Important Policy changes for New GRE

Important Policy changes for New GRE 

This month ETS (Educational Testing Service) has made two important policy changes for New GRE test takers in the areas of score reporting and retaking the test. 

1st Policy Change:
From this month (July 2012) the new Score Select option will be available for both the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years. The new Score Select option lets you decide which GRE scores from your reportable history to send to the Universities.

What’s the benefit for the students?
The students can now report the scores that they feel reflect their personal best. 

On test day, when viewing the scores at the test center, students can select the:

  • Score Select Most Recent option — Send the scores from the current test taken(FREE).
  • Score Select All option — Send the scores from all tests taken in the last five years (FREE).

Students can decide which option to use for each of their four free score reports. 

After test day, students can send Additional Score Reports for a fee by selecting from the following:

  • Score Select Most Recent option — Send the scores from the most recent test taken.
  • Score Select All option — Send the scores from all tests taken in the last five years.
  • Score Select Any option — Send the scores from one OR many tests taken in the last five years.

Scores for a taken test must be reported in their entirety, regardless of whether a student has chosen the Most Recent, All or Any option. To report the test, a student has to select specific test date so the reported scores are all from the same testing session. Institutes will receive the score reports that show only the scores that  a student has selected to send to them. There will be no special indication if a student has taken additional GRE tests. 

And the 2nd Policy Change:
From this month (July 2012), the policy for retaking a test will also be updated. Students will be able to take the GRE revised General Test once every 30 days, and up to five times within rolling 12-month period.

If you want to know more about the New GRE, please read an old post on New GRE here.

To your success,

Vipul Tandon

@VipultheHope

 If you are planning for your studies abroad and need any guidance, please contact our consultants for further advice. At eduken, we always try to keep you updated on education & career related information in simplest terms. 

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

 

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IELTS fee is set for revision from September 01, 2012

IELTS aspirants will have to shell out INR 1,000 more from September 01, 2012 as the test fee is revising. Those who have already registered to take the test anywhere in India on or before 31st August, 2012 need not worry, but those who are planning to take the test before 01st September, 2012 and yet not registered, they have to hurry up. From 01st September the new fee will be INR 8,900.

This change has happened as the Finance Act 2012 has levied a service tax @12.36% wef July 1st, 2012. The New Test Fee of INR 8,900 is inclusive of service tax.

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For more information please feel free to contact us.

All the best,

Team Eduken

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

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This is the time for “New GMAT”

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What is the “New GMAT”? 

The New GMAT is the new format of GMAT test which is active from today (June 05, 2012). GMAT test takers will now take only the New GMAT. Though there will be no change in the total duration of the test (it remains roughly a four-hour test with breaks), a new section called Integrated Reasoning is introduced and the 30 minute Analytical Writing Issue section has gone. The format of the New GMAT  is:

EXAM SECTION

Next Generation GMAT

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

30 minutes

Quantitative Section

75 minutes

Verbal Section

75 minutes

Integrated Reasoning (New)

30 minutes

Total Exam Time

3 hours, 30 minutes

Besides this section change, there is no change in the Quantitative and Verbal section of the test, and both these sections and their question patterns are same as in the older test.

The purpose of this blog post is to bring focus to the New GMAT as we shall be posting a series of articles on this new test format. Keep visiting our blog page or join us on our facebook page to take part in discussions on GMAT.

To your success,

Team Eduken

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are personal. While we have made efforts to ensure the accuracy of our content (consisting of articles and information), neither this blog nor the author shall be held responsible for any losses suffered by people accessing or using the content.

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4th birthday of eduken

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Today is eduken’s 4th birthday. Four years back, on the same day of the year 2008, we started this journey with a very simple mission “To make learning meaningful & fun.” Education & Career consulting was not a new concept to the people at that time, but our approach was revolutionary based on solid research, well-organized and most updated databases, personal experience of our consultants and a large network of people from diverse backgrounds and first-hand experiences. We thank all those hands & brains who have helped us at different stages in our journey. Whatever we have done and accomplished in last four years is a small drop in terms of our contribution to the society, but it has made huge difference to those, who now have better goals in their lives, and better clarity about their careers.  We promise that this year we will be taking new initiatives to make our services even better.

At last, sincere thanks to all our students; this would have not been possible without all of YOU.

To your success,

Vipul Tandon

@VipultheHope

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Is falling rupee shattering study abroad dreams?

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Is falling rupee shattering study abroad dreams?

Tough question, but the answer is unfortunately, yes. The past three months were really hard on the rupee and it continuously went down and touched new lows week after week. From almost 45 to a US dollar few months back, today it is 56 to a US dollar. The trend is quite similar with other currencies also like British Pound, Euro etc. These currencies have also strengthened a lot in past few weeks. Undoubtedly, it is shattering dreams of thousands of those students, who are planning to join Universities abroad in next couple of months.

How it pinches parents & students?

Taking tuition costs alone which range anywhere  from USD 20,000 to 40,000 per year for a good Undergrad program and USD 60,000 to 100,000 for a good MBA program (total tuition cost), it means that those students who will join the programs this year have to shell out almost 20 percent more than last year, even if there is no increase in tuition. In addition they have to spend more rupees on every other item like housing, transportation, insurance, books, laptops, food etc.

Any hope that this situation will improve?

Not really in the short term. I don’t see any respite from this crisis at least in the short term. Global sentiments are low, interest rates are not coming down, inflation is high, government …..no comments (not sure whether they are doing something about it or not)

To your success,

Vipul Tandon

@VipultheHope

If you are planning for your studies abroad and need any guidance, please contact our consultants for further advice. At eduken, we always try to keep you updated on education & career related information in simplest terms.

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

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What will happen to my London dreams now?

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Tier 1 (Post Study Work) Visa category, which was very popular with students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other non European countries is closed yesterday. Under the Tier 1 category, students were allowed to work in UK for two years after completion of their studies. This change was proposed last year and we mentioned about it in our June 2011 blog post “Impact of recent changes on Post Study Work VISA in UK”

Tier 1 was student friendly, and made UK a preferred study destination in past few years for middle income families, from India and other countries. The students from these families availed Tier 1 and preferred to work in UK for two years, in order to recover their study related expenses and gain some global experience, before returning to their home countries.

UK because of its quality institutions will continue to attract students from India and other countries. Students will get job opportunities and placements in UK if they have completed their studies from good Universities/Colleges based on Tier 2 points based system. Tier 2 will apply to students who find graduate level positions at the end of their studies with a minimum salary of GBP 20,000. Students will get up to four months to find graduate level positions in the UK, prior to expiry of their Tier 4 student visa.

What should the students do now?

If you are meritorious and your family is financially strong, then these changes should not deter your plans to earn a global degree. However, if your family is not financially strong you should avoid leverage, which means do not stretch yourself too much, and don’t borrow beyond your means to fund your global degree.

If you are planning for your studies in UK or need information about UK visa rules, please contact our consultants for further advice. At eduken, we always try to keep you updated on education & career related information in simplest terms.

To your success,

Vipul Tandon

Twitter: @VipultheHope

 

Photo Courtesy: Personal collection of Vipul Tandon (taken outside Buckingham Palace in London)

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

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Announcing our association with IDP – Australia

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We announce our association with IDP – Australia. Eduken has become the nodal center in Lucknow for IELTS test registration through IDP – one of the official partners of IELTS (International English Language Testing System), a renowned English Language Proficiency test for students who want to study abroad and for those who aspire to work globally.

We are confident that this will be beneficial for IELTS aspirants from Lucknow and nearby cities. For more details about IDP or IELTS registration through IDP please visit us or call us on 099196-40444.

To your success,

Team Eduken

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are personal. While we have made efforts to ensure the accuracy of our content (consisting of articles and information), neither this blog nor the author shall be held responsible for any losses suffered by people accessing or using the content. The logo used in this post is for informative purpose only and is the respective trademarks of its owner.

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