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  • Guaranteed Admission / I-20
  • Assistance in Documentation Process
  • Identification of Universities
  • Guidance in Applying to Universities
  • Visa Guidance
  • Coaching for TOEFL and GRE

COACHING FOR TOEFL & IELTS & SPOKEN ENGLISH WITH BEST FACULTY

Choosing the right college can be puzzling

NIC identifies Universities for Applicants- The NIC Student Placement service will help find the appropriate institution for any student based on the student's academic, finaNICal and graphical needs.
Studies show that students often limit their college choices to institutions their friends attend to, or those close to the home of acquaintances and relatives. What factors should be considered when selecting a college? How do you know if it is the right one for you?
With extensive first hand knowledge and experience

*   NIC provides students with a much deeper understanding of a college than a catalogue or web can convey.
*   NIC guides students in choosing the right college and programs according to the wishes and needs commensurate with their academic background and TOEFL and GRE/GMAT/SAT scores.

University/College Selection

Our database provides access to over 50 courses in about 350 colleges in 5 countries. We strive to offer accurate and time saving admissions information, which is backed by solid research. Our personalized university selection services are tailor made to fit your needs around your schedule.
Our goal is to offer the most innovative and time-saving admission information that will make the otherwise laborious application process as simple as possible. Applying for higher education abroad is a big decision, both finaNICally and emotionally. It is imperative to invest adequate time and effort in order to make the right decision. Our expert consultants can hold your hand through the entire process helping you make the right decision every step of the way.

COACHING TOEFL GRE :

NIC helps in the preparation of standardized tests like Toefl and Gre - NIC credits itself for providing right guidance and coaching for the students aspiring to go abroad, in the area of pre-requisites such as TOEFL, GRE, IELTS, SAT and GMAT. Today it is rated as the best institute to offer coaching for these tests.
We give a very comprehensive training to our students in the preparation of TOEFL and GRE tests. There is a special emphasis on the Verbal and Analytical Writing sections of GRE and the Structure section of TOEFL.
It is our endeavor to see to it that our students are equipped with the present best practices to enhance their chances of getting a very good score which ultimately enables them in getting admitted to their choice of college/university.

TOEFL course schedule :

One month course- 1 and ½ hrs a day - fee = Rs1800
Discussion of Toefl Testing Points along with daily Practice in Listening, Structures, Reading and Writing exercises.

GRE course schedule:

50 days course-2 hrs a day -fee = Rs3000
First 24 days-Daily I and1/2 hrs. Class of Vocabulary building along with practice of solving related Antonym and Analogy questions. 30 minutes Practice in Analytical Writing Questions.
10 Classes of practicing to solve complete verbal sections
12 Classes of Quantitative theory.

COMPHRENSIVE CONSULTANTS:

The entire process of applying is really a complex process, under our comprehensive consulting package you can leave the whole process to us. We will work with you from the start to the finish, answering all your questions and solving all issues. You will receive regular reminders from us during the application process - all that you need to do is to prepare for the standardized test (for which you have our test series) and take the test. We will guide you in making the all so difficult decisions and help you emerge as a winner in the end.

VISA ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE:

NIC Provides excellent Guidance in Visa Documentation and Personal Interview Preparation to candidates attending the various Consulates/High Commissions for obtaining Visa.Be it to join a University abroad, a pleasure trip or a business deal to be struck, NIC with its team of of competent legal experts and professionals offers comprehensive VISA services by helping individuals with proper and complete VISA documentation work. NIC also prepares them for VISA interview.

LIST OF UNIVERSITIES

We see to it that our students get admitted to some of the best colleges and universities. Some of the colleges and universities to which our students are admitted and with whom we have been constantly working are provided below.

The list is endless. Contact NIC to customize your needs with respect to Programs and Universities

TESTS

The tests described here play a very major role in securing admissions in universities and colleges across the globe. Most of the tests are mandatory anyway ! So, we at NIC have various programs designed to help our students get the maximum grades towards this end.
If you were educated in a country that is classified as a non-English-speaking country ( India falls in that category, though almost all Indian Universities teach only in English!!) then you must take TOEFL/IELTS . All Universities in USA require Indian students to take TOEFL.

  1. TOEFL
  2.  
  3. TSE
  4. IELTS
  1. Required for almost all programs in US. Acceptable in place of IELTS in universities of Canada,
    Europe and New Zealand.
  2. Recommended for people who plan to apply for a teaching Assistantship in US Universities
  3. Required for most Universities in U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language is a Standardized test that evaluates the English Proficiency of people whose native language is not English.The TOEFL tests the ability to understand North American English. In India only computer-based Toefl test is available.

The TOEFL is developed and administered by the US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS). For the conduct of the test, ETS has appointed Testing AgeNICes in various countries, which act as franchisee for ETS. In India, this agency is the "Sylvan Testing Services Pvt Ltd" which administers the test at 9 centers in the country : Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivandrum.

Computer based TOEFL is held all-round-the-year.The test is administered in the above cities five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. Registering at least three days in advance is mandatory. The test lasts roughly four hours. Test fees for TOEFL may vary according to the country in which you take the test. In India, this fee is US $130 (approx Rs. 5980), payable at the time of registration. You cannot pay in Indian Rupees. The fees has to be paid through a US Dollar denominated draft, made out in favor of "ETS - TOEFL" payable in the U.S.

Content and Format of the TOEFL

The test has four sections: Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing.
The number of questions and the time allocated to each question may vary. Therefore, one student may get 35 questions in Listening section while another may get 45. But, the additional questions are for research purposes only and the scores of all test takers are based on the same number of questions.

The following table gives out the format of TOEFL-CAT

  1. Computer Tutorial
  2. Computer Tutorial
  3. Listening Section
  4. Structure Section
  5. Reading Section
  6. Writing Section
  7. Total
  1. Questions
  2. NA
  3. 30 - 50 questions
  4. 20 - 25 questions
  5. 44 - 60 questions
  6. 1 Essay
  7. 94 - 135 question + 1 Essay
  1. Timing
  2. NA
  3. 40 - 60 min.
  4. 15 - 20 min.
  5. 70 - 90 min.
  6. 30 min.
  7. 94 - 135 question + 1 Essay 4 hrs. (approx.)

Reporting the Scores
ETS has the provision of reporting your TOEFL scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the TOEFL fee you pay. For reporting to each additional university, the ETS charges you $15 (approx. Rs. 690), payable by an international credit card or a dollar denominated draft.

IELTS:

IELTS tests the complete range of English language skills which will commonly be encountered by students while studying or getting trained in the medium of English.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions. American academic institutions are increasingly accepting IELTS for admission purposes.

IELTS is accepted by many professional organisations including the New Zealand Immigration Service, the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, the Australian and U.K Medical CouNICl.
All candidates have to take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. If you are planning to undertake academic study it is recommended that you sit for the Academic Reading and Writing Modules. If you are planning to undertake non-academic training or apply for immigration to Australia or New Zealand it is recommended that you sit for the General Training Reading and Writing Modules.

The Results

  • Results are returned to the candidates within two weeks in the form of a Test Report Form (see next item).
  • Candidates receive scores on a band scale from 1 to 9
  • Candidates receive a score for each module of the test as well as an overall score
  • Overall Band Scores and Listening and Reading Band Scores are reported in half bands; Writing and Speaking Band Scores are reported in whole Bands
  • There is no pass or fail mark.
  • The IELTS Handbook provides a written Interpretation of Results. Results are valid for two years.

IELTS - The format and Content of the Test

  1. Listening
  2. General Training Reading
  3. General Training Writing
  4. Academic Reading
  5. Academic Writing
  6. Speaking
  7. Total Test
  1. 4sections, 40 items, 30minutes
  2. 4sections, 40 items, 60minutes
  3. 2 Tasks (150 and 250 Words), 60minutes
  4. 4sections, 40 items, 60minutes
  5. 2 Tasks (150 and 250 Words), 60minutes
  6. 10 - 15 Minutes ;
  7. 4 hours 45 minutes

GRE

The Graduate Record Examination is of two types- The General GRE and The Subject GRE.

The GRE Subject Tests are designed to help graduate school admission committees and fellowship sponsors assess the qualifications of applicants in specific fields of study. The Subject Tests are offered in November, December and April. The test Fee is $150. These Advanced Subject tests are offered as paper-based tests and are given in eight areas: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science; literature in English; mathematics; physics; and psychology.

The general GRE is a Standardized test that measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Writing skills. It is intended to help the graduate schools (of all fields other than business) assess the potential of applicants for advanced study. Nearly 300 universities in the US require GRE scores from each applicant. The GRE tests the fundamental skills - Reasoning and Comprehension included - and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study.

In India we have only the Computer Based Gre Test.The test is scored out of 1600 and 6 points for AW section.

Who administers TOEFL and GRE?

Both the Tests are developed and administered by the US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS) under the direction of the Graduate Record Examination Board, a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. In India, the agency which represents ETS is the "Sylvan Testing Services Pvt Ltd" which administers the test at 9 centres in the country: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivendrum.

When is the GRE held?

All-round-the-year. The test is administered in the above cities five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. Registering at least 15 days in advance is mandatory. The test lasts roughly three-and-a-half hours, and most centres offer two slots : 9 A.M. and 2 P.M.

Test fees for GRE may vary according to the country in which you take the test. In India, this fee is US $140 (approx Rs. 6440), payable at the time of registration. You cannot pay in Indian Rupees. The fees has to be paid through a US Dollar denominated draft, made out in favor of "ETS - GRE" payable in the U.S.

Content and Format of the GRE

GRE Consists of three sections-Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing Section

The Verbal Section lasts 30 minutes and has 30 Questions.The Questions are of four different types-Antonyms, Analogies, Sentence Completions and Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Section is of 45 minutes and has 28 Questions.It tests the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis

Analytical Writing

This Section consists of two analytical writing tasks: a 45-minute "Present Your Perspective on an Issue" task and a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task. The "Issue" task states an opinion on an issue of general interest and asks test takers to address the issue from any perspective(s) they wish, as long as they provide relevant reasons and examples to explain and support their views. The "Argument" task presents a different challenge-it requires test takers to critique an argument by discussing how well-reasoned they find it. Test takers are asked to consider the logical soundness of the argument rather than to agree or disagree with the position it presents. These two tasks are complementary in that the first requires the writer to construct a personal argument about an issue, and the second requires a critique of someone else's argument by assessing its claims.

Three scores will be reported on the new General Test:
*   a verbal score reported on a 200-800 score scale,
*   a quantitative score reported on a 200-800 score scale, and
*   an analytical writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, with half-point increments.

How to Apply for Toefl and Gre?

Obtain the "TOEFL/GRE Information Bulletin" available free with Sylvan Testing Services or USEFI. You can also request the bulletin from NIC Consultants Pvt.Ltd. The Test Scheduling Form comes with the bulletin. There are three ways to register :

Registering by Phone: You may call up Sylvan Delhi office until 12:00 noon to register. Make sure to call at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the test date.

Registering by Fax: If registering by fax, you must send your fax at least SEVEN DAYS prior to your first choice of a test day.

Registering by Mail/Courier: Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card), and submit these to the Sylvan Learning Centre at New Delhi either by hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least THREE WEEKS before your choice of a test day.

On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for your test at the Sylvan Technology Center. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to you. If you do not receive confirmation at least THREE business days before your first choice of test day, please call the Sylvan office to verify your appointment.

OR Contact to NIC Educational Consultants.

Sylvan Learning Center
Sylvan Testing Services Private Limited,
Senior Plaza, 160-A, Gautam Nagar,
Yusuf Sarai,
Behind Indian Oil Building,
New Delhi-110049, India.
Ph: (011) 651-1649
Fax: (011) 652-9741

You will receive an admit card normally within a week of applying. Remember to keep a copy of the form and the draft with you.

To get further details of all these standardized tests get a copy of the appropriate bulletin. The bulletins are available free of cost and can be obtained in the following ways

Download from www.gre.org / www.gmat.org / www.toefl.org or from www.ets.org

Request them to mail you a copy from the site www.ipem.org [Delivery time 8-10 weeks]

You could also send an A4 size self addressed envelope with stamps worth Rs.24 (for GRE & TOEFL) and Rs.16 (for GMAT) to the below address along with a request letter to

United States Education Foundation In India (USEFI),
American Consulate building,
Mount Road,
Chennai - 600 006. [Delivery time 5-6 days]

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN US

You will be hard pushed to find anywhere in the world that has more to offer than the USA in terms of an educational experience that is rewarding both academically and personally.

More than 70,000 students from all over India and Asia went to the United States last year to study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Why do such students come to the U.S. to study when institutions in their own countries offer excellent programs developed and adapted to the needs of their own citizens? Why have U.S. consulate offices overseas been processing so many visa applications for study in the United States?

Without a doubt, the United States offers a very high quality undergraduate and graduate education.

US Immigration

Generally the INS requires evidence that a candidate for H-1B visas hold an equivalent of at least a U.S. Bachelor's Degree. For the H-1B Visa we can combine degrees as well as work experience for an equivalence of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree.
A document Credential Evaluation can include both evaluation of university diplomas and a combination of college or university course work plus work experience. In accordance with immigration laws, three years work experience would equal one year of university education. A combination of work and education can be deemed equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree. This is a education/work evaluation and costs $225.00. Please check with your attorney or immigration officials if your area of education and employment are currently considered specialty areas. Click here to apply online.

However, the I 140 and the Green Card often require that the beneficiary must have obtained a U.S. degree or a single-source equivalent foreign degree. This means that if you have a 3 year degree from India, the UK, Italy, or any other country you need to show that the degree is equivalent to a US degree. CCI has done extensive proprietary research and includes that research in each evaluation to show that a 3 year Indian degree is equivalent to a US 4 Year Accredited Bachelor’s Degree. In fact, the UNESCO treaties (all sited in the evaluation) clearly indicate that the degrees are equivalent. This evaluation is much longer than our other evaluations to include substantial support for the evaluation. The 3 Year Indian degree evaluations showing equivalency to the US bachelor’s degree are prepared only as a course by course with an expanded educational evaluation. The expanded evaluation demonstrates the level of intensity in contact hours and using the well accepted Carnegie Unit it is calculated and interpreted to equate to a minimum of 120 U.S. semester credits. This includes an electronic copy of the evaluation so that your attorney can review the evaluation before we print it. The cost for the course by course evaluation is $195.00 and the expanded educational evaluation is an additional $220.00, for a total of $415.00 which includes two official copies and includes priority mail delivery. It is a 10 page carefully documented evaluation. (The standard evaluations are 3-5 pages.) This appears on the application form as course by course + expanded educational evaluation. Call today, 1.800.771.4723 EXT 771 to discuss this evaluation. You can call 7 days a week/ 24 hours a day. If we are not available our secretary will take your number and page us.

Education in US

Academic Excellence

The United States has one of the world's finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. At the undergraduate level, excellent programs exist in traditional disciplines as well as in professional fields. At the graduate level, students often have the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in the world. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence. Having more foreign students helps create this high quality experience.

The higher education system in the United States has something for everyone. Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational priNICples: others stress practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialize in technical fields, the arts, or social sciences. As a result, if you are looking for an institution where you can study a particular field - no matter how unusual or specific - you can usually find several from which to choose in the United States.

About GRE & TOEFL

What is a good TOEFL score or a good GRE score that a typical U.S University expects?

That depends. Some Universities look at only V+Q, others look at Q+AW and some look at V+Q+AW. Then of course, the perception of what is considered an acceptable score varies from University to University depending on its competitiveness. Even within the University, various departments may set their own standards. Typically the CS and EE departments are very competitive and may set higher standards for admission and f-support compared with the other departments. But, in general, for a 2nd tier (mid-level) Universities, a V+Q+AW of 1100+,Aw=3.5 is considered acceptable, 1200+with 4.5 in Analytical Writing section is considered very good and a score of 1400+ with5.0 means that you stand an excellent chance for an assistantship in the first semester itself, if you have 80% in your academics. Low GRE scores can be compensated to some extent by excellent academic records, and vice versa.

A Toefl score of 250+ with 4.5 in Essay writing is considered good and 230+ with 3.5 is considered average by most Universities.

The US Education systems and funding

Post-graduate education in the US is known just as graduate studies. The bulk of Indian students reaching the US are of graduate types. They either clear GRE or GMAT; these tests are mandatory by the US universities for Graduate studies. A good score in GRE necessarily need not guarantee admission to a good US university. Criteria for admission depends on reference letters, statement of purpose, experience if any and above all the marks obtained in earlier degree.
FinaNICal assistance in the form of assistantship, scholarship and fellowship, are very much possible in many US universities, especially the state owned ones. But most of them are reluctant to offer help, before the students prove their worth. Again, it all depends on the field of study chosen. Funding for Aerospace studies may be lavish but for MBA it may be non-existent. Students can make enough to support the venture, from all kinds of odd jobs, still available in plenty. A will to do any kind of work is the only required skill.

The cost of education and the cost of living in the US

Well, excluding tuition, the cost of living varies from $250 a month (in small cities/towns) to $ 450 a month (large cities/towns).It depends on where the University is situated, whether the University has subsidized housing for students, and whether you need a car to commute. Tuition and fees for international students range from $5200 to $ 25000 per annum, depending on whether the University is a private University or whether it is a state-supported institution. Usually, Universities award scholarships at the graduate level to defray tuition expenses in full or part. Such awards may also cover the cost of living in full or in part.

Types of finaNICal aid and scholarships

The basic difference between a scholarship and an aid is that the student works when given an aid, but scholarships are offered purely to extra ordinarily talented candidates with no extraction of work. Aids are of three types - Teaching assistantship (TA), Research assistantship (RA) and Graduate assistantship (GA). The department offers TA, where as RA- the faculty allots. TA may involve teaching in some universities, but mostly involves assisting the faculty by preparing slides, grading, keeping track of records, handling UG labs etc. In RA the student assists a faculty in his/her respective field of research. GA the easiest of the three involves working for other departments with jobs like maintaining data base, web pages, libraries and could work in admission cell etc. Every office is a potential employer (for GA)! These assistantships cover a full tuition fee waver plus a stipend to care of the living expenses in most cases. In some cases they result in partial wavers, maybe 50 to 80%. These assistantships are usually offered in the beginning of the year in the fall semester. In some universities students are supposed to take the TSE (this could also be substituted by the speak test conducted on campus) in order to get TA. The policies in some universities are such that TA is given to international students only after one semester. Scholarships are very few and are offered to only few deserved ones. US students are eligible to for most of the fellowship programs.

On-Campus jobs

The basic difference between a scholarship and an aid is that the student works when given an aid, but scholarships are offered purely to extra ordinarily talented candidates with no extraction of work. Aids are of three types - Teaching assistantship (TA), Research assistantship (RA) and Graduate assistantship (GA). The department offers TA, where as RA- the faculty allots. TA may involve teaching in some universities, but mostly involves assisting the faculty by preparing slides, grading, keeping track of records, handling UG labs etc. In RA the student assists a faculty in his/her respective field of research. GA the easiest of the three involves working for other departments with jobs like maintaining data base, web pages, libraries and could work in admission cell etc. Every office is a potential employer (for GA)! These assistantships cover a full tuition fee waver plus a stipend to care of the living expenses in most cases. In some cases they result in partial wavers, maybe 50 to 80%. These assistantships are usually offered in the beginning of the year in the fall semester. In some universities students are supposed to take the TSE (this could also be substituted by the speak test conducted on campus) in order to get TA. The policies in some universities are such that TA is given to international students only after one semester. Scholarships are very few and are offered to only few deserved ones. US students are eligible to for most of the fellowship programs.

Funding of studies in case aid is not available

In case aid is not available it will not be possible to meet all expenses with on campus employments. In such a situation students could opt for a loan, which could be repaid within two years of graduation. To get such loans (at US) a US permanent citizen or a Green card holder should sign a guarantee certificate showing adequate funds to meet the expenses in case of default. The students could also fund the education with personal funds. Yet another possibility is obtaining loans form banks in India, but this can be done only when a valid VISA is produced.

Note : This loan could be sought from any nationalized bank and the maximum limit is 6 lakhs. The policies vary from bank to bank, but in most cases this money has to be repaid in priNICple in installments after 2.5 years on dismissing interest basis. It is necessary to produce a collateral (which may be in the form of land documents) equal to or double the value of the borrowed sum. In some banks the policies are so flexible that the student could get a loan sanctioned for the maximum possible extent and use only the required amount. This money shall be enough to take care of first semester expenses.

Specialization in the chosen field

The specialization varies from university to university, for example in electrical department (in most universities there is no specific electronics department and shall all come under electrical) in some universities solid-state electronics could be a field and VLSI could be the specialization. But in some grad schools VLSI would be a field as such and the specialization would be some thing like CAD, IC fabrication, Design and testing etc. In yet another university CAD would be a field. Moreover, there is no specific line of demarcation between Computer science Engineering and Electrical Engineering, because in some universities the same VLSI is offered under Computer department. Make sure to note such idiosyncrasies of each university.

What is an I-20?

I-20 is a document issued by the university to the students who have been granted admission. It is a strictly confidential document and in most cases it is issued only to the student directly i.e., it will not be handed over to any relative or friend of yours in the US. Only after receiving this I-20 you are eligible to appear for VISA in students category (F-1 Visa).

Note : Students who visit US on exchange programs (usually for a very short period) to study shall get an IAP-66 instead of an I-20 and can appear for VISA under J-1 category.

Student and Exchange Visitor information System (SEVIS)

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a government, computerized system that maintains and manages data about foreign students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States. SEVIS increases the ability of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain up-to-date information on foreign students and exchange visitors in order to ensure that they arrive in the United States, show up and register at the school or exchange program, and properly maintain their status during their stay.



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