Testing Your Way to Graduate School

January 18, 2008

When preparing for Graduate, Law, or Medical school you have several different steps you have to complete before you can begin your degree. Among those steps is taking the appropriate test for admittance. There are a variety of tests you could possibly take, but you need to choose the right one. To discover this contact the graduate or professional school of your choice, each has their own preferred tests and they will tell you which ones they accept. Below you find a brief description of some of the different tests. The majority of them cover general topics including math and written knowledge.

General Records Exam (GRE)—one of the most commonly accepted graduate exams. It tests your knowledge in math, reading comprehension and other general knowledge you have learned over the course of your studies.

Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT)—tests your knowledge of different subject matter through analogies. ex.  Shoe is to foot as tire is to wheel.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)—tests your reading and verbal reasoning skills.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)—tests your written, mathematical, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine

To find out more about the various exams you can take come by the Career Center. The Center for Student Learning also offers study sessions to help you prepare for your graduate school exam, click here for more information. Also check out these websites for information about scheduling your exam date:

  • www.mba.com (MBA)
  • www.ets.org (click on GRE)
  • www.kaplan.com (test prep and taking)

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