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Every year, over two million students take the SAT Reasoning Test, commonly called just the SAT. Colleges and universities rely on it as an accurate predictor of how well a student will do at college level academics. Given seven times a year all over the country, the SAT plays a huge part in helping to determine what college millions of people will attend, and what kind of future they'll have. If there were ever a test you need to do well on, it's the SAT

For students whose native language is not the English Language and are planning to study abroad, the TOEFL test is a major requirement. In fact, more institutions accept TOEFL test scores than any other test scores in the world — more than 7,000 colleges, universities and licensing agencies in more than 130 countries, to be exact.

The EasiPREP SAT and TOEFL Examination preparation aims at familiarizing the student with the test taking environment to develop the necessary ancillary and academic skills to easily complete the examinations within the given time and come out with excellent scores. Students can login to the EasiPREP SAT or TOEFL internet-based simulation platform to take tests similar to what to expect in the real examination. In addition to that, EasiPREP provide students with downloads, CD material and offline test pactice software as part of the GMAT or GRE subscription package.

SAT Overview & Information

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The current SAT Reasoning Test takes three hours. Since the SAT's introduction in 1901, its name and scoring has changed several times. In 2005, the test was renamed to the "SAT Reasoning Test" with possible scores from 600 to 2400 combining test results from three 800-point sections (math, critical reading, and writing), along with other subsections scored separately.

SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are 10 sub-sections, including an additional 25-minute experimental or "equating" section that may be in any of the three major sections. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT and does not count toward the final score. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections.

Critical Reading
The Critical Reading, formerly verbal, section of the SAT is made up of three scored sections, two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, with varying types of questions, including sentence completions and questions about short and long reading passages. Critical Reading sections normally begin with 5 to 8 sentence completion questions; the remainder of the questions are focused on the reading passages. Sentence completions generally test the student's vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure and organization by requiring the student to select one or two words that best complete a given sentence.

Mathematics
The Mathematics section of the SAT is widely known as the Quantitative Section or Calculation Section. The mathematics section consists of three scored sections. There are two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section, as follows:
* One of the 25-minute sections is entirely multiple choice, with 20 questions.
* The other 25-minute section contains 8 multiple choice questions and 10 grid-in questions. The 10 grid-in questions have no penalty for incorrect answers because the student guessing is limited.
* The 20-minute section is all multiple choice, with 16 questions.

Writing
The writing section of the SAT, based on but not directly comparable to the old SAT II subject test in writing, includes multiple choice questions and a brief essay. The essay subscore contributes about 30% towards the total writing score, with the multiple choice questions contributing 70%. This section was implemented in March 2005 following complaints from colleges about the lack of uniform examples of a student's writing ability.

TOEFL Overview & Information

What is TOEFL?: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. The TOEFL test currently comes in two formats:

  1. Paper-Based Test (PBT)
  2. Internet-Based Test (iBT)

Internet-Based Test
Since its introduction in late 2005, the Internet-Based test (iBT) has progressively replaced both the computer-based (CBT) and paper-based (PBT) tests, although paper-based testing is still used in select areas. The TOEFL® iBT test has four sections:

  1. Reading (60 - 100 minutes): Consists of 3-5 passages, 12-14 questions each.
  2. Listening (60 - 90 minutes): Consists of 4-6 lectures, 6 questions each, 2-3 conversations, 5 questions each.
  3. Speaking (20 minutes): Consists of 6 tasks, 2 independent and 2 integrated.
  4. Writing (50 minutes): Consists of 1 integrated task, 1 independent task.

An integrated task is one where you have to use more than one skill. For example, you read about something, listen to a lecture, and then write about what you have heard and read.

Paper-Based Test
The Paper-based test has the following format:

  1. Listening (30-40 minutes): The Listening section consists of 3 parts. The first one contains 30 questions about short conversations. The second part has 8 questions about longer conversations. The last part asks 12 questions about lectures or talks.
  2. Structure and Written Expression (25 minutes): The Structure and Written Expression section has 15 exercises of completing sentences correctly and 25 exercises of identifying errors.
  3. Reading Comprehension (55 minutes): The Reading Comprehension section has 50 questions about reading passages.
  4. Writing (30 minutes): The Writing section is one essay with 250–300 words in average.

TOEFL iBT and PBT Scoring

The iBT version of the TOEFL test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points. Each of the four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) receives a scaled score from 0 to 30. The scaled scores from the four sections are added together to determine the total score. Speaking is initially given a score of 0 to 4, and writing is initially given a score of 0 to 5. These scores are converted to scaled scores of 0 to 30.

The final PBT score ranges between 310 and 677 and is based on three subscores: Listening (31-68), Structure (31-68), and Reading (31-67). Unlike the CBT, the score of the Writing section (referred to as the Test of Written English, TWE) is not part of the final score; instead, it is reported separately on a scale of 0-6.

For more information on SAT and TOEFL, please visit the Educatal Testing Services website at www.ets.org