Updated on Tuesday 5 March 2013
Most U.S. colleges and universities will require international undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate their knowledge and English language proficiency as part of the admissions process through standardized tests. These tests are valuable as a common measure of the skills and abilities of people from different educational backgrounds. Your scores on these tests will play a role in determining whether or not you are admitted to your schools of choice, so learn as much as you can about them before you have to take them.
Which test/s will you be expected to take as an undergraduate? A graduate student? Click here for a comprehensive list of possible types of standardized tests.
You need to plan in advance to take a standardized test, pay a fee and always come prepared to do your best.
Many tests are now offered on computer. Learn what types of computer-based testing is offered and how it can help you.
Read our test tips and strategies to ensure that you will take a successful test.