Test of English as a Foreign LanguageAn English language proficiency examination of applicants whose native language is not English.

International English Language Testing SystemAn English language proficiency examination of applicants whose native language is not English.

Pearson Test of English AcademicAn English language proficiency examination that measures English ability through tasks that reflect real-life settings.

Multiple-choice test of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning (plus an optional writing component) used for admission into undergraduate programs.

A multiple-choice test that measures your knowledge in specific subject areas.

A primarily multiple-choice test of mathematics and English that is used for admission into an undergraduate program.


12 - 18 months prior to U.S.study:

English Language Ability Tests

Admissions Tests

        Being able to communicate in English is a basic requirement for successful 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 before admission.


        The most common tests for English language ability are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.

        Three main tests play a role in the admissions review the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.


        Most colleges and universities in the United States require the SAT or ACT for admissions. Remember, application requirements vary, so be sure to confirm which test(s) you must take with the institutions to which you plan to apply.

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Standardized test scores are only one part of the applicationgood test scores alone do not guarantee you admission. Not all U.S. colleges and universities require that international students take standardized tests. Make your plan, select your institutions, and find out which tests are required.


"Be sure you are well prepared for the standardized tests you need to take.


- Fine arts student from China

As part of the application process, most undergraduate programs require one or more U.S. standardized test scores. Your test scores, academic record, and other factors are used to predict how well you will do as a university student. The test scores are one way to compare students from the United States and international students from different educational systems.

Prepare for Standardized Tests