Top 8 International Exams To Study Abroad

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You need to sit for an International Examination to Study Abroad. The nature of the exam depends on your country, your course area and the country you wish to Study. This article covers the Hot Cake International Exams.

The Top Eight International Exams for Candidates to Study Abroad are IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, SAT, GRE, PTE Academic, MCAT and USMLE.


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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is to be taken by international candidates of countries where English is not a native language.

The top 5 countries where IELTS is accepted for University admissions are UK, Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) mainly measures the ability of candidates to communicate in the four basic language skills. The four basic language skills are:

  • listening,
  • reading
  • speaking and
  • writing.

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Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is an Internet-based or paper-based standardized test that measures and tests reading, listening, speaking and writing of the English language of non-native English speakers.

TOEFL is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.

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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GMAT is a computer-based test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA.

GMAT requires knowledge of certain specific grammar and knowledge of certain specific algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. It is a computer adaptive test which means candidates will get one question at a time and depending on the accuracy of the previous answer

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Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

SAT is used by colleges to evaluate an applicants eligibility for admission. The SAT is designed to test a student’s aptitude and knowledge in three subject areas: reading, writing, and math.

SAT is an entrance exam for students who wish to be admitted for undergraduate courses abroad. The SAT is composed of 5 sections:

  • Reading,
  • Writing and Language,
  • Math (No Calculator),
  • Math (Calculator), and
  • Essay (optional).

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Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) revised General Test is taken by individuals applying to various graduate and business school programs in the United States and other countries.

 There is no specific eligibility criterion for GRE. However, various universities that accept GRE scores have their own criteria of admission. GRE is conducted in two formats: computer-based and paper-based.

The Sections of GRE Are:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning

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PTE Academic

PTE Academic stand for Pearson Test of English Academic. PTE Academic question formats range from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE is a three-hour test session and there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading.

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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

MCAT  is a Computer-Based Standardized Test governed by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AMAC).

MCAT Tests the taker’s knowledge in the fields of Physical sciences, biological sciences, verbal reasoning. MCAT is often required in the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries for admissions to medical colleges.

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The United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centred skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.

6 months before the USMLE test, go through Pathoma and First Aid. 3 months before the test, get UWorld. Do all of it, read the explanations. 4 weeks before the test, do some NBME practice tests.

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