Exams to Study Abroad

There are hundreds of aspirants who move to various parts of the globe every year to complete their courses. Studying different courses and programs has widen up tremendously to accommodate individuals of all academic backgrounds and streams, there are still certain perceived academic standards that need to be change in order to gain admission in a institution or university abroad. These can be achieved by passing competitive international entrance tests. Good performances in tough ‘study abroad’ test also help students to win scholarships and different forms of financial aid.

Reputed Entrance Tests

Some of the most reputed, and most popular, international entrance test for foreign studies are the SAT, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL. These tests are required for getting admission to various institutions and universities in various nations across the world.

  • SAT
  • MCAT
  • LSAT
  • GMAT
  • GRE
CourseStandard TestEnglish Language Test
UndergraduateSAT or ACTTOEFL (US, Canada)IELTS ( UK, Australia, New Zealand)CAE ( UK)
MBAGMAT or GRETOEFL  (US, Canada)IELTS ( UK, Australia, New Zealand)CPE ( UK)
MSGRETOEFL (US, Canada)IELTS ( UK, Australia, New Zealand)CAE ( UK)
DiplomaTOEFL (US, Canada)IELTS ( UK, Australia, New Zealand)CAE ( UK) or CPE (UK)


TOEFL and the IELTS exams top the list with regard to the huge number of students across the world having to undertake one another to demonstrate proficiency in English language. The largest possible selection of institutes and universities accept TOEFL scores which include the top 100 in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. IELTS is a compulsory test for Indians and other non native English speakers specially the Commonwealth countries for entry into most popular institutions and universities around the globe, and occasionally for immigration needs as well. TOEFL test is conducted throughout the year, generally on weekends. In order to give the exam one can book a slot in any IDP center


Graduate Record Examination GRE) is one of the most popular tests among Indian students and non English students who aspires to study in the US and Canada. GRE is a standard exam that evaluates the verbal, general analytical and mathematical skills of the applicant; however the format has undergone some changes in the recent years. This test is an admission necessity for many graduate courses specially in engineering courses of the USA. Management aspiring students are required to apply for the GMAT that is an admission assessment test for business schools. Average GMAT score ranges from of 550-570 but high ranked college admissions need a score of at least 700 is almost compulsory. There are some sections that have been introduced in the last year, such as Integrated Reasoning due to which competition is tougher.


Scholastic Aptitude Test is an exam which is required to get admission in the colleges of the USA if student has not passed an equivalent which is basically of two types, first is the Reasoning Test to evaluate the general grammar and writing skills with the subject Test to check a student’s knowledge in the subject taken. SAT actually is developed, owned and organized by the College Board of the USA. Within the country, SAT is offered seven times per annum, generally on the first Saturday of October, November, December, January, March, May and June.  Other countries also follow the same date.


There are many other competitive exams include the MCAT and the LSAT, compulsory to get admission in the medicine courses or law respectively in the country. MCAT is a multiple choice exam that is framed to check the candidate’s aptitude and knowledge about important subjects on the other hand LSAT that is organized by the Law School Admission Council for individuals who want to pursue a career in law in the US, Australia or Canada.


  • How to register for the GMAT 2019?

The official website releases application just before the exam. You can go and apply there line by filling the form.

  • How many chances are given for GMAT?

There are around 5 chances given each year to give the GMAT exam.

  • Which qualities are tested through SAT?

Reasoning and mathematical skills tested through this exam.

  • How should a candidate prepare for SAT 2019?

Just go through the syllabus and prepare a time table and start studying accordingly.

  • Where the best material to study GRE and TOEFL 2019 is available?

The books are available on internet with a PDF format. Students can also see the lectures on YouTube.

  • How many hours I have to study daily to cover syllabus of GMAT 2019?

There are no fixed hours but one should at least 5-6 hours daily to prepare for the exam.

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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world’s # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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