Standardized Testing

In order to enter a university or college in the United States, certain tests are required. Although the tests may differ from one institution to the next, many of the test types are standardized and may be taken in test centers located all over the world. Once an applicant has decided on an institution, it is essential to find out which tests are required. This information is usually available on the institution's web site.

In addition to U.S. universities, certain other organizations in the United States, Canada, and other countries base their selection of students and employees on these tests.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

Standardized tests for undergraduate level studies

SAT: The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems—skills learned in school that will be needed in college.

ACT: College entrance exam that assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

Standardized tests for graduate level studies

GRE: Graduate Record Examinations, a general test measuring verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning skills and often required when applying for graduate studies in the United States

GMAT: The GMAT is intended for those applying to MBA programs or other postgraduate Business Management training programs. The test measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that are developed over a long period of time.