Is it necessary to give TOEFL or IELTS along with GMAT & GRE?


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Aprant Agarwal
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 13:58 IST

TOEFL and IELTS Exam are English language proficiency tests, these are given by those who want to go to a country where English is the preferred language of communication. On the other hand, GRE or GMAT exam assesses the analytical ability of the aspirants. Requirements for standardized graduate admissions tests like GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or IELTS are decided by the colleges, universities, and institutions themselves. It also varies from course to course and university to university. Also, those who belong to an English speaking country may not require to give these English language proficiency tests.

In this article, we will inform you about the major graduate admissions tests and which exam is best suitable for your needs. This will help you in selecting the best-standardized exam which will further help you in getting admission in your selected university. Apart from this, we will also inform the MBA applicants whether they also need to give English language proficiency tests to get into their choice of business schools.

GMAT: This exam is given by those applicants who want to go to business schools. The aspirants are assessed on their mathematical, analytical and verbal skills. The main purpose of this exam is to evaluate the aspirants' ability to study at a business school. The GMAT aspirants can apply to more than 7000 programs at roughly 2300 business schools globally. Top business schools across the world like HarvardINSEAD and Stanford accept the GMAT score of above 720.

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GRE: The GRE General Test is the world’s largest standardized test given by students for securing graduate admissions. This exam is given by students who want to secure admission in graduate programs across all the disciplines. The GRE test assesses the candidates' ability to pursue graduate level studies in different areas. Apart from this, who wants to study particular subjects also give the GRE Subject test. It evaluates candidates' ability in analytical, quantitative and verbal reasoning. The GRE General Test is accepted by thousands of graduate schools across the world. In addition to this, various business and law schools also accept The GRE General Test.

TOEFL: The TOEFL Exam is given by those who want to go to a country where English is the primary language for communication. This test analyzes aspirants' proficiency in English. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 10,000 educational institutes that include, colleges, universities, and other institutions globally.

Importance: Many English speaking countries accept TOEFL Scores to give a visa, so, it an important test for those who want to go abroad. This test is preferred by a majority of the institutes in countries like the US, Canada, and Germany.

IELTS: The IELTS test is given by those who want to study or settle in an English speaking country.

Importance: Countries, where the English language is the main language for communication, needs IELTS Scores for issuing a visa. The IELTS test is preferred by most of the universities in UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

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After analyzing the entire process whether the aspirants who are appearing for who have already cleared GRE or GMAT exam also requires TOEFL and IELTS exam. Yes, those who are appearing for the GRE and GMAT also need to give TOEFL and IELTS tests in order to prove their English language proficiency. 

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