Graduate School Exams

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The most common graduate school exams include the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT. Each graduate school has different exam requirements with some schools requiring no exam for admission. Before taking any of the graduate school exams, know whether or not the schools to which you are applying require a graduate school exam and if they do require an exam, which one.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Used by masters, MBA and doctoral programs to make admission decisions, the GRE is a 3 hour and 45 minute computer based test offered year round at designated testing centers. The exam measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. For more information and to register for the exam, go to ets.org/gre.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)

The GMAT is a 3 ½ hour standardized exam used by business schools to make admission decisions. The computer based exam assesses analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative and verbal skills. For more information and to register for the exam, go to mba.com/us.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

The LSAT is used by Law Schools throughout the United States and Canada to make admission decisions. The ½ day exam is offered four times per year and consists of multiple choice questions on reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning, plus a 35 minute writing sample. For more information and to register for the exam, go to lsac.org/index.

MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)

The MCAT is a 7 ½ hour standardized test required by most U.S. and some Canadian medical schools. The standardized multiple choice test assesses problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of natural, behavioral and social science concepts. For more information on the MCAT, go to students-residents.aamc.org.

Test Preparation

There are exam preparation classes, affordable test prep books, and online practice exams available to help you prepare for graduate school exams. Organizations such as Kaplan and Princeton Review offer classes year round at convenient times. Amazon.com is a great place to find cheap test prep books and most exam websites offer free practice tests.

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