Top Exams for Indian Students Who Wish to Study Abroad

1. TOEFL – The Test of English as a Foreign Language

It measures how well non-native speakers of English can analyze and understand English at the university level. A TOEFL score is required for admissions to many colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries.

2. IELTS – International English Language Testing System

It is an English language assessment test mainly used by those who want to study abroad. IELTS is owned, developed and organized through the partnership of the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. It is one of the most popular English Language Tests taken by aspirants who wish to study abroad.

3. GRE – Graduate Record Examinations

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is another popular examination among Indian students aspiring to study in the USA, Canada, and thousands of graduate and business schools around the world. It measures the verbal, mathematical and general analytical skills of the candidate. Individuals applying to graduate schools, especially in USA, in order to pursue a Master of Science (MS) or MBA are required to take the exam.

4. PTE – Pearson Test of English

There are many things that distinguish this exam from its close competitors – IELTS and TOEFL. The first and foremost distinguishing aspect is the scoring pattern and the results. As the tests are completely computerized, the results are declared much quicker, in 5 days. This makes it suitable for students who are in a bit of a rush. Another aspect of this test is that it focuses on day to day English rather than university level English language.

These 3 are the main English language tests for students who wish to study abroad after graduation, study abroad after 12th or study abroad after 10th. These exams also are also used to test the English language proficiency of a non-native speaker who wishes to immigrate to an English-speaking country for work.

Please remember that there are 3 major factors which decide the exams you need to prepare, for studying abroad from India.

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

So 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.

5. SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test

SAT is a globally recognized college admission test mainly used to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of candidates. Applicants to undergraduate courses, particularly in US and Canada, are required to take the SAT exam. SAT scores are also accepted by quite a number of universities in UK. Check the selection criteria of the university you are planning to enter before deciding to write the SAT exam.

6. ACT – American College Testing

American College Testing (ACT) is a standardized test for college and university admissions for undergraduate degree in the United States. ACT assesses college academic readiness of both native and international students. It has been developed to evaluate the written, mathematical, verbal and scientific skills of the candidates.

Depending on which college you are planning to apply for admissions, you can either write SAT or ACT. Both these test can be taken by students who wish to study abroad after 12th, especially study abroad in the US.

7. GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test

This test is the number 1 choice for MBA aspirants looking to study abroad. It is an admissions test for top B-schools and management schools across the globe. It tests the skills needed in business & management such as problem-solving, critical & logical reasoning, analytical writing etc. GMAT is a compulsory part of the admission process of more than 21,000 universities/colleges in 114 countries. Average GMAT scores are in the range of 570-580. For top schools, a score of at least 700 is needed.

8. MCAT – Medical College Admission Test

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required to be taken for admissions to undergraduate course in medicine in nearly all medical schools in USA, Canada, and 18 other countries. Designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the MCAT is a multiple-choice examination to assess problem-solving, critical thinking and writing skills. It also tests knowledge of science concepts and principles which are a must for the study of medicine.

With this list, we hope the confusion that study abroad aspirants have when hearing the names TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc would be cleared. If you feel we have missed out on any exam on this list please feel free to comment below.

(Edvantage Point is India’s go-to platform for education-related products and services. We are into admissions management for schools, career advice and counselling services for students as well as recruitment services). 

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