Test Information- GRE®, GMAT™, TOEFL® and IELTS®
- Q1. Which examinations are required for Higher Education in America?
- The GRE® (Graduate Record Examination) is required for Master's and Doctoral Degree courses in all subjects other than Management (i.e. in Engineering, Physics, Biology, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Psychology, etc.)
- The GMAT® (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) is required for all Management courses. It is also advisable to take the GMAT® if you are applying for an MS in related fields like Finance, Accounting, Marketing.
- The SAT™ (Scholastic Aptitude Test™) is required for all undergraduate i.e. bachelor's-level courses.
- The TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) / IELTS® (International English Language Testing System) is required for all international students whose native language is not English and are seeking admission to American universities.
- Q2. Which examinations are required for courses in Management Information Systems (MIS)?
Some universities require you to take the GRE® whereas some require you to take the GMAT™. The majority of the universities accept both. However, we recommend that you check the specific requirements of the universities you are interested in applying to
- Q3. What is the minimum score required on the GRE®, the GMAT® and the TOEFL® tests for admission to a good American University?
Most universities do not have a 'cut-off', but to secure admission to a good American university, the score required in these examinations is as follows:
- The GRE® test: 320 and above out of 340 for admission to the top 50 universities with financial assistance. 310 and above for universities in the top 100 universities. Of course a student may get admission in a reasonably good university if his score is at least 290.
- The GMAT® test: good business schools require a GMAT® score of 600 out of 800 for admission. Obtaining financial aid and admission to the top 50 universities requires a score of more than 730. Of course a student may get admission in a reasonably good university if his score is at least 450.
- The TOEFL® test: Most graduate/undergraduate schools require a minimum score of 80 (out of a maximum of 120) for admission, but some good universities demand a minimum score of 100.
- Q4. How many times can the GRE®, the GMAT® and the TOEFL® tests be taken and which score is considered?
The tests can be taken multiple times. You can report only the best score using the ScoreSelect option offered by ETS. The admission decision is at the discretion of the university.
- Q5. When should the tests be taken if one wants to apply in the Fall/Spring semester?
Students aspiring to join American Universities in the Fall Semester beginning in August/September should take the examinations latest by January of that year. Students planning to join in the Spring Semester beginning in January should take the examinations latest by August in the preceding year
- Q6. What is the subject GRE® test? Is it compulsory?
For admission to master's courses in biological sciences and pure sciences, it is recommended that you take the subject GRE® test. A good performance in the test proves that you have adequate preparation to enter a graduate program. Moreover the subject GRE® test score may be an added advantage for getting financial aid.
To know more about the subject test, please visit the official web site
- Q7. Do Business schools accept GRE® scores for admission to MBA programs? Where can I find such schools?
Yes, many Business schools have started accepting GRE® scores for admission to MBA programs. To get a complete list of schools and MBA programs that accept GRE® scores please click here
- Q8. Is 15-years of formal education in India enough for applying for a master's degree in USA?
Generally, American universities require that you complete 16 years of education before enrolling for a graduate program. Therefore students who have obtained a bachelor's degree after 15 years of education are required to complete a master's degree to qualify for admission to an American university. Students with an exceptional academic record can get admission in spite of 15 years of education, but they will be required to take pre-requisite courses.
- Q9. Are external degrees, distance learning and autonomous courses or part-time post-graduate diplomas accepted by US universities?
American universities are not generally willing to accept bachelor's or master's degrees obtained through correspondence courses. Also, degrees offered by institutes not affiliated to recognized universities are not accepted.
- Q10. Is work experience required for admission to an MBA course?
Apart from a good GMAT® score, many universities ask for work experience of at least 2 years