Top 4 Admission Tests International Students Should Consider Before Applying
If you are an international student struggling to begin your admission process for studying in the United States, this is a great place to start. We have put together the top 4 tests universities in the United States will consider when making their admission decision.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test designed to help students who are non-native English speakers but wish to attend institutions of higher education. The academic option of the test “assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where the English language is used and reflects some of the features of language used in academic study” according to IELTS.
The second option would be to take the general training test which is suitable for students who wish to study towards a lower level degree and still prove English efficiency. After registering for the test, students could select to send their scores free of charge to up to five universities, but after those five, they will be charged an extra fee. If you are unsure of what test to take, we recommend that you take a closer look at the admission requirements for your desired university.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) homepage states that it is the “most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges.” The original test is called the TOEFL iBT® test, and you can take it via the Internet which is convenient for students all over the world. If you are interested in this test, visit their video library page to help you prepare and feel more comfortable with the testing format.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam is used by business schools around the world to make admission decisions. Your score will help you stand out and prove that you have the desired qualities admission offices are looking for in a graduate program.
The following is a list of the advantages GMAT published about their test score credibility:
- The GMAT exam measures the skills you have and the skills schools need.
- You will have three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the GMAT test which include the Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal.
- A proven measure of your success.
- Many years of research have confirmed that the GMAT is a reliable predictor of your ability to succeed in high-level business programs.
- The GMAT exam is relied on more by graduate business schools worldwide.
- Accepted by more than 6,000 business and management programs worldwide, for nearly 60 years.
- The GMAT exam is available when you’re ready to take it.
- There are numerous testing facilities across the world.
The GRE General Test is used to measure an individual’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical skills. This particular test form is designed to see your overall level of thinking and problem-solving. The second option is for international students who wish to continue the admission process in an institution that requires special subject testing. Therefore, this exam will tailor towards a particular field. Another great benefit of the GRE is that it has a five-year lifespan to be used and it is the only graduate-level admission test that lets you skip questions and go back to change some answers. If you feel more comfortable going over your work we recommended choosing the GRE as your personal admission test.
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Magdianis Martinez is a University of Florida advertising alumni and a marketing specialist intern at US Ready. She was born in Cuba but spent most of her childhood growing up in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she embraced her ethnicity and is prideful in being able to help other international students find their passions through the comfort in the United States. Her favorite things about growing up in Miami was the food and high representation of culture within the city.