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TOEFL Program celebrates English Language Day

The TOEFL ® program will celebrate English Language Day on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by offering significant savings on the best-selling TOEFL ® Practice Online (TPO). From April 17-May 4, test takers will receive a 33 percent discount on TOEFL Practice Online, an official TOEFL practice test that simulates the TOEFL iBT ® testing experience and offers same-day scores and feedback on all four skills measured on the test-reading, listening, speaking and writing. Test takers are able to purchase the limited discounted test prep only at www.ets.org/toeflpractice by...

English language test TOEFL no longer accepted by UK visa authorities

One of the popular English language ability tests, TOEFL seems to have been relegated by UK visa issuing authorities following a controversy. The UK government in its guidance on English language tests for UK visa granting purposes has stated that ETS, the agency which conducts TOEFL has ended its partnership. In UK government’s official web site, it has been mentioned ``The arrangement that the Home Office had with Educational Testing Service (ETS) to provide Secure English Language Testing (SELT) ended on 5 April 2014. As a result we have suspended accepting ETS tests as...

Applications from Indian students to US graduate schools shoot by 32%

The total number of applications from Indian students to United States (US) based graduate schools has shot up by 32% in 2014 , for two consecutive years , as per the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey . The increase accounts for 18% of all foreign graduate students pursuing different courses in US institutes. The same report has stated that applications from Chinese students to US schools have diminished . The overall applications from international candidates have increased by 7% . Applications from Indian students rose by 22% in 2013 and enrollments ...

Revised SAT not to test students on difficult or unclear words

The revised format of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is expected to do away with difficult or unclear words to test students, as per the sample questions of SAT released by the New York based College Board , which administers the examination. The draft test specifications were published on the website of the College Board on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 , to give an idea to the students on the changes in the SAT format. A majority of the colleges and universities in the United States (US) need American College Testing (ACT) or SAT examination scores to grant admission to...

Canada trying to attract Indian students with new rules

With UK losing numbers, there are several countries which are trying to attract the Indian students who are going abroad in unprecedented numbers. In this regard, Australia , Canada and New Zealand have become the next most popular destinations, on the back of easier visa norms and more scholarships for Indian students. Experts say that Canada has grown manifold in the past four years, while the US was still the first choice. According to reports, new rules that aim to strengthen Canada's status as a study destination of choice for prospective international students will...

Indian students fuel growth in US graduate school admissions

While Indian and Chinese students dominate the international student applicant numbers to US graduate schools , Indians seem to have raced ahead a bit in the last couple of years. It was reported that for the second year in a row, applications to American graduate schools from India skyrocketed, while those from prospective Chinese students fell. It was mentioned that the numbers from the Council of Graduate Schools, turn the trend line of recent years on its head where for the better part of a decade, Chinese graduate applications and enrollments had outpaced everyone else. The report...

UK plans visa processing with quick `passport pass back' facility

With the number of Indian students going to UK for higher studies going down in the last couple of years due to various concerns, UK government is now trying to woo the students with new measures. According to reports, UK government is planning a visa processing with 'passport pass back' facility in which an applicant will get back his passport shortly after submission once the necessary scrutiny is over and the rest of the visa processing will continue. It will help the applicant to get its passport before the visa is processed. It can be recalled that earlier reports have mentioned...

New Zealand to hold education events to woo Indian students

In a bid to woo more Indian students to pursue their higher education in New Zealand , the island country is planning to hold various education related events in India. At present, India is the top growing student market for New Zealand. Education New Zealand , which is the global education promotion agency of the country, will be conducting over ten events in India in April, 2014 , which will highlight the academic opportunities of New Zealand. The events are expected to be hosted in various Indian cities such as Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune,...

Top Japanese varsities offer incentives to Indian students

Premier universities from Japan are offering special incentives to Indian students to pursue their higher studies in the country. The Ritsumeikan Group of Institutions has started operations in South India to help students to pursue their higher education in their group institute - Risumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) . The group is one of the members of Global 30 , which is a Japan Government initiative under which the top 30 universities of Japan offer invitations to students from across the world to pursue higher studies in the country. Few of the varsities offer ...

England's loss seems to be Australia's gain

It is now know that UK has suffered a setback in terms of getting students from subcontinent last year with stringent rules and it seems that Australia is now trying to capitalize on that. According to reports, England has suffered the first decline in overseas entrants to its higher education system in 29 year. Earlier it was reported that the universities in England have witnessed a dip in the number of international students for the first time in 29 years as candidates from India and Pakistan have been inconvenienced due to stringent visa regulations, as per a recent study...

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