Standardized Admissions Tests

Undergraduate Admission

Most U.S. universities require the ACT or SAT, and TOEFL exams. Please check first on each university’s website if it is an admissions requirement.

  • SAT is a test that measures critical reading, writing, and mathematical abilities.  The SAT Subject Tests measure knowledge in specific subject areas. The SAT is widely accepted at accredited two and four-year colleges and universities in the United States, and hundreds of institutions around the world. The SAT is offered in Malawi.  Students planning to take the SAT need to register in advance. Information about SAT costs, test centers, test dates and deadlines, registration procedures, and test preparation materials, can be found on the College Board website.

For more information about the SAT, please refer to the College Board website at www.collegeboard.org

  • ACT is a curriculum-based multiple-choice assessment that tests reading, English, mathematics, and science, with an optional essay section.  The ACT is widely accepted at accredited two and four-year colleges and universities in the United States, and hundreds of institutions around the world. The ACT is offered in Malawi. Students planning to take the ACT need to register in advance. The ACT website provides information on available test centers, arranging special registration, test fees, and test preparation.

For more information about the ACT, please refer to the ACT website at www.actstudent.org

English Proficiency

Please check individual university websites for specific English language proficiency requirements

  • TOEFL
    English proficiency is a requirement for study in the U.S. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. It evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. The TOEFL is offered in Malawi. The TOEFL website provides information on costs, payment methods, test dates and procedures, as well as useful test preparation information.

For more information about the TOEFL, please refer to the TOEFL website at http://www.ets.org/toefl

Graduate Admission

Please check individual university websites for specific admission requirements for graduate programs (Master’s, M.B.A., and PhD) to confirm which exams are required. The TOEFL exam is often required.

  • GRE
    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for most Master’s and PhD degree programs. The GRE website has information on test centers, costs and payment methods, and registration procedures, as well as useful test preparation information.
  • GMAT
    The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) programs is not offered in Malawi. Please refer to the GMAT website for information on test dates and procedures.

N.B.: Be aware that the EducationUSA Advising Center is not the testing board for any of these tests and does not accept payment, process payments or is responsible for registering candidates. All payments MUST be made directly by the test-taker to the respective testing board or regional registration center through the approved payment policy. Please thoroughly review the testing boards’ available registration procedures and acceptable payment methods, and plan accordingly.