The number of students aspiring for higher education abroad has started to increase again and the first steps they take are the GRE and TOEFL iBT tests.
Studying abroad continues to be the choice for a growing number of students even though there has been a significant improvement in the quality of education in India. Earlier, overseas education was only pursued by those who came from affluent backgrounds.
However, over the years, there has been increased availability of scholarships, education loans and the choice of new global destinations. This has, indeed, opened new avenues and a far wider set of choices. As many as 2,59,655 Indian students went abroad in 2020 compared to 5,86,337 in 2019. This was according to data shared by the Ministry of External Affairs.
The number increased to 4,44,553 in 2021, with fewer restrictions on travel. As many as 2,45,601 students enrolled in foreign universities in the first half of 2022. The number of admissions in 2022 has been equal to the admissions in 2020.
RedSeer Strategy Analysis
RedSeer Strategy Consultants 2021 have analyzed this trend and has predicted a sharp increase in the number of Indian students going abroad. The numbers are projected to reach up to 1.8 million by 2024. The total spending is also expected to be between US$75 and US$85 billion.
The number of students aspiring for higher education abroad has picked up. One of the first steps for them is the GRE and TOEFL iBT tests. ETS develops, administers, and scores millions of tests in over 200 countries and regions in more than 9,000 locations. The GRE test assesses the knowledge of the students at the graduate-education level. However, the TOEFL iBT tests proficiency in academic English.
ETS set up its India subsidiary, known as ETS India, one month ago. The managing director shares a quick guide to important things you need to know about the TOEFL iBT and GRE General Test. This is exclusively for the benefit of study-abroad aspirants from India.
India is the second-largest source country of international students in the world. Students from India account for 7.6 per cent of the global outflow. 74 per cent of Indian students go to English-speaking countries. This makes TOEFL iBT a very necessary test as it is globally accepted as a premier English-language test for decades.
The test measures students’ reading, listening, speaking and writing English skills. It allows test takers to stand out confidently as it provides a true representation of their skills. TOEFL iBT tests are accepted by 100% of universities in the US. They are also accepted by more than 11,500 universities and other institutions in over 160 countries.
Indeed, there is 100% acceptance in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK. However, TOEFL iBT scores are valid for two years. Students can retake the test if they are unsatisfied with their scores. There are also other ways to take the test such as in person at a test centre, at home and on paper in a test centre followed by the Speaking section at home.
GRE General Test
The GRE General Test is taken for graduate and professional schools including law and business programs. Institutions across English-speaking countries and beyond accept this score. Its acceptance is growing in India too as nearly 100 graduate management programs across India accept the test.
The test volume in India has currently increased by 68 per cent. Almost 50 per cent of applicants currently are now opting for at-home testing. The GRE General Test at home employs best-in-class security measures that use artificial intelligence and real-time human monitoring.
The GRE tests are complete and provide a wide array of options for students. The scores are valid for five years. Students are also provided with a percentile rank that will help them compare their scores. Also, the GRE program offers free and low-cost resources to test takers. They include GRE Mentor and POWERPREP for a comprehensive GRE course as well as Practice tests, videos and books.
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