Students from outside the U.S. usually have academic backgrounds very different from students who attended high school or college in the U.S. In addition, international students most likely have studied various academic subjects in a language other than English. Therefore, admission officers at U.S. colleges and universities use standardized tests to determine how well an international applicant`s academic and language background match the academic expectations at that particular institution. Tests can help an admission officer answer several important questions about an international applicant. These include:
- How well a student is likely to perform academically upon enrolling in a college or university?
- What are a student`s academic strengths and weaknesses?
- How well will a student understand a subject in English which they may have studied in another language?
- How well will a student be able to understand lectures in English?
- How well will a student be able to write and undertake research in English?
U.S. standardized tests are primarily multiple-choice tests. Keep in mind that tests are only one part of the application - good test scores alone do not guarantee admission to the schools of your choice.