Standardised Tests

Standardised tests are used to evaluate levels of specific proficiencies, aptitudes or skills (e.g. knowledge of foreign languages, mathematics, medicine, business language, etc.) in the process of applying for academic programmes abroad or for a job position.

Most standardised tests fall into two categories:

  • Academic standardised tests (such as TOEFL, GMAT, GRE and SAT), which are often a requirement in the process of applying for higher education programmes and scholarship programmes abroad; 
  • Business standardised tests (such as TOEIC and TFI), which are used in the process of hiring and enhancing competitiveness in the labour market.

In order to make standardised test-taking easier for candidates who are applying to higher education institutions and programmes, the Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) has developed the following services:

  • Free information and advising on the process of applying for and taking specific standardised tests; 
  • Standardised test preparation through courses and/or with the use of literature and multimedia; 
  • Administration of certain standardised tests (TOEFL iBT, GMAT, ACT).

With these services, IDE enables individuals: 

  • To become acquainted with the purposes, formats and ways in which standardised tests are taken; 
  • To prepare for test-taking in the best way possible; 
  • To understand the importance of standardised tests as international standards for evaluating skills and aptitudes.

More information on standardised tests for French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking countries are available at, section “Standardised Tests”.