As TOEFL, SAT and other options for all such exams can confuse students, to help them out, here are the top 5 international exams that are taken by students aspiring to study abroad.
Around 3 lakh students go abroad every year for higher education. Now, the craze for studying abroad may be taken adversely as it is brain-drain for the country, or the positive aspect for the individual may be noted. Nevertheless, the process of flying overseas to study is a tedious one. Apart from the various passport and immigration complexities, a student has to prepare for various exams to be merely eligible for getting into the college and course he/she aspires for.
As TOEFL, SAT and other options for all such exams can confuse students, to help them out, here are the top 5 international exams that are taken by students aspiring to study abroad:
What it is: GMAT exam is intended to assess analytical writing and problem-solving abilities with logic and critical reasoning skills that are important in real-world business and management success.
Purpose: Admission to a graduate management programme such as MBA.
Reach: Accepted by more than 6,000 business and management programs worldwide in more than 2,100 institutions and universities located in 114 countries. It has more than 600 testing centers all over the world.
Validity of score: Up to 5 years, though a few universities have their own validity criteria.
More information: Candidates will be able to view their Official Score Report online using their date of birth to authenticate their access. Both GRE and GMAT can be used for taking admission in management schools, so one has to look into the intricacies of both the exams to see which is more suitable for the candidate. One can even convert their GRE score to GMAT online through ETS, if need be.
Taking the exam more than once: It can be taken up to five times a year, provided that each attempt is at least 16 days apart.
“The more I didn’t care about time, the better I could focus on the questions and get the correct answer. Just try not to freak out during the test because once you loose your calm, confidence and focus, you will eventually lose your scores too. Overall, a good score on GMAT can get you an Ivy League college and ultimately, a very well paying job. So, I am not going to say it’s easy, but it’s definitely not too hard too.” – Varun Bose, student at Pathways International
What it is: Assesses a student’s academic readiness for college to enroll in under-graduation courses by testing the student’s knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics.
Purpose: Entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the US, Canada, as well as other countries to select students for admissions to undergraduate courses.
Reach: Over 2 million students from 175 countries take the SAT every year.
Validity of score: 5 years
More information: Students must aim for a score of 2100/2400 at least in order to get into a top college in the US.
Taking the exam more than once: You can take the exam as many times as you wish, except that some schools judge you by the score in all of your attempts.
“It’s actually just the critical reading part of SAT that messes its reputation (and you) up. SAT is almost always a perfect example of how karma works; you get the score you worked for (if you’re not Einstein, that is). So, after taking it, all you can do is hope for the best and be prepared for the rest! And just to end it on an optimistic note, your SAT score does not define you! (But it does define your college apps so better work for a good score anyway)” – Aratrika Bose, student at Pathways International
What it is: Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree, post graduation, MBA, specialised Master’s degree in business or doctoral degree take the GRE revised General Test.
Purpose: GRE is generally required by universities in North America (USA and Canada). It can be a mere admission formality or a selection criterion for jobs as well.
Reach: The GRE revised General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Validity of score: 5 years after testing year.
More information: Free GRE revised preparation material is available on its official website as well.
Taking the exam more than once: You can take the GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). If you take the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test, you can take it as often as it is offered.
“English is the toughest part of GRE, whereas maths can be easily tackled. A score above 320 will guarantee you a good college.” -Sumedha Mohanty, VIT University.