Top Entrance Exams for Indian Students to Study Abroad


The popularity of studying abroad in Indian students is increasing day by day. More and more students are appearing for entrance exams to study abroad. They all are well known to these scholarship exams which may open their doors to foreign studies. But there are some students who don’t even know that they can go abroad for higher studies by qualifying such entrance exams.

I wish my blog may help students seeking to have the complete information about the exams from which they can fulfil their dreams of studying abroad.

So what you’ve planned for higher studies? What do you want to become? An MBA? A Lawyer? Attain Master of Science degree? Etc.

Eduncle has the complete list of all the exams which may lead you to perform your higher studies from reputed foreign universities and work as gateway to your dreams. Check the exams below!

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

What is GRE?

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an international level test which is conducted for graduate students to take admission in US universities.

The exam is aimed to test the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

GRE Pattern

The GRE is a computer based exam which is administered at Prometric testing centers.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) consists of two separate tests – the General Test and the Subject Test in psychology.

The General Test is further categorized in three parts – verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.

Marking Scheme

General Test

Verbal Reasoning – 200-800 marks.

Quantitative Test – 200-800 Marks

#Scores on the analytical writing test are reported in ½-point increments along a scale of 0 to 6.

Subject Test

Psychological Concepts – 200-800 Marks

Qualifying Criteria

In order to qualify GRE, students are required to score at least 550 in each section.

The students are advised to take the test in the month of September because if you qualify you can easily take admission in desired college as the admissions usually start in Jan, Feb or March months or in case you fail to get a good score in GRE, you may try in December also.

How to Apply?

The candidates who wish to appear in GRE may register themselves at GRE Online.

You can also register by mail by completing the registration form in the GRE Information and Registration Bulletin. You can obtain the latter by downloading it from GRE- Online or by writing to: GRE, CN 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000.

#Note – The students are requested to register early to get their choice of test dates in the busy testing months of November, December, and January. For the Subject Test, you need to register at least six weeks in advance. In any event, you will need to have taken it by February 1 of your senior year to meet the admissions deadlines for most doctoral programs.


Register for GRE


IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test which is conducted to check the English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.

It is jointly administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt. Ltd.

IELTS Pattern

You have two options in IELTS – Academic and General Training.

The IELTS is conducted in four rounds, every students who is appearing in exam has to face all the four rounds. These four rounds are – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The appearing students will have to face Listening, Reading and Writing rounds back to back on the same day and Speaking Round may be held at any day, either 7 day before the tests or after the tests.

Marking Scheme

Time Duration and Questions - Listening Test (40 Questions in 30 Minutes) and Academic and General Reading (40 Questions in 60 Minutes)

Band Score Listening Test Academic Reading General Reading
9 39-40 39-40 40
8.5 37-38 37-38 39
8 35-36 35-36 37-38
7.5 32-34 33-34 36
7 30-31 30-32 34-35
6.5 26-29 27-29 32-33
6 23-25 23-26 30-31
5.5 18-22 19-22 27-29
5 16-17 15-18 23-26
4.5 13-15 13-14 19-22
4 10-12 10-12 15-18
3.5 8-10 8-9 12-14
3 6-7 6-7 9-11
2.5 4-5 4-5 6-8

IELTS Writing

The two writing questions are marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:

Task Achievement

Coherence and Cohesion

Lexical Resource

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

IELTS Speaking

The speaking test is also marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:

Fluency and coherence

Lexical resource

Grammatical range and accuracy


How to Apply?

The students wishing to appear in IELTS may register themselves online within 5 weeks of the test dates. Once chosen a test date will not be postponed and no refund will be applicable unless a particular medical certificates is shown.

For more details, please click here – IELTS Official Website.


Register for IELTS


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

What is TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an international test for those students who wish to enroll themselves in US Universities. The test is aimed to check the English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.

TOEFL Pattern

There are four sections in TOEFL Test pattern – listening, reading, speaking and writing which should be completed in 4 and a half hours to complete.

While performing the test, students have to do these things given below-

Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
Listen and then speak in response to a question
Read, listen and then write in response to a question.

Marking Scheme

Time Duration and Number of Questions – Reading (60-80 minutes for 35-55 questions), listening (60-90 minutes for 34-51 questions), Speaking (20 minutes for 6 tasks) and Writing (50 minutes for 2 tasks).

Section Name Total Points
Reading 0-30 Points
Writing 0-30 Points
Listening 0-30 Points
Speaking 0-30 Points
Total 0-120 Points

How to Apply?

The candidates who wish to appear in TOEFL may register themselves at the Official Website.

For more details, please visit here – TOEFL


Register for TOEFL


GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test)

What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is also called Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) which is conducted to test the certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills.

GMAT’s score ensures the admission in certain foreign business schools. The test is administered in 112 countries around the world.

GMAT Pattern

The GMAT test does not include any questions that estimates your business knowledge. This test is administered computerized and conducted in six days each week, 52 weeks per year. While the exam can be taken at virtually any time, it can only be taken once per 31 days and 5 times per year.

The GMAT Pattern is as follows-

Section Name Type of Questions  Number of Tasks Time Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Multi-Source Reasoning Graphics Interpretation 30 Minutes
Quantitative 37 Questions Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
Verbal 41 Questions Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 75 Minutes
Total Exam Time 3hrs and 30 minutes

Marking Scheme

The verbal and quantitative sections contains 800 points separately. In order to qualify the exams students are required to score at least 500 marks. The good score is considered above 600 point and very good score is when students gain 700 points or more.

In order to stand out the crowd, a students is required to score more than 720 points in GMAT.

How to Apply?

The candidates who wish to appear in GMAT may register themselves at official website of GMAT.

For more details you may also visit – GMAT.


Register for GMAT


OET (Occupational English Test)

What is OET?

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

It provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.

Professions Considered in OET

OET tests international health practitioners in the following 12 professions-

Occupational TherapySpeech Pathology
OptometryVeterinary Science

OET Pattern

OET is a complete paper based exam which is conducted in four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These rounds are conducted at the same day back to back. Different time durations are given for each separate section.

Marking Scheme

The candidates may download the Marking Scheme from the following Link – Marking and Scoring Guide

Qualifying Criteria

In order to qualify OET, the candidates are required to score at least B grade in each of the 4 subjects.

To know more about the procedure which is applied for generating results in OET, please visit the following link – OET Assessment Criteria.

How to Apply?

The candidates who wish to appear in OET may register themselves at official website.

Application Fee – The candidates will have to pay $120 or INR 7472.69/- to apply for this exam.

Mode of Payment – The payment will be made via Credit Card / Bank Cheque / Money Order/ Third Party Payment.

For more details please visit to – OET


Register for OET


Who Recognizes OET?

OET is recognized and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Many organizations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment.  In addition, OET is recognized by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

What is SAT?

SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that ensure your admission in foreign colleges. The test is conducted to assess your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Why to Take SAT?

The students should take SAT in order to refine their knowledge of what colleges should be preferred and what place will be suitable for them to perform their studies and what kind of career option is right for them?

But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

Subjects Offered in SAT

There are variety of languages or subjects which are being considered in SAT subjects.

These subjects are – Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Biology/EM, Chemistry, Physics, French, French with Listening, German, German with Listening, Spanish, Spanish with Listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Chinese with Listening, Japanese with Listening and Korean with Listening.

The candidates may choose their desired subjects and appear in the test accordingly.

SAT Pattern

The SAT is designed to test the skills of thinking and logical reasoning of the candidates. The test is aimed at evaluating students for their writing, reading as well as mathematical skills.

SAT is administered in two parts – SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject based test.

Time Duration – 3 Hours and 45 Minutes.

Total Marks – 2400.

Total Questions – 170 MCQ

Marking Scheme

The scoring scheme of SAT is as follows-

For every correct answer, student is rewarded with +1 point and for every wrong answer, students are punished with -1/4 points.

How to Apply?

The candidates who wish to appear in SAT may register themselves at official website.

Application Fee – The candidates will have to pay $49 or INR 3050/- to apply for this exam. For late Registration the Fee is $76 or INR 4731/- .

More about SAT

The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States in the month of October, November, December, January, March (or April, alternating), May, and June.

The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May, and June administrations.

In other countries, the SAT is offered on the same dates as in the United States except for the first spring test date (i.e., March or April).

For more details, please visit here – SAT


Register for SAT


MCAT (The Medical College Admission Test)

What is MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized MCQ type test which is conducted to test the student’s problem solving ability, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

MCAT Pattern

The MCAT is divided into 4 sections –

Physical Reasoning – 50 Questions in 70 Minutes (Topics – General Chemistry and Physics)

Verbal Reasoning – 40 Questions in 60 Minutes (Topics – Humanities Social Sciences, Natural Science, Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills)

Biological Sciences – 52 Questions in 70 Minutes (Topics – Biology Organic Chemistry Problem)

Trial Section – 32 Questions in 45 Minutes (Bio Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Phycology, Sociology)

Marking Scheme

The MCAT’s marking lies between the scales of 1 to 15.

Who Recognizes MCAT?

The MCAT exam is recognized by almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools.

How to Apply?

The candidates seeking admissions in Foreign Medical Colleges may apply Online through the official website.

Before you can access MCAT Accommodations Online, you first need to create an AAMC account to obtain an AAMC ID number. Please note that you already created an AAMC account if you previously registered for the MCAT exam, started an AMCAS application, or applied for the Fee Assistance Program. If this is the case, you should use the same account to access MCAT Accommodations online. Do NOT create multiple AAMC accounts.

Please visit the following Links to check – MCAT Application Fee and MCAT Important Dates.

For more details, please visit here – MCAT


Register for MCAT


In this blog I have discussed all the exams which are popular amongst Indian Students. Whether you are a Science-Math student or a law students or a medical students or belong to commerce field, the information provided above will definitely help you to at least give a chance to your luck.

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