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SAT Entrance Exam

SAT is considered as an entrance exam utilized by most Universities and colleges to take the decisions of admissions for the candidates. This test is found to be multiple choice paper and pencil test is administered and created by the College Board.

The main purpose of this test is used to measure the readiness of the high school students for different Universities and colleges where they provide a data point that is common and is used for comparing all the candidates. Moreover, the officers of college admission review the test score as per the standard along with the GPA of high school.

SAT Scores

The importance of the score of this exam depends on different colleges along with their application process that varies from one school to another. The higher a candidate will score on this exam the more options will be open to the candidate for paying and attending the college.

The cost of this exam is $46 and if it is taken with an essay the cost of this exam increases to $60. Scores on the SAT range from 400-1600, combing results of the exam from two 200-800-point sections, which include Critical Reading and Writing and Mathematics.

Besides, the SAT is conducted seven times a year in the US such as August, October, November, December, March, May and June. For overseas students, the test is carried out four times a year out of the US and months in which test is offered are October, December, March and May.

Student with verifiable disabilities, comprising learning and physical disabilities, are eligible for taking the SAT with accommodations.

GRE Practice

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an admission test for professional and Graduate School that helps a candidate to skip questions in a particular section and can go back for changing the answers. It also helps a candidate to tackle the questions in a manner and a candidate can answer first according to their choice. The test consists of three sections that include quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical reasoning.

The applicants taking the GRE test varies from a cultural and educational background where the score of this test provides schools with a particular measure to compare the qualification of the candidates. This test is available on a computer and there are 1000 test centers in more than 160 countries. It is also available in various regions of the world on a continuous basis across the year.

The Registration Process for GRE Online

Above 1200 business schools across the globe accept the scores of GRE test, including top-ranked MBA programs as per Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S News & World Report and the Financial Times along with some the US law schools. A total time of 3 hours and 45 minutes are given to students to complete the test. Students are required to pay around US$205 for undertaking the test.

However, under certain circumstances, fee can be reduced by ETS. A financial aid is also provided to GRE applicants, who prove their economic hardship to ETS. Besides, based on the section-wise distribution system, the GRE score range can be identified;

ScoreScore ScaleIncrements
Analytical Writing Score0-6Half-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning Score130-1701-point increments
Verbal Reasoning Score130-1701-point increments

Table 1: GRE Score Range


GMAT Practice

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT):

  • Is an essential application process in the business school.
  • Comprises a Computer-Based multi-choice and computer adaptive standardized exam
  • Is required during the admission of graduate business programs throughout the world.
  • Administered and developed by the test method named GMAC for providing the business schools with few common measures regarding the preparedness of the applicants in the academic work of the graduate level.

The admission committee of the business school always looks at the score of this test along with the academic record, work experience, and supporting materials to assess the capability of students for an MBA program.

GMAT’s Key Features


  • Assesses Algebra, basic arithmetic, geometry, grammar, and multi-source data analysis.
  • Measures the capability of evaluating and analyzing solving problem skills as well as thinking skills.
  • Analyzes critical thinking skills.
  • Comprises integrated reasoning, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing assessment.
  • Consists of different sections of analysis and critical thinking throughout the test that will be required for the MBA course work.

It has different durations for each test section:

  • Analytical writing sub-test 30 minutes
  • Integrated reasoning sub-test 30 minutes
  • Quantitative section 62 minutes
  • Verbal section, around 65 minutes are provided.

To undertake the GMAT, students are required paying fee of $275. Also, the validity of the GMAT score is 5 years.


ACT Practice


  • is an entrance exam
  • Used by Universities and colleges for taking the admission decisions of the candidates.
  • Evaluates the readiness of the high school students for studying in college.

College Admissions Officers:

  • Review the standardized test scores.
  • Plus, they review high school class’s review and GPA score…
  • As well as the mentors/teachers Recommendation…
  • And the letter of extra-curricular activities followed by personal essays and admission interviews.

The score of this test is important in the college application process that is different from one school to another. Moreover, most of the students of the high school take this test during their spring or fall of junior or senior year.


  • Takes place annually in September, October, December followed by February, April, July, and June.
  • Lasts 2 hours 55 minutes
  • Or with an essay section, the ACT takes 3 hours 35 minutes.
  • Divides into four multiple-choice subject tests such as reading, mathematics, English and science reasoning.
  • Allows 35 minutes for a 40-question Science section, 35 minutes for a 40-question Reading section, 60 minutes for a 60-question Mathematics section and 45 minutes for a 75-question English section.
  • Takes place in February, June, July, September, October and December.


CLEP Math Test

The College Level Examination Program:

  • Holds a series of exams for college-going students. Among those exams.
  • It contains 60 multiple choice questions.
  • Takes 90 minutes.
  • Covers sections like sets, real number system, logics, graphing and functions, probability, and statistics.
  • Total score ranges from 20 to 80.
  • American College students can choose their choice of study program from the CLEP website.



The annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers:

  • Is the collection of examinations that are mainly for public school students and are held annually.
  • Has been renamed the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments or NJSLA in short.
  • Expertise professors of different subject areas develop the question papers.
  • Ensures that the school students are prepared for getting admitted to different colleges located in 24 different states of the US.
  • Has two sections: English or language arts, and Mathematics.
  • Consists of several multiple-choice questions
  • Is marked in levels, where level 1 indicates poor performance and maximum level 5 indicates excellent performance.
  • The PARCC exam costs from $20.50 per student, which might slightly increase with different cities.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment System:

  • Is a computer-based text that allows students to check their ability to complete the different assignments.
  • Considers the CCSS standards for testing on English literature and Mathematics.
  • Has three sections: summative assessments, interim assessments, and formative assessment tools.
  • For English literature and Mathematics tests, there are 30 questions, for which students will be graded between 3 and 8. For students who appear for mid-year exams as well, the cost for registration is $27.30 per student.


The TSI test or the Texas Success Initiative Assessment is an education program that determines the suitable level of courses, works for colleges in respect to the prospective students. The TSI exams are managed and controlled by the Testing Services Office to achieve the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.

The main sections of this exam include Mathematics, Writing, and Reading. A high school student can enrol himself for Dual Credit if he scores 351 in reading, 340 in writing, including 4+ for easy writing, and 350 in Math.

Students can register for TSI tests at any time through online websites; all they have to do is mention the preferred exam dates. The fee for TSI registration is $25 per section and if a student applies for all sections, he/she have to pay $60.


The TABE or Test of Adult Basic Education is an American test that aims to assess the skills and capabilities of individuals, which is going to give them future success. The exams cover different areas of learning, including math, language, and reading. Several American colleges and schools that give associated degrees to students use the score of the TABE test to judge the ability of the students.

TABE test is a three-hour long examination available in four versions, depending on the current education level of the eligible student. There are four types of TABE tests, namely TABE 11 & 12 for assessing college and career-readiness standards, computerized exam TABE PC, TABE –Advanced level for higher education, and TABE CLAS-E for students whose first language is not English. The fee for appearing to a TABE exam can be around $15 to $25.


  • ACCUPLACER Practice Tests
  • Analyses the knowledge level of a student for attending college-level courses.
  • Interested students usually conduct the Accuplacer exams to know their capacity before enrolling in colleges.
  • Assesses reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Provided by the College Board, the same institution that offers CLEP exams.
  • One of the most interesting facts is there is no time limit for Accuplacer exams.
  • Multiple-choice questions, plus a WritePlacer essay section.
  • American Colleges can customize the contents of tests as well as use the outcomes to decide a course placement of a student. The tests of Accuplacer have been designed using ‘computer-adaptive technology’. The test-taking experience of a student is personalized by the results of each question to plan the difficulty for the next question. In Accuplacer tests, there are no failing or passing scores. Universities and colleges set their markings to decide the students’ course placement. The cost of the Accuplacer tests ranges from $15 to $50.



  • TEAS Practice Tests for students who apply for nursing schools in the USA.
  • To identify the ability of students for adjusting to the nursing program.
  • Developed and managed by Assessment Technologies Institute.
  • Consists of 170 multiple choice questions that must be answered within 209 minutes.
  • Assesses reading, mathematics, English language, and science.
  • Science section of ATI TEAS includes 53 questions that need to be completed in 63 minutes.
  • It consists of questions mostly on scientific reasoning, human anatomy, physical science, and life science.
  • Most of the questions are usually focused on the human body’s system, physiology, and anatomy.

Test of Essential Academic Skills

The examination TEAS requires a composite score of 75% for the nursing students to pass, where it additionally needs a score of 85% in reading, a score of 65% in math, and a score of 70% in the science group. The students can take the examination of ATI TEAS through one of the three different mediums. The first one is at an institution either online by using remote proctoring or on-campus.



  • Wonderlic Practice TestsA
  • A very effective and popular examination process.
  • Determines problem-solving aptitude and the cognitive abilities across a range of professions.
  • Divided into two individual formats. Shorter version consists of 30 questions (8 minutes). Longer version with 50 questions (12 minutes).
  • This test has a particular range of scores from 10 to 50.
  • For example, a score of 20, points to an average intelligence similar to an IQ of 100.
  • Available in 12 diverse languages.
  • Usually free.



The Canadian Adult Achievement Test helps to determine the skill level of the interested candidates in the areas of English and math and it also identifies their readiness for training and skill development. The tests of CAAT are not just a measurement of English language skills but also focus on number operations, reading comprehension, problem-solving, and vocabulary.

  • Test bettery divided into 4 levels: A, B, C, and D.
  • Each of the level indicates the time of formal education.
  • Level A: 1 to 3 years. B: 4 to 6 years. Level C: 7 to 10 years. For level D, it is 11 to 12+ years.
  • Candidates achieve two types of scores for these tests.

Candidates need to be 18 years or older to apply for the tests. To register for the examination, each candidate needs to pay approx. $100 which might also vary according to the requirements of different venues.

How to do well on numerical reasoning tests

The general advice given is typical that some focussed test practice will improve your score. Unfortunately, there aren’t any quick wins for being good at Maths.

  • Give your “first response”.
  • As a timed test, you need to average around one minute per question. Work briskly but accurately.
  • Each question counts the same so pick off the easy ones first and don’t waste your test time on the most difficult questions.
  • Practise some of the most common numerical test types at the main test publisher websites. For this reason alone, we strongly advise practising sample questions from Kenexa-IBM, TalentQ and SHL sites. ensure that you are comfortable using data tables, interpreting graphs and manipulating large financial figures.


How to do well on verbal reasoning tests

These come in many different types of format. The traditional comprehension format is to have a short text passage followed by a series of questions about facts, opinions, conclusions from the passage content. A bit like those English tests in primary school where you answered questions on a novel extract. Regardless of the type of test, it’s vital to remember:

  • To carefully read each question. Often questions hinge on 1-2 keywords so you must take more care to interpret these accurately.
  • If questioned whether something “always” applies whilst the passage states that it is “sometimes” the case, then this is a false interpretation.
  • One useful strategy is to scan the passage initially, then to read it in more detail.
  • It’s more efficient as you answer each question if you can recall roughly where to find the answer in the passage.

University application tips

How to do well on abstract reasoning tests

Abstract reasoning tests ask you to look for the changing pattern(s) in the “pictures”. The easier questions typically at the start of the test, will involve one change in colour, position, size etc of the figures shown.

Questions become more difficult as you must spot two or three changes in any of the features shown. It can help, once you’ve worked out at least one of the feature changes, to check through the answer options to discount those that do not conform said feature changes.

Alongside SHL’s practise test pages these three sites cover most of the psychometric tests you are likely to find. You can ask in advance which test publisher’s test you will take.

You can find more detailed advice in our non-verbal reasoning test article for City Kids online magazine


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