ACADEMIC ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
Students applying to U.S. colleges and universities are expected to
sit for admission tests.
The types of the tests required from them depend on the following factors:
- level of study (undergraduate, graduate)
- degree or non-degree program
- requirements of the department
- the institution itself.
The tests are standardized, multiple choice tests that demand a high
degree of English language proficiency. Some also require mathematical
in-depth knowledge of a field-of-study. Professional schools such as law, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine have special examinations.
These tests are only one of the factors in the evaluation of a foreign student's record. However, these are good means for students to demonstrate their strength both in their English language command and in their professional knowledge.
Colleges and universities have different admissions requirements which they express in a minimum test score they accept from applicants. Naturally, the higher score examinees can present the better their chances are to get into an institution and receive
Several of the tests are already computer-based.
TYPES OF TESTS
There is one test which, independently from any factors mentioned above,
is always important and necessary for study in the U.S. This is the TOEFL: the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Tests required for undergraduate study:
Tests required for graduate study:
- TSE (Test of Spoken English)
- GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
- DAT (Dental Admission Test)
- USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination)
(Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Qualifying
Several of the above tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
*** American Higher Education Information Center