There are many students who find it difficult to crack the major tests to study abroad such as IELTS and TOEFL. One major question these students ask is that if these qualifying tests to study abroad are important to get admission in a foreign (English speaking) university.

If you are from a non-English speaking country, it will be difficult for you to get admission in a university in an English speaking country without IELTS or TOEFL. The idea behind IELTS and TOEFL score is to make sure that the candidate can understand, read, write and speak English in an academic context.

Getting admission abroad without IELTS/ TOEFL score

There are certain universities and institutes which have done away with these tests. For example, in the Northwestern University, Chicago, IELTS or TOEFL scores are not compulsory for the students applying for undergraduate courses who have completed at least three to four years of secondary education in English and have a score of 650 or above in the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test. There are many universities that make IELTS or TOEFL scores optional for the students who had their language of instruction English in their secondary school. Again, if you are from a non-English speaking country and have completed few years of full time studies in an English speaking country, you will be exempted from providing IELTS/TOEFL score. Also there are certain universities that exempt students from taking the tests if the top authorities from the last graduate school candidate attended certifiy that the medium of instruction was English.

However, the rules differ from country to country. The major English speaking counties like the US, the UK, Australia and Canada generally don’t compromise on the IELTS or TOEFL scores. Again, the score levels for each institute varies. While some universities and institutes ask for high scores in IELTS and TOEFL for certain courses, the score requirements are much lesser in other institutes.

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