Required Entrance Exams

There are four main undergraduate exams that are required by most U.S. universities. Please learn more about all these exams by reading the below information and/or contacting ASAL.

ASAL can assist you in the following ways:

1.Decide which tests to take according to the universities you are applying to you are interested in
2.When to take the test depending on where you live at, application deadlines, etc.
3.How to best use your test results to apply and to get good scholarships

TOEFL (PBT or iBT)

TOEFL stand for Test of English as a Foreign Language. There is 2 types of TOEFL: paper based (PBT) and internet based (iBT). You can take either one depending on preference or availability in your country/region. These tests measure your English proficiency by testing your listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills combined.

The TOEFL is one of the most used tests across the world and it is required in most U.S. universities and colleges for foreign students. Fees vary from 160 to 250 U.S. dollars. To take the test you can register online and you can pay with credit or debit cards, or paypal and electronic checks under some circumstances. For most cases you can register either online, by phone or by mail and up to 7 days before the test date. However, we suggest you register in advance as places might not be available if you wait too long to register. To find available test centers, dates and times please go to the ETS website. You can usually take the TOEFL iBT as many times as you wish, but not more than once every 12 days. Paper based (PBT) tests are not always available in every date or location and usually requires also a 30 minute writing test.
To prepare for the test you can buy books, online practice tests and lessons, or go to an institution that offers preparation for the exam. For more information or help with the TOEFL contact ASAL and we will assist you, or go to their website.

IELTS

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS, tests international students in their English language proficiency, and assesses them in their listening (30 minutes), reading (60 minutes), writing (60 minutes), and speaking (11-15 minutes) skills. There are two different versions of the test: the academic and the general version. Which version you need to take depends on your academic /professional/ or visa goals and requirements. Most international students applying for undergraduate or graduate studies will have to do the Academic IELTS, since the General IELTS is mostly for those trying to do secondary education, gain work experience or enter a special training program in an English speaking country. The Academic IELTS is also sometimes used for professional opportunities in English speaking countries. There are more than a thousand test centers and locations from which to take the test in over 140 countries. Many schools require either the TOEFL or the IELTS. For more information about the test contact us or visit their website.

SAT/SAT II

There are two types of Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT): the general test of the SAT and the Subject tests of the SAT.

The General SAT tests your knowledge of writing, reading and math. Most students take this test one or 2 years before applying to a university/college. Different universities/colleges have different requirements on minimum scores for the SAT. The SAT scores are usually taken into account with the high school GPA when admissions and scholarships are considered. The SAT has three sections: critical reading which includes reading passages and sentence completions; writing which includes a short essay and multiple choice questions on errors and grammar; and a math section including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.

The Subject tests of the SAT tests your knowledge on a specific subject. This tests last about an hour and allow you to stand out from other student when applying for admissions since it allows you to show your knowledge in a subject where you excel. These tests provide the admissions department with a better picture of your academic background and field of interest. There are 20 SAT Subject tests in 5 general subject areas: Languages, English, History, Mathematics, and Science. Some schools/programs may require one or more of these tests to be admitted.

There are different books, online courses, and institutions that can help you prepare for these tests. In some cases you can find free online practice courses and tests. The tests are offered all year round; however, we suggest you check the following website for test locations, times, and dates. Please find more information on the SAT at their website or contact ASAL to receive our help.

ACT

The ACT stands for American College Testing. The ACT is a paper-based standardized and achievement test which tests skills in English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. This test is used for undergraduate admissions for universities/colleges in the U.S. and in Canada. Just like other required entrance exams, the ACT is just one of the many factors that will be taken into account when considering your application during the admissions process. The ACT, different from the SAT, is based only on correct answers. You should start preparing for this test a year and half in advance and take it at about 3 months before applying for your school. Results usually take a couple of weeks to be available and to be sent to universities. Usually all U.S. universities accept ACT scores. For more information on the test and dates/locations/times please visit the ACT website or contact ASAL.

Earning college credit – CLEP

The CLEP or the College-Level Examination Program helps you earn college credit that you might have acquired through independent study, course work, on-the-job training, internships, extracurricular work, high school, and so on, and for less money than the cost of college courses. The CLEP is accepted by almost 3000 universities and colleges around the U.S.A. and is administered in about 2000 test centers. CLEP offers about 30 different exams costing 80 U.S. dollars each and lasting from 90 to 120 minutes each CLEP exam.

To find out if the institution you are planning to attend accepts CLEP, to decide which CLEP exam to take, or to find out more information about CLEP, please contact ASAL or visit their website.

Graduate School required entrance exams

GRE   GMAT   MCAT   LSAT   TOEFL   IELTS   DAT   OAT

There are different required entrance exams to be admitted to graduate programs. Depending on the school, program, and degree that you are applying to, the test(s) you will need to take. Below are just some of the many entrance graduate required exams.

If you need assistance in deciding which test you need to take, in how to prepare, or need more information on any of the graduate entrance required exams please contact ASAL.

GRE

The GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. This is a standardized test which is also an admission requirement for most graduate schools in the U.S.A. This test can be both, paper-based or computer-based. There are two types of GRE: the general test of the GRE and the Subject Tests of the GRE.

The General Test of the GRE takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes with short breaks in between and tests your knowledge and skills in analytical writing (critical thinking, writing skills), quantitative reasoning (problem solving, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis), and verbal reasoning (analyze writing material and synthesize information, relationship between sentences, concepts, and words). Many graduate and most business graduate school require the GRE.

The GRE subject tests measures your knowledge in particular fields of study and help you to be distinguished among other applicants. The subject tests come in the following disciplines: psychology, physics, mathematics, literature in English, chemistry, biology, and biochemistry/cell and molecular biology. These tests are used by competitive schools and programs when looking over applications or for fellowship opportunities. These tests are given only three times a year.

We advise that you start preparing for this test(s) a year in advance and that you take them at least 4 months before applying to the programs of your choice. For more information or assistance with the GRE contact ASAL or visit their website.

GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test (CAT) standardized test, which is used for admissions to management graduate programs such as MBA’s and most business schools. The GMAT measures your skills in quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing. The GMAT is well recognized not only by graduate programs, but also by employers and business leaders. The test is offered multiple times a year. However, it is important you check test dates, times according to your location. The test fee is about 250 U.S. dollars.

For more information and assistance on the GMAT please contact ASAL or visit their website.

MCAT

The MCAT or Medical College Admission Test is a computer-based standardized/multiple-choice test for students who want to study medicine in the U.S.A. The MCAT tests your knowledge in physical sciences, biological sciences, and verbal reasoning. The MCAT measures a student’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts/principles. It can be taken a maximum of 3 times in one year and it costs from 275 to 400 U.S. dollars. You can find free reviews and tests online to practice with. There is also online and book materials to study with to prepare for the test. It is recommended that you take the MCAT during the year prior to which you plan to apply for medical school.

For more information, assistance with preparation or a career/study plan for the MCAT please contact ASAL or visit the MCAT website.

LSAT

The LSAT or Law School Admission Test is an exam that is required to enter most Juris Doctor (JD) programs in U.S. Law schools. The LSAT is a standardized test that measures knowledge in reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and writing. The test is offered 4 times a year and can be taken up to a maximum of 3 times during 2 years. The LSAT is a very important part of the admissions process for law school. We suggest that students start preparing/studying for this exam at least a year in advance and to take the test at least 3 months before the decided application date to law school.

For more information or assistance regarding the LSAT please contact ASAL or visit the LSAT website.

TOEFL (PBT or iBT)

TOEFL stand for Test of English as a Foreign Language. There is 2 types of TOEFL: paper based (PBT) and internet based (iBT). You can take either one depending on preference or availability in your country/region. These tests measure your English proficiency by testing your listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills combined.

The TOEFL is one of the most used tests across the world and it is required in most U.S. universities and colleges for foreign students. Fees vary from 160 to 250 U.S. dollars. To take the test you can register online and you can pay with credit or debit cards, or paypal and electronic checks under some circumstances. For most cases you can register either online, by phone or by mail and up to 7 days before the test date. However, we suggest you register in advance as places might not be available if you wait too long to register. To find available test centers, dates and times please go to the ETS website. You can usually take the TOEFL iBT as many times as you wish, but not more than once every 12 days. Paper based (PBT) tests are not always available in every date or location and usually requires also a 30 minute writing test.

To prepare for the test you can buy books, online practice tests and lessons, or go to an institution that offers preparation for the exam. For more information or help with the TOEFL just contact ASAL and we will assist you, or go to their website.

IELTS

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS, tests international students in their English language proficiency, and assesses them in their listening (30 minutes), reading (60 minutes), writing (60 minutes), and speaking (11-15 minutes) skills. There are two different versions of the test: the academic and the general version. Which version you need to take depends on your academic /professional/ or visa goals and requirements. Most international students applying for undergraduate or graduate studies will have to do the Academic IELTS, since the General IELTS is mostly for those trying to do secondary education, gain work experience or enter a special training program in an English speaking country. The Academic IELTS is also sometimes used for professional opportunities in English speaking countries. There are more than a thousand test centers and locations from which to take the test in over 140 countries. Many schools require either the TOEFL or the IELTS. For more information about the test contact us or visit their website.

DAT

The DAT or the Dental Admission Test is a multiple-choice standardized exam used in the application of admissions for dental schools in the U.S.A. The DAT lasts 4 hours and 15 minutes, costs 385 U.S. dollars and has four sections, namely: Survey of Natural Sciences (having questions of biology, organic chemistry, and general chemistry), Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension (of scientific passages) , and Quantitative Reasoning.
Students wanting to take the DAT must first fill the preliminary application at the ADA’s (American Dental Association’s) website and get a DENTPIN (Dental Identifier Number). The test can usually be taken all year round; however, it can only be taken a maximum of three times. A special authorization from the ADA is required to take it more than three times. For more information about the DAT please contact ASAL or visit their website.

OAT

The OAT stands for Optometry Admission Test. All optometry programs/schools in the U.S. use this scores when assessing applications of graduate students for optometry. The OAT is a multiple-choice test which consists of four sections: survey of natural sciences, reading comprehension, physics, and quantitative reasoning, taking a total amount of 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete the test. The OAT is offered all year round in Prometric centers and its registration fee is about 330 U.S. dollars.

For more information on the OAT please visit their website or contact ASAL.