As one of the largest test centers in Qatar, the HBKU Test Center offers several types of international standardized tests, serving more than 5000 students across Qatar and the region.
The HBKU Test Center offers guidance and awareness sessions for students, parents, and school administrators. These sessions provide an opportunity to discuss the tests, the importance of testing in relation to university admissions, and the testing registration process.
Standardized tests are a part of most universities’ admissions processes for all students. The best way to succeed is to practice as early and as often as possible. College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy to offer free online practice for the new redesigned SAT. Please refer to the website www.collegeboard.com for more details.
Here are the official websites to help you start your preparation:
Many universities and colleges across the globe have rigorous admissions processes that include standardized testing. The following section gives a snapshot of the standardized tests administered by the HBKU Test Center.
What test Should I Take ?
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that provides university admissions offices with information about how students think, solve problems, and communicate.
The new SAT includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test.
The SAT has an optional essay component.
|Evidence-Based : (Reading and Writing)||Math : (The Math Test is divided into two portions)||Essay : (optional)|
|Evidence-Based : Reading Test||Math : Math Test – Calculator||Essay : -|
|Evidence-Based : Writing and Language Test||Math : Math Test – (No Calculator)||Essay : -|
No Penalty for Guessing
On the new SAT, you simply earn points for the questions you answer correctly.
SAT Subject Tests are content based and allow you to showcase achievement in the specific subject areas in which you excel.
Please note that you are not allowed to take the SAT and SAT Subject Test on the same day.
We encourage you to register as early as possible as spaces are limited.
ACT is moving away from paper testing to a computer-based format in order to provide students with more opportunities to test and provide scores in a quicker manner.
It is important to note that the only difference between the computer-based ACT and the paper version will be the administration format. The ACT test itself will not change. Scores will mean the same thing and will continue to use the familiar 1–36 scale.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an internet based test that measures university-level English language comprehension and communication skills. The IBT TOEFL assesses how well students combine listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
We encourage you to register as early as possible as spaces are limited.
There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:
The type of test you should take will depend on whether you want to study, work, or migrate. Both modules includes four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Results are graded on the unique IELTS 9 band scale.
If you want to live, work or study in the UK you might need IELTS for UKVI.
‘IELTS for UKVI’ is a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
This means that IELTS can be used to prove your English language abilities in support
of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. IELTS is approved by the UK Government for your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability by Universities, colleges and business organizations. Whatever your plans for life in the UK, IELTS is the test you need. For more information please visit http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi.
On registering for the IELTS test candidates are entitled to free access to Road to IELTS a 30 hour online resource to help you prepare better. In addition, you also receive:
Register for IELTS at http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/
For the online registration system visit:
For more information contact:
The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that can be used by law schools as one of several factors in assessing applicants to their academic programs. It is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), based in the United States.
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The unscored section typically is used to pre-test new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report. The total testing time is around 7 hours.
Register online for the LSAT at: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines
GRE test scores are used by university admissions offices as a proven measure of applicants’ readiness for graduate-level work and their potential for success.
The GRE Revised General Test plays a vital role in the admissions process for graduate and business school programs around the world. The test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. The total testing time is around 3 hours and 45 minutes.
The Verbal Reasoning section 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 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 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.
The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in specific fields of study and can help predict a candidate’s success in graduate school.
For more information about GRE and GRE Subject Tests, please refer to the GRE website: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/
|Register||SAT : Online||ACT : Online||ACT-R : HBKU and Partner Universities||TOEFL : Online|
|Deadline||SAT : A little over a month before test||ACT : A little over a month before test||ACT-R : One week before test||TOEFL : One week before test|
|Waitlist Registration||SAT : With fee. Open for 6-13 days after deadline||ACT : With fee. Open for 6-13 days after deadline||ACT-R : Not available||TOEFL : Not available|
|Standby Testing||SAT : Not available||ACT : Not available||ACT-R : Not available||TOEFL : Not available|
|Register||IELTS : Online||GRE : Online||LSAT : Online|
|Deadline||IELTS : Two weeks before test||GRE : A little over one month||LSAT : A little over one month before test|
|Waitlist Registration||IELTS : Late registration two weeks before test date if seats are available||GRE : Not available||LSAT : Late registration 3 weeks before test date with extra charge and only if seats are available|
|Standby Testing||IELTS : Not available||GRE : Not available||LSAT : Not available for candidates testing outside the US|
|Exam||Score Range ( each section)|
|Exam : SAT||Score Range : 200-800|
|Exam : ACT International & Residual||Score Range : 1-36|
|Exam : TOEFL||Score Range : 0-30|
|Exam : IELTS||Score Range : 1-9|
|Exam : GRE||Score Range : 130-170 for Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning 0-6 Analytical Writing|
|Exam : LSAT||Score Range : 120-180|
Make sure to print out your admission ticket that confirms your place at the exam. You can find it by logging on to your account on the ACT International, SAT, IBT TOEFL, GRE, or LSAT website.
Remember: for the ACT and SAT, no admission ticket = no admission to the test.