Attending graduate school is a big decision. There are no hard and fast rules. It is a good idea to talk with faculty, prospective employers and students currently pursuing programs of interest to you in order to hear their perspectives on the advantages of immediate vs. delayed entry into graduate school.Graduate School Directories
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There are various on-line graduate school search sites that can assist you in identifying graduate programs that best fit your interests. A sampling is provided below.
Think the SAT was your final encounter with that sophisticated form of torture known as standardized testing? Not so fast! Now that your career plans include law, medicine, business, education or other pursuits requiring a graduate degree, odds are you will be asked to run the test gauntlet again. For many grad school applicants, test scores play a pivotal role in determining which institution they attend - and in some cases, whether they can attend at all.
The Tests - The following are the four major graduate school admissions test:
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): The GRE is the most widely accepted graduate admission test in the world. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE provides a common measure for comparing candidates. This instrument measures verbal reasons, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. The GRE is usually less of a make-it or break-it proposition than its professional test counterparts. Information is provided by www.gre.org
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): More than 4,800 graduate management programs around the world use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process. The GMAT consists of three main parts - the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. At most business schools, particularly the top business schools, GMAT scores count heavily in the admissions process. Information is provided by www.mba.com
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): The 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. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Sample and Biological Sciences. Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. A good performance on the MCAT, like a strong grade point average, remains a stringent precondition of medical school admissions. Information is provided by www.aamc.org/students/applying
Law School Admission Test (LSAT): The 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. Information is provided by www.lsac.org
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Last Modified: November 30, 2012