Exam Guide

Common examinations for study abroad

SAT, TOEFL, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS are some of the most common and important exams required for study abroad in different universities. At times, there might be a requirement of more than one exam to be cleared. Read on to learn more about these exams.

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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 that 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.


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 the English language and Mathematics. It measures the student’s aptitude to gain success in graduate business studies.

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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 field. The GRE score is considered in admissions decisions for MBA, specialized master’s in business, and doctoral programs in many universities and colleges.

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SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

SAT is a requirement if you choose the 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 that 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.


ACT (America College Test)

The ACT test is a standardized 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 to colleges and universities abroad. Thorough research on specific universities and countries will ensure a hassle-free process of application in line with the requirements of each university.



PTE stands for Pearson Test of English and the exam is PTE Academic which is a computer-based English Language Proficiency Test that is used as a benchmark for majority of the Universities all over the globe and is an entry requirement to prove your English proficiency for an admission into the Universities abroad. The test provides the students with the fastest test scores so it aids them in the application process. Most universities in Australia, UK and IELTS accept PTE scores as an entry requirement. PTE is a very reliable test due to its fast test results, flexible dates due to numerous test centers all over the world and easy to prepare. PTE is valid for two years from the time of the test taken.

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Duolingo is a digital language proficiency test that is designed for International students and Universities. Duolingo is easy and very affordable English proficiency test than many others. Duolingo is a test that can be taken in the convenience of your own home and offers flexibility of time. Duolingo is widely accepted by over 1000 Universities in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, China, Japan, Qatar, Thailand and other European countries. Duolingo is valid for two years.



IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and is the most popular examination that measures the proficiency of the Language where English is used as a language of communication. It has nine bands to clearly assess the proficiency levels of the student. IELTS is widely accepted in more than 10,000 Universities all over the globe and generally accepted by Australia, Canada, New Zealand and UK as an entry requirement. IELTS Test Scores are valid for two years.