A List of International Entrance Exams for Foreign Universities

International Entrance Exams for Foreign Universities

The procedure for applying to foreign universities has its own set of confusions and doubts. Lack of awareness for different entrance tests required for admissions to foreign universities is common. To resolve that matter, we have compiled a list of popular international tests for aspirants.


The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a computer-based standardised test used as an admission criterion by more than 2,100 universities and business schools in USA and many other countries for a range of post graduate management programs, including MBA , Master of Finance and Master of Accountancy. It is intended to test knowledge in the areas of quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning and analytical writing. A number of Indian business schools also consider GMAT scores now.

Website: http://www.mba.com/

2) GRE

The Graduate Record Examination: Revised General Test or GRE is a standardised test taken by graduates or students about to graduate for the purpose of getting admissions into various universities in masters and doctoral degree programs. It is an admissions requirement for most post graduate and business schools in USA and some other countries.

Website: http://www.ets.org/gre


The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an international English language proficiency test for non native English language speakers, which is jointly administered and owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The test is accepted by over 9000 organisations in over 140 countries and is one of the two major English language proficiency tests in the world along with TOEFL. IELTS is accepted by most British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and American institutions and by several professional organisations across the world.

Website: http://www.ielts.org/

4) SAT

The Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT is a paper-based standardised test used for college admissions in the USA, used by most universities there for admissions to undergraduate programs. The test is meant to evaluate a student’s preparedness for college by checking their skills and knowledge in the areas of critical reading, mathematics and writing.

Website: http://sat.collegeboard.org


Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is an English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers. It is used by more than 130 countries, including USA, Canada, UK and Australia. It is one of the primary English language tests in the world.

Website: http://www.ets.org/toefl


The Medical College Admission Test or MCAT is a computer based standardised test for the purpose of getting admissions in medical colleges in USA and Canada. It is administered by the American Association of Medical Colleges and tests knowledge in the areas of physical sciences, biological sciences and verbal reasoning.

Website: http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/


The Law School Admission Test or LSAT is a standardised test administered by Law School Admission Council for the purpose of admissions into law schools in USA, Canada, Australia and some other countries. The test is a significant part of the law school admission process in USA, Canada (common law programs only), the University of Melbourne, Australia and some other countries.

Website: www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat

8) ACT

The American College Testing or ACT is a paper-based standardised test used for assessing college readiness of a student, for the purpose of undergraduate admissions into colleges in USA and Canada. The test evaluates knowledge in the fields of English, mathematics, reading, science and writing (optional).

Website: www.act.org/products/k-12-act-test/

It is important to note that we have just compiled examinations, scores of which are considered as an admission requirement for a majority of foreign universities and that there are many other exams, mostly specific to certain universities, so we suggest you check the required information on the websites of the universities you want to apply to, beforehand.

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