Graduate admissions assessments

Name Description Publisher
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)The STAT is used by some Australian universities as part of admissions criteria for applicants who do not have a high school certificate. The STAT measures an applicant's ability to comprehend and analyse a range of content and to express arguments in written form.Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)The UMAT is used by a number of Australian and New Zealand universities as an admission criterion for medicine, dentistry and health sciences courses. The test includes multiple-choice questions assessing logical and non-verbal reasoning, problem solving, and understanding of people.Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration Test (CEMAT)The CEMATentrance test is used as an admissions criterion to the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) and Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA) programmes.Indira Gandhi National Open University
Texas Higher Education Assessment® (THEA®)The THEA® tests the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of potential candidates to higher education courses. The THEA® is available in paper-and-pencil or internet-based form.Pearson Education, Inc
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)The CLAT is used by a number of Law schools in India as an admissions criterion. TBA
Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)The TSA multiple-choice assessment measures the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of applicants to a number of prestigious UK universities.Cambridge Assessment
SATThe SAT and associated subject-specific tests assess academic preparedness for college. SAT scores are considered as part of college admissions including scholarships and funding.The College Board
College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (College BASE)College BASE is a criterion-referenced assessment targeted at students seeking entry into teacher education programs. Test content spans English, mathematics, science, and social studies.University of Missouri
Dental Admission Test (DAT)The DAT assesses "general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability". Dental schools in north America consider DAT performance as part of their admissions criteria.American Dental Association (ADA)
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)The LSAT assesses reading skills and verbal, analytical and logical reasoning skills. Law schools in north America and beyond consider LSAT scores as part of admissions criteria.Law School Admission Council, Inc.
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT®)The GMAT® assesses verbal, mathematical, analytical and writing skills. Graduate business and management programs consider GMAT® scores as part of admissions criteria. Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)
GED TestsThe GED Tests are provided for adults needing to demonstrate high school-level proficiencies in Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Reading, and Writing. The tests can be taken in English, Spanish, and French.American Council on Education
iSkills™ AssessmentThe iSkills assessment measures ICT literacy skills, centred around an "individual's ability to navigate, critically evaluate and understand the wealth of information available through digital technology". ETS
GRE® General TestThe GRE® General Test assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Business schools consider GRE® scores as part of admissions criteria.ETS
The ACT® TestThe ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development at English, mathematics, reading, and science. The format is multiple-choice. There is an optional writing component. ACT, Inc
Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®)The MCAT® is designed to assess the integration of analytical skills with scientific knowledge and written skills. The MCAT® is exclusively computer-based. United States medical schools generally require applicants to submit MCAT® scores.Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Graduate and college admissions exams are some of the highest profile assessments in the world. This is particularly true of any admission exam used as a gateway for college entrance to United States colleges, both generally (e.g. SAT), and for more specialised college entry requirements to medical schools (e.g. MCAT), law schools (e.g. LSAT) and management and business schools (e.g. GMAT and GRE).

Given the high stakes nature of these assessments, and the vast pool of students undertaking them, it is not surprising that a large number of test preparation resources have emerged to service them. For prospective test takers looking for relevant test preparation software, services and practice test materials, check the study and revision tools and the test preparation websites listed at