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Tests & Exams

Tests for Study Abroad

If you are planning to go overseas for further studies at a college or a university you may be required to pass and provide the scores obtained for one language exam and one standardised entrance test. In some cases, courses or countries this may be exempted also however. These exams and your scores are an important consideration in your overall application process for study abroad.

As far as language exams is concerned there are different exams that are mainly planned to test your level of proficiency with English language and are usually required to be taken with almost all courses abroad unless specified otherwise. IELTS, PTE, TOEFL are the most common language exams across most countries whereas CAE and CPE are more commonly accepted in UK. Which test should be taken for which country and course needs to be planned basis the country and course where you are planning to study abroad.

Standardised tests are linked to the course you are planning to take abroad and usually any one type of test is needed to be taken. SAT and ACT are the most common tests for Undergrad studies abroad whereas GRE and GMAT are the common ones for Masters studies abroad.

Language Tests for Immigration & PR

English language proficiency tests also play a fairly important role under some Immigration & PR programs. Many immigration programs follow a point based system under which proficiency of language and the scores obtained under the General stream of a language test may be an important criteria in their eligibility assessment points table.

For more details about various popular exams and their details, refer to the individual exams information within this section as well as the FAQs

Tests of Study abroad

  • ACT Exam: ACT (American Aptitude Test) is a standardized American test used for college admission in the United States. It is currently administered by ACT, a non-profit organisation. It is a competitor to the SAT test.
  • GMAT Exam: (GMAT) Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test that assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal skills. GMAT test is taken for being admitted into a graduate management program.
  • GRE Exam: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test conducted by Educational Testing Service, ETS, US. The score of GRE general test is accepted by all countries. Prospective graduates around the world who
  • IELTS Exam: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) it is a language ability and assessment test for a candidate who wants to study or work in English speaking country. It is required for entry to university in UK and other countries. 
  • SAT Exam: SAT is a standardized test for college admission in US. SAT is owned, published and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organisation in US for undergraduate admissions. SAT test is conducted 6 times a year on specific dates. 
  • TOEFL Exam: The test of English as a Foreign Language is a test that measures the student/ individual’s ability to speak and understand American English as it is spoken, written and Heard in college and university settings.


What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting one million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system. Visit the IELTS website at https://www.ielts.org

Which organisations accept IELTS?

  • IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies.

Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations

Why are there two versions of the test?

IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

Which version should I do?

Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the online application form.

What is the test format and how long will it take?

IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.

When can I take IELTS?

IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand.

How much does it cost?

IELTS has a set fee for its test. The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. When you apply online, you will be told the fee.

When will I receive my test results?

Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 days after your test date. Some test centres also provide SMS alerts and an Online Results Service. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy.

What if I lose my Test Report Form?

Test Report Forms are valid for two years. Copies cannot be sent to candidates but IELTS will forward a Test Report Form to your relevant institution or embassy. Up to five copies will be sent free of charge. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge. Talk to your test centre for further details

How soon can I re-sit the test?

There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends you do additional study before taking the test again. Some test centres offer preparatory courses and language classes. You can also improve your skills by using the IELTS Official Practice Materials – ask for details.

What if I feel my test result is wrong?

You can apply for an ‘enquiry on results’ procedure at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.


Do I need computer skills to take the test?

You do not need any special computer skills. To familiarize yourself with the test we suggest you: – Review the test preparation resources. – We recommend taking one of our Scored Practice Tests to get used to the timing and moving through each type of question. PTE Academic is taken using a QWERTY keyboard, where the letters on the top line spell out ‘QWERTY’. IF you are not used to this type of keyboard, it may help to practice with one before you take the test.

How old do I need to be to take PTE Academic?

You must be at least 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must provide a signed parental consent form before taking the test. Complete the form, then follow the instructions printed on it to send it to us.

Will I be penalised in speaking tasks for not having an accent from a native English speaking country?

No. PTE Academic has been designed to recognise speech from non-native speakers of English representing over 100 different native languages.

Which version should I do?

Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the online application form.

Are all communicative skills scores (e.g. reading, writing) weighted equally?


How many times can I take the test?

You can take PTE Academic as many times as you like. You must wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test.

Do I have to take PTE Academic in my home country?

No. You can take it at any of our test centers around the world. Make sure you check what type of ID you have to use. Refer to the Acceptable ID policy. If you are outside your home country, you will probably be asked to show your passport at the test center.

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