Admissions exams

Admissions exams are a way for universities to compare applicants who might come from different backgrounds and educational systems across the USA and the world.

Results are used to support part of a university’s admissions and merit-based scholarship decisions. They can assess, among other things:

  • Verbal reasoning and language analysis
  • Critical reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics and data analysis
  • Subject knowledge

Are they required?

Universities can set their own admission requirements. Most will require the submission of admissions exam scores.

However, some graduate schools don't require exam scores. In lieu of a test score, an institution might require you to submit more substantial writing sample.

View the pages in this section to learn more about the exams, testing dates and useful tips.