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ilets

Introduction

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized
English proficiency exam for non-native speakers of the language. It’s usually a requirement to study, work, or live in an English speaking country like Canada, Australia, England, and the United States. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English.


Types/Versions of IELTS

The exam is divided into five categories: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, IELTS Academic for UKVI, IELTS General Training for UKVI, and IELTS Life Skills. You can opt to take a paper-based and computer-based option for each category.


Sections and Grading of IELTS

The test is divided into four sections; speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Each
section is graded in bands numbering 0-9. The overall band score is the average of
the four scores.

What’s a Pass IELTS Score?

Each immigration body, workplace, and institution has its own IELTS score requirement. Hence, a sufficient IELTS score for one purpose is insufficient for another purpose. For instance, while a 6.5 is fine for admission into many schools abroad, a minimum of 7.0 is required to obtain a professional license to practice in English speaking countries (e.g nurses, doctors, etc). To secure different kinds of visa in the UK, the UK government requires between 4.0 and 5.5 depending on the class of visa. For Canadian PR, while 6.0 is the minimum, the higher you score the higher your CRS point.

Why People Get Low IELTS Scores

While not particularly difficult, adequate preparation is required to score a high band in IELTS. Common difficulties self-learners experience include spelling errors, poor grammar, and pronunciation issues. To combat these problems, you can utilize our free resources and free tests to prepare for the exam.

Test Centers for IELTS

There are multiple centres across different states where the exams are written. You can select your preferred location when booking your exam. If you’d like to do it the stress-free way, let our team of experts handle your exam registration. We deliver within 24 hours after receiving your completed form and payment.

Tips for Scoring High in IELTS

Eligibility

> 4 points (highest grade)
> 3 points (above average).
> 2 points (average passing grade).
> 1 point (The minimum passing grade).
> No credit, zero points (failed the course)

Available Test Dates for IELTS

The test dates are flexible and you can select a convenient date here

We can’t overemphasize the need to practice repeatedly. By so doing, you will know, at every point in time, where you stand on what you can potentially score. During the exam, ensure you properly understand each question before attempting it.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for IELTS

Our IELTS prep courses simulate the exam day experience and shows your score at the end of each practice test. Care to know what our prep courses look like before purchasing? Sign up to take our free tests. You can complement your practice with a qualified private tutor.

TOEFL

Introduction

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an English language test for non-native speakers. The test is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is widely accepted by institutions and firms in English speaking countries to determine the proficiency of potential students or employees to speak and understand the language. 
Types/Versions of TOEFL
The TOEFL test is either taken as a computer-based test or a paper-based test. The TOEFL IBT is usually preferred by universities and embassies because it tests an applicant’s speaking skills.
Sections and Grading of IELTS

The computer-based test contains four sections which are listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Each section is scored out of 30 to give an overall score of 120.

The paper-based version has three sections; listening, written expression, and reading. The score range is 310-677. I.e the lowest score is 310 and the highest is 677. The listening and writing expression sections are graded from 31-68 while the reading section is graded from 31-67. The total score is the sum of the three scores from each section, multiplied by 10 and divided by 3.

Candidates that take the paper-based TOEFL test are also required to write an essay which doesn’t count towards their total score. The essay known as Test of Written English (TWE) is scored from 0-6.

What’s a Pass TOEFL Score?

Like other standardized English tests, the minimum score you must obtain in your TOEFL exam is determined by the university or college you’re applying to. The requirement can be as low as 45 or as high as 100 for the TOEFL IBT. Some universities also set a minimum score for each section while others only consider the overall score.

Why People Get Low toefl Scores

The main reason why people score low in TOEFL is due to lack of preparation and overconfidence. Many educated professionals underestimate the test and end up not achieving their desired score on the first attempt. To prevent falling into this trap, it is best to start preparing for the exam months ahead. You can check out our free TOEFL resources to help you get started.

Tips for Scoring High in TOEFL

Asides from constant solo practice, it is important to have an experienced study partner/teacher to assist you with pronunciation which is an aspect of TOEFL that many people struggle with. Also, build your vocabulary by reading books, magazines, and news articles on various topics.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for TOEFL

We have TOEFL prep courses aimed at helping candidates ace their exams on the first try. To get a sneak peek of what the actual test looks like, you can try out our free tests. In case you need extra help, we also have dedicated private tutors to assist you prepare adequately for your test.

PTE

Introduction

The Pearson Test of English is an English language test for non-native speakers to determine how well they know and understand the language. It is accepted by universities, colleges, and embassies for immigration purposes. The exam boasts one of the fastest turnaround time of any English language test —results are usually ready within 48 hours after completing the test.

Types/Versions of PTE

There are six different PTE tests: PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online, PTE Academic UKVI, PTE Home A1, PTE Home A2, and PTE Home B1. All the tests are computer-based.The PTE Academic and PTE Academic Online are the same. The only difference is that the PTE Academic is taken at test centre while the PTE Academic Online is taken at home by individuals who cannot access test centres.The PTE Academic UKVI, the PTE Home A1, PTE Home A2, and PTE Home B1 are for those who want to study, work, or migrate to the UK. The Home A1 test is for people applying for a family visa to join a spouse or family member in the UK. The Home A2 test is taken when applying for a family visa extension to demonstrate an increased English language proficiency. The Home B1 test is used for permanent residence and citizenship applications, while the PTE Academic UKVI is for study and work visas.

Sections and Grading of PTE

PTE tests have three sections: speaking and writing, reading and listening. The sections test candidates on core communication skills like speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The exam has 20 question types and each one is graded differently.

The minimum score for each skill tested is 10 and the highest is 90. The overall score is determined by your performance during the test and is NOT an average of your four communicative skills scores. For more detailed information on the scoring process, check out the PTE Score Guide.

What’s a Pass PTE Score?

A pass PTE score does not exist. You pass as long as your score is sufficient for the intended purpose. With a score of 59-75, test takers are eligible to participate in both undergraduate and postgraduate academic coursework and apply for skilled immigration visas. A score of 43-58 is okay if you plan on pursuing an undergraduate degree. 30-42 is typically too low for undergraduate study but can get you into a foundation year program. Scores below 29 are usually of little use, getting a score within that range shows your English language skills are pretty basic.

Why People Get Low PTE Scores

There are many reasons why people get low PTE scores. Inadequate preparation and unfamiliarity with the test procedure are the two major ones. The read aloud section is one part of the exam many students struggle with; because two communication skills —speaking and reading— are being tested simultaneously, weak pronunciation and lack of oral fluency can result in low scores. Our free PTE resources can help you improve in critical areas for a better overall performance.

Tips for Scoring High in PTE

It is possible to get a score of 85+ in your PTE exam. It only requires hard work and lots of preparation. During the read aloud speaking test, ensure that your voice is clear and keep reading even if you mispronounce a word or two. Opt for a small centre so there will be less distraction and you can focus better. When writing your essay, use properly constructed sentences sprinkled with fancy words.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for PTE

In addition to our PTE prep courses, we have experienced tutors to take you by the hand walk you every way. They will access your areas of weakness and help you improve. Wether you have months or just weeks to prepare, they will get you ready in time for your test. To see what our prep courses look like, you can try out our free tests.

GRE

Introduction

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that measures a candidate’s readiness for graduate school. It is accepted by thousands of law, graduate, and business school worldwide. A high GRE score demonstrates to an admission committee/board that an applicant is fully prepared for the rigours that come with graduate-level study. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is
responsible for administering the test.
Types/Versions of GRE
There are two types of GRE tests: the GRE General Test and the GRE Subject Test. The GRE General Test evaluates a candidate’s skills in several areas like quantitative and verbal reasoning, while the GRE Subject Test is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge in a specific subject. There are four GRE Subject Tests: chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychology. The subject tests are primarily for those with a bachelor’s in any of the four disciplines.

The GRE General Test is computer-based and can be taken at home or a testing centre. The general test can also be offered as a paper-based test in locations where computer testing is unavailable On the other hand, the GRE Subject Tests are strictly administered in paper format. 

Sections and Grading of GRE

The GRE General Test has three sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The verbal and quantitative sections are scored from 130-170 while the analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0-6 in half point increments. Test takers also receive a percentile rank for each section that indicates how they performed compared to other test takers. For example, a score of 5.0 in the analytical writing section will earn you a percentile rank of around 93% which means
you scored better than 93% of other test takers. 

The GRE Subject Tests have no separate sections and are scored differently. Candidates are awarded total scores within a range of 200-990 based on their overall performance. The physics and psychology tests have sub-scores reported on a 20-99 score scale that indicate a candidate’s performance in each content area that makes up the subject test. Each overall score and sub-score in the GRE Subject Test is given a percentile rank as well.

It is important to note that GRE Subject Test scores are calculated independently, therefore, test scores can only be compared with other scores on the same subject test. A score of 650 on the Mathematics Test, is not equivalent to a 650 on the Chemistry Test. Scores on the same test are comparable across years i.e. a score of 700 in the Chemistry Test in 2020 is considered equivalent to a Chemistry Test score of 700 earned in 2022. 

What’s a Pass GRE Score?

“A pass GRE score” is a relative term. What is a pass score for Candidate A may not be a pass score for Candidate B. The score you should aim for depends on the college and program you’re considering. When looking at applicants’ GRE scores, most graduate schools focus on the section that closely relates to your desired program. For example, if you’re applying for a M.Sc in Engineering, your quantitative section score will be the most important of your GRE scores. However, for a M.A in Archaeology, the verbal section score will carry more weight.

Why People Get Low GRE Scores

The primary reasons people get low GRE scores are inadequate preparation and not understanding the pattern of the test. The GRE test is designed for graduates and as such it is not a walkover. Test takers who fail to start preparing early enough risk ending up with a less than satisfactory score and may have to retake the test. Want to start preparing for your test without further delay? We have some have some free GRE resources that you will find useful.

Tips for Scoring High in GRE

The only way to score high in the GRE tests is proper preparation with relevant materials. Candidates who get high scores in their GRE test are not necessarily the most intelligent, but those who understand how the test works and focus their attention on the relevant areas. In addition to studying, ensure to take enough practice tests to help you know where you stand.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for GRE

We have GRE prep courses designed to improve your critical thinking and analytical skills which are critical for acing your GRE test. If you need help catching up with undergraduate coursework relevant to the GRE test you intend to take, we have experienced private tutors that can help you. We also have some free tests that you can take if you want to get a sneak peek of what our prep courses look like.

GMAT

Introduction

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test for graduates in the management field administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The test is designed to access the skills needed to succeed in a graduate management program. It is used by thousands of business schools globally for admission into an MBA and other business management-related programs.
Types/Versions of GMAT
The GMAT test is computer-based. Candidates have the option of taking the exam at a test centre or from the comfort of their homes and offices. 

Sections and Grading of GMAT

The GMAT exam has four sections: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing assessment. Each section is scored differently and has it’s own percentile rank that contributes to the total score and final percentile rank. The quantitative and verbal sections are scored on a scale of 6-51. The integrated reasoning section is scored from 1-8, while the analytical writing assessment is scored from 0-6 and is reported in intervals of 0.5. The total score has a scale of 200-800 and is reported in intervals of 10.

What’s a Pass GMAT Score?

Each school has a minimum qualifying GMAT score which is usually not made public. A score of 650 will get you into many graduate business programs, but if you’re aiming for top schools like Harvard Business School, then a score of 700+ is non-negotiable. Some programs like part-time programs designed for working professionals may accept GMAT scores of less than 600. The key thing is to research the average GMAT score of the school you’re interested in to know what is required of you.

Why People Get Low GMAT Scores

Most people get unsatisfactory GMAT scores either because they didn’t study enough to cover relevant areas, or they used the wrong study materials. For others, it’s because they got burned out before the test day or they left some questions unanswered during the test and got penalized. To avoid falling into the first two categories, check out our quality, free resources that you can use to kickstart your practice today.

Tips for Scoring High in GMAT

To score high in your GMAT exam there are things you need to do asides studying hard with the best practice materials you can get. Take plenty of timed practice tests to improve your speed and accuracy. You’ll also need to work on your stamina as the exam takes over three hours. During the exam, try your best to answer every question. If you don’t know the answer, make a guess to avoid being penalized for leaving the question unanswered.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for GMAT

We have standard GMAT prep courses that’ll help you prepare adequately for your exam so you can achieve your desired score. We also have dedicated and experienced private tutors to guide and assist you if you need it. Our free test gives you an idea of what you’ll be getting with our paid GMAT prep package.

SAT

Introduction

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized test taken by high school (secondary school) students and graduates to demonstrate their readiness to enroll in a university or college program. It is administered by the College Board and is a requirement for admission in most universities in the United States. Some schools outside the U.S also make use of it. Check with the university you’re interested in to see if SAT is a requirement.

Types/Versions of SAT
The SAT test is computer-based. Candidates have the option of taking the exam at a test centre or from the comfort of their homes and offices. 

Sections and Grading of SAT

The SAT test has three sections: writing and language, reading, and math. The SAT exam scores are reported in two sections that make up the overall score. The math test is reported as a section while the reading test and writing and language test are combined into one section known as Evidence-based Reading and Writing. Each section is graded on a scale of 200-800 with a percentile rank to give an overall score scale of 400-1,600. Your overall score percentile rank is indicated next to your overall score. There are also seven sub-scores that reflect your performance on the types of questions that appear on the SAT test. For a full breakdown of the grading process and what is contained on the SAT score report, visit the SAT scores explanation page.

What’s a Pass SAT Score?

A pass SAT score is any score that helps you get into your school of choice. Average SAT scores are usually around the 1000-1100 mark. An average score can get you into many good colleges, but if you’re applying to really selective schools, you should aim for a SAT score of 1350+. Your target SAT score should be the average SAT score of the school(s) you’re interested in.

Why People Get Low SAT Scores

Anybody, including “A students” can have a tough time achieving their desired SAT score. Some of the common reasons for low SAT scores include inadequate preparation, lack of access to study materials, and poor time management leading to unanswered questions. High stress levels and anxiety can also make students blank out during the exam. To get the best SAT score possible, you should start your preparation well ahead of time. We have some free resources that you can utilize.

Tips for Scoring High in SAT

The only way to score high in SAT is to invest hours into studying and taking lots of full-length, timed practice tests. Avoid using low quality study materials. Identify and work on your weak areas, and with time you’ll start to see improvement. The people who perform well in the SAT test are not necessarily the smartest, rather those who are willing to do what is required.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for SAT

We have excellent SAT prep courses that will help you prepare properly for your test. We also have private tutors with years of experience in grooming SAT students to hit their target scores that can provide extra guidance if needed. If you’d like to see what our prep courses look like before making a purchase, you can take our free test.

DUOLINGO

Introduction

The Duolingo English Test (DET) is a standardized English language proficiency test for non-native speakers administered by an American educational technology company, Duolingo, Inc. The test results are usually ready within 48 hours of
completing the test. Thousands of universities and colleges around the world accept the test as proof of a candidate’s mastery of the English language.

Types/Versions of Duolingo English Test
There’s only one version of the Duolingo English Test and it’s computer-based

Sections and Grading of Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test has an overall score and four sub-scores each reported on a scale of 10-160. The sub-scores are reported on literacy, comprehension, conversation, and production. The overall score is NOT an average of the four subscores. The exam which lasts for sixty minutes is divided into three sections: introduction and onboarding, adaptive test, writing sample and speaking sample. The adaptive test is the only graded part of the test. The results of the writing and speaking section are recorded and sent to schools along with your test results.The Duolingo English Test (DET) is a standardized English language proficiency test for non-native speakers administered by an American educational technology company, Duolingo, Inc. The test results are usually ready within 48 hours of completing the test. Thousands of universities and colleges around the world accept the test as proof of a candidate’s mastery of the English language.

What’s a Pass Duolingo English Test Score?

A pass Duolingo score is non-existent. A pass score is one that gets you into your target institution, and different institutions have varying requirements. A score of 120 and above is considered excellent, and will get you into many good schools. While there’s no minimum score that’s set in stone, it’s a good idea not to go below 100 as you’ll struggle to find schools that accept such scores. You can check out how the Duolingo English Test scores compare to other English tests like the IETS and TOEFL here.

Why People Get Low Duolingo English Test Scores

People perform poorly on the Duolingo English Test mainly due to insufficient preparation and unnecessary haste during the test. To kickstart your preparation on time with relevant materials so as to score high on test day, check out our free resources. We also have a free practice test that you can take to access your readiness level for the actual exam.

Tips for Scoring High in Duolingo English Test

Use all of the time allotted to each question to answer it —there’s no extra points for answering quickly. While it’s important to be time conscious during the test, avoid looking at the timer too often as it can become a distraction and negatively impact your performance. Before registering for the test, take as many practice tests as possible to identify any weak areas and improve on them.

Tutorial/Training/Prep Courses for Act

We have excellent Duolingo prep courses that help candidates prepare for and ace their tests. If you need help with improving your English language skills, we have experienced private tutors on standby to help. Our free Duolingo test provides you with a snippet of what’s in our paid prep courses.