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Tests and U.S. Education Guide

The TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-Based) test 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. This test is recommended for individuals planning to study at a higher education institution in English-speaking countries.

The TOEFL ITP (TOEFL Institutional Testing Program) assess test takers’ English proficiency level in three different skills — reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and structure and written expression. The TOEFL ITP in Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, as well as TOEFL TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) are administered by IIE Southeast Asia.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It is a pen and paper test with a face-to-face oral exam, which is different from TOEFL’s computer-based oral exam. Like the TOEFL, the IELTS covers the four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing). In Thailand, the IELTS is administered by the British Council and IDP Education.

The Chulalongkorn University Test of English Proficiency (CU-TEP) is measures English proficiency in listening, reading, and writing skills for academic purposes in both undergraduate and graduate studies.

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States. The GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary. Almost all students pursing a graduate degree need to take this test.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA.


Summary of Fulbright Thailand Programs and Tests

Scholarship Programs for Thais TOEFL iBT TOEFL ITP IELTS CU-TEP GRE GMAT
Fulbright Thai Graduate Scholarship Program (TGS)  80+
 **  **
Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)  **
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)  79+ 6.0+
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (HHH)  71+ 6.0+
Fulbright Junior Research Scholarship Program (JRS)  71+ 525+ 75
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)  **
Fulbright Thai Visiting Scholar Program (TVS) Not required
Fulbright U.S.– ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program (USAS)
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (SIR)


** Scores are not required at the time of application. However, the individuals who are selected as finalists will need to take these tests, using test vouchers provided by Fulbright Thailand.


U.S. Education Guide

Education USA Thailand
The Education USA at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok offers a unique opportunity to work with experienced advisers on opportunities to study in the U.S. Their advisers provide free, accurate and unbiased information regarding higher education opportunities, scholarships and application procedures.  Free in-person advising is available by appointment.

U.S. News and World Report – Best Graduate Schools Rankings
Each year, the U.S. News and World reports releases their colleges and graduate program rankings, which are based on experts’ opinions about program excellence and on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

Open Doors Report
The Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. It is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

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