List of admission tests to colleges and universities

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This is a list of standardized tests that students may need to take for admissions to various colleges or universities. Tests of language proficiency are excluded here.

Only tests not included within a certain secondary schooling curriculum are listed. Thus, those tests initially focused on secondary–school–leaving, e.g., GCE A–Levels in the UK, or French Baccalaureate, are not listed here, although they function as the de facto admission tests in those countries (see list of secondary school leaving certificates).




  • ATARAustralian Tertiary Admission Rank, aptitude test for school leavers, replacing UAI, ENTE and TER; Queensland currently uses the OP System, but will switch to the national ATAR system for year 10 students in 2018 (who will be scheduled to graduate from year 12 in 2020).
  • STATSpecial Tertiary Admissions Test, aptitude test for non–school leavers.
  • UCAT – University Clinical Aptitude Test, required for undergraduate entry to many Australian and New Zealand undergraduate-entry medical and dental schools.
  • GAMSAT – Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test, required for graduate entry to many Australian graduate–entry medical and dental schools.
  • International Student Admissions Test


  • University Admission Test – Undergraduate level admission test. Each University has its own admission test.
  • Medical Admission Test – Undergraduate level medical Admission Test. It is a national level entrance examination.


  • Caribbean Examinations Council.[1]







  • SABER 11 Exam – Test for all undergraduate students that want to apply to a university in Colombian territory.


  • Prueba de Ingreso a la Universidad – Set of exams in different subject matters for all students who want to enter any university in Cuba.


  • Baccalauréat (or Bac) – Test for all undergraduate students who are looking to enter a university in France.


  • Abitur – Test for German students who want to apply to a university.


  • Panhellenic Examinations – Subject tests for Greek students who want to apply to a university.

Hong Kong[edit]

Admission processes differ in institutes. For secondary school students applying for degree–level programmes provided by the University Grants Committee (UGC)–funded institutes, they can only apply through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), which uses Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) and Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) as benchmark agency until academic year 2011/12, and Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) since 2011/12.

JUPAS is not used in most non-UGC/non–degree level programmes, even these institutes still use the examination results that JUPAS uses as benchmark agency.


From 2020 all students who would like to apply for a university in Hungary will have to prove their language skills. They are required to pass a nationally accredited language exam at B2 CEFR level.

Érettségi (Matura)is the national school leaving exam, where school leavers take exams in 5 or more subjects, among which Hungarian Grammar and Literature, Maths, History and one foreign language is cumpolsory and at least 1 other subject has to be chosen.

Érettségi is divided into 2 levels. Most universities require at least one subject to be taken at Higher Level. From 2020 onwards, students wishing to enter into higher education will be required to have 1 subject taken at Higher Level.


Admission procedures and entry tests vary widely across states and universities/institutes. Usually, admission to a university in a state is based upon the performance of the candidates in the statewide Higher Secondary examinations. These are usually given after completion of the twelfth standard/grade, for example, the HSC examinations of Maharashtra. Some states also have special entrance examinations for entry into engineering and medical programs, for example, the Common Entrance Test in Karnataka, or the Common Entrance Test in Delhi. Admission into federally established institutes like the Central Universities, the IITs, and the NITs is usually based on a combination of performance in nationwide exams such as the JEE-MAINS and the state–level Higher Secondary examinations. Admission into federally established institutes like the NISER and the CBS is based on performance in the nationwide exam – the NEST. Admission to the National Law Universities is based on a national level entry examination conducted annually by the CLAT.

State Level[edit]

West Bengal

  • WBJEE – West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination.


  • BCECE – Test for admissions into medical, engineering and pharmacy course in the Bihar.

BCECE Board is the only institute of its kind in the country that cares about proxy students. At the examination centre candidates have to proceed through three thorough steps to avoid proxy.

Madhya Pradesh

  • MP–PET – Test for admissions into medical, engineering and pharmacy course in the M.P.

Board is the only institute of its kind in the country that organizes competitive tests all over India for entrance to various professional courses every year on a very large scale.


  • CG–PET – Test for admissions into Engineering Graduate Course in C.G.
  • CG–PMT – Test for admissions into Medical Course in C.G.


  • RPET – Test for admissions into engineering colleges (Mostly government sponsored and some affiliated private) in Rajasthan.
  • RPMT – Test for admissions into medical and pharmacy course in Rajasthan.


  • GUJCET – Test for admissions into medical, engineering and pharmacy course in the state.
  • GCET – Test for admissions into MCA and MBA programs in the state.
  • PAT – Test for admissions into Masters in Urban Planning programs at BCHS, APIED V.V. Nagar.

Andhra Pradesh



  • CEE – Standard means of entry to Delhi Technological University (DTU, formerly Delhi College of Engineering – DCE) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT).

Although from 2010, the CEE has been cancelled and instead both of the above listed institutes will conduct counseling and admissions via the score in AIEEE exam.

  • CET – Standard means of entry to State government engineering college (CBPGEC, AIT, GBPGEC) and affiliated self–financed college. GGSIPU, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.


  • Common Entrance Test, the Karnataka common entrance test (KCET) – Test for admission into public and private medical and engineering colleges.
  • Comed–K, conducted by the Consortium of medical and engineering colleges of Karnataka – Test for admission into private engineering and medical colleges.


  • KEAM – Kerala Engineering and Medical Entrance are conducted for admission to the private and government engineering colleges.


  • MHT–CET – Maharashtra Health sciences & Technical – Common Entrance Test – Test for admission into medical and engineering schools.
  • MPSC – Aptitude test for graduates who wish to join Administrative services in the state of Maharashtra.


  • Orissa JEE – The Orissa Joint Entrance Examination – Test for admission into medical, engineering management schools

Uttar Pradesh

  • SEE–UPTU – Previously Asia's biggest university but now split into 2 separate universities namely Gautam Buddha Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University. It conducts examination for engineering, architecture, pharmacy and management courses.

Tamil Nadu

  • TNPCEE – Test for undergraduate admissions in the select universities in the state of Tamil Nadu. This test has been removed from admission requirements from the academic year 2007–08 following approval from the then president Dr. APJ Abdulkalam

Single Entrance Examination for Medical Entrance

The Medical Council of India has determined that there will be only one common entrance test each for over 30,000 MBBS seats and over 11,000 MD seats in all government and medical colleges in the country. Earlier (until this year[which?]), students wanting to take up courses in medicine had to appear in at least five to six MBBS and MD entrance tests for various colleges and worry about problems like clash of exam dates as well as travel to distant places for counseling for allotment of seats. A new notification has come that from 2017 there will be a single entrance exam for medical colleges in India NEET.



  • SBMPTN – (Seleksi Bersama Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri) A competitive test for undergraduate admissions in public universities in Indonesia. Students may choose one out of 3 exams: Science (Basic Test, Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), Social (Basic Test, Economy, Sociology, Geography, and History), or Mixed (Both of them). Each major in each university falls into a Science or Social category.
  • SNMPTN – (Seleksi Nasional Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri)

Conducted jointly by some universities

  • UMB – Ujian Masuk Bersama – Test for undergraduate admissions in some state and private colleges.
  • SBM–PTAIN – Test for entering public Islamic universities in Indonesia.

By universities







Each University in Mexico has its own admission procedures. Some of them might use the EXANI–I from Centro Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación Superior "CENEVAL" (National Center for Higher Education Assessment). Many also use the Prueba de Aptitud Académica offered by the College Board Puerto Rico y America Latina. However, due to the autonomous nature of most universities in Mexico, many universities use admissions tests that they develop themselves.

  • "Examen de admisión al Nivel Superior del Instituto Politécnico Nacional" (Admission Exam to the Higher Level of the National Polytechnic Institute).
  • "Examen Nacional de Ingreso a la Educación Media Superior" (National Entrance Exam to the Upper–Intermediate Education) also known as EXANI–I.
  • "Acuerdo 286 Bachillerato" (286 Baccalaureate Agreement), also known as ACREDITA–BACH. High School Diploma Equivalent.
  • "Examen General de Egreso de la Licenciatura" (General Egress Exam of the bachelor's degree). also known as EGEL.
  • "Examen para Profesionales Técnicos en Enfermería" (Exam for Nursing Technical Professionals), also known as EGEPT–ENFER.
  • "Examen General de Conocimientos y Habilidades para la Acreditación de la Licenciatura en Enseñanza del Inglés" (General Knowledge and Skills Test for the Accreditation of the English Teaching bachelor's degree), also known as EGAL–EIN.


Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) – a standardized test taken by colleges to take admissions for BBA and BBM.


  • Eindexamen – also known as centraal examen (central exam) – a standardized test taken by Dutch students in conclusion of their high school education (voortgezet onderwijs; "continued education").



  • NAT-I/II – National Aptitude Test, for admission in most universities and colleges of Pakistan.

It is conducted by the National Testing Service.

  • MDCAT – Medical and Dental College Admission Test, for admission in public and private sector medical and dental college and university.

It is conducted by the University of Health Sciences Lahore.

  • ECAT – Engineering College Admission Test, for admission in public sector engineering college or university.

It is conducted by the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

  • HAT-UG – HEC Aptitude Test-Undergraduate, for admission in selected government and private colleges and universities.

It is conducted by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

  • Many universities have their own entrance tests.


Universities and other institutions of higher education formerly ran their own entrance exams. Since the introduction of the "new matura" in 2005, and in particular the marking of that exam by independent examiners rather than by teachers at students' own schools, the matura now serves as the admission test for Polish students. See Polish matura.


  • Unified State Exam (Russian: Единый государственный экзамен, ЕГЭ, tr. Yediniy gosudarstvenniy ekzamen, EGE) – every student must pass after graduation from school to enter a university or a professional college. Since 2009, EGE is the only form of graduation examinations in schools and the main form of preliminary examinations in universities.
  • Unified Republic Exam [1][2] (Russian: Единый республиканский экзамен, ЕРЭ, tr. Yediniy respublikanskiy ekzamen, ERE; Tatar: Бердәм Республика Имтиханы, БРИ, Berdäm Respublika Imtixanı, BRI) – students which graduate in the Republic of Tatarstan can choose to pass the ERE/BRI in the Tatar language. The test is not obligatory and accepted as an entry exam only by the Tatarstan universities, especially for the Tatar language faculties.

Saudi Arabia[edit]



Sri Lanka[edit]

In Sri Lanka, A-Level is offered by governmental and non-governmental schools. The qualifications are awarded upon successful completion of examinations called Local A-Levels while most of the private schools award them upon London A-Levels. Local GCE Advanced Level qualification is offered by the Department of Examinations. Passing A-Levels is the major requirement for applying for local universities. This exam is a very competitive examination, where students have to study college 1st-year and 2nd-year material and get through this exam to get college admissions. The tough nature of the examination is due to the government funding all the college students. And they do not have to pay any tuition fees for college. This system in this country is based on pure talent and hard work.



  • EMS Swiss Admission Test for Medicine (Eignungstest für das Medizinsudium in der Schweiz).[3]

South Korea[edit]


  • General Scholastic Ability Test – Standard means of entry to Taiwanese universities and colleges held in January. It consists of five subjects, namely Chinese, English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. All examinees should take the whole set of test.
  • Department Required Test – Standard means of entry to Taiwanese universities and colleges held in July. It consists of ten subjects, namely Chinese, English, Mathematics (A and B), History, Geography, Citizen and Society, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Examinees can take the tests that are required to meet to university's standard.


  • YGS – Standard means of entry to Turkish universities. (1st step)
  • LYS – Standard means of entry to Turkish universities. (2nd step)
  • YÖS – The Examination for Foreign Students for Higher Education Programs in Turkey


United Kingdom[edit]

Most applicants to universities in the UK take national examinations such as A-levels or Scottish Highers. Separate admissions tests are used by a small number of universities for specific subjects (particularly Law, Mathematics and Medicine, and courses at Oxford and Cambridge), many of these administered by Cambridge University's Admissions Testing Service.[4]


  • Cambridge Law Test.[5]
  • LNAT – National Admissions Test for Law (Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, King's College London, Nottingham, Oxford, SOAS, UCL).[6]


  • MAT – Mathematics Admissions Test (Oxford, Imperial College).[7]
  • STEP – Sixth Term Examination Paper in Mathematics (Cambridge, Warwick).[8]
  • Test of Mathematics for University Admission (Durham, Lancaster).[9]


  • BMAT – Biomedical Admissions Test (Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Imperial College, Keele, Lancaster, UCL, Cambridge, Leeds, Oxford).[10]
  • GAMSAT – Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (Cardiff; Exeter; Keele; Liverpool; Nottingham; Plymouth; St George's, University of London; Swansea).[11]
  • HPAT – Health Professions Admissions Test, currently only in use for admission into Medicine in the University of Ulster.[12]
  • UCAT – United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (Aberdeen; Birmingham; Bristol; Cardiff; Dundee; East Anglia; Edinburgh; Exeter; Glasgow; Hull York Medical School; Keele; King's College London; Leicester; Liverpool; Manchester; Newcastle; Nottingham; Plymouth; Queen Mary, University of London; Queen's, Belfast; Sheffield; Southampton; St Andrews, St George's, University of London; Warwick).[13]


  • CAT – Classics Admissions Test (Oxford).[14]
  • ELAT – English Literature Admissions Test (Oxford, Cambridge).[15]
  • GAA – Geography Admissions Assessment (Cambridge)[16]
  • HAT – History Aptitude Test (Oxford).[17]
  • PAT – Physics Aptitude Test (Oxford).[18]
  • MLAT – Modern Languages Admissions Tests (Oxford).[19]
  • MML – Modern and Medieval Languages Test; provided and required by the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages of the University of Cambridge.[20]
  • OLAT – Oriental Languages Admissions Test (Oxford).[21]
  • TSA – Thinking Skills Assessment (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL).[22]
  • University of Oxford Philosophy Test.[23]

United States[edit]

  • SAT – formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test, now Scholastic Assessment Test.
  • ACT – formerly American College Testing Program or American College Test.
  • CLT – Classic Learning Test.
  • THEA – Texas Higher Education Assessment.
  • GED – HSE or High School Diploma Equivalent; GED, HiSET or TASC brand of tests, depending on your State.
  • PERT – Replaced Accuplacer as the standard college placement test in Florida.


  • TSĐH–CĐTuyển Sinh Đại Học – Cao Đẳng (University – College Selection Examination) until 2014.
  • THPTQGKỳ thi THPT Quốc gia (National High School Examination) since 2015.

Postgraduate/Professional schools[edit]


  • GAMSAT – Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test.
  • LSAT – Law School Admission Test (some Juris Doctor programs).
  • IELTS (academic) – International English Language Test (for international students).


  • Postgraduate Admission Test – Each university in Bangladesh applies a different methodology to admit prospective Masters students. But usually, they have to appear in the Masters/Postgraduate Admission Test (different subject have different names). Some universities do not require any admission test.

However, no admission test is required for Ph.D. studies.


  • ANPEC – Admission test for Postgraduate studies in Economics.
  • ANPAD – Admission test for Postgraduate studies in Business Administration.
  • POSCOMP – Admission test for Postgraduate studies in Computer Science.



  • ECAES – Examen de Estado de Calidad de la Educación Superior.


  • Business Admissions Test – Used by ISB for admissions to their Postgraduate Programme in Management for Family Businesses.
  • CSIR-UGC NET – All India test for entrance into Science Ph.D. programs and for eligibility to teach at undergraduate level across India. Having qualification as a lectureship from CSIR-UGC NET is compulsory for teaching across Indian colleges and universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • CBSE-UGC NET – Entrance examination for Ph.D. in humanities and languages across India.
  • Common Admission Test (CAT) – For entry to the management programs at Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and various other business schools in India.
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), Joint Admission Test to M.Sc. (JAM) and Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) – Standard means of entry to various graduate courses at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
  • Management Aptitude Test (MAT) – For admission to Master of Business Administration, Master of Management Studies, etc. programs.
  • XLRI Admission Test (XAT) – For admission to the management program at Xavier Labour Relations Institute.
  • Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) – For entry to the master programs in the pharmacy.
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) – For entry to seven institutes of the Indian government.
  • JEST – JEST EXAM which have two phases of examination where the first phase is objective and second phase is subjective, by getting ranked in this test the student can be admitted into affiliated universities and institutes across India, for Physics and Computer Science Ph.D. programs.


Each University in Mexico has its own admission procedures. Usually the exam by itself and an English Aptitude Test are requirements for acceptance.



  • TUS – Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test.
  • ALES – Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination.

United States (and Canada)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About CXC". Caribbean Examinations Council. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ Link text The Website for the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education.
  3. ^ EMS Homepage (in german)
  4. ^ "Admissions Tests". UCAS. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ "The Cambridge Law Test". Cambridge University. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Do I need to take the test?". LNAT. LNAT Consortium Ltd. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  7. ^ "About MAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  8. ^ "About STEP". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  9. ^ "About the Test of Mathematics for University Admission". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  10. ^ "About BMAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Admission to programs in the UK". GAMSAT. Australian Council for Educational Research. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  12. ^ "HPAT-Ulster". Australian Council for Educational Research. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Who should take the test?". UKCAT. UKCAT Consortium. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  14. ^ "About CAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  15. ^ "About ELAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Cambridge Geography Undergraduate Study".
  17. ^ "About HAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  18. ^ "About PAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  19. ^ "About MLAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  20. ^ "odern and Medieval Languages". Cambridge University. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  21. ^ "About OLAT". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  23. ^ "About the Philosophy Test". Admissions Testing Service. Retrieved 18 February 2017.