IELTS/TOEFL FAQs

1What is the difference between SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement classes and exams?
SAT Subject Tests are high school-level tests, reflecting high school curricula. These tests indicate a student’s readiness to take college-level courses in specific subject areas. AP Exams, however, assess a student’s college-level knowledge, skills and abilities, learned in the corresponding AP courses. As a result, the topics covered on SAT Subject Tests may differ from those covered on AP Exams.

While AP Exams are also an excellent way to demonstrate understanding in specific subject areas, not all students have an opportunity to take AP courses in a range of subjects. For students who lack access to AP and still wish to demonstrate subject knowledge, the Subject Tests offer this opportunity. Also, students who are taking an AP course in senior year may not have their AP Exam score to report to colleges in time to meet admission deadlines. In this case, they could use Subject Tests scores to show their mastery in the subject.
2Should I take SAT Subject Tests if I’ve already taken other college admission tests (e.g., SAT or ACT)?
Some colleges require or recommend SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT or ACT. Some also use these for course placement once you’ve arrived on campus. Depending on your performance, you may potentially fulfill basic requirements or even receive credit for introductory-level courses.

If you’re interested in particular programs of study, take Subject Tests to show colleges that you’re ready for certain majors or courses. Along with other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendation, etc.), Subject Tests help provide a complete picture of your academic background and interests.
3What if I don’t know which colleges I’m going to apply to?
You should still consider taking Subject Tests in case you decide on colleges or programs that do require or recommend them. You don’t want to have to try to schedule tests at the last minute. And remember, even colleges that don’t require or recommend Subject Tests may consider them as part of your application.
4What if the colleges that I’m interested in don’t require Subject Test scores?
You may still want to take Subject Tests in the subjects that you excel in and submit those scores. Many colleges may still consider Subject Tests when reviewing your application, since they give a more complete picture of your academic background and show your readiness to focus on a specific major or program of study. Subject Tests can also help you place into the right college courses.
5Should I still take the SAT Subject Test if there are a few topics on the test that weren’t covered in my class?
If there are some practice questions or topics that you’re not familiar with, don’t worry. Though it’s possible you haven’t covered every single topic on the test, you do not have to get every question on each test correct to receive the highest score. Many students do well on the tests despite not having studied every topic covered on the test.

If you’re still concerned, seek help from your teacher to review the topics that you’re not familiar with.
6Who comes up with the questions on Subject Tests?
The questions on the SAT Subject Tests are developed by high school teachers, college professors and other education experts. This diverse group makes sure that the tests reflect what you’re learning in school. After the questions are developed, they are reviewed and pretested at high schools across the country to ensure that each question is fair for students from all backgrounds.

TATHAASTU IRLTS/TOEFL FAQs

1I have some doubts related to my prep. Should I wait until the next class, or is there a way to contact you meanwhile?
Our Academics team is based in India and someone is available every day of the week. So, if you have any doubts, you can mail, call, or meet us anytime!
2Can I discuss my questions with other students during the week?
We are the ONLY test prep company in India with an exclusive discussion forum, where our Academics team answers every question posted. We are at 20,000 posts & counting!
3I missed my classes last week. How do I catch up?
No problem! You can come down to our center to watch the recording of the classes you missed. This way, you can catch up easily before the next class happens.
4My course with Tathaastu is complete. But now that I am preparing on my own, I feel under-confident in one topic. Can I attend that class again?
Why not? Just talk to our Support team to understand the current class schedule. When the particular topic is taught next, you can attend the class.
5My classes with Tathaastu are over. Now I have some doubts. What do I do?
What can you not do? For conceptual doubts, write to our Academics team. They will help clear your doubts over email or phone. For doubts on specific questions, put up your questions on our discussion forum. Our Academics team answers every question posed there. For doubts regarding additional sessions & online sessions, contact the Support team for a schedule of upcoming support sessions. You will also be sent an invite to every session that is relevant to you.
6Can you keep me informed about any workshops/MBA sessions that you may conduct?
As a student, you get Free access to a number of GMAT & MBA sessions & workshops by our experts, B-school alumni & Admission Committee members.
7I have already gone through the basics but my practice test scores are low. How will CrackVerbal help me?
If your scores are not going up then we are told, as per Indian education system, that we need to practice harder. Isn’t that what we saw in the guy who topped in school and college – that he burned the midnight oil? So we hit the books even more intensely only to realize we have hit a “plateau” and it is very, very frustrating to be “stuck” at an average 650 to 690 score.

The problem here is not with practice – the problem is that you have an underlying technique that is flawed. So the more you practice the better you are getting at that flawed technique. In fact you are getting BETTER AT BEING BAD. The only way to improve scores is to use the right technique – practice will only help hone it. We help you think with a fresh perspective and work with you to come out of your ‘mold’.
8What are the credentials of the faculty teaching at Tathaastu?
The most important part of any training institute is the faculty – the facilitators who work with you during your classroom sessions. Not only do we choose them through a very difficult selection process, we also make them go through rigorous training. The unique aspect of our faculty is that they are not just your class trainers but because they are successful leaders in their professional life – people who can talk about their times in the corporate world, and about life in general.
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