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3. Registration & Testing

Almost all universities require some kind of testing to properly evaluate prospective students. These tests are often rigorous and have significant importance in securing admissions. Just registering for these tests is itself an extensive task and can be confusing at times.

For this reason, our certified counselors will help you to both register and prepare for the various tests that your preferred universities require. This helps speed up the process for you and increases the probability of your applications being accepted.

Scroll down to learn more about each of the various tests the universities will require, and click the link below to schedule a free consultation at our office.  We can then guide you in more detail about which test(s) you'll need to take based on your qualification level, your preferred curriculumm and the requirements of your preferred universities.


American College Testing

American College Testing (ACT) is an exam designed to measure high school students' general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Specifically, ACT states that its scores provide an indicator of "college readiness", and that scores in each of the subtests correspond to skills in entry-level college courses in English, algebra, social science, humanities, and biology. According to a research study conducted by ACT, Inc. in 2003, there was a relationship between a student's ACT composite score and the probability of him or her earning a college degree.

Most colleges use ACT scores as only one factor in the admission process. Students should check with their prospective institutions directly to understand ACT admissions requirements. The majority of colleges do not indicate a preference for the SAT or ACT exams and accept both, being treated equally by most admissions officers. According to "Uni in the USA," colleges that also require students to take the SAT Subject Tests do so regardless of whether the candidate took the SAT or ACT. However, some colleges accept the ACT in place of the SAT Subject tests and some accept the optional ACT Writing section in place of an SAT Subject Test.

The required portion of the ACT is divided into four multiple choice subject tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Each question answered correctly is worth one raw point, and there is no penalty for marking incorrect answers on the multiple-choice parts of the test; a student can answer all questions without a decrease in their score due to incorrect answers. This is parallel to several AP Tests eliminating the penalties for incorrect answers. To improve the result, students can retake the test, and 55% of students who retake the ACT improve their scores.


Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement program (AP) enables qualified high school students to take college-level coursework while in high school. AP courses follow the content and curricular objectives established by the College Board. All AP courses receive additional weight in the calculation of grade point averages, and colleges and universities have the option of accepting AP exam scores for college credit.

Students should expect subject matter and course workloads to be similar to a college-level course. All students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the College Board AP Exam for that course in May of the enrolled school year. While there is a fee associated with the taking of each AP exam, qualified students may receive exam fee reductions or fee waivers entirely. By taking AP Exams each May, students may earn AP Scholar Awards from the College Board, which recognizes student success and achievement in AP courses and on AP Exams.


Graduate Management Admission Test

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is designed to evaluate a student's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA program. It requires specific knowledge of grammar, algebra, geometry, and arithmetic, and it assesses the student's analytical writing, problem-solving abilities, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. It can be taken up to five times a year but no more than 8 times total. Attempts must be at least 16 days apart.

GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300+ graduate business schools around the world accept the GMAT as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance programs and others. The GMAT is administered in standardized test centers in 114 countries around the world. The GMAT is the number one choice for MBA candidates.


Graduate Record Exam

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is a standardized test required for admission by many of the graduate schools in the United States and Canada. The GRE is owned and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and was established in 1936 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The GRE is designed to evaluate the student's verbal reasoning, financial math, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The GRE is comprised of specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary sections. The emphasis placed on the GRE test results varies widely between schools and even departments within schools in the graduate school admissioins process. Hence, the importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an highly important selection factor.

There is a fee to take the GRE, although the ETS will reduce this fee under certain circumstances. It also provides financial aid to those GRE applicants who prove economic hardship. ETS does not release scores that are older than five years, although graduate program policies on the acceptance of scores older than five years will vary.


International English Language Testing System

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world. IELTS test content is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle or location. Students can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future. IELTS is a test of all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Why take the IELTS?

It is the test for study − thousands of the world’s most reputable universities and colleges will accept your IELTS results as evidence of your English language proficiency. It is the test for professionals − professional registration bodies in many fields will accept an IELTS result, including accounting, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and teaching bodies in many countries. This means that after completing your studies, you may need to take the test in order to gain professional registration in an English-speaking country. If you choose IELTS as the test you take to enter university, you will be familiar with the IELTS test format when you sit it again for professional registration.

It is also the test for migration − IELTS is required by governments in more countries than any other English language test as a requirement for permanent residency. The governments of the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand accept IELTS results. It’s the test that’s fairer to you – did you know that IELTS is the only high-stakes English language test where your Speaking test is one-on-one with an examiner in a private room where you will not be interrupted by other test takers? There are no computers, no technical problems and no distractions.


National Admissions Test for Law

The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) is an aptitude test that was adopted in 2004 by eight UK university law programs as an admissions requirement for home applicants. The test was established at Oxford University as an answer to the problem facing universities of how to select from an increasingly competitive candidate pool with similarly high GPA levels. With effect from its second year, the LNAT is required for UK and overseas applicants alike. There are now nine participating law schools and hundreds of test centers worldwide.


Law School Admissions Test

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test administered seven times each year to prospective law school candidates at testing centers throughout the world.  The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada (common law programs only), the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a growing number of other countries.

The exam is designed to assess reading comprehension as well as logical and verbal reasoning proficiency, and has six total sections that include four scored multiple choice sections, an unscored experimental section, and an unscored writing section. Raw scores are converted to a scaled score with a high of 180, a low of 120, and a median score around 150. When an applicant applies to a law school all scores from the past five years are reported and either the highest score or an average of the scores is used.


Medical College Admission Test

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized computer-based test for medical student candidates in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Caribbean Islands. It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.

The MCAT exam tests each student's critical analysis and reasoning skills, and measures their knowledge of general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, biochemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology. The MCAT requires more than just an understanding of prior content, it is a test of critical reasoning skills that rewards each student on their ability to apply test content. Knowing how to interpret and solve complex problems is the key factor to acheiving a high test score.


Scholastic Aptitude Test

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized multiple choice test used by most colleges and universities in the United States for admissions. The SAT is designed to measures a high school student's readiness for college, and provides colleges with a common data point that is used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers compare each student's SAT test scores with their high school GPA, the classes they took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays.

The emphasis placed on their raw SAT scores varies from school to school. However, the higher each student scores on their SAT and/or ACT test, the more opportunities open up to them regarding which schools they'll be accepted to and the funding that will be available to them. While most colleges and universities will accept scores from either the SAT or ACT, and have no preference one test over the other, most student applicatants are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT to cover all bases.


Test of English as a Foreign Language

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test that is designed to measure the English language ability of non-native applicants that wish to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS. There are four sections to the test including reading, listening, speaking, and writing. TOEFL is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS)  which designs and administers the tests. The ETS issues the test reports to institutions and are valid for two years following the test.


University Clinical Aptitude Test

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is one of the three main metrics used by the majority of universities in Australia and New Zealand to accept student applicants into health related careers such as medicine and dentistry. The other two criteria that are used are their high school final exam scores and personal interviews.

Because the demand for medicine, dentistry and some other health science courses has become so significant, the score required to get into such courses became extremely high. Universities therefore needed another method for selecting students into medicine. UCAT was designed to assess a variety of qualities that are considered desirable in the health professions, including problem solving, empathy and abstract reasoning skills.

The UCAT is a two hour test that consists of five separet sections using a multiple-choice format. Many universities also use an interview to select students into medicine and dentistry.

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