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Which English language test should I take?

Which English language test should I take?

Pervin Malhotra

Q. I want to go abroad for further studies. Which would be the most convenient English language test to take. I’m confused. Although I can read and write reasonably well, my accent is not very good. —JivikaSaood

A. If you’re planning to study abroad, the admission process require you to give one language exam to prove your proficiency in English along with the specific documents required for college and courses. The language exam is mandated for almost all courses. Different countries give preference to one English language exam over others. Some of the most popular international entrance exams include IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic.

However, a computer-based test is a better way to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Human marking can be influenced by a range of factors, particularly when only one person rates the test taker’s performance. Computer-based tests can measure an array of skills and knowledge impartially and accurately and provide valuable insights into the test-taker’s abilities and aptitude.

PTE Academic which uses AI, for 100 per cent computer-based marking provides test takers including students and job seekers a fast, fair and flexible way of proving their proficiency in the English language, which is required by most global universities and MNCs.

It’s a single three-hour test in three sections: speaking & writing (together), listening and reading. You can take the mock tests on:

The test can be taken 360 days/year at your convenience.

You will receive your test results typically within 3-5 days, in comparison to other English language tests that take 2-3 weeks. You don’t have to pay any additional fee for sending your scores to multiple universities.

Details: TOEFL: ; IELTS: ; PTE Academic:

Courses for wildlife enthusiasts

Q.I am a graduate in zoology. I wish to join the field of wildlife. Please give the details of institutes offering this course. — Lokesh Ahuja

A. You can check out the following relevant courses

Bharthidasan University, Tiruchirapalli 

  • Course: M.Sc Animal Biotechnology.
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in Zoology / Animal Sciences /Biotechnology / Biochemistry/ Fisheries Science and Veterinary Science.
  • Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta ( 
  • Course: Postgraduate degree in Wildlife Mgt
  • Saurashtra University, Kalavad Road, Rajkot 
Course: MSc in Wildlife 

  • Science
  • Eligibility: BSc (55%); PG Diploma in Forestry.
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (
  • Course: MSc in Wildlife 
  • Science 
  • Eligibility: BSc Zoology /Botany 
  • Selection: Written test & Interview
  • Guru Ghasidas University, F/o of Natural Resources, Bilaspur (Chhatisgarh) (
Course: MSc Forestry, Wildlife & Ecology Development. 

  • Eligibility: BSc with Chemistry/ Botany or Forestry as a subject (50 per cent)
  • Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (autonom instt of M/o Environ & Forestry, GoI,) (
  • Course: M.Sc. in Wildlife Science (2-year). 
  • Eligibility: BSc (Biology), 55  per cent /BVSc/BSc (Forestry/Agri/Environ). 
  • Selection: National level entrance test and interview.
Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (9-month) offered to in-service officials (officer trainers): park managers of the protected area at the manager level.

Also Certificate in Wildlife and Short-Term courses.

  • If you’re interested in research work, contact the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History, Kalampalayam P.O., Coimbatore (
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.
  • Course: MSc. in Wildlife Biology & Conservation 
  • The degree is awarded by TIFR.

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