Most schools require your scores on at least one standardized test for admission. ETS has a lot of information about many of the tests and preparation resources.
Types of standardized tests
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General and Subject test - most commonly required by many graduate academic programs
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) - MBA and other management programs
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Medical Admission Test (MCAT)
- Dental Admission Test (DAT)
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - accepted by a variety of graduate programs.
Tips for preparing to take entrance tests
- Plan and prepare early. For some tests, your scores are good for five years. Take the test when you have a significant amount of time to devote to studying. In addition, you may need to retake the test if you are not satisfied with your scores.
- Register early. There are no registration deadlines for some computer-based tests (GRE General and Written Assessment, GMAT), but registration is first-come, first-served. Certain tests such as the MCAT and LSAT are only offered a few times a year.
- Take a test-preparation course or buy a prep book.