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University Tests in Tanzania

Page last updated 28 March 2018
This page is designed to assist students in Tanzania who need to take various tests for university or college admission or for employment purposes outside Tanzania. The information on this page may be inaccurate or out of date, and you are recommended to check the individual test websites (links given below) for accurate details.

For many tests, you will be required to register online about six weeks before the test and must pay with an internationally valid credit card. The fees given below are the amount you will pay if you pay directly using a credit card. If payment with a credit card is a problem for you, you may contact the supervisor on tswprojects@kmw.me.uk (at least 2 weeks before the registration deadline) for assistance (tests in Moshi only). We can also provide advice regarding any of the tests being held in Moshi.

For support and advice with university applications or test preparation, you may wish to contact TANSAO (Tanzania Student Achievement Organization) at www.tansao.info.

Many tests will require you to use your passport (original) or government-issued photo-ID as proof of your identity. You must ensure that your name and date of birth on your ID document is EXACTLY the same as the name and date of birth that you provide when registering.

The following tests are available in Tanzania:

TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test

Purpose: 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.
Location: the Paper-delivered test is only available in Moshi twice per year (currently April and November).
Information: See the TOEFL Registration Bulletin
Practice: Sample questions are available at www.ets.org/toefl/rpdt/prepare

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Moshi 7 Apr 2018 Registration closed $ 180



It is expected that the next paper-delivered TOEFL test will be in Moshi in November 2018. Registration for this test has not yet opened.
More information available at www.ismoshi.org/toefl.

TOEFL® Internet-based Test

Purpose: 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.
Location: the Internet-based test is only available in Dar es Salaam with many dates available usually at weekends. Test dates can be viewed here: Tanzania test dates.
Practice:: Download sample questions here.
ETS® provides a full set of preparation materials at www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/quick_prep/.

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Dar es Salaam About twice every month As early as possible before the test $ 195



More information available at www.ismoshi.org/toeflibt.

IELTS Academic test for UKVI

Purpose: IELTS™ 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.
Location: The IELTS for UKVI is only available in Dar es Salaam.
Practice: Practice materials are available at https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources.

The tests listed below are paper-based tests. Computer-delivered IELTS™ Academic tests for UKVI are not currently available in Tanzania.

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Dar es Salaam 7 Apr 2018 As early as possible before the test TSh 630,000
Dar es Salaam 2 Jun 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 8 Sep 2018 As early as possible before the test as above



More information available at www.ismoshi.org/ielts.

IELTS Academic test

Purpose: 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 – if you are planning to study in the UK, you are recommended to take the IELTS test for UKVI (see above).
Location: The IELTS Academic test is available in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Mwanza.
Practice: Practice materials are available at https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources.

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Dar es Salaam 14 Apr 2018 As early as possible before the test TSh 555,000
Arusha 21 Apr 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 21 Apr 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 12 May 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 30 Jun 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 28 Jul 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 11 Aug 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 18 Aug 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 15 Sep 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 29 Sep 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 13 Oct 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 27 Oct 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 10 Nov 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 17 Nov 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 8 Dec 2018 As early as possible before the test as above
Dar es Salaam 15 Dec 2018 As early as possible before the test as above



More information available at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/.

IELTS Life Skills test

Purpose: 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.
More information available at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/.

SAT® Reasoning Test

Purpose: 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 and you may also choose to write an essay in English if your college requires this.
(You will pay an additional $14 charge for the essay).
Location: the SAT® tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi.
Practice: Khan Academy® practice materials available at www.ismoshi.org/satpractice or at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice.

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Moshi 5 May 2018 6 Apr 2018 $ 84
Dar es Salaam (IST) 5 May 2018 6 Apr 2018 $ 84
Moshi 6 Oct 2018 tbd tbd
Moshi 1 Dec 2018 tbd tbd
Moshi 4 May 2019 tbd tbd



More information available at www.ismoshi.org/sat.

SAT® Subject Tests

Purpose: 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.
Location: the SAT® subject tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi.
Practice: Practice questions are available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/subjects.

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Moshi 5 May 2018 6 Apr 2018 $ 64 + $21 per subject
Dar es Salaam (IST) 5 May 2018 6 Apr 2018 as above
Moshi 6 Oct 2018 tbd tbd
Moshi 1 Dec 2018 tbd tbd
Moshi 4 May 2019 tbd tbd



More information available at www.ismoshi.org/sat.

ACT® Test

Purpose: The ACT®test is required by most universities in the USA for admission, although you can also take the SAT® Reasoning test (see above) instead of the ACT®. 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.
(You will pay an additional $16.50 charge for the writing test).
Location: the ACT® tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi.
Practice: Click here for ACT practice materials.

Location Test Date Register before: Fee
Moshi 9 Jun 2018 4 May 2018 $ 103.50
Dar es Salaam (UDSM) 9 Jun 2018 4 May 2018 $ 103.50



More information available at www.ismoshi.org/act.


Note: The last ACT® test in written form will be held in June 2018. From September 2018, the ACT® will be available as a computer-based test. Information on this change is available from an FAQ page issued by ACT. More details on this will follow later.

GRE® (Graduate Record Exam)

Purpose: Many colleges in the USA may ask you to take the GRE® if you are applying for graduate study or business studies. You could be asked to take either the GRE® General Test or specific subject tests.
Location: the GRE® is not available in Tanzania. There are test centers in Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali.

More information available at www.ets.org/gre.

Cambridge Assessment

Cambridge Assessment administers a number of different university admissions tests sometimes requested from UK universities. These can include:
BMAT – BioMedical Admissions Test
MLAT – Modern Languages Admissions Test
TSA – Thinking Skills Assessment (Oxford)
STEP Mathematics
as well as others.
You can register to take these tests at the British Council in Dar es Salaam. It may also be possible for your school to register as a test centre – ISM can serve as a test centre for ISM students.
More information available at www.admissionstestingservice.org.

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International School Moshi is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information on this page – this information is provided as a service and ISM does not act as an agent for any of the above organisations.