Graduate Admission Tests
Many graduate schools will require scores from at least one test. By reading a few catalogs and talking to faculty you will quickly determine which you need to take. Depending on the kind of program to which you seek admission, you will take either the: GRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or others. Information bulletins for these tests are available in the Fleishman Career Center. You can also find information and register online by visiting www.ets.org. Testing center locations can be found on the Thomson Prometric website.
When to Take Required Tests
In determining when to take tests, keep in mind that scores will not be sent to graduate schools immediately. For paper-based tests, scores will be sent within 4-6 weeks of the test administration. If you take a computer-based test, your scores will be sent in 10-15 days. On the day of the test you can request your scores be sent to five different graduate programs free of charge, but requests made at other times will be subject to fees. Graduate schools generally accept scores from tests taken within the past three to five years.
Getting ready to take a test primarily involves becoming familiar with typical directions and types of questions. This means practicing! Preparing for a test might include:
- Reviewing the sample questions in the test registration bulletin;
- Visiting the ETS website for free and/or low-cost practice materials, including practice exams;
- Taking a review course.
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