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Appendix C

Supplemental Information Regarding Graduate and
Professional School Entrance Exams

  • Consult with the Center for Integrated Learning (CIL), your faculty adviser and/or class deans regarding the information below.

  • If you continue your education after earning your undergraduate degree, you’ll probably have to take at least one more exam.

The following are the most common exams used for graduate and professional school admission:

GRE (Graduate Records Examination) — The General GRE Test is a test of verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities intended for applicants to graduate schools. In addition to the General Test, the GRE includes subject area tests in 16 different fields. The General Test is available only as a computer adaptive test available by appointment at test centers; the subject tests are traditional paper tests administered only on specific test dates. For more information, contact the graduate school you are interested in attending, call the GRE General Information line at 609-771-7670, visit the GRE website or send an email message to gre-info@ets.org.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) — The GMAT is a standardized test that is required for admission to most business schools in the United States. The test includes multiple choice questions and a writing section. The GMAT results in four scores: verbal, quantitative, total, and analytical writing. The test is available in a computer-adaptive format. For more information, contact the business school you would like to attend, call GMAT Customer Service at 609-771-7330, or visit the Graduate Management Admission Council’s website.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test) — The LSAT is a half-day, multiple-choice test used for admission into law schools. The test is administered four times a year. For more information, contact the law school you are interested in attending or visit the Law School Admissions Council website.

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) — The MCAT is a standardized test used by allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric medical schools. This test is not a general exam, instead it covers material from specific undergraduate courses such as chemistry, biology, physics and psychology. There are four sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section. For more information, visit the MCAT website. This exam requires significant preparation time and multiple full-length practice tests should be taken before attempting this exam.

DAT (Dental Admission Test) — The DAT is a standardized test for admissions to dental school. This test has four sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences (specifically Biology and Chemistry), Quantitative Reasoning Test, Reading Comprehension Test, and Perceptual Ability Test. This is a computer-based test that can be taken at almost any time of the year. For more information, visit the DAT website. This exam requires significant preparation time and multiple full-length practice tests should be taken before attempting this exam.

If you are considering a career in any health profession, you need to meet with Michael Deibel, Director of the Integrated Program in Health Sciences, as soon as possible in your Earlham career. Please consult Earlham’s Health Careers Advising link for information about applying to health oriented professional and graduate schools.

When Should I Take a Graduate School Entrance Exam?

If you’re considering postponing graduate school, or if you haven’t decided whether it’s right for you, contact the school you want to attend to see whether you should take your graduate exam now or wait until you’re ready to enroll. Some schools accept only scores for tests taken within a certain period before enrollment. However, if that isn’t an issue, it might be a good idea to take the test while everything you have learned is still fresh.

How Can I Prepare?

If you’re looking for help in preparing for your graduate or professional exam, be sure to check out all the sample tests that are available. Test manufacturers offer study guides and practice tests to help test-takers prepare. Online samples and practice questions are also available. Prep courses are available as you prepare for your graduate or professional school entrance exam.

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