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Acing Your Graduate School Entrance Exam

by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17

More than likely, you’ll have to take at least one entrance exam to get into grad school. Here’s a brief guide to the types of entrance exams you might run into.

Types of Exams

  • The GRE® revised General Test: http://www.ets.org/gre
  • Miller Analogies Test: http://psychcorp.pearsonassessments.com/haiweb/Cultures/enUS/site/Community/PostSecondary/Products/MAT/mathome.htm
  • Law School Admissions Test: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat/
  • Medical College Admission Test: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

GRE: General Graduate School Entrance Exam

  • Suggested prep time: 3 months, ideally taken spring or early summer of junior year.
  • Cost: $160.00 (http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/).
  • Administered On-line at Prometric Testing Center in Williston.
  • Scoring: Verbal (200-800), Quantitative (200-800), and Writing (0-6) score. The test is offered year round.
  • Measure verbal, quantitative and analytical abilities; subject tests measure content knowledge.
  • GRE Subject Exams (offered three times a year, October, November, April).
  • Why Take the GRE? Merit-based scholarships and assistantships may be based on this test score, so prepare. Financial aid deadline is usually earlier than application deadline.
  • Some programs accept MAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. The 100 analogies on the MAT test fluency in vocabulary, literature, the arts, history, social sciences, mathematics, and science. Helpful web site: Miller Analogies Test
  • Scores good for 5 years.
  • Prep books: Kaplan, Princeton Review, Barron’s.
  • Helpful web site: GRE Online

GMAT: Graduate Business School Entrance Exam

  • Suggested prep time: 2 months.
  • Cost: ~$250.00 (http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/schedule-a-gmat-appointment/pay-for-the-test.aspx ).
  • Administered on-line at Pearson’s Testing Center on Dorset Street in So. Burlington.
  • ACT is the test-maker.
  • Scores good for 5 years.
  • Can be taken year-round.
  • Current format: Verbal, Math, 2 Essays.
  • Scoring: 200-800 (aim for over 500), 2/3 receive score between 400-600.
  • Helpful web sites: www.mba.com and Graduate Management Admission Test

LSAT: Law School Entrance Exam

  • Suggested prep time: 3 months (14 sessions if in course).
  • Cost: $132 (LSDAS-$121).  Average Score: 151/152.
  • Excellent Score: 165 or above.
  • Online testing resources: www.lsattestquestions.com
  • Helpful web site: www.lsac.org

MCAT: Medical School Entrance Exam

  • Suggested prep time: 3 months.
  • Cost: $ 230.
  • Score is not graded on a curve.
  • Multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles.
  • Administered: 25 times a year.
  • Best time to take it: Spring/early summer is highly recommended.
  • Scores generally good for 3 years.
  • Helpful web site: Official Guide to the MCAT Exam

Test Preparation Services

  • Kaplan Test Preparers: Details on Kaplan services, plus info on education programs, admissions, financial aid, and more. Kaplan offers free practice testing. Kaplan also offers courses on GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and more! Contact (802) 651- 4088.
  • VSAC’s Learning Express Advantage: Go to www.vsac.org, Click on Learning Express in the Quick Reference box under “Tools.” Click on New User. Enter Account ID 10254. Create a password for yourself and click to continue. Now you can access a number of great practice tests.
  • Free prep materials are available at www.ets.org/gre. Go to Test Takers > GRE General Test > Test Preparation
  • Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/
  • Study Guide Zone’s Free Practice Tests: http://www.studyguidezone.com/resource_tips.htm
  • Official Test Registration Sites: http://www.studyguidezone.com/resource_tips.htm

Study hard, and good luck!

Source: Career Collaborative