colleges and universities in the United States require that students
submit their scores on standardized tests as part of their application
packets. In the US, these tests are frequently referred to by their
acronyms; SAT, GRE, TOEFL, and GMAT are some of the most well-known.
If English is
not your native language or the primary language in which you have been
educated, US colleges and universities will ask you to take an
English-language proficiency test before admitting you into a degree
program. Most require scores from one of the following two tests
(although TOEFL is more common):
all US colleges and universities accept scores from the SAT Reasoning
Test (a general test), as well as from SAT Subject Tests in fields like
biology, chemistry, history, etc.
Examination (GRE). The GRE
is required by many universities for admission to science, social
science, professional, and humanities programs.
There are GRE General and GRE subject tests.
• Graduate Management
GMAT is the most common test for admission to an MBA program (business
• The Law School Admission
aware that most LLM programs – a popular law degree for
international students who have received a legal education in their
home country -- do not require the LSAT.
• Medical College
administrator in Russia:
American Center for Education and Testing: www.englishtests.ru
Q. What is
the structure of these tests?
tests frequently consist of multiple-choice
questions, but many also have a section that assesses your writing
Q. Why do
American higher education institutions require
admissions tests provide a means to
assess all applicants against the same standard, and provide a
predictor of future student success.
Q. What is
the minimum score that I need to get on a standardized test?
tests are only one part of the
application. Even a perfect score does not guarantee admission to the
schools of your choice.
Q. Where can I take
one of the standardized tests?
the tests are regularly offered in Moscow (and other cities in Russia),
including the SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEFL, and GMAT, but some tests in certain
professions are only offered in the US or in certain countries.
Q. How do I
know which test to take?
the website of the admissions office (undergraduate or graduate) of the
college or university that
you’d like to attend.
Please call the
EducationUSA office in Moscow at 777-6532 to learn more about test
registration procedures. We frequently provide workshops and lectures
on standardized tests. Check our calendar for this month’s