More and more, graduate programs are waiving the necessity to take standardized tests, however, not all. Each graduate program will have its specific requirements. Make sure that you check both the institution’s admissions requirements as well as the specific program’s requirements.
- The world’s most widely used admissions test for graduate and professional school
- The GRE is a computer-delivered test featuring questions that reflect the kind of thinking you will need to engage in as a graduate student. The test is made up of analytical writing (one section) that measures the ability to articulate complex ideas, provide relevant reasoning, and engage in focused discussion; verbal reasoning (two sections) that measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions, understand intent, distinguish major from minor points, and understand text; and quantitative reasoning (two sections) that measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information and apply basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
- Students can register year-round for computerized testing at test-centers of their choice. Disability accommodations are available for those who qualify.
- GRE guides and practice
Subject tests are achievement tests measuring knowledge in particular fields of study in the areas of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Practice materials are available at ets.org/gre/subject/prepare.
- The GMAT is usually taken for business school, particularly MBA programs.
- Made up of analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning, taking the GMAT can enhance chances of acceptance as it demonstrative motivation, measures critical thinking and reasoning skills, and confirms the ability to succeed in business school.
- Test takers can create their own account and register for the exam at a time that is convenient for taking an online computerized test at a local/regional test center.
- GMAT guides and practice
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- The LSAT tests the skills needed for success in the first year of law school and is the single best predictor of first-year law school performance
- It is a four-section test that measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and writing
- LSAT is a remotely proctored exam scheduled through ProctorU. Taking the test earlier is advised
- LSAT guides and practice
- MCAT is developed and administered by the AAMC and is a standardized multiple-choice test for assessing problem-solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts needed in the study of medicine
- MCAT testing is available from January and March through September at testing sites throughout the US.
- MCAT guides and practice
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
- DAT is a dental education admission test designed to assess survey of natural sciences, perceptual ability, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning.
- Apply to 60-90 days before the desired test date at Prometric
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- PCAT is a specialized test that measures academic ability and scientific knowledge constructed for colleges of pharmacy measuring verbal, biology, chemistry, reading comprehension and quantitative ability
- PCAT is administered in a computer-based test format on specific dates in July, September, October, January through April at a Pearson VUE Test Center. Registration required.
- PCAT guides and practice