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Entrance Tests to Study Abroad | Exams to Study Abroad | GMAT | GRE | SAT | ACT | IELTS | TOEFL | PTE
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Different standardized (entrance) tests required for studying abroad:

Most countries have their own requirements in terms of the tests they accept for admission to one of their undergraduate or postgraduate programs.

These tests could be broadly divided in to two types:

  • Analytical test (including subject tests) – GMAT, GRE, SAT, SAT 2 Subject, ACT – not necessarily required by all countries or say mostly, American Universities will need one of these
  • English proficiency test – IELTS, TOEFL, PTE – needed by most countries / Universities for both admission and visa purposes

The tables below will, at a glance, tell you the difference between all these tests


Full FormGraduate Management Admission TestGraduate Record ExaminationScholastic Assessment TestAmerican College TestingScholastic Assessment Test (SAT Subject Tests)
Exam TypeComputer based standardized testComputer based Test
Paper based Test
Paper-based standardized testPaper-based standardized testPaper-based standardized test
Required forMBA or Management programsMasters (tech programs). Business schools also accept GRE for MBA (in lieu of GMAT)Undergraduate students applying to US Universities (to study Bachelors)Undergraduate students applying to US Universities (to study Bachelors)Undergraduate students applying to some TOP US Universities (to study Bachelors)
Required in (countries)USA and some top MBAs worldwideUS Universities & very few Universities in other countriesUS UniversitiesUS UniversitiesUS Universities
Exam DatesThroughout the yearThroughout the year6 times a year6 times a year6 times a year
Skills TestedQuant + Verbal

Quantitative Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Integrated Reasoning
Analytical Writing
Quant + Verbal

Analytical Writing
Quantitative Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Math & EnglishMath & EnglishYou have to select the subject within 5 categories: Math, Sci., Eng., History, Languages (eg. Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Physics, Chem., Bio., Literature, etc.)
ScoringOut of 800Out of 340Out of 1600Out of 36Out of 800 (each subject)
More informationAll about GMAT TestAll about GRE TestAll about SAT ExamAll about ACT TestAll about SAT 2 Subject Tests


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