Pursuing higher education from a foreign university is great opportunity to get global exposure and acquire internationally acclaimed degree. It is really important that before applying to any foreign university you must gather some information about the university and that country. What kind of entrance test you need to take before applying for visa or before applying to your dream university. If you are planning to get admission in any undergraduate university in USA, then you need to take GRE exam and get a good score in language test. These entrance exams are conducted to evaluate the skills and knowledge of the students. Most of the universities in foreign countries accept these test score to enrol students from overseas. Below is the list of top five entrance exams which are really important if you want to get admission in any foreign university.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): Scholastic Aptitude Test is standardised test generally taken by those students who want to get admission in undergraduate courses in USA universities. The duration of the test is three hours and it evaluates the proficiency of the students in verbal, mathematical and reasoning skills. The exam is administered six times in a year for overseas students and students can take the test as per their convenience. Most of the questions asked in the exam are multiple choice questions. Each section score range from 200 to 800. The minimum score a student can get in SAT is 600 and the maximum score is 2400.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): The Graduate Record Examination is generally taken by those students who want to take admission in post graduate and research programmes in US colleges. The test evaluates verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills of a student. The exam is not subject specific but evaluates the general skills and knowledge of a student. The test is generally required by many graduate and professional colleges, universities and institutes in US as important criteria for giving admission to students and evaluating them. The total duration of GRE exam is 3 hours and total score range for the test: 400 – 1600 (Verbal + Quantitative); 0 – 6 (AWA).
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): Graduate Management Admission Test is standardised test. It is computer adaptive test and conducted to measure mathematics and English language skills of an aspiring student. A large number of business schools across the world accept this test as important eligibility criteria for giving admission to students. Most of the B-Schools in USA and other English speaking countries accept this test. The test is conducted at various locations across the world. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes. It is computer adaptive test. Your performance in the previous question will determine the difficulty level of next question. The maximum test score is 800 minimum score is 500.
International English Testing System (IELTS): IELTS is an English Language Proficiency test that is generally taken by those students whose first language is not English but they want to study or work in any country where the medium of instruction is English. Among the most preferred study destinations, IELTS is accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA. Australia is the only country which has made IELTS test score mandatory for those students who want to study there. IELTS evaluates the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English. Total time for the test is 2 hours 45 minutes. The minimum score accepted for a course ranges from 5.0 to 7.5.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): TOEFL is a mandatory English test administered for all those students who belong to non-English speaking country and want to take admission in foreign universities. The test is conducted to evaluate the basic abilities of students in English language and is accepted by more than 7000 colleges and universities in more than 110 countries. The duration of the exam is almost 4 hours and 30 minutes and the maximum score for internet based exam is 120 and for paper based exam the score range between 200 to 250 and maximum score is 300.
|Test Name||Valid for years||Maximum Test Score||Duration||Sections in Exam|
|SAT||5 Years||2400||3 hours||Three Sections (Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics)|
|GRE||5 Years||1600 (Verbal + Quantitative);0 – 6 (AWA)||3 hours||Four Sections (Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, Critical thinking, and Analytical writing skills)|
|GMAT||5 Years||800||3 hours and 45 minutes||Three Sections (Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical writing skills)|
|IELTS||2 Years||Band score 9.0||2 hours and 45 minutes||Four Sections (Listening, Reading, Writing and peaking)|
|TOEFL||2 Years||Computer based 120,||4 hours and 30 minutes||Four Sections (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)|