Various universities prescribe different qualifying exams as a pre-requisite for studying abroad. Some important Exams are listed below:
1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
TOEFL can evaluate the ability of a student or an individual to understand and use English in a setting which is academic in nature. This is a requirement for non-English speaking natives at most of the English universities and colleges. This is also a requirement for scholarships. The scores of TOEFL is valid for two years. You have to appear for the test again as there might be changes in your capabilities in the language to a great extent. You need to be aware that colleges and universities consider only the latest scores of TOEFL. take this test once you have made up your mind to study abroad as English is the most preferred language for admission all over the world.
2. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
Thes Graduate Management Admission Test, also known as GMAT is one of the selection criteria, for admission to graduate business administration programs such as Masters of Accountancy, MBA or such other courses, mostly in the United States. There are other English speaking countries too which consider GMAT a requirement. This test is a computer-adaptive standardized test in English language and Mathematics. It measures the student’s aptitude to gain success in graduate business studies.
3. GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
GRE evaluates whether you are ready for graduate level work. This test measures quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, analytical writing skills and critical thinking, which might not be related to any specific study fields. The GRE score is considered in admissions decisions for MBA, specialized master’s in business and doctoral programs in many universities and colleges.
4. SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
SAT is a requirement if you choose US as your study abroad destination. This test is usually taken by high school seniors and juniors with no criteria for minimum marks, but there are specific colleges which require a good score in SAT along with the academic scores. This test evaluates critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to analyze and solve problems in mathematics, critical reading, and writing. The SAT is one way to demonstrate a student’s competitiveness and their likelihood to succeed in a course.
5. ACT (America College Test)
The ACT test is a standardised test for achievement in high school. This test ensures that all students are judged by a common measure, and this also allows the admission officers to predict the scores which are academic in nature in the first year of college. The ACT or America College test, tests your knowledge in four areas, that is, Reading, English, Mathematics and Science Reasoning. This is not an aptitude test and is related directly to the material studied in school.
These tests are only one among several criteria that a student has to meet to successfully gain admission in colleges and universities abroad. A thorough research on specific universities and countries will ensure a hassle free process of application in line with the requirements of each university.