewer number of students who apply for the spring term, the chances of securing admission at selective school tends to be higher than the fall.

  1. Second Choices When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

If you apply to a university in the fall semester, you, at least, have the option of trying again and applying for the spring semester if nothing works out for you, but you may lose out on such an opportunity if you only apply for the spring intake as the fall application deadlines may have passed.

  1. Participate in extracurricular activities at University

If participating in extracurricular activities and being a part of organizations and student clubs is important for you, then applying for a fall semester will give you more opportunities because student elections take place at the end of spring. If you apply for the spring semester, you are a newcomer and less known in comparison to fall students who have been in the university for a longer time.

  1. Assistantship Opportunity When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

Assistantship are usually secured by 2nd year students on campus as they have had an opportunity to showcase their skills and talents to the concerned professor.  As these students graduate, the vacated positions are available for the taking.  Fall semester students generally have an advantage over Spring students as they have extensively interacted with professors through their coursework; hence, the changes of securing the assistantship is much higher.

  1. Internships outside the campus When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

Universities have mandated that their students must be a part a program for at least nine months before they get permission to apply for off-campus internships. Applying during the spring means one cannot work off campus during the summer season when most companies have formal internship programs.  However, if the university treats the internship as part of coursework, this issue becomes moot.

  1. Recruitment

Campus recruitments are usually organized during the second year of the course. If you are a spring intake student, it means you will have completed two semesters and if you are a fall intake student then you will have completed three semesters. Thus, fall intake students will have spent more time in the university and therefore will have an advantage over spring intakes.  The extra semester helps them boost their profile and enhance their resume as they will have the opportunity to pursue projects, secure internships, engage in leadership roles, and be a part of student clubs.  This gives fall semester students an edge when it comes to getting an on-campus job and full-time job.

  1. Weather When to apply Fall or Spring intake?

If you decide to study in a sunny and warm state like California or Florida, you will enjoy a pleasant climate. But if the chosen university is in the colder regions of the country, and if you join in January, then you will face extreme weather conditions which can be uncomfortable and difficult to handle. Thus, you must keep the weather in mind before finalizing on which semester you want to join.

Spring or fall, this decision should be based on your needs and it should depend on your requirements and future plans. Take the time to view each option from every angle and then arrive at a concrete conclusion. There is no strict rule or option that you must take, after all, you are the best judge of your career.

North Carolina State University

 

North Carolina State University | Student Feedback

I would like to share my experiences regarding my MS program at North Carolina State University in Operations Research( Fall 15 student).

OR and IE are essentially the same thing here, just that OR focuses more on the analytical side and involves a lot of math. So whatever I share applies to both OR as well as IE.

1.Courses: North Carolina State University

The courses are awesome and are flexible to take from any department ( I took courses from MBA, Textiles, Statistics, IE, OR).

Supply chain courses are pretty difficult here as people do get D grade in it.

Some courses that people believe are internship and job grabbers are:

Database applications in IE

Lean Six Sigma Quality

Model and Analysis of Supply chain

Computer Simulation

Additive Manufacturing

Automated Systems Engg North Carolina State University

SAS/ Data Mining North Carolina State University

The complexity and the grading of the courses which most people are concerned varies a lot.

You can get a 4/4 GPA studying for just 10 days a semester if u enroll for the easy courses and people struggle to maintain a 3 GPA taking some Supply Chain, OR or ‘difficult’ courses and toiling all semester.

It is advisable to take courses having projects. Lots of stuff to talk about courses, Please contact for loads of info.

2.Professors North Carolina State University

Knowledgeable but do not expect ‘TEACHING’. Need to do EVERYTHING ALL BY YOURSELF. There will be some professors you might want to kill for their teaching!! Trust me this happens!

3.Research North Carolina State University

Mainly focussed on research in the MEDICAL INDUSTRY (healthcare improvement) and MANUFACTURING (mainly additive manufacturing).

4. Job opportunities North Carolina State University

People are optimistic about jobs. A recent survey indicated that 60% students got summer interns and almost all got jobs(and good jobs).

For CS, it is heaven here but for IE/ OR, some struggle is needed.

Online applications with contacts and recommendations helps!

People usually get into Volvo, Cummins, TE Connectivity, Georgia Pacific, Caterpillar, EY, Deloitte, Bank of America.

A lot of companies along with the above ones come to the career fair but ‘APPLY ONLINE’ is what they tell to do.

Nonetheless NCSTATE is a BRAND NAME.

Apply for 200 interns and you would get calls from 10 companies and may land an intern in 1 or 2 from them is the general trend heard from seniors.

5. Climate and Location North Carolina State University

Awesome awesome climate! Probably one of the best in the US.

No unexpected rains and the frequency is less. It snows for 7 days a year. Generally, the climate is cool.

Places near Raleigh and in Raleigh: BOOOORING as hell. One could finish the famous places in Raleigh visit in 6 hours. Feels like a village sometimes.

6.Campus North Carolina State University

Awesome campus. Awesome libraries. Awesome gymnasium. Lots of sports played. The variety of sports played, the level of technology used in classrooms and the equipment used in the gymnasium are awesomely amazing!

7.Other interesting points: North Carolina State University

Transport within the campus and to the neighboring cities is absolutely free.

All books, pdfs etc are absolutely free and available in the libraries.

Living expenses are cheap: 250 for rent for a shared room, 50 for utilities, and 200-400 for food (depends on spending habits).

Downtown is small but gets really good on Fridays.

Indian food: Doesn’t exist except for some restaurants. But plenty of Indian stores are accessible nearby.

Part time jobs are VERYYYY easy to get.

TA/RA/GA: No hopes unless a Ph.D. student

8. Students North Carolina State University

Background: Students from Mech/ Instrumentation. IE, Nanotech, Systems Engg, Manufacturing, Automobile.

Pretty competitive and smart.

A good group help for almost every purpose!

People mostly live offcampus but I can proudly say that I got an awesome on-campus apartment while paying the same amount.

9. IMSE(Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering)

I would want students who do not wish to study much, have work experience and pursue MS to have a look at this degree.

People with a degree in IE/OR/MECH generally transfer after 1st(if GPA>3.7) or 2nd sem(if one can find a co-op) to IMSE

Advantages

1.Co-op program in the 3rd semester(6 credits)

  1. 9 subjects in total to study
  2. Less expenses

4.If you are unable to fetch a Co-op, the professor helps u a lot(he has lots of contacts).

Disadvantages

1.No one knows about the degree so the name of the degree is a major disadvantage.

Overall, the journey has been fascinating so far.

Advice:

Learn basics of the courses of interest/ your field before coming here.

Learn to cook 3-4 simple recipes.

Stay confident!

SAT Test Format and Scoring

SAT Test Format and Scoring

What is SAT? SAT Test Format and Scoring

The SAT is a standardized and general test of verbal and quantitative reasoning which is required by many US colleges and universities as part of their admission process. Originally, it was called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and now it is known as SAT. It is a three-hour test that measures the verbal and mathematical reasoning skills that students have developed over time. Many colleges and universities use the SAT as one of the admission criteria among others such as, class rank, GPA, participation in extracurricular activities, personal essay and letters of recommendation.  SAT Test Format and Scoring

SAT consists of two different examinations:  SAT Test Format and Scoring

  • The SAT Reasoning Test (Earlier known as SAT I)
  • The SAT Subject Test (Earlier known as SAT II)

Some institutions require only one of these tests whereas some require both.

The SAT Reasoning Test:

It is a three hour and forty-five minute test which comprises of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. This test is designed to measure critical thinking and analytical skills.

1)    MATHEMATICS:  SAT Test Format and Scoring

In this section, students are tested on basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry and a few miscellaneous topics such as data interpretation and applied math.

Questions are of two main types:

  • Problem solving – multiple choice (5 answer choice)
  • Student-produced response questions (‘grid-ins’)

 The three sections are as follows:

  • One section contains 8 questions and 10 grid-ins (duration-25 minutes)
  • One section contains 20 questions (duration- 25 minutes)
  • One section containing 16 questions (duration- 20 minutes)

There are a total of 54 scored math questions in one test.

Each of the divisions has a maximum score of 800, giving a maximum overall score of 2400. Students can use calculators during the test.

 CRITICAL READING:

The critical reading section tests the student’s ability to read and understand written English. There are two types of questions:

  • Sentence Completion
  • Reading Comprehension

3)  WRITING:  SAT Test Format and Scoring

 Writing skills are tested through:

  • One Essay – Duration being 25 minutes
  • Grammar questions – having two sections, one of 25 minutes and another of 10 minutes

The grammar questions are of three types:

  • Identification of errors in sentences
  • Sentence correction
  • Editing in context

The SAT Subject Test:

They are a series of one-hour multiple-choice tests in subjects such as Literature, US and World History, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Some universities will also require two to three SAT Subject Tests, in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test. Some courses have specific requirements. A student can give up to three subject tests on the same day. However, it is not possible to sit for the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests on the same day.

SAT Registration:  SAT Test Format and Scoring

Students have two registration options, namely- Online registration and postal mail registration.

For online registration, students must go to the College Board website. To register by mail, students have to get a SAT Paper Registration Guide. In online registration, registration fees must be paid via credit card. To register by postal mail, payment must be made by cheque.  The registration deadlines are generally three to four weeks before the test date.

What to bring during the SAT?  SAT Test Format and Scoring

  • Admission ticket
  • A valid photo ID
  • Pencils with erasers
  • A calculator
  • A watch to keep track of time

SAT Scoring:

In the Math, Reading and Writing Sections-

  • 1 point is awarded for each correct answer
  • In case questions are skipped or answered incorrectly there is no negative marking.
  • Total scores range between 400 and 800

Since marks are not deducted for incorrect answers, students should try to answer all the questions.

In the Essay-

Students are required to refer to the passage and write a well-thought out argument.

  • Two readers read and score a student’s essay based on his reading, analysis, and writing abilities.
  • Each reader gives the essay a score ranging between 1 and 4 points in each category, for a total possible score of 8 points.

SAT Results

The SAT score report will be available online approximately two to three weeks after the student has given his test. If a student is registered for the test online and wants to receive a score report on paper in addition to the online score report, then he must request for it at the time of registration.

Sending SAT Scores:

SAT score reporting policy, called the Score Choice, allows students to pick and choose which scores they want to send to the colleges, thereby giving students more control over how and when colleges receive their scores.

Every time a student takes the SAT, the scores for each test are maintained separately. If a student takes the SAT multiple times, he can select which test scores are to be submitted to the colleges. If a student does not use the Score Choice, all the test scores will be sent to colleges.

Students can select up to four colleges to send SAT scores at the time of registration. However, if a student decides to go for this option, he will not be able to view his scores before the score reports are sent to those four colleges.

Cancelling SAT Scores:  SAT Test Format and Scoring

A student can submit a request to cancel his SAT scores. However, cancelling scores is an extreme measure and hence it is recommended to do so only if a student had to leave the testing centre in the middle of the test due to an emergency which makes him believe that the score will not be good. Once such a request is made, the score will never be reported to the student or any college.