Which Entrance Test Should You Take?

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Plan to study abroad? Do you know which entrance exam you should be appearing for? If no, then this blog will help you find out just that.

The admission process to any university will require you to give one language exam and one standard exam. The latter varies depending on the country, course or college you are targeting. In some cases, you may be even exempt from standard exams. However, there’s no getting away with a language exam!

Language Exams

Language exams are a must to show one’s English language proficiency. You need to give either one of the language exams (listed below) to get admission in an English speaking country. These are required for almost all courses, unless mentioned otherwise.

1. TOEFL – Test Of English As A Foreign Language (Score Validity: 2 years)

TOEFL is the preferred exam for universities in US and Canada. It is not accepted at many colleges in UK. It measures how well non-native speakers of English can analyze and understand English at the university level.

2. IELTS – International English Language Testing System (Score Validity: 2 years) 

IELTS is the preferred exam for getting admission to universities in UK, Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the most popular English Language Tests taken by aspirants.

3. PTE – Pearson Test of English (Score Validity: 2 years)

There are many things that distinguish this exam from IELTS and TOEFL. The most distinguishing aspect is the scoring pattern and the results. The tests are computerized and the results are declared quicker, in 5 days.

Please note: CAE ad CPE are given preference by British universities.

Standard Exams

The exams required for various courses will depend on the course and university of your choice. Depending on your course, you will have to appear for one standard test. Let’s take a look at the tests one needs to take for a particular course/program:

1. Post-graduation – MS

GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a popular examination among Indian students aspiring to study in the USA, Canada and thousands of graduate and business schools around the world. (Score Validity: 5 years)

2. Post-graduation – MBA

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is the first choice for MBA aspirants looking to study abroad. However, GRE scores are also taken into consideration in many business schools. (Score Validity: 5 years)

3. Undergraduate

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a test for undergraduate courses in US, Canada, and quite a number of universities in the UK. (Score Validity: 5 years)

ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test for college and university admissions for undergraduate degrees in the United States, for native and international students. (Score Validity: 5 years)

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required to be taken for admissions to undergraduate courses in medicine in nearly all medical schools in US, Canada and 18 other countries. (Score Validity: 3 years)

So which exam should you appear for? Analyze these 3 factors and do the research before deciding:

  • Field of study
  • College/University of study
  • Chosen country

For any tests, be sure to confirm the admission details for the colleges you are targeting and check which exam you should be taking to be eligible for the admission process.

Last modified: October 15, 2018

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