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What are Standardized Aptitude Tests?

A standardized aptitude test is a test that requires you to answer standard questions, which are also answered by other candidates. The idea of the test is to compare you with other students at a national and international level. These tests generally test you on Math and English and sometime Science. The ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS & TOEFL are all considered Standardized Tests. However, ACT, SAT, GRE & GMAT test you on your aptitude and IELTS and TOEFL measure your English Proficiency

For Master's Degree

What is GRE? Why do I need to take it?

GRE stands for ​the Graduate Record Examination and is taken by individuals who want to pursue their master's or PhD in the US. Almost all US universities would require you to take the exam and some top non-US universities might also require you to take the test. 

If you are looking for admission into a business school then some schools might accept the GRE as a substitute for the GMAT. Here's what to expect from the exam. 


GRE Sections:

  • Verbal (V)

  • Quantitative (Q)

  • Analytical Writing (AW)

GRE Length: 3 hours 45 minutes

Scores: V (130 - 170); Q (130 - 170); AW (0-6)

Note: do NOT add the AW scores when you are calculating scores to find matching universities. ​ 

If you'd like to learn more about the GRE exam and about how to best prepare for the exam, download the Connexio App and check out the "Guidance" section. 

For Bachelor's Degree

What is the ACT?

Let's first look at what the ACT stand for. ACT stood for "American College Testing" when the company was founded. The testing company, however, no longer calls itself American College Testing but only ACT. ​You will need to take this test if you wish to apply to American universities after graduating high-school. 

ACT Sections: 

  • English - Language

  • English - Reading

  • Math

  • Science

  • Essays (optional)

ACT Length: 2 hours, 55 minutes (+40 minutes if you take essay section)

Scores: 21 - 36

To learn more about the ACT exam and if you should take the ACT over the SAT, download the Connexio App (your personalized advisor).

What is the SAT?

As with the ACT, the acronym SAT originally stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test but now College Board, the company that conducts the tests, says that SAT does not stand for anything. Whatever it did or now stands for isn't as important as what the test entails. 


SAT Sections: 

  • English - Writing & Language

  • English - Reading

  • Math

  • Essay (optional)

Note: there is no science section in the SAT.

SAT Length: 3 hours (+50 minutes if you take the essay section)

Scores: 400 - 1600

To learn more about the SAT exam and to see if you should take the SAT over the ACT, download the Connexio App (your personalized advisor).

Should I take the ACT or the SAT?

Most universities accept either of the two tests, so you just have to figure out what test suits your study style and whether you are good at reading graphs or do you do better at taking punches at the science questions. Well, there's more to it than just those two things. You should also think about the following - 

  • Are you good at taking timed tests or do they stress you out?

  • Are you at solving math problems in your head?

  • Are you good at solving science problems?

  • Are you good at understanding charts and graphs?

We have a list of other criteria that you should consider when deciding to take the test. Download the Connexio App and check out the "Guidance" section to see which test would work better for you. 

You could also take the practice tests available in the guidance section on the app to find your fit.