Test Prep Center
The Test Prep Center provides you with all the information you need to help you through your test. Whether you plan on taking the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS or TOEFL - InternationalStudent.com has information on what to expect, how to prepare, and sample examples. All of these resources can be found in just one place! To learn more about the different assessments, what they test, and which one is right for you, click on a test below.
English Proficiency Tests
Whether you are looking to demonstrate proficiency to a potential employer or to a school, there are several widely recognized tests and examinations you can choose from. Each has unique benefits, so do your research to determine which one best suits your needs.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency test that measures the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills of people who are interested in studying or working in environments where English is the language used. IELTS is accepted by more than 9,000 organizations in over 140 countries, including 3,000 institutions in the United States, and recognizes American, Australian, and British varieties of English. Last year, more than 2.9 million tests were taken around the world.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) evaluates your ability to listen, read, speak and write English at the university level. Accepted by over 8,500 colleges and universities in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, over 27 million people have sat for the TOEFL test in over 130 countries.
The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) measures English proficiency, specifically as it is used in real-life situations in the workplace. This exam evaluates your ability to listen, read, speak and write English. The TOEIC is used by employers to hire, place and promote employees.
Undergraduate College Admission Tests
Most U.S. Colleges and Universities require either the SAT or ACT test as a requirement for consideration as an undergraduate applicant. Each requires careful preparation, so review the basics for each and learn how to walk into the examination with confidence.
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a globally recognized exam used for college admissions - your exam scores are used as a predictor of your success in college. This exam is typically taken in your junior or senior year of high school and will test your abilities in reading, writing and math.
The American College Test, or ACT, is a national standardized test used for college admissions. It is used as a measurement of aptitude and critical thinking. Subjects tested on the ACT include English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing section. Students generally take the ACT during their junior or senior years of high school.
Graduate School Admissions Tests
There are a variety of graduate level entrance examinations which can be taken, depending on the program of study and the school to which you are applying. Carefully review the requirements for each and learn how to prepare effectively for the tests.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) measures your ability to handle graduate-level work through verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning questions. Used in admissions at graduate and business schools worldwide, applicants from over 160 countries take this computer-based or paper-based exam.
The Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, was designed to measure reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical thinking skills necessary for success in law school. Most law schools require this exam and your success will determine the likelihood of acceptance during the admission process.
If you plan on applying to a medical school, you will need to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT exam is designed to measure your problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of science. This multiple choice exam has been an important admissions component for over 80 years.
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is used to measure analytical writing, integrated reasoning, and quantitative and verbal skills. The GMAT exam is accepted by more than 5,800 business and management programs around the world and has been used in the admission process for over 60 years.
The Dental Admission Test, or DAT, is a test administered to students seeking admission into dental school. The exam is conducted by the American Dental Association, or ADA. The exam consists of an optional tutorial, survey of natural sciences, perceptual ability test, reading comprehension test, quantitative reading test, and an optional post-test survey.
The OAT exam, or the Optometry Admissions Test, is a standardized test used by optometry schools and admissions committees to test the knowledge of potential applicants. The test is administered by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.