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Are you in class XII and planning to pursue your Bachelor’s degree abroad? Then you must plan your next step and take certain set of major exams that will help you study abroad. Studying abroad is a tedious process and the preparation has to start early.
These exams are considered as important criteria for your admissions at universities abroad and getting a high score will bring you a bit closer to get admitted to your desired universities abroad. The tests may vary based on your course and university, and the country of your choice to study in.
Certain Exams you should take before you finish 12th, if you are planning to study overseas:
As various universities have application deadlines, one should keep these deadlines in mind and submit their exam scores before the deadline. And hence, it is advisable to finish these exams at the earliest. There are two types of exams students usually should take up when planning to apply at institutes abroad.
English Language test
English Language tests are especially for students who are non-native speakers such as Indian students. These tests will measure of the required English language skills that international applicants should have.
IELTS – The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. IELTS is a worldwide accepted and most trusted validation of English language skills and the test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours. It is required by most countries and one of the most important criteria to allow admissions to international applicants who desire to study English-taught programmes at reputable colleges and universities. Academic IELTS has many variants of English, including American, British and Australian English.
TOEFL – The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. The TOEFL test, delivered via the internet, is an important part of a student’s journey to study in an English-speaking country. This test is taken up mostly by students looking for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the USA. There are both, paper-based and online TOEFL tests available for students. A good TOEFL score improves a student's chances of securing admission in a good school, especially in the USA.
PTE – PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic is a computer-based test which assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities of non-native speakers of English to obtain places at English-speaking universities or as proof of their language ability for a visa application. PTE Academic is a bit different from the other tests and typically delivers results in five business days. The test is accepted over 1000 Institutions worldwide and based more on everyday English. This makes PTE a popular choice amongst many students who are in a hurry to get their English tests scores reported before sending over their applications to overseas institutes.
Standardised tests are mostly considered as academic criteria laid down by each university or college abroad. Standardised tests vary depending on the course and country that you select for your studies.
SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT is mostly taken up by students planning to pursue undergraduate degree at universities in the USA and Canada, also some UK universities accept SAT scores. Though it is not a mandatory requirement by all institutions across the globe, but you need to check if the scores are particularly required by your desired college or University. The SAT exam scores mainly assess a student’s written, verbal and analytical skills.
ACT – American College Testing or ACT is yet another test needed for undergraduate admissions in the USA. The test evaluates the verbal, written, scientific and mathematical skills of students.
Not every college or university abroad you apply at will ask for standardised test scores. Some universities might exempt standardised test scores and ask only for the language test scores from students. And, some Universities might waive off the language test as well. Why don’t you consult our counsellors? They will be able to help you with the information that you need – Whether it’s about applying for a course or applying at a country that fits your budget and academic needs.
All the best!