The Importance of English Proficiency Tests

You open the website to apply to a University and see that almost all of them require something called an International English Language exam. It is usually required when your high school did not offer, or you did not obtain was SAT’s or IGCSE’s. Too much information, I know…well let me explain why it is important to take an International Language exam before applying to a university abroad.

What is an International English Language Exam?

An International English language exam is a standardized English language test which is the same all over the world no matter where you decide to take it. This exam is done by students applying to a university that teach their courses in the English language and if you did not have the chance to take SAT or IGCSES, you will be required to take one of these exams whilst applying.

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How To Get Proof of English Language Proficiency


The letters IELTS stand for International English language test system, it is an exam taken by non-native English speakers to test their ability in English and is monitored and managed by the British council. IELTS is available in: Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS exam is accepted in several academic institutions in multiple countries all around the world including

  1. Australia
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Ireland
  5. New Zealand
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The letters TOEFL stands for test of language as a foreign English language, TOEFL is a trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests. ETS issues official score reports which are sent independently to institutions and are valid for two years following the test. The test determines whether the student applying is ready to pursue a degree program in English and measures the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Rather than testing only one skill at a time, TOEFL questions test a combination of skills together. For example, students may be asked to read a text and then speak about it. For more information about the content of test and question types, please visit the TOEFL website.

TOEFL exam is also accepted in several academic institutions in multiple countries all around the world

Accepted in over 10,000 universities and institutions worldwide, including universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, the United States, across Europe and Asia, as well as all of the world’s top 100 universities. TOEFL is administered by a US-based organization. TOEFL is one of the most preferred English-language tests for students wanting to study abroad.

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In conclusion, if you didn’t take IGCSE or SAT exams and are not a native English speaker it means you do not have a valid English degree. However, that’s not a problem that should concern you, as you can take one of the international English exams that we just discussed. It will do the same job as a degree and it can also be one of the requirements whilst applying for a job in the future so such an exam will not just boost your CV but makes the process of you applying to a University easier.

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