Which exam is needed to study an MS abroad?

Asked by Shivangi Sahu almost 2 years ago

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ayush sharma

ayush sharma

Economics Undergrad Student || dep. Marketing Head at Enactus ARSD

The answer to your question is not really big. In general you only need to take two types of exams. The first and most important being a language proficiency test. And the second one is a standardized test. As I believe you must already have come across GRE, GMAT, IELTS and TOEFL, right?


Language proficiency test

Usually it is an English language test because most of the programs abroad are taught in English. Universities abroad need to know that you are able to comprehend the taught language. Otherwise what's the point? Whatever you apply to the USA, Canada, UK or any other foreign country for that matter, you will need to take a language proficiency test.


IELTS and TOEFL are the most common English language tests out there. American countries like the USA and Canada prioritized TOEFL. It is kind of a American test and so is conducted in American English. IELTS is more popular as an international standardized test. If you seek admission in European countries or Australia, I suggest taking the IELTS.


Standardized test

GRE/GMAT is really a good deal. Universities ask for  these test scores because it evaluates all the applicants on the same grounds regardless of their fields or educational backgrounds. In a way it is an assessment of your aptitude and skills. This helps the university to see if you are fit for the program on a long run or not.


Why I didn’t write GRE or GMAT as most important is because of recent changes. As of now universities are more flexible with these test scores. It is possible that the universities you aim for do not require a GRE score for a master. And plus some master programs do not require GRE or GMAT either way. But even so, like work experience, I suggest you keep it by your side.


So to conclude only these two are absolute. SATs are also required but only by a few universities, very rarely. SAT/ACT are important in undergrad courses. So, does it help clear things up?


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