Standardized Tests - What They Mean

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Standardized Tests - What They Mean

The type of standardized test you may be required to take depends on the particular program of study you're hoping to get into. The level of the certificate/degree and the program field have a lot to do with admission requirements. All colleges and universities will let you know what their admission requirements are, but you may not be entirely sure what is involved when it comes to standardized tests. Below is a list of the most common tests and what they're for:

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - This test is used to assess knowledge at the undergraduate level.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – This test is required for students applying to undergraduate programs and assesses potential for college study.

American College Testing (ACT) Assessment – Certain undergraduate programs require this test to assess your educational development and aptitude for college. You'll be tested for your math, English, reading, and science knowledge.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – This test is typically administered to anyone enrolling in non-business related programs and assesses analytical, quantitative, and verbal skills.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) – This test is required for graduate level business and administration programs and tests your analytical, mathematical, and verbal abilities.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT) – This test is more typical for students enrolling in psychology and related fields and is used to test reasoning.

Test of English as a Foreign Language – This test is administered to students whose first language is not English.



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