What is SAT, ACT, IBDP, GRE, GMAT, and WES?

January 22, 2018

Required Admission Tests

When students apply for admission at some universities, whether for their undergraduate studies or graduate studies, they come across certain requirements that they are either familiar with and are prepared for, or are not familiar with and must prepare for.

As I mentioned in other posts, you need to prepare well in advance before you apply for admission at any university. Search your target university and your target major months before you apply, see what the requirements are and prepare them. 

I list below some of the requirements that most universities worldwide request for as prerequisites to support your application for admission:


Used to stand for Scholastic Aptitude Test then the Scholastic Assessment Test then just the SAT. Mainly required by USA universities and colleges from students applying for undergraduate studies. It is intended to assess the students’ readiness for college.

It tests your knowledge of reading, writing, and math. SAT scores complement your high school grades for higher chances of admission to USA universities or colleges.

To enhance your knowledge and get more practice, I recommend this study guide:


Originally an abbreviation for American College Testing. Used by USA colleges and universities’ undergraduate admissions to assess students’ readiness for college or university.

It tests your knowledge in English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Most USA universities and colleges will accept either the ACT or SAT.

To enhance your knowledge and get more practice, I recommend this study guide


Stands for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. A two year educational program aimed at students aged 16-19. It provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is accepted by many universities worldwide.

IBDP is taught in schools in over 140 countries. It offers pathways to universities and employment.


Stands for Graduate Record Exam. It’s required from students who are seeking graduate studies like Master degrees and PhD. It is intended to assess the student’s critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills.

If you re-do the GRE test to improve your scores, you can always select the best scores to send to the university from either your first attempt or second attempt or any attempt.

To enhance your knowledge and get more practice, I recommend this study guide:

Students seeking graduate studies in pretty much any subject like science, art, business, can submit the GRE to support their application. However, some universities request GMAT, for MBA for example, so you need to search the university for list of requirements.


Stands for the Graduate Management Admission Test. It’s mainly required from students seeking graduate management schools like MBA to make admission decisions.

It will test your analytical writing assessment (AWA), integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal skills. Thousands of universities worldwide either require or accept the GMAT test from MBA seekers.

To enhance your knowledge on GMAT and get more practice, I recommend this study guide:


Stands for World Education Services. It provides credentials evaluation for international students planning to study in USA and Canada. It’s based in New York city and Toronto.

Several USA and Canadian universities will require your high school certificates and/or post secondary education transcripts be evaluated by WES as a condition to apply for admission.

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