University Tests

Many universities outside Tanzania will require applicants to undertake tests in addition to their IB Diploma exams (or other school examinations such as A levels). This page is designed to help UWCEA students and other potential applicants based in Tanzania determine which tests they might need to take and how to take them. Information is given here on many different tests and the details here may be out of date – please check the appropriate website for each testing body to get accurate information.

Registration for tests

Most tests will require you to register a long time before the test – sometimes up to 6 weeks.

Have the right ID document

When you register, you must use your name EXACTLY as it is printed in your passport or identity document. You must also register with a date of birth that is the same as your ID document.

When you arrive for any test you MUST bring your ORIGINAL identity document with you.

For Tanzanian citizens, this could be a passport, a NIDA card, a driving licence, a voter registration card or any ORIGINAL government-issued photo ID. Photocopies or digital copies will never be accepted. Non-Tanzanians should bring their passport. Some tests have different ID requirements detailed below. Plan in advance to make sure you have the required ID.

Payment for most tests is made online using an internationally valid credit card. If you or your family do not have a credit card, both M-Pesa and Airtel offer a virtual credit card facility that will allow you to pay for tests with a virtual credit card.

English Language Tests

Many universities will require you to provide evidence of your English language ability and the requirements vary enormously from one country to another and one university to another. This page lists some of the tests available – you will need to research to find out which you should take, if any. You are not likely to need to take more than one of these. Nationals of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are not usually required to take English Language tests.

Students successfully taking IB English Literature or IB English Language & Literature courses at Higher Level may not need to take English language tests. It is advisable to check this with each university. Note that UK immigration may still require an IELTS UKVI test result.

Duolingo English Test

This is about the cheapest test available and you can take it at home or in your school. Many universities in the USA and elsewhere accept this test, but you will need to check this with your university.

Cost: $49

Location: Taken in school or at home

Dates: At your convenience.

TOEFL SPECIAL HOME EDITION

TOEFL® is required by many institutions worldwide to demonstrate that you have a good level of English language proficiency. TOEFL® is not usually valid in the UK.

At the current time, the Internet-based TOEFL test can be taken AT HOME provided you have a Windows computer and a suitable environment.

Cost: $230

Location: Taken in school or at home

Dates: Many dates available

TOEFL PAPER-DELIVERED TEST (PDT)

TOEFL® is required by many institutions worldwide to demonstrate that you have a good level of English language proficiency. Most countries will allow you to take either the Paper-delivered test or the Internet-based test. TOEFL® is not usually valid in the UK.

Further information is available in the TOEFL Registration Bulletin.

Tests are held twice a year (April and November) in Moshi only.

Cost: $180

Location: Moshi

Date: 10 April 2021

Register by: 12 March 2021

Register at: https://toeflrts.ets.org/OnlineRegistration/rts/StartPage.html

TOEFL INTERNET-BASED TEST (iBT)

TOEFL® is required by many institutions worldwide to demonstrate that you have a good level of English language proficiency. Most countries will allow you to take either the Paper-delivered test or the Internet-based test. TOEFL® is not usually valid in the UK.

The Dar es Salaam center for the TOEFL® Internet-based test has now re-opened and you can now register to take a test in Dar.

Tests are held about once a month in Dar es Salaam only.

Click here for preparation materials.

Cost: $230

Location: Dar es Salaam

Register by: 7 days before the test

Register at: https://www.ets.org/mytoefl

Dates:

  • 28 February 2021
  • 27 March 2021
  • 10 April 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 5 June 2021

Click here for more dates

IELTS ACADEMIC FOR UKVI

IELTS™ for UKVI is often required by UK immigration and by academic institutions in the UK to demonstrate that you have a good level of English proficiency. It is also accepted in many other countries.

The IELTS for UKVI is now available at the British Council in Dar es Salaam. Note that although the Reading, Listening and Writing sections of the test can be taken on the dates below, the Speaking section must be taken on a different day – it is usually possible to book the day before for the Speaking section.

Practice materials are available at https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources

Cost: TSh 679,000

Location: British Council, Dar es Salaam

Register by: As early as possible, but at least 10 days before the test.

Dates: 20 February, 13 March 2021

IELTS ACADEMIC TEST

IELTS is often required by academic institutions to demonstrate that you have a good level of English proficiency. It is also accepted in many countries.

Note that this test is NOT valid for UK immigration purposes

IELTS Academic can usually be taken in Dar es Salaam. However, at the time of writing, no test dates are currently available in Tanzania. No reason for this has been given on their website.

Click here for practice materials.

Cost: TSh 618,000

Location: Dar es Salaam

Register by: 7 days before the test

Dates: Not available

Tests For USA Universities

Universities or colleges in the USA may sometimes require additional tests such as SAT or ACT. Details of each of these tests are given below. These tests are not normally required for other countries.

SAT Reasoning test

The SAT® Reasoning test is required by most universities in the USA for admission, although you can also take the ACT® test (see below) instead of the SAT®. It is a test of English and Mathematics.

The optional essay in English will be discontinued after May 2021. We would therefore recommend that you do not take the optional essay unless it has specifically been requested by a university.

The SAT® tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi as indicated.

Khan Academy® practice materials available at www.uwcea.org/satpractice.
College Board practice materials are at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

As an alternative to government ID, candidates who are attending a school may use original school ID cards for identification.

Cost: $95 (+$16 for the essay)

Register by: 5 weeks before the test

Dates:

  • 13 March 2021 (Dar IST, Dar DIA)
  • 8 May 2021 (Moshi, Dar IST, Dar DIA)

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

The SAT® Subject tests are sometimes required by more competitive universities in the USA so that you can demonstrate your skills in certain specific subjects. You may take 1, 2 or 3 subjects in any one test session.

NOTE: SAT Subject Tests will be discontinued after June 2021. We would therefore recommend that you do not take these tests unless they have specifically been requested by a university.

All the SAT® subject tests below are available in Dar es Salaam (at IST or DIA) or in Moshi.

Practice questions are available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/subjects

As an alternative to government ID, candidates who are attending a school may use original school ID cards for identification.

The cost is $69 plus $22 per subject (up to 3 subjects). Listening tests cost $26 per subject.

Register by: 5 weeks before the test

Dates:

  • 8 May 2021
  • 5 June 2021

Details of changes in SAT tests from August 2021 can be viewed here.

ACT Test

The ACT®test is an alternative to the SAT® Reasoning test (see above) for US universities. Many students prefer the ACT as it is taken online (unlike the SAT which is on paper) and results are available quickly. It is a test of English, Mathematics and Scientific Reasoning and you may also choose to take a writing test in English if your college requires this.

The ACT® tests are available in Dar es Salaam (HoPAc) or Moshi.

As an alternative to government ID, candidates who are attending a school may use original school ID cards for identification.

Click here for ACT practice materials.
Further information and practice materials are also available at these two sites:
https://africa.actclub.org/
https://academy.act.org/

Cost: $150 (+$16.50 for writing)

Register by: 3 weeks before the test

Dates:

  • 17 April 2021 (Moshi, Dar)
  • 11 June 2021 (Moshi)
  • 12 June 2021 (Moshi, Dar)
  • 17 July 2021 (Dar)

GRE Test

The GRE® (Graduate Record Exam) is only for students who are applying for graduate study or business studies in the USA (post-graduate level). You could be asked to take either the GRE® General Test or specific subject tests.

The computer-based General Test for GRE® is available at ITTS, Dar es Salaam. Upcoming test dates are 22 December 2020, 22 January 2021, 25 February 2021. Registration is on a rolling basis.

The fee for the General GRE is currently US$ 205.

GRE At Home

You can now take the GRE test at home!

At home testing for the GRE General Test is for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors and artificial intelligence technology by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.

The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is monitored online by a trained human proctor from start to finish to maintain test security.
Click here for more details of GRE home testing

Other Tests

You may also be asked to take other tests for particular courses or for particular countries. Some of the possible tests are listed here:

UCAT (Medicine)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (previously called UKCAT) is used by many universities in the UK to assess suitability for admission to a university course in medicine. It is available to take in Dar es Salaam at CATS Tanzania Limited, or in 2020 it was also available to take at home.

It is expected that registration for tests in 2021 will open in May 2021 for tests after 1st July 2021.

The test costs GBP £120. 

Please note that the UK application deadline for medical courses in the UK is 15th October (eleven months before courses start).

Cambridge AssesSment

Cambridge Assessment administers a number of different university admissions tests sometimes requested from UK universities. These can include:
BMAT – BioMedical Admissions Test
IMAT – International Medical Admissions Test
MLAT – Modern Languages Admissions Test
TSA – Thinking Skills Assessment (Oxford)
STEP Mathematics
TMUA – Test of Mathematics for University Admission
as well as others.

Tests are available at the British Council, Dar es Salaam, or at UWCEA (Arusha Campus) for UWCEA students and some others.

LNAT (Law)

The Law National Admissions Test is used by many universities in the UK to assess suitability for admission to a university course in law. It is available to take in Dar es Salaam at CATS Tanzania Limited. Registration is now open online and candidates should register and take the test early in their final school year before planning to start university. The test costs GBP 70. Candidates in Tanzania first have to apply for an LNAT voucher for payment as credit/debit cards are not accepted from Tanzania. LNAT results are only valid for one year.

IELTS LIFE SKILLS TEST

This English speaking and listening test is NOT designed for university entry. You should only take this test if you are planning to stay (not study) in the UK with family or friends and need to prove your English language skills.

Help and SupPort

With the huge array of tests listed above, you may feel that you need help to navigate through the maze.

If you are a student in UWCEA, or a parent of a UWCEA student, please see your university counsellor on campus.

Further information on some tests may be available from EducationUSA at the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam. See https://tz.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educationusa/ for more details.

The Test Coordinator in Moshi may be able to provide some support regarding payments or other issues concerning any of the tests which take place in Moshi. Please contact tests@tsws.uk for support.

This page was last updated on 20 January 2021.

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