Examinations are over and now you have two options to consider- Go for further higher education or take up a job. If you are thinking to take up a job for a while, let us tell you that this decision is surely going to make you miss out on a lot of exciting stuff. Now let us assume that you decide to go for higher education. What are the prospects and How to go about it?
That is all we are going to discuss briefly in this blog!
Higher education is no more about piling up degrees in your CV rather it never was. Higher education is about going a step beyond your classroom or college education and exploring the numerous possibilities that lie ahead- be it your learning or career or just another life experience. In this age of technology, students are very much aware of the benefits of pursuing higher education before entering the job market because a specific skill set that you acquire with your higher studies is only for your own benefit in the long run. As soon as you decide to go for higher education the first step that needs a little time is about making decisions for your course/ country selections. Out of so many options to choose as your study abroad destination, it is important for students to select the one that resonates with their choice of study programs, post-study job prospects, culture, environment and more. Some of the top study abroad destinations that students worldwide prefer are the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.
Once the students have decided which country they want to go for their higher education, the next roadblock they are going to face is about test preparation. Let us understand what exactly test preparation is all about.
The universities abroad are keen to take international students in for admissions in their various courses but it comes at a price. And the price is to prove that you are capable enough to deal with the major changes in the education system compared to that of your home country. That is why certain boards were set up and specifically designed standardized tests were developed to evaluate students aspiring to study abroad. These standardized tests like IELTS, TOEFL etc assess students’ academic achievements and learning to ensure that they are a fit for the university or country they are applying for. Every standardized test has a minimum cut off marks/score/band which is compulsory for a student to score in order to get admissions for studying abroad.
Therefore, students aspiring to study abroad must take these standardized tests seriously and prepare for them with honest hard work, determination and intense focus because a good score in these tests also opens doors for some of the brilliant scholarships offered by universities to international students.
VARIOUS TEST PREPS:
Let us look at some of the test prep which study abroad aspirants can look for:
IELTS, short for International English Language Testing System, is an academic English language, speaking, writing, and a face to face assessment.
TOEFL, short for Test of English as Foreign Language, is a computer-based Academic English language assessment test designed in an MCQ format.
SAT, short for Scholastic Aptitude Test is designed to evaluate students’ knowledge of specific subjects learned in the classroom in order to ensure their likelihood to succeed in the course applied.
GRE, short for Graduate Record Examination, serves to evaluate student’s aptitude for success in graduate study abroad programs like biology, literature, chemistry, math, physics etc.
GMAT, short for Graduate Management Aptitude Test, assesses students who are aspiring for business or management program.
PTE, short for Pearson Test of English, evaluates, authorizes and validates the English speaking skills of non- native students in pursuit of higher education overseas.