When you apply to a U.S. Or other international college or university, you will probably be asked to provide your test scores for the SAT (for undergraduate program) or GRE (for postgraduate programs), which are standardized college entrance exams.
While these college entrance exams are an important consideration in the admission process at American, and other International schools, you can still overcome a low score by displaying strengths in other areas, such as your school grades, your application essay, community service, letter of recommendation or your experiences.
The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is administered by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. The SAT is intended to forecast a student’s ability to perform in his or her freshman (first) year at college or university. The current SAT Reasoning Test takes three hours and forty-five minutes, and costs $45 ($71 International), excluding late fees.
The College Board states that the SAT measures literacy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in college.
SAT and ACT (American College Test) Contacts:
ACT Universal Testing
P.O. Box 4028,
Tel: 319-337-1448, 52243-4028,
Iowa City, IA U.S.A)
Scores from these tests are intended to supplement the secondary school record and help admission officers put local data in an international perspective.
SAT has been more popular in Nigeria than ACT. There are some colleges that require the ACT to be taken, and a few schools that formerly did not accept the SAT at all. Nearly all colleges accept the test.
SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections.
The SAT has three sections and three scores, each on a scale of 200 to 800.
Critical Reading (200-800)
The average total score is approximately 1,538 points (520 in Math, 510 in Writing, and 508 in Critical Reading). An average score is acceptable for most colleges and universities. However, some of the top schools will expect you to achieve an SAT score of 2,100 or more. A score above 2,100 puts you in the 90th percentile, meaning that you scored better on the test than 90% of test takers.
Visit www.collegeboard.com/student for details and sample test questions or write
College SAT Program
PO Box 6200
If you are applying for graduate/ postgraduate school (advanced study after receiving the equivalent of a four-year university degree), you may need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Many United States and other international English-Speaking schools place the same importance upon the GRE for acceptance into graduate study that they place upon the SAT or ACT for undergraduate studies.
Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in 1949, the GRE General Test measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills acquired over time and that are not related to any specific field of study. GRE Subject Tests measure knowledge of particular subjects, such as Biology, English, Literature in English, or Mathematics. Scores from these tests help predict an individual’s success in studies on the graduate level.
GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered by select qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor. The official cost of the general test is $160 as of the date of this publication. ETS erases all test records that are older than 5 years.
Visit the GRE website for all the information you should need, including sample questions.
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