Today the United States is a popular destination for higher studies. In order to enhance the effectiveness of the admission process the universities request the students to undertake various tests for qualifying themselves for a programme. This will ensure a fair and transparent selection process.
Here Biruda Vikrud of iGrad Global, talks about the various tests that students have to take up while applying for universities in the US
. She explains about the two types of tests that are available for students i.e. the aptitude test and the language test.
The aptitude test consist of three parts mainly, verbal ability, quantitative skills and analytical writing skills. Each test has its own level. Students who apply for post graduation and PhD courses are requested to give the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) while students looking forward to do an MBA are suggested to give the GMAT exam. All information relating to the GRE tests and GMAT tests are made available on their respective websites. While applying for undergraduate programmes students are required to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), which will qualify them for applying for a bachelor’s course. A good score for GRE would be 320/340 and for GMAT would be 700/800.
The GRE and GMAT exams are conducted throughout the year while the SAT tests are conducted six times a year.
Countries have their own native language. Therefore students from other countries are suggested to give IELTS exam or TOEFL exams in order to qualify themselves for studying in the US. Students who give the TOEFL test are expected to get a minimum score of 80/120, but a score of 100/120 would increase their chance of admission and students who take the IELTS tests are expected to score 7/9.
It is important for every student to understand the fact that the scores are not the only requirements for admission. The universities give a lot of importance to an individual’s profile and past experience in the field of applied course. All these tests that students undertake are methods of testing their abilities with the rest of the candidates who apply for similar programmes.
From the above mentioned facts it can be understood that a good score is not the only factor that will qualify a candidate for a programme. The next video in queue explains the financial requirements for students applying for higher education in the US.