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  • Q: Can I apply to an esteemed business school without submitting my GMAT score?

    No, unless the business school clearly mentions in its requirements that the GMAT score is not needed you will need to report your GMAT score. However, there are certain other management level education programs like executive MBA programs and some Master’s programs for which your GMAT score is not needed.

  • Q: If I have a low GPA and little or no job experience, will the GMAT exam score compensate?

    Yes. If you get a high score in the GMAT exam it will compensate for your low GPA or little or no job/industry experience. In fact, in many cases test takers with great scores have better admission chances than poor test takers with great recommendations, work experience and GPA.

  • Q: Will I need special computer skills to take the GMAT or GRE exam?

    No, there is absolutely no need of any special computer skills to appear for the GMAT or GRE exam. Although these tests are computerizes tests, no special computer skills are required to negotiate the test. However, it is advised that the student must practice taking the tests on the computer for performing better. And since the tests also include essays, typing speed should be good enough to complete the exam on time.Before the test, candidates are provided with special tutorials and practice tests that simulate the original test. This helps students to understand how to manage the test on the final day.

  • Q: I want to do MBA, will it be okay to report my GRE score or it is essential to take GMAT test?

    Though GRE scores are now accepted worldwide for admission to MBA programs, it is still advisable to check with the norms and requirements of each business school before deciding whether to take the GRE or the GMAT.

  • Q: Can I cancel my GMAT test score?

    Yes, you can cancel your score but if you really look to cancel the scores make sure you do so even before you yourself have seen it, i.e. cancel it before it even appears on your computer screen. Once the score appears on the screen it gets reported and there is no option to withhold the reporting. This is why we do not advise our students to cancel their scores unless there is an emergency like bad health, etc.

    Anyway, the scores, however disappointing, can provide the student with a correct understanding of the real test and of his relative readiness for it. Most students who fare badly once take the test again and are able to perform really well.

  • Q: How many times can I take the GMAT test and are there any rules regarding this?

    Though there is no limit to the number of times you take the GMAT test, it is not recommended to take it more than twice as your record is seen by the schools and it can have a wrong impact. Admission committees takes only your best score while considering your admission but a bad record can have a negative impact.

    One can take the test five times in a period of 12 months. And you can take another attempt only after a gap of 31 days. Even if you cancel your score, you’ll have to follow this rule.

  • Q: Is the Analytical writing section of GRE the same as that of TOEFL iBT test?

    No, both the tests are different. They are not designed to test the same skills. The GRE Analytical Writing section tests the ability to analyze logical arguments and thus focuses on evaluating not only the language proficiency in terms of grammar and vocabulary but also the relevance of the analysis and logic employed.

    The TOEFL Writing section comprises of two assignments – the independent task which is the usual school level essay that asks the student to agree or disagree with a view or to describe an experience, and the integrated essay which asks the student to listen to a track, then read a passage and then write an essay that combines the two.

  • Q: Can I retake TOEFL test?

    Yes, you can retake TOEFL test but it will require you to have a gap of 12 days between two test attempts.

  • Q: If I’ve already taken the GRE test, do I need to take the TOEFL test as well?

    It depends. Some universities ask their international students (those from countries where English is not the native language) to submit both their GRE and TOEFL scores; however there are some schools that only require you to sit for the GRE exam and are willing to waive the TOEFL requirement. But again we advise that each student correspond with the school and confirm these details before planning to take or not take the TOEFL.

    If you have spent at least one year studying a full time academic course in a recognized U.S. university, no exam to test your English proficiency will be needed.

  • Q: How long are the SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS scores valid?

    GRE/GMAT/ scores are valid for a period of 5 years while SAT, TOEFL and IELTS scores for 2 years.

  • Q: Which exam should I appear for?

    The choice of exams depends on what field you are interested in and what kind level of education you’re looking forward to proceed with.

    SAT is for under graduate studies; GRE is for Masters; GMAT is specifically meant for MBA and management related courses. However, TOEFL and IELTS are meant for students who have not educated in institutions that use English as the medium of instruction or students whose native language is not English.

    Note that U.S. and Canadian universities prefer TOEFL scores while British, Australian or New Zealand universities insist on the IELTS.

  • Q: Are all these exams computer based?

    No. IELTS, SAT I, and SAT II are paper based exams; GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL are computerized tests.

  • Q: How can I get the forms?

    Option Training Institute provides its students with all the forms they need to fill, but one can also access the form online by visiting the official website of each exam.

  • Q: When should I take the test?

    If you want to take the SAT test, better take it in the 11th grade. If you want to take GMAT or GRE for admission to a post-graduation program take the test at least 8 months prior to the term for which you are seeking admission. But make sure you are ready for the test. Being prepared is the important criterion for deciding the test date.

  • Q: If I score low in the first attempt but higher in the second, will the low score have a wrong impact?

    Generally, universities consider the higher score. Some universities even consider taking the average of both the marks. Though schools get to see your exam score history, a low score on record doesn’t always hinder your admission.

  • Q: Why should I join Option for the preparation when several CD programs and other study materials are available?

    It is agreed that several CD programs and other study materials are available in the market but they don’t substitute for what a specialized teacher with years of experience tells you in the class. Our study materials are developed after years of research and we have designed them in such a way that they help you study well both inside and outside the class. Option has a long and very outstanding track record of training for these exams. Joining Option for preparation ensures the outcome of the effort. Apart from training you for the exam, we provide you with numerous opportunities to meet talented people, attend talks, and discuss with our team of councillors and trainers the best plans for your future.