Update 2023 : Entrance Exams for Studying Abroad

August 3, 2023

Embarking on a journey to study abroad? Make sure to choose the right entrance exam for your destination and level of education. Best of luck on your academic endeavors!

Entrance Exams for Studying Abroad: A Quick Guide

✔️ TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test):

Description: Standardizes the evaluation of English language proficiency for non-native speakers.

Skills tested: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

Registration fee: 195 USD (INR 16,046).

Valid: For 2 years from the date of exam

Duration: Less than two hours starting from July 26, 2023.

Acceptance: Universally accepted by over 10,000 institutions in 150+ countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and over 98% of universities in the UK.

✔️ IELTS (International English Language Testing System):

Description: English language proficiency test accepted by 3000+ universities worldwide for migration or higher education.

Formats: IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

Exam fee (pen and paper-based): INR 16,250.

Valid:  For 2 years from the date of exam for educational purposes and 3 years for Migration.

Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Frequency: Can be taken up to four times a month.

✔️ PTE (Pearson Test of English):

Description: Trusted English test for Indian students applying to English-speaking universities abroad.

Acceptance: Recognized in 3000+ universities and colleges, and for visa applications to Australia, New Zealand, some US Universities, UK and Netherlands .

Exam fee: INR 15,900.

Valid: 2 years from the date of exam

Duration: Consists of 20 different question types for Speaking & Writing skills (54 – 67 minutes), Reading skills (29 – 30 minutes), and Listening skills (30 – 43 minutes).

✔️ SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test):

Description: Administered by the College Board for undergraduate studies abroad, especially in the US, Canada, Europe, Singapore, and India.

2023 Exam duration: Reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours 14 minutes.

Valid: 5 years from the date of exam

Indian exam fee: $104 (INR 7,700) for nationals, including a non-US regional fee of $49 (INR 3,600).

✔️ ACT (American College Testing):

Description: Standardized test required for admission to undergraduate schools mainly in the USA, US, Canada and other countries.

Duration: 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Exam fee : (Indians): $176.50 (₹14,630 approx.), and $201.50 (₹16,703 approx.) with the Optional Writing Section.

Valid:No specific expiration date but within 5 years score is preferred.

✔️GRE (Graduate Record Examination):

Description: Important for candidates pursuing graduate studies abroad,mainly in Canada, USA, China, India, and other European countries.

Exam fee: (General Test): ₹22,550 INR and  (Subject Test): ₹14,500 INR.

Duration (after September 22, 2023): Just under 2 hours.

Valid: 5 years from the date of exam

✔️ GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test):

Description: Computer-adaptive test for MBA admissions worldwide.

Exam fees: (test center): US $275 (INR 22,800 approx.) and  (online): US $300 (INR 24,600 approx.).

Duration (GMAT 2023 exam): 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Valid: 5 years from the date of exam


As you embark on your journey to study abroad, the selection of the right entrance exam plays a crucial role in shaping your academic path. Whether you’re aiming for undergraduate or graduate studies, each exam serves as a key gateway to your dream destination. Best of luck on your academic endeavors, and remember that success is within your reach with dedication and preparation. Keep the flame of ambition burning bright as you work towards a brighter and promising future! 🌟📚🚀

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