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Entrance exams: You took the SAT or ACT for entrance into college. If you want to go to graduate school, you may need to take another entrance exam.
Graduate school entrance tests are field-specific:
- LSAT - Law School
- MCAT - Medical School
- GMAT - Business School
- GRE® - Graduate School
- MAT - Graduate School
- DAT - Dental School
- PCAT - Pharmacy School
- OAT - Optometry School
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is the most common entrance exam for most other fields.
The GRE General Test is, essentially, the SAT for grad school - it measures your overall scholastic ability, specifically verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Read about theGRE revised General Test.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.
In the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and some other countries, the LSAT is administered on a Saturday, except in June, when it is generally administered on a Monday. For Saturday Sabbath observers, the test is also administered on a weekday following Saturday administrations.
Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier-in June or September-is often advised.
The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
The GMAT is the Graduate Management Admission Test, a standardized test required by the vast majority of business schools because it provides a measure of an applicant's academic ability. The GMAT test does not include any questions that gauge your business knowledge. The GMAT test is computerized and administered six days each week, 52 weeks per year. While the exam can be taken at virtually any time, it can only be taken once per 31 days and 5 times per year.
Test prep resources
- Educational Testing Services, writer of the GRE, offers free test prep materials including online tips and downloadable POWERPREP software that includes: practice tests, practice questions with explanations and charts and reports that show how your score compares to those of other GRE test takers. SeePrepare for the GRE revised General Test and, if needed, the Test Practice Booklet for the GRE Psychology Subject Test.
- The Kaplan Online Prep for the GRE has on demand prep courses. See GRE Psychology at a Glance.
- The Princeton Review GRE Online Courses let you prepare on your own schedule, at your own pace.