For Bachelor’s degree: Admission to a college or university in the US requires a completion of 12 years of elementary and secondary education for an undergraduate and 16 years of education required (10+2+4) for graduate.
For Master’s degree: You can apply Masters in the US after completing 16 years of undergraduate education, though many Universities now have started accepting students with 15 years of education.Since most of the Indian Colleges have 3 year undergraduate program, it is advisable to do one more year of education, could be a diploma or a certificate program.
English Proficiency Exams
International students whose native language is not English may be required to take a test to establish their English language proficiency. Students should visit individual college websites for more information. Options include:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Minimum score of 80-90
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Minimum score of 6.0-6.5
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)
US admissions decision criteria can be broken down into 4 broad categories i.e. Data, Talent, Voice and Others
The most commonly required tests are the following
SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and is required to be taken by students seeking admission in undergraduate schools. SAT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates.
Applicants to undergraduate courses, particularly in US, are required to take the SAT exam. If the student is looking to get admission to a particular course, s/he can take the SAT subject tests to show his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. Subject tests are offered in areas like Literature, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Languages.
GRE General Test
- If you are planning to apply to a Master’s or PhD program in a field other than medicine or law, you will most likely be required to take the GRE General Tes. This three hour, 45 minute computer-based exam includes sections on Quantitative Analysis, Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Some graduate programs may require GRE Subject Tests in addition to the General Test.
- GMAT- Most students applying for an MBA program will be required to take the GMAT.
- LSAT- For the three-year doctorate degree in American law, you will likely be required to take the LSAT.
- MCAT-The MCAT is required for entrance into most MD graduate programs in medicine. The MCAT is not required for post-degree medical residency programs in the U.S.
- DAT- The DAT is required test for most doctoral programs in dentistry.