Most graduate schools require you to take an entrance examination as part of the application process.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The most common exam is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). This general test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to a particular discipline.
Some schools may require you to complete one of eight subject area tests. Mansfield University administers only the subject tests.
For more information: www.ets.org. For information on the GRE Subject Tests at Mansfield, contact Beth McClure (email@example.com or 570-662-4024).
Millers Analogy Test (MAT)
The MAT, or Millers Analogy Test is designed to assess your analytical thinking using high-level analogies. Some graduate programs prefer this assessment because it tests your reasoning and sense-making skills, and not simple memorization. For many people pursuing a degree in the fine and liberal arts, the MAT is the entrance exam.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The GMAT is for students who are business-school bound. This entrance test assesses mathematical and quantitative interpretation ability. Problem solving is heavily emphasized. The GMAT will also assess basic verbal, math and analytical writing skills.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
For students who want to go to law school, you’ll have to take the LSAT which is designed to measure some of the skills considered essential for success in law school:
- Reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight
- Organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it
- Ability to think critically
- Analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
The MCAT is for medical-school students. The MCAT assesses your ability in problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science. Almost all US medical schools require this exam as part of the application process.
Other occupation areas may have separate entrance exams they prefer you take. Pay very close attention to the instructions on all graduate school applications.