Excitement, anxiety and apprehension, this is what every student feels while waiting to appear for college admission tests. Excitement over the prospect of joining an institute which they have aspired for, anxiety over what kind of questions they will face in the admission test and apprehension on whether they will be able to score well.

The best universities, colleges and educational institutions always look for the brightest students who can add value to their establishments. This is the basic reason behind the admission tests. The more reputed and eminent a college is, the harder it is to get admitted into it.

University students from King's College London, sitting exams

The following facts are enough to underline how seriously admission tests and entrance exams are taken:

  1. According to a study conducted by Stanford University’s Centre of Education Policy Analysis, a staggering 1.5 million students purchase test preparation and tutoring services for the SAT, spending nearly $530 million every year.
  2. In India, a total of 1.19 Lakh students appeared for the IIT JEE (Indian Institutes of Technology, Joint Entrance Examination) of which 27,152 students qualified. The massive turnout can be attributed towards the students’ ambition to join IITs, which are simply the best institutes in India.

Preparing for admission tests requires time and patience. One cannot master the tests overnight by going through basic study materials. Moreover the tests are unlike normal exams and are devised to test the capability of a student and not just how much they have studied.

Know the pattern

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The first step while preparing for admission exams and entrance tests is to familiarize yourself with the pattern of the test for which you are appearing. Going through previous papers will give you an idea of what to expect in the tests.

Solve previous papers

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Just going through previous exam papers is not enough. Students must solve them just like they do in a real exam. This will let them identify areas of weakness so that they can work on improving them.

Take help

It’s not a bad idea to join a class especially for the entrance test. Famous tests like SAT, IELTS have coaching classes held by experts who help students and train them for the tests.

Famous tests required for admission in top colleges around the world

Due to the facilities they provide for their students, some countries have become famous for their universities and educational institutions. For instance, the United States of America is the most preferred educational destination in the world. Universities and colleges in countries like UK, Canada, and Singapore etc. have their own standards which students need to match if they wish to gain admission. Following are the most famous tests which are a must for students who want to study abroad.

1) SAT

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The Scholastic Aptitude Test (more commonly known as SAT) is the basic and most important entrance test for universities and colleges in America. It tests the mathematical, reading and writing skills of the student. Among the 1.4 million students who attempt SAT, 90,000 are foreign students.

2) IELTS

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IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is basically a test which gauges the candidate’s proficiency in English. The test is a must if one wants to study in countries like UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

3) TOEFL

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TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Valid for two years, this test is also one the important tests and is required by many universities around the globe.

Apart from these famous exams, several universities and colleges have their own customized exams. In order to prepare for entrance exams, what matters is how much you have learnt, rather than how many hours of study you have put in for preparation.