Study in the USA: Graduate – Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests

U.S. universities set their own admission procedures and requirements.  As a part of the application process, most American colleges will require you submit scores from one of the standardized admission tests given in the U.S.  There are some colleges and universities that do not require international applicants to take admissions tests, and some schools do not ask for admission test scores from any applicant.  Visit the individual university websites to find specific admission test requirements.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) will measure your language ability as it relates to speaking, writing, listening and reading.  The TOEFL iBt is offered in major cities across Saudi Arabia. For registration and more information, including test preparation, please visit The ETS website.

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The Graduate Record Examination is often required by graduate schools in fields other than professional programs such as medicine, dentistry or law.  The GRE is offered in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran.  For registration and more information, including test preparation, visit the College Board website.

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The Graduate Management Admission Test is usually required for applicants to business or management programs.  The GMAT is a computer based exam and is offered in Riyadh and Dammam.  For registration and more information, including test preparation, visit

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The Law School Admission Test is required of Applicants to professional law programs (J.D.) and some postgraduate law programs in American law schools.  This test is offered four times a year and is not offered in Saudi Arabia at this time.  The closest testing locations are in the United Arabia Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon.

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The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three part exam required of all foreign medical graduates who wish to be licensed to practice medicine or apply to a residency program in the United States.  For more information, please visit .

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