Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions
Applicants to the PhD Programme in Computer Science are required to take the LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT), which is comprised of quantitative, verbal, and analytical sections. In addition, applicants are required to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Computer Science.
Exemption for applicants who have taken Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Tests
- Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA during the last two years (test taken on or after April 08, 2016) and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.
Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test through the Educational Testing Service, ETS USA. Due to the unavailability of a GRE Subject Test in Computer Science, these applicants will be assessed based on their GRE General Test score only. For further information; please visit www.ets.org.
- LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for one academic year. The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores will be used for application evaluation, hence will not be disclosed to the applicants.
- LGAT and LUMS SBASSE Subject Test will be scheduled at the same time in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi on April 08, 2018.
- Please also note that GRE scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting GRE (General) scores to LUMS is 0679.
Subject Test Guidelines
The Computer Science subject test would consist of multiple choice questions from the foundation courses of Computer Science. Topic-wise question distribution will be as follows:
Discrete Structures (25 – 30)%
A. Functions, relations and sets
B. Basic logic
C. Proof techniques
D. Basics of counting
E. Graphs and trees
F. Discrete probability
Programming and problem solving (25 – 30)%
A. Programming Fundamentals: fundamental programming constructs, basic algorithms and problem solving, fundamental data structures, recursion, event-driven programming, object-oriented programming
B. Programming Languages: features, paradigms, implementation techniques
Algorithms and Complexity (20 – 25)%
A. Advanced data structures and algorithms (including graph algorithms), algorithmic strategies, distributed algorithms, basic computability and complexity
B. Automata theory and formal languages
Systems (15 – 22)%
A. Architecture: digital logic and digital systems, machine level representation of data, assembly level machine organization, interfacing and communication
B. Operating Systems: operating system principles, concurrency, scheduling and dispatch, and memory management
Additional Topics (8 – 12)%
A. Software Engineering
B. Database systems
C. Linear Algebra and calculus
The format of the questions will be similar to the GRE CS Subject Test. A sample test can be downloaded from the link: https://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/MFT/pdf/mft_samp_questions_compsci.pdf