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Standard Tests

At IEC, we understand that applying to overseas universities is not just about filling an application form. It is
a crucial decision and involves a lot of planning, research, and decision-making.

Common tests across countries

Most universities have preset requirements that expect students to submit scores for standard exams for studying abroad. GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS are the most common ones for English language proficiency. SAT is a standardized test for many undergraduate courses for admission to universities in the USA. There are a few universities that do not require these exams.TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years, though it is preferable to send most recent scores. GMAT is a required test for graduate business studies in the USA and is a computerized test for English and math. Many grad programs for STEM as well as arts and humanities require GRE scores.

IEC Abroad India counsellors can advise you on the tests you need to take. We also provide help in test preparation. Contact us online or visit us in person at our offices in Chennai, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Delhi.

Test Countries
UK USA Australia New Zealand Canada Ireland



IELTS is one of the standard exams for studying abroad in the UK. You will need to take the GMAT for admission to business schools, while GRE is for other programmes. Though some business schools in the UK will also accept GRE.


For language requirements, TOEFL is the standard test for universities in the United States. Some universities will also require GRE for courses in liberal arts, math and science, GMAT for business schools, LSAT for admission to law schools and MCAT for medical schools.


Australia has the third-highest international student population after the UK and USA. A multi-cultural society and 7 of the top 100 ranking university makes it a popular choice of students from India.

The standard tests for admission are 

  • IELTS or PTE is most accepted exams for studying abroad in Australia
  • GMAT or GRE for MBA and MS
  • MCAT AND LCAT for medicine and law

New Zealand

The study programs at various levels in New Zealand require students to meet a minimum English language requirement along with a minimum academic record of 65%.

  • IELTS or PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English)


Since education in Canada, is demarcated by provincial jurisdiction, each province develops its own set of standardised tests and curricula. Large scale assessments are conducted across specific grades depending upon levels.

  • SAT and ACT (General Reasoning Tests)


Education in Ireland is free right up to university level but not for students outside the EU. To apply to universities here you will need

  • At least 6.5 in IELTS (or)
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of 92
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