Comparison between SAT, GRE, ACT, TOFEL and IELTS
University admissions tests are a very important part of a student's academic life and the thought of them can also make even the bravest student understandably a little nervous, but with study groups, practice exams and preparation material, as well as an understanding of what each test involves, taking an entrance exam isn't nearly as frightening as it sounds. Here are the basic exams for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs: The undergraduate SAT test is America's longest-running and most widely-used test; it's also what automatically springs to mind when thinking of entrance examinations. The SAT measures writing and literacy aptitude against university standards and predicts how well students are going to be able to function in terms of analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities and focuses on writing, critical reading and mathematics. The ACT test is quickly gaining popularity and, over the last few years, nearly as many students have taken the ACT test as the SAT. The ACT exam assesses general education competency covering four basic areas: math, reading, science and English, with material taken from grades seven through 12. There are also entrance examinations for graduate programs, so anyone who wants to continue their education is likely to encounter at least one of these: The GRE test, or Graduate Record Exam, is the test most commonly required for admission into graduate programs. The GRE is available in sixteen different disciplines, with a writing assessment administered separately. Students going on to medical school will be required to take the MCAT, or the Medical University Admission Test. In addition to assessing verbal skills, critical thinking and problem-solving it also incorporates scientific components which relate to medicine. The test is administered by the Association of American Medical Universities. Business students will find themselves signing up for the GMAT test, or the General Management Aptitude Test, which focuses on mathematical and analytical skills, as well as general verbal competency. Admission to law school requires sitting the LSAT—the Law School Admission Test, which is administered by the Law School Admission Council. The LSAT is a half-day long exam, which assesses verbal reasoning and reading skills that law schools require their entrants to possess. Finally, for international students, there is the TOEFL. TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and consists of four parts: listening and responding to questions, identifying grammatical mistakes and restructuring sentences, reading comprehension and writing an assigned essay. While many of these exams may sound intimidating, good preparation, which includes study-guides and test-exams, can work wonders in helping students achieve their goals with confidence and skill.