U.S. universities set their own admission procedures and requirements. As a part of the application process, most American colleges will require you submit scores from one of the standardized admission tests given in the U.S. Admission to any program will require an English language proficiency test. Visit the individual university websites to find specific admission test requirements.
Syrian students who have already fled Syria should be able to take standardized tests in the country where they are currently residing. For info about test centers, dates and registration please see:
- TOEFL: www.toefl.org
- IELTS: http://www.ielts.org
- SAT: http://www.collegeboard.org
- GRE: http://www.gre.org
- GMAT: www.mba.com
For Syrian students still currently residing in Syria, below is a list of the test centers and tests offered in Syria. There are no test centers available outside of Damascus.
TOEFL PBT: The Test of English as a Foreign Language will measure your language ability as it relates to writing, listening and reading. Please note that any program in the USA (undergraduate or graduate) will require the TOEFL.
The TOEFL PBT is available at the ALTC* (Formerly ALC) & The Damascus Language Institute.
To contact the ALTC in order to register for these exams, please call +963 11 33 37 936 or +963 11 33 27 236
Note: Only the PBT version of the TOEFL is offered in Syria. Since this is the only format of the test that is available, universities in the USA should accept it. The TOEFL PBT is typically offered four times per year in October, November, January and April.
For test dates, please check: https://www.ets.org/toefl
SAT: The SAT test measures a student’s verbal and mathematical reasoning ability, as well as written skills. Many universities, especially those that have more competitive admission criteria, either require or recommend the SAT for undergraduate applicants.
The SAT is available at the ALTC several times per year.
For test dates, please check: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-international-dates
GRE Revised General Test:
The Graduate Record Examination GRE) is often required by graduate schools in fields other than professional programs such as medicine, dentistry or law.
The paper-based test is available at the ALTC. The GRE General Test is offered three times per year in October, November and February.
For test dates, please check: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates/
GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test is usually required for applicants to graduate business or management programs. The GMAT is a computer- based exam and is NOT offered in Syria. Students currently residing in Syria must register to take the exam outside of Syria by calling the customer service hotline at: +44 (0) 161 855 7219, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT, Monday- Friday.