Many graduate programs require one or more U.S. standardized test scores as part of the application process. In the United States, universities or schools establish their own admission requirements, including which third-party standardized tests they accept.
Standardized tests should be taken a year to 18 months before you plan on starting your degree program. Many students take the exams more than once to achieve higher scores. There are many websites, books, and courses available to help you prepare.
English Language Ability Tests
Being able to communicate in English is a basic requirement for successful graduate study in the United States. If English is not your native language, U.S. colleges and universities will ask you to take an English language proficiency test. Consult your nearest EducationUSA advising center for guidance on the English language tests that are the best fit for your goals.
Graduate admissions policies vary by institution, so be sure to confirm which test(s) are required by the college or university to which you plan to apply. Some of the most common, specialized graduate-level examinations include:
DAT: A multiple-choice test to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability, used for admission to dental schools.
GRE: A standardized test of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing that measures readiness for graduate-level study.
GMAT: A standardized test for MBA applicants that measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that have been developed over time through education and work.
MCAT: A standardized, multiple-choice examination that assesses problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
LSAT: A standardized test that measures acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools use as one assessment factor for admission.