Courses We Offer at Shiksha
Shiksha – The Learning Center offers courses that prepare students for the GRE®, GMAT®, TOEFL®, IELTS™ or SAT® exams.
GRE® General Test
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) is a test that is a standard admission requirement for many colleges and universities in the USA and other countries. GRE® Scores are accepted at thousands of colleges and business schools by admission teams together with other qualifications for graduate-level study.
The GRE® general test is designed to measure the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills of the candidate. The design allows the test-taker to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section he or she would like to answer first.
The GRE® test is divided into the following sections:
- The Analytical Writing Assessment Section: The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section is designed to measure the test-taker’s critical thinking and analytical writing skills, ability to articulate and support complex ideas, construct and evaluate arguments, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion.
- The Verbal Reasoning Section: The Verbal Reasoning Section measures the test-taker’s reading comprehension and reasoning skills. It assesses the test-taker’s ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
- The Quantitative Reasoning Section: The Quantitative Reasoning Section tests the candidate’s ability to understand, analyze and interpret quantitative information. It covers basic mathematical skills.
While the decision about when to prepare for GRE® may depend on the skills of the student in cracking the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections, it is recommended that the candidate take a decision about taking the GRE test in the 4th Semester of his or her undergraduate program in India. We recommend that students enroll at Shiksha to prepare for GRE® during the 5th or the 6th semester of their undergrad program. To get the desired date for the exam it is a good idea to register about 45 days before your desired date for taking the GRE® as there may be a limited intake at a particular center.
Most students take the GRE® at the end of the 5th semester, which is a good target for the fall intake in June. GRE® test provides the ScoreSelect® option, which means you can take a GRE® test once now, or again in the future, and only send the GRE test scores from whichever test date(s) you want schools to see. Taking the test early may leave you with enough time to retake the test if you want to try for a better score. Some opt to take the GRE® when they are in the 6th semester. Since GRE® is taken all the year round, you should opt to prepare and take your test in a period when you are not grappling with studies for a difficult exam.
The GRE® Test score is valid for five years.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT®) is a computer adaptive test designed to measure the candidate’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal reasoning and reasoning skills. It is used by many universities and business schools as a criterion for admission into MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance and other graduate programs.
The GMAT® exam is divided into the following sections:
- The Analytical Writing Assessment Section: The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section assesses the test-taker’s ability to think critically and to communicate ideas in written English.
- The Integrated Reasoning Section: The Integrated Reasoning Section measures the test-taker’s ability to understand and evaluate information from multiple sources presented in different formats.
- The Quantitative Section: The Quantitative Section measures the test-taker’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.
- The Verbal Section: The Verbal Section measures the test-taker’s ability to read and comprehend written material and to reason and evaluate arguments.
It is recommended to register for GMAT® Exam at least 25 days before the desired date to the date of your choice. A candidate can select 4 universities prior to taking the exam to send GMAT® scores to, free of cost. GMAT® score is valid for 5 years.
While preparation time for the GMAT® test may vary according to the student’s skills, Shiksha recommends that the candidates start the preparation for taking the GMAT® test in the 4th Semester of their program. The right time to take GMAT® is at the start of the 5th Semester in June (especially for fall intake) or the 6th Semester.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS™) is a standardized test that evaluates the English language proficiency of the student aspiring to study in an English speaking country. IELTS™ is designed to measure the test taker’s language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
There are two versions of the IELTS™.
- IELTS™ Academic: This version of the test is a criterion for admissions to colleges/universities in English speaking countries. It may also be a requirement to join a professional organization in an English-speaking country.
- IELTS™ General Training: This version of the test may be a requirement for those who want to study at below degree level, to work or train, or to emigrate to an English-speaking country.
When to start preparing for the IELTS™ test may depend on a candidate’s English language skills but, at Shiksha, we recommend a one-and-a-half month program to prepare for the test. If GRE® or GMAT® tests are criterion for admissions to your chosen program, it is recommended that you start taking the course of IELTS™ test preparation after taking these exams.
It is recommended to register for the IELTS™ test at least one month before your desired date as there may be limited intake at your nearest center. Passport is mandatory for appearing for the IELTS™ test.
IELTS™ score is valid for 2 years.
TOEFL iBT® Test
The TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL iBT®) is designed to measure the test-taker’s ability to use and understand English in an academic setting. It measures all the four English language skills of a candidate – listening, reading, writing and speaking. This test is used by colleges and universities in the USA and other English speaking universities for admissions.
When to start preparing for TOEFL iBT® may depend on a candidate’s English language skills. At Shiksha, we recommend a one-and-a-half month program to prepare for the test. If GRE® or GMAT® are criterion for admissions to your chosen program, it is recommended that you start preparing for TOEFL iBT® after taking these exams.
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT®) is widely accepted by colleges and universities in USA. The SAT® is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT® during their studies at high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT® to make admission decisions.
The SAT® exam consists of three major sections:
- Critical Reading Section: The SAT Reading Test is designed to assess how ready you are to read and interpret the very kinds of texts the test-taker is likely to encounter in college and career.
- Mathematics Section: The Mathematics Section tests the candidate’s ability to understand, analyze and interpret quantitative information. It covers basic mathematical skills.
- Writing and Language Section: The SAT Writing and Language Test is designed to emulate these two tasks, assessing how well you can revise and edit a range of texts to improve the expression of ideas and to correct errors in sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.
- Essay Section (Optional): The SAT Essay Test will assess the test taker’s college and career readiness by testing their abilities to read and analyze a high-quality source document and write a coherent analysis of the source supported with critical reasoning and evidence from the given test.
Most students in Ahmadabad take the SAT® tests toward the end of 11th grade or at the beginning of their 12th grade, since it can be stressful to be preparing for this test together with their final board exams.