Entries by erinnelson

2019 LSAT Test Changes

In October 2018, the Law School Admission Council made two announcements about 2019 LSAT test changes with the stated goal of modernizing law school admissions and easing the process of applying to law school for students taking the LSAT in summer 2019 and beyond.   First, the LSAC announced the transition to a digital tablet-based […]

When Should I Take the MCAT? An Ultimate Guide

With 30 test dates to choose from in 2019, it can be easy to put the decision of when to take the 2019 MCAT on the back-burner. But in reality, choosing when to take the MCAT is a very important choice. Think about it like this: lots of longer-term decisions—like when to schedule your test prep—depend on […]

College Admissions: The Complete Guide to Social Media

As you prep for college, admissions officers are watching. According to a 2016 Kaplan Test Prep survey, 40% of college admissions officers browse social media profiles to learn more about admissions candidates*. That means it’s pretty likely that decision-makers at colleges and scholarship-granting organizations are taking a peek at your profiles. Some students take control by shutting […]

What’s Tested on the TOEFL Listening Section

Beginning in the Listening section and continuing through to the Writing section, you wear headphones that have a special microphone for speaking. You have the opportunity to set the volume before the test resumes. After the section begins, a Volume button at the top of the screen can be used to change the volume at […]

What’s Tested on the TOEFL Speaking Section

The first thing you must do in the Speaking section is to adjust the microphone on your headset. At the beginning of the section, an instruction will appear, asking you to give a short sample of your speech in order to adjust the recording equipment to your voice. The question may ask you to speak […]

What’s Tested on the TOEFL Reading Section

Reading is the first section of the TOEFL iBT. In this section, reading passages appear on the right side of the divided computer screen, and questions appear on the left side. Because the passages are long, it is necessary to scroll up and down to read an entire passage. You can scroll up and down […]

What’s tested on the IELTS Reading Section

The Reading module consists of 40 questions based on three passages, with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words on average. You are advised to spend 20 minutes on each passage and its questions, and there is no time at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Answers must be written on […]

What’s tested on the IELTS Speaking Section

The Speaking module is conducted by an IELTS examiner who will meet with you for a one-to-one session. The total time required for the Speaking module is 11–14 minutes, and consists of three parts. The examiner is responsible for timing all parts of the test. In Part 1 and Part 2, the examiner follows a […]

What’s Tested on the IELTS Listening Section

The Listening module consists of four recorded sections, each containing ten questions, and takes 30 minutes to complete. You will only hear each recording once so you must be prepared to know what to listen for. You are not expected to have any specialist knowledge, but you should be able to deal with a range […]

How is the IELTS Scored?

Each of the four modules of the IELTS is scored on a scale of 1.0 to 9.0, in half-point increments. These scores are then averaged together for the overall score. This overall score can either be a whole or half band. Each band corresponds to a global descriptor, summarizing each of the nine levels of […]