Entrance exams can be an intimidating barrier to returning
to school. For graduate students, they may make the difference
between getting accepted by the school of your choice and
getting accepted at all. Your score can also position you
for scholarships, fellowships, and other financial assistance
There are 4 major graduate admissions tests:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): This 7-part test
scores verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): Most business
schools rely heavily on these tests for narrowing the applicant
pool. There are 9 sections that score verbal, mathematical,
and analytical writing skills.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): Necessary for
students entering a medical field, the test is 9 ½
hours long and is only given in April and August of each year.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT): Again, the scope
of this test is very narrow; only those applying to law schools
need take it. This 5-section test lasts about half a day,
and an average score is enough to knock potential law students
out of the running for very competitive schools.