Nearly all universities in the United States require applicants to take what are known as ‘standardized tests’ designed to measure students’ aptitude for further study.
Students whose native language is not English must also demonstrate their proficiency by taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Exam, which are both administered all over the world. Both TOEFL and IELTS measure the ability of nonnative English speakers to use and understand the English language as it is heard, spoken, read and written in the university classroom.
Undergraduate programs usually require the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)or the ACT. The SAT tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. It is also widely accepted by colleges.
Graduate schools of business and MBA programs usually require theGraduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT consists of four main sections—Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. Post-graduate programs in other disciplines generally require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE includes three sections—verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Information about required tests will be included in the application information provided by the college or university online or through their application materials.
Other specialized tests are offered for professional programs such as Law, Medicine, Dentistry, etc.
You can find education-relevant information and resources in the following websites. SAT
New York Times Education Articles
New York Times Education Resources
New York Times – Chinese Edition
AN AMERICAN SECRET – EDUCATION USA CHINA
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A team of dedicated professionals work in Beijing to share information about American colleges. The EducationUSA team is funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs under the responsibility of the State Department of the United States. Their website provides information in Chinese and English and provides free advice and arranges presentations from visiting American colleges. In addition to meeting potential students in person, there is an EducationUSA China blog –http://blog.sina.com.cn/educationusachina and an active response throughhttp://weibo.com/educationusa. Because we want to show solidarity for their good work, we suggest that anyone looking for free basic information on education start there! We know American colleges go to them for information about their recruiting strategy.