User's Guide



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TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. It evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. More than 8,500 universities, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept ToEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:
  • Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
  • Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
  • Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English
The TOEFL test is offered in two testing formats: the TOEFL IBT® test, administered via the Internet, and the TOEFL® PBT test, administered in a paper-based format. The format you take depends on your test center location.
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The TOEFL PBT test has three sections and a 30-minute writing test, the TWE (Test of Written English) test. It takes about four hours. There is no scheduled break. The questions in the three sections are mostly multiple-choice.
What Section Measures
Time Limit
No. of Questions
Listening Comprehension
The ability to understand spoken English.
30–40 minutes
Structure and Written Expression
The ability to recognize language appropriate for standard written English.
25 minutes
Reading Comprehension
The ability to understand non-technical reading material.
55 minutes
Test of Written English
The ability to write in English on an assigned topic.
30 minutes
1 topic
TOEFL IBT is composed of four sections, the details of which are given below.
Time Limit
No. of Questions
60 – 80 minutes
36 – 56
60 – 90 minutes
34 – 51
10 minutes
20 minutes
6 tasks
50 minutes
2 tasks


Score Ranges
TOEFL PBT’s ranges of scores are as given below:


Score Range
Listening Comprehension
Structure and Written Expression
Reading Comprehension
Test of Written English (TWE; on a separate scale)


For undergraduate study, it is required that applicants obtain a score of at least 550-600 on the TOEFL PBT.
TOEFL IBT’s usually required ranges of scores are:
Score Range
Level                                   Score Range
High (22–30)
Intermediate                              (15-21)                                                                                                               Low                                             (0–14)
High (22–30)
Intermediate (15–21)
Low                                            (0–14)
0–30 score scale
Good (26–30)
Fair (18–25)
Limited (10–17)
Weak                                            (0–9)
0–30 score scale
Good (24–30)
Fair (17–23)
Limited                                        (1–16)


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TOEFL scores required for a successful university application vary much, depending on how selective the university you are applying to is. Language can become a serious problem at universities with high academic expectations. Given below is a sample of universities and their TOEFL application scores.
TOEFL Test Score Requirements
Internet-Based TOEFL
Paper-Based TOEFL
100 recommended
600 recommended
61 minimum
not reported
90 minimum
100 recommended
577 minimum
600 recommended
79 minimum
550 minimum
100 minimum
600 minimum
80 minimum
550 minimum
80 minimum
550 minimum
100 recommended
600 recommended
100 minimum
not reported
79 minimum
550 minimum
85 minimum
560 minimum

ExpandCollapse Advice on Achieving High Score
If you want success with TOEFL Test you have to prepare and practice , here are suggestions for some tools that may be helpful in preparation:
  • Free test tips
  • Sample test questions
  • Practice tools like The Official Guide to the TOEFLآ® Test and TOEFLآ® Practice Online
  • And there is also some books which may be useful such as "Longman book" and the "TOEFL student test prep planner"
  • On the exam, make every effort to complete all exam sections. Random guessing at the end of a section can seriously lower scores. The best strategy is to pace yourself so you have enough time to consider each question without guessing.
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Useful Websites

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IELTS - International English Language Testing System

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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency in many countries, utilizing a British system for measurement, testing and test administration (the UK counterpart to ToEFL). English language proficiency testing is required of all undergraduate and graduate students intending to commence college study in the US / in English language as the language of instruction. IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and assimilates a real-life situation. IELTS is available in two test formats; Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking components but different Reading and Writing components. The Academic format is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.
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IELTS Academic Module
IELTS General Training Module
Measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test-takers, irrespective of their subject focus.
Measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations.
Listening (30 minutes)
Four recorded monologues and conversations
Listening (30 minutes)
Four recorded monologues and conversations
Reading (60 minutes)
Three long reading passages with tasks
Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
Includes non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations
Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from books, journals and newspapers)
Reading (60 minutes)
Three reading passages with tasks
Section 12 contains two or three short factual texts
Section 2 contains two short, work-related factual texts
Section 3 contains one longer text on a topic of general interest
Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from company handbooks, official documents, books and newspapers)
Writing (60 minutes)
Writing task of least 150 words where the candidate must summarize, describe or explain a table, chart, graph or diagram.
Short essay task of at least 250 words.
Writing (60 minutes)
Letter writing task of at least 150 words
Short essay task of at least 250 words
Speaking (11 to 14 minutes)
Face-to-face interview
Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion.
Speaking (11 to 14 minutes)
Face-to-face interview
Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion.
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Rather, all test results are reported on a 9-band scale (from 1, the lowest, to 9, the highest). Candidates receive an overall band score as well as individual scores for each test component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). Merits of scale grades are as given below.
Expert user
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate, and fluent with complete understanding
Very good user
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Good user
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Competent user
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Modest user
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
Limited user
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Extremely limited user
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Intermittent user
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Non user
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few
isolated words.
Did not attempt the test
No assessable information provided.
IELTS advises institutions to set their own minimum IELTS score for applicants, depending on specific academic program requirements. However, a general guideline for the minimum scores, as provided by IELTS is given below.
Band score
Linguistically demanding academic courses
Linguistically less demanding academic courses
Linguistically demanding training courses
Linguistically less demanding training courses
Probably acceptable
English study needed
Probably acceptable
English study needed
English study needed
Probably acceptable
English study needed
English study needed
English study needed
Probably acceptable
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  • Immerse yourself in the language. This involvement should be more focused in the period between deciding to take the exam / making preparations to take the exam, to the time of actually taking it.
  • Do not expect to achieve high score, if you haven’t been building your language skills gradually, over extended periods of time.
  • Make use of training and other supportive material provided by the test administrators, usually on their websites.
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Useful Websites

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The two forms of English language proficiency testing are equivalent. If you are asked to choose between the IELTS or TOEFL exam. here are some points to take into consideration before you decide whether to take the IELTS or the TOEFL exam.
  • Are you more comfortable with North American or British / UK accents, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions? If you have more experience with British English, take the IELTS as vocabulary and accents tend more towards British English. If you watch a lot of Hollywood movies and like US idiomatic language, choose the TOEFL as it reflects American English.
  • Can you type relatively fast? As you will read below in the section on key differences between the IELTS or TOEFL, the TOEFL requires that you type your essays in the written section of the test. If you type very slowly, I would strongly recommend taking the IELTS as you handwrite your essay responses.
  • Do you feel comfortable with a wide range of question types? The TOEFL exam is made up of almost entirely multiple choice questions. The IELTS, on the other hand, has a much wider range of question types including multiple choice, gap fill, matching exercises, etc. If you do NOT feel comfortable with multiple choice questions, the TOEFL is not the test for you.
  • Are you proficient at taking notes? Note taking is important on both the IELTS and the TOEFL. However, it is much more critical on the TOEFL exam. As you will read below, the listening section in particular depends on note taking skills in the TOEFL as you answer questions after you have listened to a longer selection. The IELTS asks you to answer questions as you listen to the exam.
  • TOEFL - You will have 3 - 5 reading selections of twenty minutes each. Reading materials are academic in nature. Questions are multiple choice.
  • IELTS - 3 reading selections of twenty minutes each. Materials are, as in the case of the TOEFL, related to an academic setting. There are multiple type questions (gap fill, matching, etc.)
  • TOEFL - The listening selection is very different from the IELTS. In the TOEFL, you will have 40 - 60 minutes worth of listening selections from lectures or campus conversations. Take notes and respond to multiple choice questions.
  • IELTS - The largest difference between the two exams is in listening. In the IELTS exam there are a wider variety of question types, as well as exercises of differing lengths. You will answer questions as you move through the listening selection of the test.
  • TOEFL - Two written tasks are required on the TOEFL and all writing is done on the computer. Task one involves writing a five paragraph essay of 300 to 350 words. Note taking is important as the second task asks you to take notes from a reading selection in a text book and then a lecture on the same topic. You are then asked to respond using notes by writing a 150 - 225 word selection integrating both the reading and listening selection.
  • IELTS - The IELTS also has two tasks: the first a short essay of 200 - 250 words. The second IELTS writing task asks you to look at an infograhic such as a graph or chart and summarize the information presented.
  • TOEFL - The speaking section differs greatly between the TOEFL and the IELTS exams. On the TOEFL you are asked to record responses on the computer of 45 - 60 seconds to six different questions based on short descriptions / conversations. The speaking section of the test lasts 20 minutes.
  • IELTS - The IELTS speaking section lasts from 12 to 14 minutes and takes place with an examiner, rather than a computer as on the TOEFL. There is a short warm up exercise consisting mainly of small talk, followed by a response to some sort of visual stimulus and, finally, a more extended discussion on a related topic.


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The English Language Proficiency Entrance Test (ELPET) is an institutional test designed to fulfill the English language proficiency measurement and placement required for admission to the American University in Cairo (AUC).
ELPET is administered by AUC throughout the year. Schedules and fees are listed in the application form. Applicants are required to pay the test fee when submitting their applications. Two passport-size photos are required for ELPET registration, in addition to three photos needed with the admission application form. Application forms, payment of fees and changes to test dates are handled by the Student Service Center on the Main Campus. Students should register for the ELPET after getting their application form processed by doing the following.
  • Submit your application form with application fees and required credentials to the Student Service Center on the Main Campus.
  • Choose a test date from the testing schedule.
  • Pay the test registration fee ($45 or LE equivalent) and bring two photos and collect the ELPET test card from the Student Service Center on the Main Campus. 
  • Review directions written on the bottom of the test card.
  • Come to the test location on the date and time specified on your test card.
  • If you must change the test date selected, come to the Student Service Center on the Main Campus and collect a "Change of ELPET Test Date" form and follow steps 2, 3, 5, 6 outlined above.

Change of ELPET test date fee = $25 or LE equivalent.


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AUC New Cairo
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
New Cairo 11835, Egypt.
tel 20.2.2615.1000
fax 20.2.27957565
AUC Tahrir Square
113 Kasr El Aini St., P.O. Box 2511
Cairo, 11511, Egypt
tel 20.2.2794.2964

fax 20.2.27957565


ExpandCollapseELPT - English Language Proficiency Test

ELPT, or English Language Proficiency Test, assesses both your understanding of spoken and written standard English and how well you will function in a classroom where English is spoken. ELPT is primarily aimed at students who attend American high schools.

ExpandCollapseGRE - Graduate Record Exam

GRE Stands for Graduate Record Examination. If you are applying for graduate school (advanced study after receiving the equivalent of a four-year college degree), you may need to take the GRE. Many US schools place the same importance upon the GRE for acceptance into graduate school study that they place upon the SAT or ACT for undergraduate school studies. GRE is a standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics and vocabulary. GRE General Test measures the afore-mentioned skills that have been acquired over time and are not related to any specific field of study. GRE Subject Tests measure knowledge of particular subjects, such as Biology, English, Literature in English, or Mathematics. You may have to take both depending on the program for which you are applying. Scores from these GRE tests help predict an individual’s success in studies on the graduate level.

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  • A Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • A Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • An Analytical Writing score reported on a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments
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there are 8 GRE Subject Tests:
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. There are approximately 175 multiple-choice questions on the test. A number of questions are grouped in sets and based on descriptions of laboratory situations, diagrams and experimental results. There is an emphasis on questions requiring content knowledge and problem-solving skills, including mathematical calculations that don't need the use of a calculator. Questions on methodology and data interpretation are included in all content areas. The test questions cover both eukaryotes and prokaryotes because the 3 disciplines tested are basic to the study of all organisms.
Biology. Content is evenly divided into 3 major areas: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology and ecology and evolution. There are approximately 200 multiple-choice questions on the test. A number of these are grouped in sets and are based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams or experimental results. The distribution of test content is as follows:
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology (33–34%)
  • Organismal Biology (33–34%)
  • Ecology and Evolution (33–34%)
Chemistry. The test measures knowledge of the 4 fields in which chemistry has been traditionally divided (Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry), with some interrelationships among the fields. The test contains about 130 multiple-choice questions — each constructed to simplify mathematical manipulations, so calculators or tables of logarithms aren't needed. For problems that require the use of logarithms, the necessary values are included with the question.
The test booklet has a periodic table and a table of information presenting various physical constants and a few conversion factors among SI units. When necessary, additional values of physical constants appear within test questions. The distribution of test content is as follows:
  • Analytical Chemistry – 15%
  • Inorganic Chemistry – 25%
  • Organic Chemistry – 30%
  • Physical Chemistry – 30%
Computer Science. Test content includes: software systems and methodology, computer organization and architecture and other topics such as computer graphics and security. There are approximately 70 multiple-choice questions on the test. Some are grouped in sets and based on diagrams, graphs and program fragments. The distribution of test content is given below.
  • Software Systems and Methodology – 40%
  • Computer Organization and Architecture – 15%
  • Theory and Mathematical Background – 40%
  • Other Topics (numerical analysis, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, cryptography) – 5%
Literature in English. The test consists of questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory and the history of the language. There are approximately 230 questions on the test. The test draws on literature in English from the British Isles, the United States and other parts of the world. It also contains a few questions on major works, including the Bible, translated from other languages. The test emphasizes authors, works, genres and movements. The questions may be somewhat arbitrarily classified into two groups: factual and critical.
Here’s a look at the distribution of test content:
  • Literary Analysis (40 – 55%). The content focuses on your ability to interpret given passages of prose and poetry. Questions may involve recognition of conventions and genres, allusions and references, meaning and tone, grammatical structures and rhetorical strategies and literary techniques.
  • Identification (15 – 20%). These questions test your ability to recognize dates, author or work by style and/or content (for literary theory identifications see IV below).
  • Cultural and Historical Contexts (20 – 25%). Material focuses on literary, cultural and intellectual history as well as identification of author or work through a critical statement or biographical information. Also, you're asked to identify details of character, plot or setting of a work.
  • History and Theory of Literary Criticism (10 – 15%). Questions will consist of identification and analysis of the characteristics and methods of various critical and theoretical approaches.
Mathematics. The questions consist of calculus and its applications, algebra and other mathematics topics. There are approximately 66 multiple-choice test questions drawn from courses commonly offered at the undergraduate level. The percents below are estimates.
  • Calculus – 50%
  • Algebra – 25%
  • Additional Topics (include introductory real; analysis, sequences, discrete mathematics, general topology, geometry, complex variables and numerical analysis)– 25%
Physics. The test focuses on the fundamental principles of physics and applying these principles in the solution of problems. There are approximately 100 multiple-choice questions, some are grouped in sets and based on diagrams, graphs, experimental data and descriptions of physical situations. Most of the questions are based on topics from the first 3 years of undergraduate physics. The International System (SI) of units is used predominantly in the test. A table of information representing various physical constants and a few conversion factors among SI units is presented in the test book. Here’s a look at the distribution of test content:
  • Classical Mechanics – 20%
  • Electromagnetism – 18%
  • Optics and Wave Phenomena – 9%
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics – 10%
  • Quantum Mechanics – 12%
  • Atomic Physics – 10%
  • Special Relativity – 6%
  • Laboratory Methods – 6%
  • Specialized Topics – 9%
Psychology. The test measures knowledge of factual information, analyzing relationships, applying principles, evaluating a research design and other basic knowledge. The test contains approximately 205 multiple-choice questions. Some of the stimulus materials, such as a description of an experiment or a graph, may serve as the basis for several questions. A question may require recalling factual information, analyzing relationships, applying principles, drawing conclusions from data and/or evaluating a research design. Here’s a look at the distribution of test content:
  • Experimental Sub-score – 20%
    • Learning (3 – 5%)
    • Language (3 – 4%)
    • Memory (7 – 9%)
    • Thinking (4 – 6%)
    • Sensation and Perception (5 – 7%)
    • Physiological/Behavioral Neuroscience (12 – 14%)
  • Social Sub-score – 43%
    • Clinical and Abnormal (12 – 14%)
    • Lifespan Development (12 – 14%)
    • Personality (3 – 5%)
    • Social (12 – 14%)
  • Other Areas – 17%
    • General (4 – 6%)
    • Measurement and Methodology (11 – 13%)

ExpandCollapseAdvice on Achieving High Score
For preparation it is suggested that you sign up for 4-week GREآ® Test Prep Series. It's free, and each week you'll get an email of section tips, test strategies, as well as links to sample questions, all to help you get ready for test day! In addition, when you finish the series, you will kept updated with more helpful tips and information.
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AMIDEAST offices worldwide administers a number of standardized tests, which include TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, SAT Subjects, and CLEP. Kindly check the addresses for AMIDEAST offices under the Training and Testing Centers for TOEFL in this manual.

Useful Websites
Visit the GRE website for all the information you should need, including sample questions.

ExpandCollapseGMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test
For preparation it is suggested that you sign up for 4-week GREآ® Test Prep Series. It's free, and each week you'll get an email of section tips, test strategies, as well as links to sample questions, all to help you get ready for test day! In addition, when you finish the series, you will kept updated with more helpful tips and information.
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GMAT Test Section
Number of Questions
Question Types
Analytical Writing Assessment
1 Topic
Analysis of an Argument
30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning
12 Questions
Multi-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 Minutes
37 Questions
Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
41 Questions
Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
The test will have to be completed within three and a half hours.

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The analytical writing assessment measures the ability to think critically and to communicate ideas. It tests the ability to formulate an appropriate and constructive critique of a specific conclusion based on a specific line of thinking. This GMAT test section consists of one 30-minute essay. An argument is presented, concerning topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. Specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only the capacity to write analytically is assessed. The test taker will be asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument. The test taker is not being asked to present his / her own views on the subject.
Consider the following when developing the essay:
  • What questionable assumptions underlie the thinking behind the argument?
  • What alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion?
  • What sort of evidence could help strengthen or refute the argument?
For an example and directions for answering, go to the Sample Analysis of an Argument Question. You may download the complete list of current Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Analysis of an Argument Topics used during the administration of the GMAT exam. Independent readers will rescore your essays for a fee. The Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal sections of the test cannot be rescored. Rescoring may result in an increase or decrease in your AWA score. Either way, the rescoring results are final.
Today’s business world is rich in data. To succeed, you’ll need to analyze information from a variety of sources, and develop strategies and make decisions based on that information. Integrated reasoning is designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills you already use, and skills you need to succeed in our data-rich world.
The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section tests skills identified by management faculty worldwide as important for you, as a prospective incoming graduate management student, to know, including:
  • Synthesizing information presented in graphics, text, and numbers
  • Evaluating relevant information from different sources
  • Organizing information to see relationships and to solve multiple, interrelated problems
  • Combining and manipulating information to solve complex problems that depend on information from one or more sources
The Integrated Reasoning section consists of four question types, which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.
  • Almost all question formats require multiple responses. Questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, so you must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit.
  • All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen. You must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on another screen. Once you answer a question, you may not go back and change the answer.
  • Data presented in text are approximately 300 words or fewer.
  • Answer options don’t provide information or clues that will help you solve other questions.
  • One set of data is used for several Multi-Source Reasoning questions, but the questions are independent of one another—you won’t have to answer one question correctly to be able to answer another.
Graphics Interpretation: Interpret the graph or graphical image and select the option from a drop-down list to make the answer statements accurate.
Next Generation GMAT Graphic Analysis Example
Two-Part Analysis: Select one answer from each column to solve a problem with a two-part solution. Possible answers will be presented in a table with a column for each part.
Next Generation GMAT Two Part Analysis Example
Table Analysis: Sort the table to organize the data so you can determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing answers (e.g., yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable); select one answer for each statement.
Next Generation GMAT Table Analysis Example
Multi-Source Reasoning: Data are provided from more than a single source and the reader is required to synthesize the data and arrive at the correct conclusion / inference.
Next Generaion GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning Example
The Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GMAT exam follow a computer adaptive format, which adjusts to the test taker’s individual ability level.

At the start of each multiple-choice section of the exam, you are presented with a question of medium difficulty. As you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it—as well as your responses to any preceding questions—to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty.


ExpandCollapseAdvice on Achieving High Score
Most GMAT test takers start preparing about three to six months before the actual test date. Think about how you can best prepare, given your discipline, motivation, and personal preference (e.g., self-study, one-one-one tutoring, study groups, and prep courses). You can also use the test preparation software and the preparation materials provided by the Graduate Management Admission Council.
ExpandCollapseTraining and Testing Centers
AMIDEAST offices worldwide administers a number of standardized tests, which include TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, SAT Subjects, and CLEP. Kindly check the addresses for AMIDEAST offices under the Training and Testing Centers for TOEFL in this manual. Additional testing centers in the Arab region for the test are given in here

Useful Websites

ExpandCollapseMAT - Miller Analogies Test
MAT stands for Miller Analogies Test. MAT is a test of analogies. It is a standardized test that forms one of the different admission criteria for graduate schools in US. The test is created and published by Pearson. MAT test evaluates the verbal comprehension and analytical thinking abilities of candidates for graduate study. The test is based on questions on analogies related with various subject areas. Thus, it tests knowledge of candidates that cannot be achieved from memorizing by rote. While graduate study admission decisions are made, MAT scores are considered along with other indicators of the candidate’s capabilities.
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The MAT contains 120 testing items to be completed in 60 minutes. Out of these 120 items, 100 count towards your score while 20 are administered to check their suitability for future administration of MAT and do not count towards your score. Each question is based on analogies. An analogy is a set of two pairs of terms showing similar relationship among each pair. One of the four terms has to be fit in from the four answer options given. The testing items measure two types of abilities in applicants
  • Cognitive skills of recognition of relationships among words
  • Knowledge of content learnt during undergraduate education
MAT is conducted at more than 500 Controlled Testing Centers (CTCs) at educational institutions across the US and Canada and a few international sites as well. The test is administered in two formats, computer-based and paper and pencil based. If you can make a choice, decide which type of format you shall be most comfortable with and register accordingly. 
The content areas tested in MAT analogies are general knowledge, humanities, language, natural sciences, social sciences and mathematics. The questions are based on relationships of the following types among the given terms
  • Semantic
  • Classification
  • Association
  • Logical



The scoring of the test is done electronically. Only 100 items contribute towards your score, 20 items are meant for judging items for future administration of MAT and they do not count towards your score. 
The number of items answered correctly forms the raw score. The raw scores are converted to scores on a general scale based on a norm group. The group consists of first time candidates who tested between 1st Jan 2004 to 31st Dec 2007. This ensures that MAT scaled scores across different test formats are comparable.
You shall receive a scaled score and percentile ranks. The scaled scores lie between 200 and 600, 400 is the mean score. Percentile ranks lie between 1 and 99. These ranks represent the percentage of candidates who received scores lesser than yours. The candidates are those who constitute the norm group. Percentiles of two forms are reported.
  • Percentiles for intended major: Percentile according to the examinees in the norm group who intended to take the same major.
  • Percentiles for total group: Percentile according to the examinees in the complete norm group.
There is no passing score for MAT. The definition of a good MAT score varies from institution to institution. Besides, the importance of MAT scores as an admission criterion also depends on the institution.
It takes 10-15 days for the MAT Score Report to be dispatched. The scores cannot be obtained through telephone or fax. The Personal Score Report also mentions the number of times you have taken the exam in the past five years and the date of your present attempt.
A list of MAT Testing Centers can be obtained from the website The list includes phone numbers of CTCs and information about which test format is administered at each, computer based, paper based or both. Most CTCs administer both the formats. 
 It shall be ideal for you to contact the MAT Testing Centers where you wish to test from much in advance. Understand the time when taking the test shall be the most beneficial for you, keeping time for the scores to reach the schools you intend applying to. Gather complete information about the testing schedules and registration requirements. Accordingly, you shall be able to register at the best possible time.
The performance of a candidate in MAT depends on:
  • his cognitive ability and application of principles of cognition
  • Reasoning and vocabulary skills
  • Knowledge of different fields           
Universities give importance to each type of score reported in the MAT score report. Your percentiles for intended major are considered for granting admission in subject specific courses. 
It shall be in your best interest to score high in MAT. Not only does the exam show your knowledge of different subject areas but it also shows how you understand relationships between different words. A high MAT score shall put a good impression on admission authorities about your abilities. A low MAT score shall put a doubt in their minds about your abilities. Even if you match up to other admission criteria, a low score in MAT shall make admission authorities reconsider their decisions. The very fact that a college asks for MAT scores indicates that it holds importance. Hence, you should not take the exam lightly.

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Preparation for MAT is particularly important and has a direct impact on your performance. The exam contains only one type of questions and hence you need to get familiar with it. Most students are not accustomed to questions on analogies and require training for it, in spite of possessing good cognitive skills.
The exam is timed; you shall have to complete two questions in one minute. Hence, optimizing your time is also important. To complete the exam and spot the correct answer quickly, you shall have to practice a lot.
The first step towards preparation, however, is gaining knowledge about the exam. The MAT Candidate Information Booklet contains complete information about the exam. It is available for free on the official website

Two complete MAT practice tests are available at the official website. These contain 100 analogy questions and explanations of correct answers. A score report shall be generated for the tests and you shall have to pay $23.99 for each practice test.


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If you are familiar with analogy questions but cannot perform well in them, do not despair. Students are unable to solve these questions because of either a poor vocabulary or inability to recognize the connection among the terms. With practice, each of these shortcomings can be overcome. The best part about the exam is that one has to concentrate on one type of questions only. There are neither different sections nor different question types to concentrate upon. This makes you concentrate better and you can achieve quicker results. Hence, with sustained efforts, anyone can master analogies and score well in the exam.
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A list of MAT Testing Centers can be obtained from the website The list includes phone numbers of Certified Testing Centers (CTCs) and information about which test format is administered at each, computer based, paper based or both. Most CTCs administer both the formats. It shall be ideal for you to contact the MAT Testing Centers where you wish to test from much in advance. Understand the time when taking the test shall be the most beneficial for you, keeping time for the scores to reach the schools you intend applying to. Gather complete information about the testing schedules and registration requirements. Accordingly, you shall be able to register at the best possible time.

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Developed by the College Board, the people behind Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT tests, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a widely trusted credit-by-examination program, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in over 1,700 test centers. The essence of the program is that students get university credits for passing CLEP standardized tests in a number of subjects. Credit by examination is for knowledge that is commensurate with the second year of college (sophomore).
CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. CLEP exam-takers include adults just entering or returning to school, military service members and traditional college students. CLEP subjects (tests up to sophomore level knowledge) are:
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Composition and Literature
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Business
  • World Languages
Both U.S. and international students can take College Board tests outside the United States. The registration process, testing schedule, and test fees may differ from those for tests taken in the United States, and restrictions apply in some countries. CLEP exams can be of special benefit to international students who want to attend U.S. universities. These students may have nontransferable school credits or specialized knowledge (for example, knowledge of languages other than English) that can earn them college credit.

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The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is designed to provide American high school students with college-level academic courses. High school students who complete AP courses demonstrate their mastery of subject material by earning qualifying grades on AP Examinations.
AP tests in May of each year are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement (AP) courses. However, high school students may sit for the AP exams without taking the courses. All but one of the AP exams combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format. AP Studio Art, the sole exception, requires students to submit a portfolio for review. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale:
5: Extremely well qualified
4: Well-qualified
3: Qualified
2: Possibly qualified
1: No recommendation
Many colleges and universities in the U.S. grant credits or advanced placement based on AP test scores. Policies vary by institution, but most schools require a score of 3 or higher on any given exam for credit to be granted or course prerequisites to be waived (and some will award an "A" grade for a 5 score). Universities may also take AP grades into account when deciding which students to accept, though this is not part of the official AP program.
  • In May 2012, more than 2 million high school students at over 18,000 schools worldwide took AP Exams.
  • The AP Program offers 34 courses in a wide variety of subject areas.
  • The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program.
  • Except for the three Studio Art exams, AP Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section.
  • Students do not have to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam.
  • The AP Exam fee is $89 per exam as of November 2013. The fee for exams administered outside of the United States and Canada is $117 per exam. The fee for Exams administered at Authorized Test Centers outside of the United States varies.
  • More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Most four-year universities in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.


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AMIDEAST offices worldwide administers a number of standardized tests, which include TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, SAT Subjects, and CLEP. Kindly check the addresses for AMIDEAST offices under the Training and Testing Centers for TOEFL in this manual.

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SAT is a standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. The SAT is intended to forecast a student’s ability to perform in his or her freshman (first) year at college. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's college readiness.
The meaning behind the name "SAT" is complicated. According to the Kaplan website: "Originally, SAT stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test. When the SAT test changed a few years ago, the official name was changed to Scholastic Assessment Test. In 1997, the test makers announced that SAT no longer stands for anything, officially."
The SAT test consists of two portions, one measuring students mathematical skills and the other their verbal skills. The SAT test does not pretend to measure all factors related to freshman student success, but its scores have a statistically significant relationship to that success. SAT continues to weigh heavily in the college student evaluation process.
The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States and six times at international sites. The test:
  • Takes three hours and 45 minutes
  • Consists of 10 separately timed sections:
    • Three sections test critical reading (70 minutes total)
    • Three sections test mathematics (70 minutes total)
    • Three sections test writing (60 minutes total)
    • One variable (unscored) section tests critical reading, mathematics, or writing (25 minutes total)
  • Assesses subject matter learned in high school and problem solving skills in three areas:
    • Critical reading
    • Mathematics
    • Writing
  • Includes three kinds of questions:

Is machine-scored, except for the essay


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SAT Subject Tests are the only admission tests in the US that measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and their ability to apply that knowledge. They are closely linked to the high school curriculum and have a proven track record of providing universities with an objective assessment of student readiness for college-level work.
The SAT® Program offers 20 Subject Tests that fall into general subject areas.
  • Literature
  • Chinese with Listening
  • French
  • German
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish
History and Social Studies
  • United States History
  • World History
  • French with Listening
  • German with Listening
  • Japanese with Listening
  • Korean with Listening
  • Spanish with Listening
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • The SAT Subject Tests are offered six times a year in the United States and at international sites.
  • Students can take one, two, or three tests on a single test date.
  • Each test takes one hour.
  • The Language with Listening tests are always given in the first hour of testing. Only one listening test can be taken per test date.
  • Only one Biology test can be taken per test date. After the first 60 questions, students must choose either Biology – Ecological or Biology – Molecular; they cannot take both.
  • All Subject Tests consist of multiple-choice questions, but some have unique features or formats.
  • The types of questions change little from year to year.
All Subject Tests are machine scored.

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Students need to be prepared for some differences between the Subject Tests. The unique features and formats of the tests include:
  • Languages with Listening: Subject Tests in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish consist of a listening section and a reading section. Students taking these tests must bring an acceptable CD player with earphones to the test center.
  • Biology E/M: This test contains 60 general-knowledge multiple-choice questions, followed by 20 multiple-choice questions that emphasize one of the following:
    • Ecological (Biology E) subject matter
    • Molecular (Biology M) subject matter
Students choose the section they feel most prepared for at the start of testing. After completing the 60 core questions, test-takers move on to the section that they chose.
  • Chemistry: This test includes approximately five questions that ask students to evaluate two related statements based on equation balancing and/or predicting chemical reactions. Students answer these five questions in a special section of the answer sheet, labeled "Chemistry."
  • Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2: These tests include questions that cannot be answered without the use of at least a scientific or graphing calculator. Mathematics Subject Tests are developed with the expectation that most students will use a graphing calculator.
The SAT Subject Tests Preparation Center covers these differences in depth.

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AMIDEAST offices worldwide administers a number of standardized tests, which include TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, SAT Subjects, and CLEP. Kindly check the addresses for AMIDEAST offices under the Training and Testing Centers for TOEFL in this manual.

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ACT stands for "American College Test". The ACT is a standardized test to determine a high school graduate’s preparation for college-level work. It covers four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The ACT is a test based on courses studied. Most US colleges and universities accept ACT test results. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses. The ACT is administered in all 50 of the United States and in many other countries.
The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a Writing Test.
 No. of Questions
Time Allowed
75 questions
45 minutes
Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
60 questions
60 minutes
Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
40 questions
35 minutes
Measures reading comprehension.
40 questions
35 minutes
Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Optional Writing Test
1 prompt
30 minutes
Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.
The ACT and SAT are different tests that measure similar but distinct constructs. The ACT measures achievement related to high school curricula, while the SAT measures general verbal and quantitative reasoning.

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  • Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
  • Read the directions for each test carefully.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
  • Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
  • Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser. Do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen; if you do, your answer document cannot be scored accurately.
  • Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test.
  • On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
  • Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
  • If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test.
  • Mark your answers properly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging.
  • Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing the essay after time has been called. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
  • If you are taking the ACT Plus Writing, see these Writing Test tips.
  • Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
  • Do some planning before writing the essay; you will be instructed to do your prewriting in your Writing Test booklet. You can refer to these notes as you write the essay on the lined pages in your answer folder.
  • Do not skip lines and do not write in the margins. Write your essay legibly, in English, with a No. 2 pencil. Do not use ink, a mechanical pencil, or correction fluid.
    • Carefully consider the prompt and make sure you understand the issue—reread it if you aren't sure.
    • Decide what perspective you want to take on the issue.
    • Then jot down your ideas: this might simply be a list of reasons and examples that you will use to explain your point of view on the issue.
    • Write down what you think others might say in opposition to your point of view and think about how you would refute their arguments.
    • Think of how best to organize your essay.
  • At the beginning of your essay, make sure readers will see that you understand the issue. Explain your point of view in a clear and logical way.
  • Stay focused on the topic.
  • Discuss the issue in a broader context or evaluate the implications or complications of the issue.
  • Address what others might say to refute your point of view and present a counterargument.
  • Use specific examples.
  • Vary the structure of your sentences, and use varied and precise word choices.
  • Make logical relationships clear by using transitional words and phrases.
  • End with a strong conclusion that summarizes or reinforces your position.
  • If possible, before time is called, recheck your work:
    • Correct any mistakes in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.
    • If you find any words that are hard to read, recopy them so your readers can read them easily.
    • Make any corrections and revisions neatly, between the lines (but not in the margins).

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For more information about taking the ACT test, visit the ACT website. For a registration packet for students outside the U.S., email, call, or write, asking for the information package called: "Outside the 50 United States."
Telephone: 319-337-1448
ACT Universal Testing
P.O. Box 4028
Iowa City, IA 52243-4028


ExpandCollapsePSAT / NMSQT- Preliminary Standardized Academic Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

PSAT / NMSQT stands for Preliminary Standardized Academic Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. PSAT / NMSQT is used in preparation for SAT and to identify opportunities to earn scholarships and academic recognition. Students who want to qualify for National Merit Scholarship programs needs to take this test in their junior year. PSAT/NMSQT is administered at 23,000 schools in the US each October. PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Reading, math reasoning, and writing skills that are important for successful academic performance in college
  • Knowledge and skills developed through years of study in a wide range of courses as well as through experiences outside the classroom
  • Critical thinking—the ability to reason with facts and concepts, rather than the ability to recall and recite them
PSAT/NMSQT includes the same types of critical reading, math, and writing skills multiple-choice questions as the SAT Test. PSAT/NMSQT test is 2 hours and 10 minutes long, plus approximately 45-50 minutes of administrative duties. PSAT/NMSQT has five sections:
  • Two 25-minute critical reading sections
  • Two 25-minute math sections
  • One 30-minute writing skills section
The scoring of the test is as follows:
  • Scores for each section—critical reading, math, and writing—are on a 20-to-80 point scale
  • Correct answer = 1 point
  • Omitted answer = no points
  • Wrong answers to multiple-choice questions = minus ¼ of a point
  • Wrong answers to student-produced math questions = no points deducted



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AMIDEAST offices worldwide administers a number of standardized tests, which include TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, SAT Subjects, and CLEP. Kindly check the addresses for AMIDEAST offices under the Training and Testing Centers for TOEFL in this manual.