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Turkey serves as an attractive destination for hundreds of international students from around the world for full-time and foreign exchange programs. 

Therefore, both public and private Turkish institutions of higher learning such as Boğaziçi University, Koç University, Sabancı University, Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University, İstanbul University, and Yıldız Technical University are increasingly requiring candidates to submit standardized test scores as part of their admission application portfolio. Very frequently, these test results are not only used to screen applications for admission, but also serve as criteria in awarding academic scholarships.


In addition, top-tier universities in the USA, UK, EU, Middle East, and Asia, require multiple standardized test scores as part of their standard applications for undergraduate programs. These test scores serve as strong indicators of academic aptitude and success in their rigorous degree programs, and indeed, as factors in rewarding academic scholarships and other financial aid. 

The table outlines the standardized test requirements for the universities listed below


* Fewer and fewer universities in Turkey accept IELTS as proof of English language proficiency for undergraduate and graduate level programs due to changes made in regulations by the Council of Higher Education of Turkey (YÖK). 

It is highly recommended that prospective students applying to Turkish universities register for the TOEFL exam instead of IELTS.

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