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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


18 Apr 2018 16.1K Book icon 2 mins Share

Which exams can I write after 12th, if I want to study abroad?

Have you taken any exams to study abroad after completing your 12th grade? Or are you still waiting to select the right one?

18 Apr 2018 16.1K Book icon 2 mins Share
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Exams to study abroad after 12th grade

You just finished your major high-school exams, and thought you could be on a break. But this is the time when you should be planning your next step, taking up another set of major exams that will help you study abroad.

You need to take those exams because they are considered important criteria for your admissions at universities abroad. The tests vary based on your course and university choice, and which country you have planned to study in.

Exams you should be taking after 12th, if you are looking to study overseas: 

There are two categories of exams students usually take up when planning to apply at institutes abroad.

Language test

Language tests are meant for students who are non-native speakers like Indian students. These tests are a measure of the required English language skills that international students should have.

  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System or IELTS is a worldwide accepted and most trusted validation of your English skills. It is required by most countries to allow admissions to international students who are keen on studying English-taught programmes at reputable universities and colleges. Academic IELTS has many variants of English, including British, American and Australian English. It tests the ability of students, across reading, speaking, listening and writing modules.
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is taken up mostly by students looking for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the USA. There are both, online and paper-based TOEFL tests available for students. A good TOEFL score improves a student's chances of securing admission in a good school in the USA.
  • PTE – Pearson Test of English or PTE is considered to be different from the former exams. It is based more on everyday English. The scoring and test patterns of PTE are different, and its results are often declared sooner compared with other English language tests. This makes PTE a popular choice amongst many students who are in a rush to get their English tests scores before sending over their applications to overseas institutes.

Standardised test

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.

  • GMAT – Most B-schools abroad ask for Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT scores when admitting international students. GMAT is a computer-based test, and is used to measure a student’s logical and critical thinking ability, along with mathematical skills. GMAT is accepted by nearly 6000 business or management institutes around the world. The test is offered at 39 test centres across 34 Indian cities. It's offered on demand, throughout the year.
  • GRE – Students take up Graduate Record Examination or GRE when they want to study graduate or business programmes in countries like the USA and Canada. GRE is a measure of a student’s verbal, analytical and mathematical skills. The test is offered at over 1000 test centres in over 160 countries.
  • SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT is mostly taken up by students planning to pursue undergraduate courses at universities in the USA and Canada, though some UK universities accept SAT scores. SAT scores mainly assess a student’s written, verbal and analytical skills.
  • ACT – American College Testing or ACT is yet another test required 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. Why don’t you speak to 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.  

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