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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

TOEFL Test TOOL KIT


The Educational Testing Service (ETS) that conducts the TOEFL has developed a toolkit that helps test-takers to understand the test better and enhance their scores. The resources are user-friendly, easy to access from computer or mobile devices, and the interesting part is that they are all free.

The TOEFL iBT Quick Prep (
www.ets.org/toefl/quickprep) offers test questions that have appeared on past TOEFL tests to aid students with study preparation.

The format of the Writing and Speaking sections don’t have to be a mystery. A new five-part video series provides an in-depth look at the writing and speaking sections to familiarise students with the test and it can be accessed at the “Inside the TOEFL Test” Video Series (
www.ets.org/toefl/video_library/).

The TOEFL Test Prep Planner (
www.ets.org/toefl/planner) provides an eight-week calendar so that students are prepared in order to do their best on the test day. Similarly, the TOEFL Go Anywhere Website (www.TOEFLGoAnywhere.org) is an interactive website that is constantly updated with new resources. Through the site’s multimedia platforms, students can benefit from various study resources, such as the Study Group video series (available at www.toeflgoanywhere.org/meet-study-group-tips-test-takers-you) which provide specific strategies for the reading, writing, speaking and listening sections. For those interested in watching videos the TOEFL TV Channel is hosted on YouTube (www.youtube.com/TOEFLtv). One can watch a new video each day that shares best practices and study tips from English-language teachers, students who have taken the test. This is useful for those who commute long distances. Students can join the conversation with more than 1.3 lakh test-takers from India and learn the latest information pertaining to the test and educational events taking place throughout India. They can reach these services onwww.facebook.com/toeflgoanywhereindia.

Students who wish to know more about foreign universities can check the TOEFL Journey Program (
www.toeflgoanywhere.org/user/toefl-journey) that provides access to a wide spectrum of resources ranging from helpful hints for living in a foreign country, to a comprehensive listing of student visa requirements and available scholarship opportunities, as well as timely and helpful email and text messages customised for the journey.
For those suffering with not finding the right reading material based on their skills, a Lexile score can help students to select materials of interest that will provide an appropriate level of challenge to promote reading development. It can be accessed at
http://lexile.com/toefl. Curious to learn more about what to expect on testing day? View a six-minute video
on 
www.toeflgoanywhere.org/content/what-expect-test-day to become familiar with the registration, check-in and testing process.
The ETS also has TOEFL Customer Centres specifically for Indian students. The TOEFL Customer Call Centre assists test-takers answering pre and post-TOEFL questions and is accessible by toll-free phone directly from India. The service can be reached on 000-800-100-3780 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Application Game Plan



Global Degree? What Is It, Where to Go and How to Enter?

  1. What is it?
  2. Reasons “why” to do?
  3. Where to study?
  4. The best schools
  5. How to enter? Which are the requirements to be admitted?
  6. Funds and Sponsorship

Identify the Benefits of a Global Degree

   Application Process Overview –Steps Involved
l  Research on universities
l  Preparing for GMAT /GRE and  TOEFL/IELTS
l  Short-listing of universities
l  Application documentation
l  Applying
l  Final selection of universities after admits
l  Visa
FOLLOW A TIMELINE …

Choosing Universities Abroad
  1. Where to study?
  2. Parameters for selection
  3. The best schools
  4.  How to enter? Which are the requirements to be admitted?

Devise an Action plan to succeed in your pursuit for a GLOBAL degree…




Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Making the right university choice !!



Let's face it. 
By the time you're applying to business schools, there are only a limited number of things you can do in order to make yourself more marketable. The key is understanding where 80% of your effort should be focused …
These are some of the factors universities look for in a candidate. There are all kinds of reasons why the university admits you … not just your scores but other aspects of a person’s qualification, like academics, your application essays, good experience.
In the Admissions – the whole is greater that sum of the parts ---

1.       Do not base you judgment on hearsay
2.       Analyze your needs and what does the program offer.
3.       Does the deliverables of the program fit your future professional needs?

            Ask yourself the reason for doing the Masters- career change, enhancement, go up the financial ladder..

          Parameters for selection, the more scientific  approach:
               1.Career Goals
               2.Program Flexibility & Curriculum( Electives or Specializations)
                3.Faculty Expertise & Quality
                4.Career Placement
                5.Reputation of the Program & Ranking
                6.Location
                7.Length of the Program
                 8.Cost of the Program & Financial  impact
                 9.Student Body &Culture