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Study in the United States. Testing.

Entrance Examinations and Placement Tests

Most 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.

English-Language Tests

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):

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The TOEFL is offered in two formats in Russia: iBT (Internet-based) and PBT (Paper-based).
(International English Language Testing System). Approximately 1300 U.S. institutions accept the IELTS as a substitute for the TOEFL.


US Secondary Schools (High Schools):

• SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)

Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT). Nearly 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.

American College Testing Program ACT

Graduate/Professonal School:
Graduate Record 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 Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is the most common test for admission to an MBA program (business school).
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Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Be 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 Admission Test (MCAT).

Online Test Preparation:

The following sites provide preparation courses, resources, tips, and advice for US standardized tests:
Kaplan Education Centers
Princeton Review
Peterson's Education Center

US test administrator in Russia:
American Center for Education and Testing:


  • Q. What is the structure of these tests?

  1. US standardized tests frequently consist of multiple-choice questions, but many also have a section that assesses your writing skills.

  • Q. Why do American higher education institutions require such tests?

  1. Standardized 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?

  1. Standardized 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?

  1. Many of 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?

A. Consult the website of the admissions office (undergraduate or graduate) of the college or university that you’d like to attend.

More information:

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 events!

Professional Licensure Exams:
• CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Registered general nurses who were educated outside the US will usually have to take the CGFNS exam as part of the licensing requirements to work as a registered nurse in the US.
• DAT (Dental Admissions Testng) for dental schools
• MAT (Miller Analogies Test) for public affairs schools
• PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) for pharmacy schools
• TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
• USMLE (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) Medical doctors (or medical students) who were educated outside the US will have to take the USMLE exam as part of the licensing requirements to conduct their medical residency or fellowship in the US.
• VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test) for veterinary schools

Other Tests: TOEIC - www.toeic.eu

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