Which exam to give for which course to study abroad

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Jan 8, 2021 10:36 IST

Which exam to give for which course to study abroad

How to get admission in a foreign university for pursuing Post-Graduation?

If you are planning to study abroad, the admission process will require you to give one language exam and one standardised exam. However, depending on the country, course, college or university you are targeting, you may be exempt from standardised exams, but you would still be required to take one language exam to show English language proficiency. Depending on the course and college/university, you may also be required to provide scores of one standardised test.

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Exams to Study Abroad

Language exams

The language exams show your English proficiency skills. You need to give either one of the language exams to get admission to any university in an English speaking country. These are required for pursuing almost all courses; Undergraduate courses, Postgraduate courses, Certificates or Diplomas (unless mentioned).

Different countries give preference to one language exam over others. Few of the top English language exams which are used by prominent study abroad destinations:

  • IELTS: IELTS exam is the preferred exam for getting admission to universities in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. IELTS Score is valid for two years.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL exam is the preferred exam for universities in the US and Canada, while it is not accepted at many colleges in UK. Your TOEFL scores are valid until two years post the declaration of your result.
  • PTE: PTE exam is accepted at a few colleges in the US and most colleges in the UK. CAE and CPE are given preference by British universities. Further, PTE Academic scores are valid for up to two years from the date of the exam.

Standardised Entrance Exam for Foreign Universities

Entrance exam to study abroad for various courses can be different. The exams required for studying various courses are different. Depending on the courses of your choice, you will be required to give only one standardized exam for abroad education. So, if you are going to pursue MS then you have to give exams for MS abroad. Similarly, if you are going to pursue an MBA abroad so you have to give exams for MBA abroad. Also, there are different countries standardized tests for different countries.

Here is a table describing exam requirements according to the course of your choice:

Courses/Programs

Standardized Tests

Preferred English Language Tests on the Country basis

Undergraduate

SAT or ACT

MBA

GMAT or GRE

  • TOEFL for US, Canada
  • IELTS or PTE for UK, Australia, New Zealand
  • CELPIP for Canada
  • CAE or CPE for UK

MS

GRE

  • TOEFL for US, Canada
  • IELTS or PTE for UK, Australia, New Zealand
  • CELPIP for Canada
  • CAE or CPE for UK

Certificate and Diploma

-

  • TOEFL for US, Canada
  • IELTS or PTE for UK, Australia, New Zealand
  • CELPIP for Canada
  • CAE or CPE for UK

Medical

MCAT

  • TOEFL for US, Canada
  • IELTS or PTE for UK, Australia, New Zealand
  • CELPIP for Canada
  • CAE or CPE for UK

Law

LSAT

  • TOEFL for US, Canada
  • IELTS or PTE for UK, Australia, New Zealand
  • CELPIP for Canada
  • CAE or CPE for UK

Exams for Study Abroad with Scholarship

The most popular and important entrance exam to study abroad is GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, and ACT. Excellent performance in these international competitive exams can also get students financial aid in the form of scholarships. Many colleges and universities consider the performance of the aspirant in these international entrance exams for giving scholarship to aspirants at the time of giving admission.

Exams to Study Abroad after 12th

Those students who have cleared their higher secondary have the option to give various entrance exams for studying abroad. SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS are some of the important standardised tests which students can give for going to study abroad. The choice of exam always depends on the course, college, and country where you want to go.

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Exams to Study Abroad after 10th

There are various exams which students can give after class 10th, however, it is always a better idea to go for abroad studies after completion of your school education. It is better to go for studying abroad after completing your higher secondary or choosing a particular stream. Students can go to study in Singapore after pursuing their class tenth. Apart from this, many colleges and universities demand that the aspirant must have completed 18 years of age and a guardian should accompany the student to take his/her care.

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Is IELTS waive off from universities then why it is showing score always
for e.g university of bristol is showing score of exams.
so is that true?
i want to take course in MS in CS and my background is also CSE, but i don't want to give IELTS exam

Reply to Mahima Pagariya

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

28/02/22

Hi Hrithik, many universities are accepting Duolingo scores. Please check with the university where you are planning to apply whether they are accepting it or not and then move ahead accordingly.

I have completed mu btech in civil stream and i want to ms in CS is it possible to get a good University.

Reply to Manikanta Reddy M

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

28/02/22

Hi Manikanta, it is difficult to get into MS in CS with your previous academic background. However, you can check the entry requirements of the universities offering MS in CS abroad:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ms-in-computer-science-engineering-from-abroad-ds11509277?country=usa-australia-canada

Hlo I have completed my 12 and now I want to pursue nursing in New Zealand and I also want to know what pte score is required for it.

Reply to Arshdeep kaur

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

28/02/22

hi Arshdeep, please refer to the below URLs and check out the entry requirements of the universities offering Bachelors in Nursing in NZ:https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/new-zealand/bachelors-in-nursing-paramedical-courses-slhttps://studyabroad.shiksha.com/top-colleges-offering-nursing-courses-in-...hi Arshdeep, please refer to the below URLs and check out the entry requirements of the universities offering Bachelors in Nursing in NZ:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/new-zealand/bachelors-in-nursing-paramedical-courses-sl
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/top-colleges-offering-nursing-courses-in-new-zealand-articlepage-1957

Hlo there can you tell me about pte score requirement for nursing

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