Language Tests

Language Tests


As with many post-secondary educational degrees, some Masters degree programmes require a certain score on a standardized admissions test. The first thing you will need to do is find out which test your degree programme requires and the minimum score that must be obtained for admission. There is a fee to sit most standardized tests. You must register and pay for the exams in advance, as test centres allow only a limited number of students per session.

If you plan to study in the U.S., some schools require that your application include a standardized test score such as the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GRE (Graduate Records Examination).

Most standardized testing organizations will provide test takers with some sort of practice materials to help them prepare. These materials typically review the topics covered by the tests, as well as including practice quizzes and exams.

In addition to the materials provided by the testing organizations, there are a variety of test preparation materials produced by other organizations. There are even classes available to help you prepare. You can purchase books and study guides online and in bookstores. Most of these publications are very similar, and give you the chance to practise from a wealth of materials.

Tests measuring language proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language tests your ability to understand Standard North American English. The TOEFL is used by North American colleges and graduate schools to evaluate the level of English-language proficiency of international student applicants (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

The English for International Communication (TOEIC) test measures English proficiency, specifically as it is used in real-life situations in the business world and other professions.

The Test of Spoken English measures the ability of non-native English speakers to communicate orally in English. The TSE consists of nine items; each of these requires examinees to perform a particular speech act, such as narrating, recommending, persuading or expressing  and  supporting an opinion.

The International English Language Testing System is administered by the British Council and covers the four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) 

The TEF is a standardized test designed to assess one's level of French language comprehension and speaking skills.

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