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English Language proficiency and other entrance exams are a crucial part of the study abroad process and while this could sound overwhelming, do not let it scare you. These standardised examinations eventually raise the chances of admission to a variety of schools and a good grade can even boost your chances of receiving scholarships and awards. 


Whichever study destination you may choose, your English proficiency in foreign universities will be confirmed through standard tests. Academic requirements vary for each institution, but all international students must meet them to participate in their program. Below are five different standard English tests that will help your study abroad process.  


GMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test

The GMAT is a business/ management school entrance exam that consists of four parts: 


  1. GMAT assesses critical thinking and communication abilities. 
  2. A test evaluates integrated thinking and assesses students' ability to analyse data and interpret information presented in various formats. 
  3. GMAT confirms if students have high mathematics abilities and numerical literacy. 
  4. Apart from verbal reasoning, the GMAT also assesses reading comprehension, editing skills, and the ability to comprehend written arguments. 


According to experts, the GMAT's mathematical and verbal complexity of the questions varies with time, based on the accuracy of the student. So, if the student answers a question correctly, the next question is frequently more difficult. "The GMAT is purposefully designed to evaluate skills that are most relevant to business school," says one expert. 


However, if a question is answered poorly, the next question is usually a simpler one. The computer determines a score at the end of the test based on whether the student was able to appropriately respond to difficult questions. 


GRE - Graduate Record Examination

GRE is a multiple-choice test that most graduate schools require applicants to take, as part of their application process. GRE is accepted by most North American institutions and a factor in deciding if a candidate will be admitted to an Ivy League school. The standardised multiple-choice, computer-based exam is frequently needed for entrance to graduate schools and MB A programs around the world. 


The Test maker is called ETS, which administers the GRE to give graduate and business schools standardised metrics to compare applicants' qualifications and readiness for graduate-level academic work. Your GRE score, as well as your academic record and supporting papers, are used by graduate school and business school admission committees to judge your preparation for the rigours of graduate academic study. Just like the GMAT, a high GRE score will have a direct and favourable impact on your graduate or business school admissions chances. 


IELTS - International English Language Testing System

IELTS is the most widely used English language test in the world. It was created by some of the world's top language assessment professionals and assesses all your English skills, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The test simulates how you will use the language in an English-speaking environment to study, work, and live. You can take the test at any authorized testing location. Intake Education also assist with online IELTS classes, so make sure you reach out to know more.  


There are two types of IELTS testing- Academic and General IELTS. For the purpose of studying abroad, you are advised to choose the Academics.  


IELTS Scale of 9 Bands 

Each test section will be graded on a scale of 1 to 9. Your overall IELTS band score is determined by your average score, and you can be evaluated on full or half points. 


TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL like IELTS has 4 sections on the test: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking.  


The TOEFL is also taken to determine an applicant's proficiency in English, however, it is a computer-based standardised test. It is an important aspect of the admission process for many overseas students who speak English as a second language. TOEFL often is considered the alternative to IELTS and is majorly taken for the universities in the US. Although most universities have altered their testing criteria to account for disruptions caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, many will still require international students to submit TOEFL scores. Now is the time for international students applying to international universities to plan for the TOEFL and how it fits into their college preparation, especially because many students will have access to the at-home TOEFL. If you need more information, make sure you reach out to Intake!


While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, it is feasible to determine how your TOEFL score may affect the way your college application is seen, as well as how much weight your TOEFL score may carry throughout the college admissions process. 


What is SAT

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) also measures the student’s understanding and readiness for colleges where it is required. This test also evaluates a student’s written, verbal, and mathematic skills.  


Your SAT score alone can stand for 50% of your acceptance decision by the college’s admission board. Therefore, passing your SAT gives you a higher chance of getting admission to your preferred university.  


Before registering for SAT, one must know that there are 20 SAT subject areas in English, History, Languages, Mathematics & Science. Each subject test is an hour-long and requires  

a valid passport is the only acceptable identification card for taking SAT in Ghana.  


In Conclusion


Intake does not conduct these tests and exams, however, we do assist with preparation. We are positioned to advise and guide you on where to take these papers. Now let us make this a reality. Contact an Intake Advisor today who will guide you. All the best. Cheers! 


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