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Study Abroad Guide


May 2016

Students who study abroad get the opportunity to take a class that may not be offered in India. The experiences students have while studying abroad ignites their interest in academic pursuits, and they return home with an added Vigor toward their coursework. Students get a more well-rounded education that better prepares them for this increasingly global world. When a student studies abroad, he or she will make lifetime friendships with fellow American classmates as well as with native students. The memories and friendships made could last forever and could open the student up to a global network of job prospects and connections. Living and studying overseas fosters a sense of teamwork -- as the group travels together, they experience the challenges of a multicultural situation together. They also learn to become dependent, proactive, and can provide and solicit help.

If your native language isn't English, you'll almost always be required to take an English language proficiency test as part of your application to study abroad at an English-speaking university. The two most accepted English language tests worldwide are the International English Language Test System and Test of English as a Foreign Language. Whilst both accurately test your level of English, the two tests differ in their approach, structure, and teaching criteria, so you should carefully choose your test as per your university requirement.


An Introduction to TOEFL and IELTS

Test of English Language as a Foreign Language, or popularly known as TOEFL, measures the examinees' ability to use and understand English at the university level. It scales how well one can combine the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills to perform academic tasks. The TOEFL iBT has more than 50 test dates per year. TOEFL scores are accepted in more than 9,000 colleges, agencies, and other institutions in over 130 countries. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. If you already have a test appointment, you cannot register for another test date that is within 12 days of your existing appointment. In India, the registration fee is $170

IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is a standardized English Language Proficiency Test jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS score is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 8,000 organisations globally. The test is conducted at more than 900 test centres and locations across more than 130 countries. The registration fee is INR 11,100

General Differences Between IELTS and TOEFL

The TOEFL and the IELTS both TOEFL exam questions are almost entirely multiple choice, whereas IELTS requires you to respond to a range of different question types such as short answer, fill in the blanks and short essay tasks. The IELTS is shorter than the TOEFL exam, taking approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, whereas the TOEFL takes 4 hours to complete

There is only one type of TOEFL exam that is done entirely on the computer, whereas there are two types of IELTS that are both completed on paper, the Academic IELTS exam for students, who wish to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies, and the General Training exam for candidates who wish to meet immigration and occupational requirements.

IELTS both TOEFL Scoring

The speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL are graded based on how they appear as a whole, which includes your range of vocabulary, writing style and grammar. Those of the IELTS are based on separate grades of individual criteria such as your use of logic, cohesion, grammar and fluency.

The IELTS is graded on a band system from 1-9, with your overall score being an average of your separate scores in all four tests. Institutions considering your application are advised to look at both the overall band score and the bands for each component in order to determine whether you have the language skills needed for a particular course of study. TOEFL is a single test that is graded out of 120, with each of the four sections scored out of 30.

Edwise Overseas Education Consultant

We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 725 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

Start your education overseas with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding the best suited program for you.

Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

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