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What is GRE?

GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations. It was founded by Educational Testing Services (ETS) in 1949 a non-profit organization in the U.S. The GRE is required to pursue your Masters in the USA. A large number of business school are also now accepting the GRE in place of the GMAT. The GRE is the most widely accepted graduate admission test worldwide. The GRE brings you one step closer to achieving your career goal. And now, with the new ScoreSelectSM option, you can approach the GRE test with even more confidence knowing that you can send institutions the scores you feel shows your personal best. The GRE revised General test, introduced in August 2011, features a new test-taker friendly design and new question types. GRE more closely reflects the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work.

The GRE is a computer based aptitude test conducted all through the year at prometric centers only. Students are primarily checked for their Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical writing skills. The duration of GRE test is of 3.45 min and 4 hrs if you opt for optional breaks in between the GRE.

Each year, about 700,000 prospective graduate and business school applicants from 230 countries/regions take the GRE. Appointments for the GRE are given on first come-first serve basis. Since only few centers in each state are there to take tests, plan your GRE test date well in advance and book the your GRE slot to avoid last any minute rush.

Why should I take GRE?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a widely accepted entrance exam conducted for the purpose of admission in several courses offered at various foreign universities. The objective of GRE test is to evaluate the verbal, mathematical and also analytical skills of the students and to check whether they are eligible to apply for various courses. GRE helps the admission committee in the universities to gauge students applying from across the world on the same platform, the exams are of same for all the students taking GRE across the world. Also, GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

GRE is mandatory for most students aspiring for a Master Degree (except Business, Law and Medicine) and PhD courses in several universities in the US. The GRE revised test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within three schools.

Who are eligible to apply for GRE?

All aspirants who have completed their 12th grade are eligible to take up GRE exam anytime during their academic. The GRE is mainly used for admission into graduate level, post graduate level as well as doctoral programs. Admission to various courses will be on the basis of the marks in the concerned qualifying exams as well. All citizens are free to write the GRE. Any student irrespective of past academic performance is eligible to apply for the GRE to gain entrance into a Masters course.

Where can I get more info about GRE?

Ivy Aspire is one of the leading education consultancies in India. We provide coaching and counseling for students looking for GRE. At Ivy Aspire you will work directly with Shaista Baljee and Keshav Baljee who have graduated from ISB and Wharton and been accepted to top colleges worldwide! Not only have they been accepted to your dream colleges they have also served on the admission committees of top colleges so they truly know what it takes to get accepted to your dream school. They have the best acceptance rate of any counselor in the industry and have the highest number of scholarship too. It is no surprise then that our students recommend them to all their friends and have happily given video testimonials to share their great experience. Please visit our website to view testimonials and for more info  Also, you can get more info about GRE from their official web site

Is there an age limit to apply for GRE?

No age limit is yet specified for taking up Graduate Record Examination. Aspirants who are qualified in all other respects can take up this exam without any age barrier.

Where can I take GRE test?

The General Test is given year-round at computer based test centers in most location around the world. Appointments are scheduled on first come, first served basis.

When selecting the test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines. For computer based tests, scores reports are sent to your designated score recipients approximately 10-15 days after your test date. Please allow time for delivery of scores and processing by the institution.

To schedule your testing appointment for the computer-based GRE revised General Test, you must register online at

Registration address in India:
Prometric 2nd Floor
DLF Infinity Tower-A
Sector 25, Phase II DLF City
Gurgaon, Haryana 122002
T: 91-124-4147700

What is the minimum score to get to a good college?

Most of the universities do not put any criteria on the minimum revised GRE scores for Verbal as well as Quantitative sections. Your entire profile including your undergraduate grades, recommendation letters, statement of purpose, work experience and other achievements have equal importance.

Minimum and average revised GRE scores of the US Universities vary from department to department. Some of the department might require a high revised GRE score compared to other departments. Applicants are requested to check the department requirement in the universities for GRE scores before applying. A GRE score to aim for is 320+ /340. This will ensure that you strongly considered for during the application process for all universities.

Which is the correct time to take my GRE test?

Plan and take the GRE General Test about a year prior to your expected entrance into graduate schools. Preferable time would be during summer or early fall of the year you are applying to colleg. The deadline for GRE will vary significantly depending on the admission process in each school to which you apply. You need to look at the application guidelines to find out whether you need to take Subject Test in addition to the General test. GRE Subject tests are offered only three months (November, December & April) in a year, so consider their schedule into your timeline.

Since the GRE General Test is allowed up to 5 times in a year and once in 30 days cycle. The year is calculated from July 1 to June 30 as per the US calendar. Keep these in mind while planning to take GRE General Tests. See to avoid re-taking the test unless you think this will only increase the scores considerably.

If you take GRE early, you will have your score in hand and can use it to plan your application strategy and to choose and apply to a variety schools in which you will be viable. Taking GRE early allows you to submit your scores along with your application.

Taking GRE General Test 8 weeks before your application submission deadline gives you enough time to complete other task like Essay writing, Letter of Recommendation, Resume, etc. Also, the official scores for the GRE General Test take approximately 10 – 15 days from the test date. GRE Subject test takes 6 weeks usually from the test date to get the scores.

How many questions are there in the test?

Test is divided into three sections, Quantitative reasoning, Verbal reasoning and Analytical writing assessment.
(a) Quantitative Reasoning section has 28 questions to be completed within 45 minutes.
(b) Verbal Reasoning section has 30 questions to be completed within 30 minutes.
(c) Analytical Writing assessment (AWA) section requires writing two short essays.
1. The first is the issue task, in which students analyze the issue presented and explain their views on it. For the issue task, test takers may choose one of two essay topics. 45 minutes is allocated for essay completion.
2. The second essay is “Analysis of an Argument,” in which a given argument must be critically analyzed and evaluated. The argument task does not offer a choice of topics. 30 minutes is allocated for essay completion.

How to register for the exam?

Registration for the exam can be done by Online, Phone, Email and Fax. Register early to receive free preparation material on time. Test takers with disabilities or health related needs cannot register online. Those requesting for Monday testing cannot register online.

1. Online: Candidates can register with ETS at

2. Phone: Call the Regional Registration center at least two business days before the day you wish to take the test. The phone number for India is +91-124- 4147700

3. Fax the international test scheduling form to the RRC at least seven days prior to your desired test date. The fax number for India is 91-124-4147773. Make sure you receive the confirmation of your appointment. If you do not, call the RRC at least three business days prior to your desired test date.

4. If you wish to register by Mail, post the International Test Scheduling Form to your RRC with the correct payment. This must arrive a minimum of three weeks prior to your earliest test date choice. You should receive a confirmation number, test center address and reporting time back via-post.

What is the scoring pattern in the new GRE test?

Tests taken earlier to Aug’201, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative reasoning scores were measured on 200-800 score scale, in 10 point increment each. However, the new scoring pattern for candidates taken exam on or after August 1, 2011 is measured on 130 – 170 score scale, in 1 point increments
1. A Verbal reasoning score reported on a 130 – 170 score scale, in 1 point increments
2. A Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130 – 170 score scale, in 1 point increments
3. An analytical writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments (No Change to earlier test pattern)
4. Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a No-scor e(NS)

Who takes the GRE?

Prospecting graduate and business school applicants from all around the world take the GRE revised General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications.

GRE scores are used by admissions and fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

When and where do people take GRE?

The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-based test is available one to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-based format up to three times a year in October, November and February.

What is the cost/registration fee for GRE?

Test fee for the GRE may vary according to the country in which you take the test. The worldwide fee for standard test administration is U.S. $185, payable at the time of registration. You cannot pay in Indian rupees. Acceptable forms of payment are credit/debit card or money order/certified check/voucher for computer-based tests. For more information, do visit GRE official website at

How many times in a year is GRE exam held?

GRE test is conducted all round the year and there are no particular GRE test dates. A candidate can opt for any GRE test dates according to his/her convenience and he/she also has the freedom to choose the GRE test center as well as the time which suits him/her the best. Most of the preferred centers give away appointments on first come, first-served basis. Plan your exam dates well in advance to avoid last minute rush.

How many times can I take GRE?

You can take the GRE revised General Test (computer-based and paper-based) only once every 30 days and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-months period (July 1 to June 30). This applies even if you canceled your scores on the test taken previously. If you taken only the paper-based (only in countries where there are no computers based centers) GRE revised General Test, you can take it as often as it is offered.

What is the validity of the GRE exam?

Test scores are valid for five years (most universities accept scores up to five years old). But recent scores may be preferred (not older than 2 years).

How soon do I get my score?

Computer based test, you will view your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative reasoning scores at the center. However, because of the essay scoring process, you will not view your Analytical writing score at that time. Your official scores will be sent to you and the score recipients you designate approximately 10 – 15 days after your test date.

Paper based test, your official score will be available within six weeks after your test date.

What happens if I want to cancel the GRE test score?

At the end of the test, you will be given the option to cancel your scores. You cannot cancel your scores for one section of the test and have the scores for the remaining sections reported. Although you have the options to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so. Your scores will be reported to GRE scores recipients only at your request. If you cancel your scores, they will NOT be reported to you or any scores recipients and no refund will be made. Canceled scores are not added to your permanent record. If you wish to take the test again, you must re-register and submit other test payment.

Once you view your scores at a computer-based GRE revised Genera Test session, you cannot cancel them at a later date.

How do I send on my GRE score to the colleges where I want to apply to?

On test day, after completing the test and viewing your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores, you will be asked to designate which scores recipients you want to receive your General Test Scores. If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center.

You will have the option to select the ScoreSelect Most Recent option or ScoreSelect All option for up to four institutions for free. You also can choose not to send any scores at that time.

After test day, you can order Additional Score Reports for a fee of US $25 per recipient. At that time, you can choose to send scores from your Most Recent, All or Any test administration.

If I take GRE more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?

Institutions will receive score reports that show only the scores that you selected to send to them. There will be no special indication on score reports if you have taken additional GRE tests. If you are unsure of which scores to send, refer to the GRE score reporting policies for the graduate and business programs to which you are applying.

Which all the countries look for GRE scores?

GRE General Test scores are globally accepted as part of their admission process for MBA and other graduate business programs. In fact, it’s the most widely accepted measure of a student’s readiness for graduate-level work. The only test that can help you get into graduate and business schools.

Why should I choose Ivy Aspire to do GRE?

  • Ivy Aspire GRE course offers an intensive program with 16 classes of 3 – 4 hrs each.
  • We have excellent track record of success and have helped students score 320+. This year itself over 80% of our students have scored 280+ and 10% scored 320+.
  • We begin the course with a diagnostic test based on which we evaluate your strengths and weakness and give you detailed analysis report and latest material for updated GRE
  • Special Vocabulary classes – ensures you learn 500+ words
  • Verbal – Only courses available (+2 FREE Math Strategy Sessions)
  • All exams administered in the class are real GRE exams
  • One free Masters admissions counseling session

How is the New SAT scored?

The New SAT is scored out of 400-1600. Each of the three components of the Revised SAT: Section Scores (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math) are worth 200-800 marks; Test Scores (Reading, Writing and Language, and Math) are worth 10-40 marks, the Cross scores (History/social studies and science) comes under test scores; & SAT Essays (Essay scores, Reading, Analysis, and Writing) are worth 2 to 8 marks. With the new revisions, SAT Essays is optional, but is recommended by most of the colleges.

Since the SAT is a standardized test, the scaled score that you receive is based on your raw score. As per the new revised SAT scoring system there are no negative marks for the wrongs answers.

What is on the New SAT critical reading?

The evidence based reading and writing will consist of 200-800 points in the revised new SAT. This section will consist of 4 individual passages and 1 pair of shorter passages written by two authors related to the same topic. Each passage will have 10 to 11 questions and the section consists of 52 questions in total. 2 passages will also consist of graphics.

How is the essay in the new SAT different?

Students will have 50 minutes to complete their essay. They will no longer be asked to agree or disagree or to write about their personal experience for the given topic.

The SAT Essay will no longer be required for everyone who takes the SAT; individual colleges and universities will determine whether they require SAT Essay scores from prospective students. The three SAT Essay scores will be separate from the other scores on the test.

Do I need a photo id for the SAT?

Like some other countries such as Kenya, Thailand, Ghana etc. if you are taking the SAT in India the only acceptable ID is a valid passport and no other substitute IDs will be accepted .And you will not be able to take the SAT. So if your passport has expired make sure you have a valid passport for test day.

What does the SAT cost?

The SAT costs $43- $54.50 as the base price of the SAT. In India it costs substantially more at about $103 because of the international test fee that is levied on all tests outside the U.S and its territories and also due to the India-Pakistan surcharge.

Do I have to take the SAT?

While most colleges do require some form of standardized testing there some colleges that do not require you to take the SAT but colleges like these are few and far between. Then there is the major alternative to the SAT the ACT (American College Test )  the ACT is other standardized test that completely circumvents the College Boards’ SAT and SAT subject tests  by offering its test takers with just one test that can fulfill the standardized testing criteria for admission into colleges.

What is on the SAT math section?

The SAT math has questions on wide range of topics comprising algebra, geometry, statistics, data analysis, probability. Thus the SAT math covers mathematics that you would have learnt by junior year in high school.

How do I cancel my SAT scores?

If you think that your SAT scores are going to be bad you can ask your test center supervisor for “Request to cancel test scores” form you can either file it at the test center of you can wait a few days to cancel your SAT test scores however remember that your request to cancel must not reach later than the Wednesday following the test. You must also bear in mind that you can not cancel your scores for just one section or for one subject when you are taking SAT 2s.

Which subjects have SAT 2 tests?

There are 20 subjects across various disciplines including Math, science, English, foreign language and history. They are U.S history, world history, literature, Math level 1, Math level 2, Biology, chemistry, physics, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Italian, Korean and Spanish.

How do I register for the SAT subject tests?

Registering for the SAT subject tests is similar to registering for the SAT. To register for the SAT subject test visit the College Board website and click the register tab and sign in, choose the test and the date and pay the test fee using your credit card and print out the hall ticket. The deadline for SAT subject test closes about one month before the day of the test.

How many tests can I take on one test day?

The administration of the test lasts three hours so you can take up to 3 different tests on any test day. Since all the SAT subject tests are printed in one test booklet and the answer sheet has provisions for three tests you can change the number of tests and the subjects on test day.

What happens if I take more tests than I paid for?

If you do take more tests than you paid for College Board sends you an email containing the payment details for those additional tests that you have decided to take. Also at this stage payment for these additional tests cannot be done online and must be done either by fax or by phone.

Do I need to take SAT subject tests?

Most colleges do not need you to take SAT subject tests but some require or recommend the applicants to take two SAT subject tests.

Others might use SAT subject tests for placement in college courses. More information about testing requirements can be found in the standardized testing column or tab of the college website.

Are all subjects available through out the year?

All subjects are not available through the year, however popular subjects such as math, chemistry, literature, U.S history are available thorough the year. Some unpopular subjects such as Latin, World history and Hebrew are only offered twice a year.

How are subject tests scored?

SAT subject tests, like their more popular counterpart the SAT, are scaled out of 800 so the raw score that is derived by adding one point for every correct answer and subtracting one-fourth of a point for every wrong answer is matched to the grading scale that is developed for that specific administration of the test to give you a score ranging from 200 to 800.This is done by the college board to ensure that variations in difficulty does not affect the test takers score.

I took AP exam long time ago, how do I send my old score?

AP exam scores will be available for 4 years from your recent exam date and any scores previous to that would be removed from the online score reporting system.  A request to AP Services must be written and signed by the student. A nominal fee of $25 will be charged each time the AP exam scores are sent to the college.  Archived AP scores request form is available on the official website, which need to filled and sent through fax or mail to the address or number indicated.

What is the Multi-choice Rescore Service?

If you are concerned that your AP exam score has not been accurately reported as a result of a scanning or processing error, you may request that your multiple-choice answer sheet be re-scored by hand. This score and your free-response score are then appropriately weighted and combined. The resulting score is converted to an AP score and compared with the reported score. If the scores are different, the re-scored score will win through and will be provided to you and your score recipient.  The multiple-choice section is not disclosed, and therefore scores on this section are not available. The free-response section is not reread. Studio Art Portfolios are not reevaluated. AP Services must receive your signed, written request by mail or fax by October 31 of the year in which you took the exam. The fee is $25 per exam. Allow six to eight weeks for a response from AP services.

How do I cancel my AP score?

Score cancellation deletes an AP Exam score permanently from your records. Scores may be cancelled at any time. However, for AP scores not to appear on the current year’s score report, AP Services must receive a signed, written request by mail or fax by June15. Please complete the Score Cancellation Form and return it to the address or fax number indicated. While there is no fee for this service, your AP exam fee is not refunded. The score report that you and your school receive will indicate that the score has been cancelled.

I sent my scores last year. Do I need to send them again?

If you didn’t take AP Exams since you sent your last official AP score report, then you probably don’t need to send your scores again. Beginning in July, you’ll be able to view an online history of all AP scores you’ve sent to colleges, universities and scholarship programs.

When will my colleges receive my score?

If you designated a college or university on your AP answer sheet, it should receive your scores by early to mid July. Additional score report requests take about one week to process from the day they are received. Rush reports are processed within two working days from the day they are received.

How do I rush a score report?

You can request rush (two-day) processing for additional score reports. The fee for rush processing is higher ($25 per report), so you will want to make sure that you are aware of the deadlines for the colleges and universities that you are applying to.

How much does it cost to send scores?

Each year you take AP exams you receive one free score send by designating a college, university or scholarship program on your first or “registration” AP answer sheet. The institution you pick receives your official score report, containing scores from every AP Exam you have ever taken, unless you have requested that one or more scores be withheld or cancelled.

If you wish to send scores to additional colleges, each report costs $15. Reports with rush processing cost $25 each.

How do I view my scores?

1. Sign up for a College Board account.
a. You MUST have an account to get your scores; you will not receive scores in the mail.
b. You may already have an account if you’ve participated in other College Board programs. For example, you would already have a College Board account if you registered online for the SAT. Confirm that you have the correct user name and password by signing in to your account.

2. Remember the following information to get your scores in July:
a. Your College Board account username and password
b. Your AP number (the number on the labels in your Student Pack) OR your student identifier (student ID number) if you provide it on your answer sheet

3. Check for updates about how to receive your scores in July. In order to get your scores, you will need to sign in to your College Board account. Have your AP number or student identifier ready.

What is the score scale of AP Exams?

The final score for each AP Exam is reported on a 5-point scale that offers a recommendation about how qualified you are to receive college credit and placement:
5 = extremely well qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possible qualified
1 = no recommendation

The AP Program conducts studies in all AP subjects to compare the performance of AP students with that of college students in comparable college courses. These studies help set the “cut points” that determine how AP students composite scores are translated into an AP score of 1-5. AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to grades of A+ and A in the corresponding college course. AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+ and B in college. AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C in college

What do I do if I don’t have my AP number?

If you need your AP number from this year or previous years before the July launch of the online score system, please call AP Services at 888-225-5427 for assistance.

When the online system becomes available, you will be able to click “I do not have my AP number” and enter the email address that you provided on your AP answer sheet. Your AP number will be emailed to you.

If you provide your student identifier (student ID number) on your registration answer sheet, you can use that code instead of your AP number to verify your AP profile.

What does the SAT measure?

The SAT tests the reading, mathematics and writing skills and knowledge students acquire as part of a rigorous high school curriculum. The SAT also measures how well students can apply their knowledge.

A. The reading section assesses students’ ability to draw inferences, synthesize information, distinguish between main and supporting ideas and understand vocabulary as it is used in context.

B. The mathematics section requires students to apply mathematical concepts, solve problems and use data literacy skills in interpreting tables, charts and graphs.

C. The writing section requires students to communicate ideas clearly and effectively; improve writing through revision and editing; recognize and identify sentence-level errors; understand grammatical elements and structures and how they relate to each other in a sentence; and improve coherence of ideas within and among paragraphs.

How many students take the SAT each year?

Nearly three million students take the SAT each academic year at nearly 7000 test centers in more than 170 countries.  More than 1.6 million students in the high school class of 2012 took the SAT at least once during high school.

What is the Difference between SAT and ACT?

Critical Reading. Math (up to Geometry), WritingScience, Math (up to trigonometry) Reading, English
Reasoning basedCurriculum based
No penalty for wrong answersNo penalty for guessing
Math grid insAll Multiple choice questions
Basic fee $ 102Basic fee $ 61
Essay writing is not mandatoryEssay writing is optional (add $15.50)
Perfect score is 1600Perfect score is 36
Greater emphasis of vocabularyLess emphasis on vocabulary
Scores on individual sections, particularly Critical Reading and Math are looked atThe composite score is looked at rather than scores on individual sections
Offered 6 times a yearOffered 5 times a year (plus writing only 4 times)
Testing time is 3 hrs 50 minTesting time is 2 hrs 55 min. Plus 30 min optional writing test
Test fee includes score reporting to 4 colleges. Time until 9 days after the test to update choice of collegesTest fee includes score reporting to 4 colleges. Colleges to be chosen at the time of registering


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I seek counseling before I enroll. What do I do?

A. Ivy Aspire is the leading SAT test prep company and the only one to provide SAT II (Subject Tests) and AP (Advanced Placement Classes) test prep.
B. We have the highest scores in the SAT – 2380, with many Ivy Aspire students scoring 790/800 in Critical Reading, 800/800 in Math and 790 in Writing. 100% conversion getting students’ admissions into top 30 colleges in US post our counseling services.
C. Please walk into one of our branches either in Airport Rd., or RMV II and talk to our counselors to get complete picture of SAT Exam and other services offered at Ivy Aspire.
D. Please do visit our website to hear student testimonials.

What all will be covered in the SAT courses?

The Ivy Aspire Difference:

A. Coursework that is designed by USA-based faculty, who have actually worked with the College board/ETS in creating the SAT. We provide all the materials you need to take the SAT.

B. Diagnostic test to understand each student’s weaknesses – graded by our USA faculty, this is analyzed to ensure each student’s strengths and weaknesses are mapped. The course is customized with rigorous work to improve one’s weaknesses

C. Fully customized study plan and homework to help each student work on weaknesses, and convert them into strengths! This guarantees a 250 point score boost

D. Innovative class structure:
a. Concept Teaching – We make sure your basics are strong; to better tackle the tougher questions. This will help you in your schoolwork as well
b. Strategy for the SAT – We teach you the tips and tricks to finish faster and top-score!
c. In-class practice – We ensure your doubts are cleared immediately by our top-scoring faculty!

E. All course content is designed by USA faculty and constantly updated by USA based strategy-cell – we are 100% compliant with the College board guidelines, and latest SAT test updates

F. Vocabulary Building – Learning thousands of new words in a short span of time is very hard! We make it easy with special mnemonic techniques and fun games to ensure better recall! This is unique to Ivy Aspire!

G. 50+ hours of class room sessions, including 5 full length official practice tests Accelerated courses, and customized one-on-one courses are also offered. Do contact us for more information either by calling us at 8880001177 or writing an email to [email protected] Our counselors would be happier to answer your queries.

How is the performance/ improvements tracked?

1. At Ivy Aspire, when the students enroll for the SAT classes, they will be asked to take a Ivy Aspire diagnostic test which will give us an idea of his/her strength and weakness. A detailed report will be shared with the Parents and student.

2. Students will get a detailed schedule along with days when the classes and test conducted. Post each SAT test; a report will be shared with the parents and student as how they are progressing from day one. If we see there are no major improvements from the previous test, then students will go through one-on-one counseling to understand where he/she needs more help.

Where are the centers for SAT in Bangalore?

Bangalore has three SAT test centers and their addresses are:

1. Bangalore International School:
Hennur Bagalur Road,
Kothanur Post,
Bangalore, Karnataka – 560 077
T: 080-2846 5060

2. Bishop Cotton Boys School
St. Mark’s Road,
Bangalore Karnataka
T: 080 2223 1892

What is the difference between SAT I and SAT II?

The SAT I is a standard exam taken for admission into universities. While the SAT II is a subject based test.  The SAT is sometimes a prerequisite for admission into a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Medicine, ext. in top Universities.

Any tips for SAT test time management?

SAT test is a time based aptitude test taken online. Students should do more practice before they take the final SAT test. Each session will have dedicated time to be completed and failing to complete within the time means your loosing points for those unanswered questions. Some rules how you can and can’t allocate your test time:

1. You are not allowed to jump back and forth between sections
2. You are not allowed to return to earlier sections to change answers
3. You are not allowed to spend more than the allotted time on any section
4. You can move around within a section
5. You can flip through your section at the beginning to see what type of questions you have

How do I register my SAT test?

The SAT is offered seven times each year in the US and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only; SAT only), May and June. You can register your SAT test in two ways:

1. Registering Online is the quickest and easiest way. Some benefits you get: a. You can choose your test date and test center in real time b. Receive immediate registration confirmation c. Get 24-hour access to registration for printing or correcting your Admission Ticket

2. Registering by mail is only available if you fall into one of the category mentioned below
a. Pay by check or money order (Payable to “The College Board”)
b. Are younger than 13 years old
c. Register for Sunday testing for the first time due to a religious observance
d. Request that we open a test center nearer to your home
e. Cannot upload a digital photo as part of the online registration process
f. Take the test in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria or Togo g. Register through an SAT representation (required in Kenya)

To register by mail, you need The Paper Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT subject Tests, which is available from your school counselor. The Guide includes a registration form and return envelope.

When filling out the form, you may need a College Board code number for college majors, college and scholarship programs, test centers or high schools. To find these numbers, use The College Board Code Search tool or the code list from your counselor.

What is waitlist status?

Waitlist status is available for those who missed the registration deadline or if your paper registration has been returned unprocessed without enough time to resubmit it.

Waitlist status may be available beginning from the last registration deadline up until five days before test day. Although every effort will be made by the test center to seat applicants who request waitlist status, however this is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the test center on test day. Those on the waitlist are seated after all regularly registered test-takers have been admitted and if sufficient test materials, staff and seating are available.

Test registration on test day at the test center is not available. If your requested test center is close due to weather or some other unexpected condition, your waitlist request will be canceled and you will be notified. If there is still time, you may be able to submit a new waitlist request for another center. Waitlist requests cannot be made for scheduled makeup test administrations.

1. This is only available online – you cannot use the paper registration form or call Customer Service
2. You can choose only one test center and one test type (SAT or SAT Subject Tests) on any particular test administration date

1. You will be admitted to the test center on a first-come, first served basis, determined by when you arrive at the center. You will be charged any applicable registration fees, including waitlist fees, only if you are admitted to the test center on test day
2. All normal registration requirements apply, including the need to upload an acceptable photo
3. You must be able to print your Waitlist Ticket; it cannot be mailed to you Restrictions:

  • Fee waivers cannot be used
  • Language with Listening Tests are not available; all other SAT Subject Tests are available
  • This is not available for first-time Sunday testers. If you have tested previously on a Sunday, you may request Sunday waitlist status
  • Waitlist status is not available in Benin, Cameroon, China, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Korea, Macau, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, Togo or Vietnam.
  • Waitlist status is not permitted for test-takers aged 21 or older
  • If you are attempting to test with accommodations, you may be able to do so as long as you do not need to use specialized test formats or equipment that needs to be arranged in advance

Test day requirements:
1. The Test Center Supervisor makes all decisions regarding who is admitted to the test center on test day and those decisions are final
2. To be admitted you must present an acceptable photo ID from the country in which you are testing
3. You must also print and bring your Waitlist Ticket showing your waitlist status and any extra documentation for your testing situation (e.g., Eligibility Approval Letter) with you
4. You cannot make any changes to your waitlist request on test day. If you are admitted to the test center, you must test exactly as specified on your Waitlist Ticket

What all the things I can carry to the SAT exam center? Any test day checklist?

A. Your Admission ticket: Please carry a hard copy of your admission ticket on test day. If you don’t have in handy, do sign in to “My SAT” on and click “Print Admission Ticket:.

B. Two pencils and a soft eraser

C. Photo identification: acceptable photo identification for admission to the test center. Please go through the SAT Test-Taker identification Requirements and Policies before going for the SAT test. Failing to carry acceptable photo ID, the test center may deny your entrance to the test center or your scores may be withheld or canceled if you can’t present acceptable ID.

D. An acceptable calculator: Only two types of calculators permitted while testing are graphic calculators and scientific calculators. Four-function calculators are not allowed or recommended. Do avoid taking these lists as they are not permitted as a calculator:
1. A laptop or a portable/handheld computer
2. Electronic writing pad or pen-input/stylus-driven device (e.g., Palm, PDAs, Casio ClassPad 300)
Note: The Sharp EL-9600 may be used without the stylus.
3. Pocket organizer
4. Cell Phone calculator
5. Calculator that has QWERTY (keyboard-like) keypad
6. Calculator that uses an electrical outlet, makes noise or has a paper tape
Note: SAT Subject Tests with Listening require a CD player.

What is “Verifying your score” service?

The College Board has very careful and systematic quality control processes to ensure accuracy of your test score. If you would like to double-check your scores, you have access to score verification services.

These services are not test prep or practice tools. With the students answer verification services, you’ll get:
1. Difficulty of each question answered correctly, incorrectly or omitted
2. Type of test questions

There are two student answer verification services, and only one will be available for you to order for any given test that you take. Depending on when and where you take the SAT, you can either order the Student Answer Service or the Question-and-Answer Service. You can order student answer verification services when you register for the SAT or up to five months after your test date. These services are offered only for the SAT, not for SAT Subject Tests.

How does Ivy Aspire help me prepare for my SAT test?

Ivy Aspire has an excellent track record of success and have helped students score 2390. We pay special attention to the Critical Reading Section and have helped many student score 790/800. In Math we have many 800/800 and Writing 800/800

Here is how we guarantee you the maximum possible score boost.

Personalize your practice:
A. We begin the course with a diagnostic test based on which we evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and give you detailed analysis report and our SAT materials.

Get the big picture:
A. Next we begin the instruction part of the course which is divided into: 1. Concept teaching 2. SAT Strategies 3. SAT Clinic

Practice a little each day:
A. Vocabulary building – Learn 250 new words at Ivy Aspire

Get familiar with the questions:
A. Based on your performance on the sectional test we analyze your weaknesses and strengths have you customized homework based on your level
B. We have review sessions of each section to refresh and solidify concepts. New questions and different teaching techniques

Try a full test:
A. Upon completion of an SAT section, we conduct sectional test to monitor your score improvement and guide you for further improvement
B. Full lengths timed tests and provide feedback to students’ on their performance

Get more in-depth:
A. Doubt clearing sessions

What is GMAT?

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which assesses a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program. GMAT is required to pursue your Masters in Business Administration the USA and is a widely accepted graduate admission test by universities around the world. In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools who developed the standardized GMAT test for admission to graduate programs. Initially used in admissions by 54 schools, the GMAT is now used by more than 1,500 schools and 5,400 programs worldwide.

Why should I take the GMAT?

Take the GMAT because it brings you one step closer to achieving your career goal. The objective of the GMAT is to evaluate the verbal, mathematical and also analytical skills of the students and to check whether they are eligible to apply for various courses. GMAT helps the admission committee in the universities to gauge students applying from across the world on the same platform; the exams are of same for all the students taking GMAT across the world. Universities and institutions in 83 countries (including USA) use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs site. Business schools use GMAT as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs. GMAC continues to perform validity studies to statistically verify that the exam predicts success in business school programs. The GMAT is still considered the number one choice by MBA aspirants despite the increasing acceptability of GRE scores.

How much does it cost to take the GMAT?

The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally. The GMAT fee can be paid through Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or JCB) or through mailed forms like cashier’s check, money order or a personal check. Payments by check must be payable in U.S. dollars and drawn on banks located in the United States. All payments for the GMAT must be made in full, include the correct numeric and written fee amount, have the appropriate signature(s), and be made payable to Pearson VUE-GMAT. The appointment date for the GMAT must be at least 10 calendar days after the check is received to allow time for the check to clear.

What ID am I allowed to take to the GMAT test center?

The ID required at the GMAT test center must be government-issued, valid (not expired), original (no photocopies), legible and include a recent recognizable photo, your name in the Roman alphabet spelled exactly as you provided when you registered, your signature, your date of birth as you provided at registration. Acceptable IDs  for the GMAT include a driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, permanent resident/green card, or passport. However, students testing in India are required to carry ONLY a valid passport as an acceptable ID.

How do I register for the GMAT?

Your first step is to register for the GMAT is to create an account. On the account, you are required to pay the necessary fee for the GMAT and make an appointment from the given test dates in a test center near you. Registration is done online.

What are the test dates for the GMAT?

The GMAT is available year-round and on demand, which offers test takers greater flexibility in scheduling. Available time slots for the GMAT change continuously based on capacity and ongoing registration. The GMAT test dates are not set in stone (unlike the MCAT or the SAT). Available GMAT test dates can be accessed on registration.

Where are the test centers for taking the GMAT?

The GMAT test is administered in secure, standardized test centers in more than 110 countries around the world. The GMAT exam is offered in 20 test centers  on demand and year-round at the following 17 cities in India (Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Bangalore, Kochi, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Kolkata, Jaipur) . You can choose a GMAT test center closest to you.

Can I reschedule my GMAT test date?

GMAT Customer Service in your region can be contacted or rescheduling can be done online. If you reschedule at least seven days before your original test date, you will be charged a service fee of US$50 each time you reschedule your GMAT appointment. If you reschedule within seven calendar days of your GMAT appointment, you will be charged an additional US$250. The new appointment must be within six months of the original appointment.

What schools use GMAT scores?

More than 5,000 graduate management programs in around 1,500 schools worldwide use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process. In the USA schools like Wharton, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Ross all use the GMAT. In the UK schools like Oxford, LBS, INSEAD, Warwick, Imperial, Manchester Business School all use the GMAT. In Asia schools like ISB, SMU, NUS, SP Jain all use the GMAT.

When do I get my GMAT scores?

You will get an unofficial GMAT score report with Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores immediately after you test. Official GMAT Score Reports are available online within 20 days to you and to the programs you requested to receive them. Score reports include all GMAT scores from tests taken in the last five years. The contact and demographic information that was required for you to register for the GMAT will also appear on your score report.

How can I send GMAT scores to schools?

On the day you take the GMAT, before you begin the exam, you may select up to five GMAT Programs to receive your Official Score Report. Official Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of your GMAT exam. If you did not select any GMAT programs to receive your scores on the day of your exam, or if you would like to send your scores to more than the five programs you selected on your test day, you may order Additional Score Reports to be sent to schools online, by phone, by fax, or by mail for a fee.

What is the test structure of the GMAT?

The GMAT exam has the following structure- it consists of four sections – The analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, the quantitative section, and the verbal section. Total testing time for the GMAT is three and a half hours (four hours, with breaks.)

GMAT test structure

Section TimeQuestions
Analytical Writing Assessment30 mins1 Essay
Integrated Reasoning30 mins12 questions
Quantitative75 mins37 questions
Verbal75 mins41 questions

The quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT exam are both multiple-choice and are administered in the computer-adaptive format, adjusting to a test taker’s level of ability. At the start of the quantitative and verbal sections, test takers are presented with a question of average difficulty. As questions are answered correctly, the computer presents the test taker with increasingly difficult questions and as questions are answered incorrectly the computer presents the test taker with questions of decreasing difficulty. This process continues until test takers complete each section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of their ability level in that subject area and come up with a raw GMAT score for each section.

What is the IR (Integrated Reasoning) section in GMAT?

On June 5, 2012, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) introduced an integrated reasoning section to the exam that is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in new formats and multiple sources. Integrated Reasoning consists of four question types, which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources. Almost all question formats require multiple responses. IR questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, so you must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit. All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen. You must submit responses to all parts of the Integrated Reasoning question before moving on to a new question on another screen. Once you answer an Integrated Reasoning question, you may not go back and change the answer. Data presented in text are approximately 300 words or fewer. In the IR section answer options don’t provide information or clues that will help you solve other questions. One set of data is used for several Multi-Source Reasoning questions, but the IR questions are independent of one another—you won’t have to answer one IR question correctly to be able to answer another IR question.

How is the GMAT scored?

An official GMAT score report consists of five parts:

  • GMAT Verbal Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60)
  • GMAT Quantitative Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60)
  • GMAT Total Scaled Score (on a scale from 200 to 800)
  • GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score (on a scale from 0 to 6)
  • GMAT Integrated Reasoning Score (on a scale from 1 to 8)

The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores, and thus reflects a student’s overall performance on the multiple-choice sections of the test. The AWA and the Integrated Reasoning sections

What is the GMAT score range?

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. GMAT scores are given in increments of 10 (e.g. 540, 550, 560, 570, etc.). From the most recent data released by GMAC, the average GMAT score of all test takers is about a 540.

How do schools use the GMAT scores?

GMAT scores are reliable measures of certain developed skills that have been found to be important in the study of management at the graduate level. GMAT scores have also been shown to be good predictors of academic success in the first year of study at graduate schools of management. Unlike undergraduate grade point averages (or assessments) and curricula, which vary in their meaning across institutions, GMAT scores provide school professionals with a consistent, standardized evaluation tool for all applicants. The GMAT alone does not measure all the characteristics related to success in graduate school. Admissions committees may also consider an applicant’s undergraduate record and other information obtained from applications, interviews, and letters of recommendation.

How to best prepare for GMAT?

GMAT is an aptitude test, where your skills are tested on five areas (refer to question – “how is GMAT scored?”). To best prepare for the GMAT give yourself atleast 8 – 12 weeks to study. Giving yourself 8 – 12 weeks to prepare for the GMAT provides you with enough time to master the concepts, and increases the confidence level when you take the GMAT.

Here are few strategies to help you best prepare for the GMAT:

1. Start by taking free online GMAT test. This will help you evaluate where you stand with the required skills to pursue in good B-schools

2. To ensure you are prepared for the GMAT plan your exam dates and register keeping in mind as how much time you require to prepare yourself to take the final GMAT exam. I would recommend at-least 8 to 10 weeks to go through the coaching or supplemental classes. Registration is on first-come, first-served basis.

3. Gather more information by doing research about the B-schools you would like to do your masters

4. If you are join for coaching classes to prepare for the GMAT keep in mind a good course will help you boost your score by 100 and accelerate your learning

5. Familiarize yourself with the conditions and timing of the test by taking full length CAT practice tests.

6. Post your GMAT exam, start preparation on submitting your applications to your dreamed B-Schools.

How will Ivy Aspire help me in my GMAT?

Ivy Aspire has proven track records in helping aspirants score as high as 790 in their GMAT exam through our innovative approach

Coaching Sessions:
1. Insight sessions to practice real GMAT questions in timed conditions with explanations by top Faculty resulting in MAXIMUM SCORE BOOST!
a. Diagnose students areas of weakness
b. Questions are timed to teach time management for actual GMAT
c. Questions are arranged by sub-type ( Verbal SC – subject – verbal agreement, Math – Algebra) to help a student work on weakness
d. Mixed bag questions are covered to help students prepare for actual GMAT
e. Detailed answer explanations are provided
f. Incorrect answer explanations are shared as this help students understand concepts better
g. Doubt clearing

2. Batch size of <15 students at the maximum. This helps in paying individual attention to each student’s strength and weakness.

3. Materials provided by Ivy Aspire are more than enough for students to score 700+. Ivy Aspires’ manual is prepared by our highly experienced faculty. You don’t need any additional books.

4. All our faculty have taken GMAT themselves and scored 700+ in their exam. They know what it takes to score 700+. Visit our web site to know our students testimonials

Does Ivy Aspire also help in my application process? Is this part of their coaching session?

Yes, Ivy Aspire helps students in their master’s application process. However this is not part of our GMAT coaching sessions.

Ivy Aspire was founded by Shaista Baljee and Keshav Baljee, both have done MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and under graduated from the Wharton, Universities of Pennsylvania.

Ivy Aspire is India’s first complete college preparation program to provide end-to-end counseling services to aspiring candidates for higher education. Since we have ourselves studied abroad at the Ivy leagues, worked in college admissions committees and most importantly helped thousands of students get in to their dream school. We are proud that we are the leading quality-focused counseling institution in India.

To know more about our Admission Counseling Services, do call us on +91 9900038551 / +91 9741252525 and speak to our counselors. You can also email your queries to [email protected] and [email protected], we will be happier to answer all your queries.

Visiting the testimonial videos to hear our student testimonials –

Is it ok to guess answers on the GMAT?

If you do  not know how to answer a questions we recommend using your knowledge to eliminate atleast as many answer choices as you can and then guess. To move to the next question on the GMAT you cannot leave a question unanswered on the GMAT.

GMAT test strategies and GMAT prep help

The GMAT test is designed not to test what you know, but to test how you think. Keeping this in mind, Ivy Aspire has designed GMAT coaching session which will prepare you to score 700+ in your first attempt itself.

At Ivy Aspire, we have proven track record of scoring as high as 790 in the GMAT exam. The coaching is designed keeping in mind as what is expected in the exam.

  • All aspirants who enroll with us will be diagnosed before he starts his classes. This helps the faculty to know each individual students strength and weakness. End of each session, the customized homework is given based on their opportunities area for each individual.
  • GMAT Coaching is focused on GMAT test strategies to help you neat the GMAT and score 700+. This involved Math shortcuts to solve problems in 30 seconds and less. Special focus on the Verbal section to teach you to think alike the GMAT and give you many strategies to boost your score.
  • Practice questions in the Ivy Aspire Manually is designed by our USA faculty and helps students to know how the questions would be in the actual GMAT.
  • Students are asked to take full GMAT test once in a week during the training till he is ready to take the final test.
  • We offer special additional score boosting classes to help students get an addition 50+ point score boost!

Other things you should keep in mind while preparing for GMAT test:

  • Test is designed to know how you think, so questions are given on your level of knowledge as it progress. It starts with low level difficulties to high level difficulties. If you answer incorrectly at the lower level, the chances of scoring high are very low.
  • It’s a time based test, each session has time allocated to it. It does not give you options to skip the question now and come back later to answer. So it’s very important to answer in timely manner and avoid any unanswered questions. Unanswered questions cost you more than wrongly answered questions.
  • Test duration is 3. 30 – 4 hrs depending on your optional breaks in between each session. So practice as much as you can by taking full tests before you appear for final test
  • Plan well in advance about the GMAT exam date and start preparing yourself 10 – 12 weeks well in advance to avoid taking test multiple time

What is MBA Application counseling process?

Ivy Aspire MBA application counseling services helps students in an end-to-end process of applying for his/her master course in their chosen colleges.

The following are included in the ACS:

1. Evaluate Your Profile and discuss your chances of acceptance to various colleges
2. Shortlist Colleges based on your profile and unique criteria (budget, job after graduation, location, strength of program etc)
3. Create and Edit a Resume for colleges – this is different from a standard work resume
4. Essay Intensive Assistance: a. Essay workshop on do’s and don’ts b. Analyzing past successful essays c. Provide you with detailed essay structure d. Edit the essays substantially – all editing is done by Shaista Baljee & Keshav Baljee (ISB and Wharton Grads) and also shared with college specific alumni and industry experts for inputs e. Letters of Recommendation guidance f. Guidance with Financial Documents, Transcripts, Application forms and additional documents g. Interview guidance – databank of frequently asked questions and Mock interviews h. Follow up with colleges to ensure your application is expedited i. Visa, Bank Loans, Housing and transition to college life

Why should I choose Ivy Aspire for my MBA Counseling Services?

Ivy Aspire is India’s first complete college preparation program. Ivy Aspire is founded by Shaista Baljee, an alumnus of ISB (Indian School of Business, Hyderabad) and Wharton (University of Pennsylvania, USA) to provide end-to-end education counseling services to aspiring candidates of higher education.

Since we have ourselves studied abroad at the Ivy Leagues, worked in college admissions committees, and most importantly helped thousands of students get in to their dream school – we are proud that we are the leading quality-focused counseling institution in India.

3 important questions to ask before you choose a counselor and trust them with your career and future
1. Have you studied at a TOP 10 MBA worldwide?
2. Have you served on any admissions committees?
3. Have you interviewed students for acceptance to MBAs?

Ivy Aspire is the only counseling firm in India that can proudly say YES to all the questions above. This is what makes us unique in the industry. Please visit our website for Video Testimonials

What are the services offered in the Admission Counseling?

Ivy Aspire also offers packages as below:
1. 5 B-Schools package – can choose schools across the world
2. ISB Application and Interview Package – work directly with ISB alumni
3. Interview Prep for B-School- Most Indians lose here, ensure you convert an interview to an offer
4. Masters Counseling – UK and USA packages

Call us on +91 8880001177 or email [email protected] for more information. Visit to see our Video Testimonials

What is Ivy Aspires’ success rate?

Here is the Ivy Aspire success rate:

1. Ivy Aspire has a 90% success rate for ISB – the highest in the industry
2. Ivy Aspire has a 100% acceptance to rate where each student we have worked with has been accepted to a top 40 school in the their area of interest
3. Ivy Aspire has secured Full Scholarships and the highest number of scholarships for b-school applicants
4. Ivy Aspire has secured offers from top colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, ISB, IIM, LBS, INSEAD, NUS, SMU and many, many more!

Call us on +91 888001177 or email [email protected] for more information. Visit to see our Video Testimonials

Give me a good reason to choose Ivy Aspire compared to others in the market?

We can give you 5 good reasons why you should choose Ivy Aspire for your Masters

1. Success stories and scholarships – Our test preparation department has achieved the highest scores in the industry due to our top faculty, small class sizes and USA based strategy cell. Our application counseling department has sent students to all the Ivy League Colleges, the top UK colleges and top colleges all around the world. We have secured the highest number and value of scholarships in the industry. We have also helped many students secure FULL SCHOLARSHIPS too!

2. Work one-on-one with the experts – In our counseling program you work directly with Ivy League alumni, who counsel you throughout the process. This one-to-one interaction is not available anywhere else.

3. Ivy Connect – Our network of Ivy Aspire Alumni and associates cover all the top colleges worldwide. Wherever you choose to apply, we will put you in touch with real students or alumni of those colleges – get help from those who’ve done exactly what you want to achieve!

4. The Insider’s Perspective – We’ve studied at the Ivy Leagues ourselves, and interviewed students for them. We can give you the insider’s perspective to test-preparation or applications as we’ve been there, done that.

5. End-to-end program – We help students choose a course of study, prepare for the standardized tests required to get there, and guide them through the entire application and interview process. All of this, under one roof, from the best experts in the field

What is PSAT and NMSQT


For 8th, 9th and 10th class studentsFor 11th class students
A preliminary SAT exam before the actual SATThese tests help students get ready for college and their careers!
Scored out of 240 points
From October 2015 onward the 10 class students will have a separate PSAT.Stands for national merit scholarship qualifying test.



What is the CLAT exam date?

The scheduled date of Common Law Admission Test is typically held on the first or second Sunday of May each year.

What is CLAT Exam?

It is a secured and un-interrupted Computer based test using LAN. It is not based on Internet. The candidate needs to know basic computer skills, much as using a mouse. The medium of the exam remains to be English.

Can a disabled person can take admission through CLAT?

Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation or illness. A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

The CLAT examiners provide need based assistance to the Persons With Disability (PWD) candidates. The PWD candidates are also entitled to an additional time of 40 minutes.

What happens in case of a problem in the computer during the CLAT exam?

There will be enough buffer systems available in the examination center to take care of such problems and time lost in change of system will be duly taken care of as each and every second will be recorded by the server.

Also there would be technically qualified people who would be available at the centre for assistance.

How will I get my CLAT admit card?

The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from CLAT website ( Please note that the admit cards will not be sent via e-mail or by post.

They may also carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination.

What is the procedure of allotment of Law School for admission?

During the online counseling session, the candidates will be required to fill up all the available choices of National Law Universities for the UG/PG course in order of their preference. Seats shall be allotted taking into consideration candidate’s choice and merit.

What is the Counseling fee?

Counseling fee is the payment (Rs. 50,000/-) made to the CLAT office by a candidate to show his/her seriousness/commitment in taking admission in any of the participating NLU(s). Counseling fee is not a separate fee, it is the adjustable advance paid to the CLAT office which subsequently gets adjusted at the time of admission from the fee payable to the respective University by a candidate.

Do the CLAT participating universities have the common rules of reservation?

No. The CLAT participating universities are governed by their respective State Acts and follow the reservation policies/rules prescribed by their Acts/State Governments. The candidates are advised to look into the detailed information of the respective University in the CLAT brochure to know about the University specific reservations.

When is the best time to take the LSAT?

Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is often advised.
If you want to ensure you have an opportunity to repeat the test, register for either the June or September/October administration. This way, if you are unsatisfied with your initial score, the best time to take the LSAT test is in December, before law school application deadlines.

Where can I take the LSAT?

LSAC maintains a list of published test centers, which includes various undergraduate schools, law schools, military bases, embassies, and educational centers throughout the world. The LSAT is not administered at every test center on all testing dates, and there is limited center availability for each test administration. If you register online, you can check test center availability in real time.

Under what circumstances would I be ineligible to take the LSAT?

You may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if you cancel your score or if your score is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy.

For significant extenuating circumstances, LSAC may grant exceptions to this policy. To request an exception, submit a signed, detailed explanation—along with verification, if possible—addressing the circumstances that you feel make you eligible to retake the LSAT and specifying the date that you wish to test. Scan and email your request as an attachment to [email protected] or send it by fax to 215.968.1277.

You will be notified by email of approval or denial of your request. Be sure to submit your request well in advance of the regular registration deadline so that you can receive timely notification of our decision. Barring unforeseen circumstances, LSAC will respond within seven working days of receiving your request. LSAC’s decisions are final.

If you served as a test center staff member for the LSAT you may not take the LSAT in the subsequent 24-month period. Test takers who plan to take the LSAT within 24 months of having either supervised an LSAT or worked as part of the testing staff at an LSAT administration must notify LSAC upon registering for the test. LSAC will review the request and either honor the registration or offer an alternative test center and/or date. Requests must be received no later than the late registration deadline of the requested test date. Failure to abide by this requirement may result in the initiation of a misconduct and irregularities proceedings.

What skills does GRE measure?

The Verbal Reasoning section of GRE measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE Test measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems.

The Analytical Writing section of GRE measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.

How does the computer-delivered GRE test work

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive, meaning that the first section of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures spans a range of difficulty levels, from easy to difficult. The first section of GRE is assembled such that, overall, the first section is of average difficulty. The difficulty level of the second section of each of the measures depends on your performance on the first section. For example, if for the Quantitative Reasoning measure you do very well on the first section, the second section of the Quantitative Reasoning measure will be at a higher level of difficulty. The scoring for the Quantitative Reasoning measure takes into consideration the total number of questions answered correctly across the two sections, as well as the difficulty level of the section (similar process for the Verbal Reasoning measure).

What level of math in GRE that I need to prepare for?

The GRE revised General Test uses the foundations of high school math to test quantitative reasoning. The test material measures your ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis; to reason quantitatively; and to solve problems in a quantitative setting.

How do I register for the paper-delivered GRE test?

Paper-delivered GRE administrations are offered only in areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available. You can register for the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test online or by mail.

What if I need to change the date or location of my GRE test?

If you have registered to take the GRE revised General Test, you must change or cancel your test registration no later than four days before your test date or your test fee will be forfeited. For example, the deadline to cancel a Saturday appointment is Tuesday.

If you reschedule your test date, you will be charged a rescheduling fee of US$50. If you cancel your test within the time period indicated above, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of your original test fee.

What if I require testing accommodations?

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. Testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet ETS requirements.

How often can I retake the test?

You can retake the test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you cancelled your scores on a test taken previously. You may take the paper-delivered test as often as it is offered.

What is the ACT Test, and why is ACT test important?

The ACT (American College Testing) is a nationally-recognized college entrance examination available to students as part of the undergraduate college application process. The exam covers four subject areas: ACT English, ACT Mathematics, ACT Reading and ACT Science. The ACT Plus Writing section includes an additional Writing section, which some colleges require for admission. The ACT test typically takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks (or just over 4 hours with the optional ACT writing test).

How long is the ACT exam?

The total test time for the ACT exam with the optional ACT writing section is 3 hours and 25 minutes. (Without the ACT writing section, it is 2 hours and 55 minutes.) With short breaks given during the ACT test, the total elapsed time for the ACT test (with ACT writing) is about 3 hours 45 minutes, and the total time without the ACT writing section is about 3 hours 10 minutes. The ACT test administration will begin sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. local time, depending on the particular ACT test site, and end by about 12:45 p.m. Generally, you should plan to arrive at the testing location a comfortable amount of time before 8 a.m.

Shown below is the time breakdown of the ACT test:

  • Section 1. 45 minute section: ACT English
  • Section 2. 60 minute section: ACT Math
  • 10 to 15 minute break
  • Section 3. 35 minute section: ACT Reading
  • Section 4. 35 minute section: ACT Science
  • 5 minute break
  • Section 5. 30 minute section: ACT Writing (optional)

On some test dates, ACT test includes an extra section in the test in order to develop new questions. Your score will not be affected by your answers to these questions.

How is the ACT test scored?

There are four primary sections, ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, and ACT Science. Each of the sections are scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The same scale has been used since the first ACT test in 1959.

If you are taking the ACT Writing, you will receive 2  additional scores:

  • A combined ACT English/ ACT Writing score (on the 1-36 scale)
  • A score for your essay, on a scale of 2 to 12.

Finally, you will receive an ACT composite score, which is just the average of the 4 primary scores.

What math do I have to know for the ACT test? Is it advanced math?

Almost all high school students will cover the topics found in the ACT Math test by the end of grade 11, if not before. There are no questions involving the more advanced math concepts typically found in pre-calculus or calculus courses. However, the more you have advanced in math in high school, the more likely you are to be well prepared for ACT Math. Here is how the ACT Math breaks down on the ACT test(60 questions total):

  • (14 questions – 23%) Pre-Algebra: integers, fractions, ratios, percents, basic probability, counting, basic statistics, charts, …
  • (14 questions – 23%) Plane Geometry: triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, angles, perimeter, area, volume, …
  • (10 questions – 17%) Basic Algebra: solving and simplifying expressions, factoring, basic inequalities, integer exponents, square roots …
  • (9 questions – 15%) Intermediate Algebra: quadratic formula, radical expressions, absolute value with inequalities, functions, matrics, complex numbers, roots of polynomials, …
  • (9 questions – 15%) Coordinate Geometry: number lines graphs, graphs of equations of lines and circles and conics, distance, midpoint, transformations, …
  • (4 questions – 7%) Trigonometry: properties and graphs of the six trigonometric functions, basic identities, basic trigonometric equations, …

Do I have to report all of my ACT scores, or can I choose which ACT scores to report?

The answer depends on the school(s) to which you want to apply. ACT, will allow you to report any or all test scores. (You may not, however, choose the reading score from one test date and the math score from another test date, for example, to make a “superscore”.) For example, suppose you take the regular ACT exam  twice. You could report only the scores from the one test date that you feel is your best score. However, each college and university can set its own policy for the scores. College A may leave the choice up to you as to which scores to send, whereas University B may want to see all of your scores. Note that this is essentially done on an honor system, since ACT, swill allow you to delete the score for a particular ACT test date from your record.


When should I register for the ACT test?

There is no set time to take the ACT test. Students usually take the exam in the spring semester of 11th grade, because the exam content covers class materials up to that time. Most students find it helpful to have their ACT test scores in hand when they begin the application process. In addition, taking the ACT test during 11th grade leaves ample time for preparation and retakes if your first score is unsatisfactory.

How do I register for the ACT test?

There are three ways you can register for the ACT test. The most convenient way is registering online. Paper registration packets are also available at your college counselor’s office. If you have registered for the ACT test within the last 2 years, you can use telephone registration (319-337-1270).

Are calculators allowed on the ACT exam?

Yes, most 4 -function, scientific, and graphing calculators are permitted. Calculating devices that you cannot use include: cell phone calculators, calculators with a full QWERTY keyboard, and tablets or laptops.

How long does it take to get my ACT test scores back?

Your ACT test scores will be available online for early viewing about 2 weeks after the ACT test date. Paper score reports usually arrive 4-7 weeks after test date at your high school counselor’s office. If you took the Writing Test, your score report will not be mailed until your ACT Writing score has been added to your record.

What is a good score on the ACT test?

The maximum score for each of the four ACT tests is 36. The composite ACT score is the average of the 4 scores. Students who took the ACT Plus Writing test will receive 2  additional scores: a ACT Writing score (0-12) and an English/Writing composite score (1-36).

A good ACT score is one that will get you into the college of your choice, so the answer depends on where you want to go to college. The average ACT score is 20. While class rank, extracurricular activities, major, recommendations, essays, and other factors also come into play in college admissions.

How many times can I take the ACT exam?

You may take the ACT exam as often as you like. A separate ACT score record is kept for each administration of the exam. Only the score record from the test date requested will be sent to a college. You can request for more than one test date report to be sent to a college.

What if I take the ACT test and mess up?

If you would like to remove ACT scores from your records, you must submit a letter requesting to delete your score.

Keep in mind also that there is no limit to the number of times you can retake the ACT test, and that the colleges of your choice will ONLY see the score you choose to send.

When should I start preparing for the ACT test?

Because the ACT test is an important one for college admissions, it is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals. A student should start ACT prep by the summer before 11th grade, to maximize the effectiveness of Ivy Aspire’s ACT coaching, because there are no distractions such as school homework, projects, exams, or any other school activities. Students should start preparing for the ACT test no later than the summer before 12th grade.

Why is Ivy Aspire the best choice for ACT exam preparation?

  • Ivy Aspire’s ACT Courses offer an intensive program with 50+ hours of class room sessions, including 5 full length official practice tests
  • Ivy Aspire courses offer unique and extremely effective strategies not taught anywhere else, by highly experienced, dynamic instructors.
  • Highest ACT score increase guarantee
  • All exams administered in class are official ACT Practice Exams. The answers are analyzed to find your strengths and weaknesses on the ACT.
  • Course materials include our Ivy Aspire’s ACT Manual with tricks and tips to do well on the ACT and at least 20 practice tests

I am confused, which one should I prefer New SAT test vs ACT test?

In some key areas (no guessing penalty, essay optional, charts/graphs, vocab and grammar in context) the SAT has moved closer to the ACT test but the mantra of the SAT test remains somewhat unchanged. It is a critical thinking test. Those students who might have chosen the old SAT would still be making a good choice with the new SAT test and might even have an easier time considering that the essay is now optional and the guessing penalty is gone. These two things may not make the content easier but will certainly make the test less draining and stress inducing.


Our general advice would be to take an ACT test and SAT test sample paper. See which test is easier for you and then decide.

Refunds / Cancellations

Ivy Aspire Consulting Private Limited has a policy of advance payments like other educational institutions. We therefore, do not have a refund or a cancellation facility available for our clients.

We however, always stand by the quality of our work, and should you have any concerns in this regard, please email us on [email protected] or contact your Counsellor directly. We will do our best to resolve your concerns.