If you are feeling a lot of pressure regarding the SAT Exams, this list of the world’s toughest exams may
help you feel a little bit better. Even if you don’t achieve a perfect score on either the SAT or ACT, a good
score will still give you plenty of options for higher education. Some of these high pressure exams aren’t
nearly as flexible.
1) The Gaokoa
Every high school student in China is required to take this exam. It will determine their entire future.
Based on their scores from this exam students will be admitted into undergraduate studies. According to
The Richest, only 60% of students will be admitted to higher education as a result of their scores on this
2) Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert
Many careers require specific certifications. This particular expert certification requires an incredibly
demanding exam. The exam involves a written exam followed by an 8 hour practical lab exam. Listovative
states that only 3% of all of the engineers that sit for the exam will pass and be awarded this well
3) All Souls Fellowship Exam
This exam is offered by Oxford. Only the top performers in each school in Oxford are invited to take the
exam. Roughly 50 people take it each year and typically 2 are chosen to receive the fellowship. This
exam is one of the most famously difficult exams in the world.
4) Chartered Financial Analyst Exam
The CFA is another professional exam that covers a extremely vast body of information. According to
Business Insider only 20% of the test takers will pass on their first try.
5) United States Medical Licensing Examination
After students have withstood the rigors of medical school, they must take another exam before they can
practice medicine. Passing the USMLE is required to receive a license to practice medicine in the United
States. This exam necessitates an incredible amount of mental stamina. The last part of the three part
exam is a 16 hour test held over two consecutive 8 hour days.
6) The California Bar Exam
Similarly to the USMLE, law students must pass a bar exam before practicing law. In the United States
each state offers a different bar exam. The California bar exam is notoriously challenging. Talent Lens
informs it has a roughly 48% passing rate, while the national average is closer to 60%
7) The Master Sommelier Diploma Exam
To receive this elite certification you must pass three exams, one being a blind tasting. In the blind tasting
the candidate must identify the wine down to the region, vintage and type of grape. According to
MyTutorWeb only 200 people have passed this exam in the last 40 years.
There are so many more difficult and competitive exams throughout the world. Remember as you prepare
for the SAT or ACT you are not alone. Many students and professionals across the globe face the stress
of preparing for important and challenging exams.