Some universities though, do not require ALES as a prerequisite for admission. Your GMAT or GRE test scores are enough. The implication is this: in Turkey, the ALES test is considered the equivalent of GMAT and GRE tests for postgraduate admission.
So it is either you have one or the other.
It is rare to meet a case where your only option is the ALES. Even rarer still is a situation where you have to pass both ALES and GRE/GMAT for admission.
What is the ALES exam?
ALES stands for Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam. The exam is organized by the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) of Turkey.
OSYM was established in 1973 by parliamentary law to organize standardized tests for people wishing to gain admission into tertiary institutions in Turkey. The government saw the need for OSYM because the number of applicants far outstripped available places in public universities.
So basically, OSYM was established to regulate admission in order to maintain standards and make sure only qualified students gained admission.
For foreign students without a GMAT or GRE tests result, taking part in the ALES is an alternative route to study postgraduate programs in Turkey.
Structure of the ALES exams
The ALES is divided into two parts, the Linguistic or verbal tests and the mathematics or numerical tests. The two sections are further subdivided into two parts as follows.
Linguistic or Verbal test – Linguistic 1 and Linguistic 2
Mathematical or Numerical test – Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 2
Each section has 50 questions. In total, therefore, there are 200 questions which are to be attempted in three hours (180 minutes)
ALES test dates.
ALES tests are held twice a year in March and November.
There are two broad categories of the ALES tests for post graduate studies.
Category 1 – All foreign and domestic students who wish to pursue masters and doctors degrees must take the ALES exam in the absence of either GMAT or GRE tests.
Category 2 – All Turkish citizens who wish to pursue postgraduate studies abroad on government scholarship must take the exam.
How the ALES tests are evaluated.
OSYM set out three distinct ways of evaluating the ALES tests. These are closely related the students’ chosen field of study.
This method is used to evaluate students who applied for masters and doctorate degree programs in the following fields
- Administrative Sciences
- Some specialized programs in faculties of education
This is for programs and courses at the Masters and doctorate levels that involve a lot of mathematics like
- Science faculties
This is used to evaluate students applying to study masters and doctorate programs in programs such as
- Literature etc.
Minumum scores needed
An average score of 55 is the minimum test score required to gain admission.
Application and fees.
All candidates who wish to take the ALES exam must apply online at the official website of OSYM.
The fees payable for the rests depends on the location of the candidates. The candidates would be informed of the appropriate fee in the course of filling the application form.
Results and scoring and validity of the results
There is a unique correlation between correct and wrong answers in the ALES scoring system. Four wrong answers automatically invalidate one right answer. This makes the scoring a bit complicated for people to understand.
On the bright side though, the results are valid for 3 years. Which means, an ALES test can be used three years after taking the exam to get an admission for postgraduate studies in Turkey.
The test results are always displayed on the OSYM website.
For further information about ALES, you can check the website using Google Chrome as you might to translate it to English.