Standardized admission tests were originally introduced in the United States in order to determine whether an applicant possessed the specific knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a particular program of study. Today many schools use these tests worldwide as an objective and convenient tool to assess the performance potential of their prospective students. They are rigorous and require careful study and preparation.
Standardized admission tests fall into three main categories:
- Tests that measure English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, and others)
- Tests required for undergraduate study (SAT, ACT, and others)
- Tests required for professional and graduate programs (GRE, GMAT, and others)