Graduate School Testing

What kind of admissions tests are there?

There are several different admissions tests, depending on where you want to continue your education. For most graduate schools, the GRE is the admissions test of choice.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
  • TOEFL English proficiency test for international students 

When should I take admissions tests?

It is very important to prepare for and take these tests early. We recommend that you take these tests at the end of your junior year, so that you can submit your application materials early and have ample time to retake the test if necessary.

Be sure to consult admissions deadlines, the Graduate School Timeline and a career counselor to determine your optimal test date.

When should I sign up for admissions tests?

Sign up early to ensure that you can take the test on your desired date. There are no registration deadlines for computer based tests (GRE, GMAT), but registration is first come, first serve.

The registration deadlines for GRE Subject Tests are approximately six weeks prior to the exam dates. Late registration is available for some tests for an additional fee. Special accommodation for students with disabilities can be arranged with ample prior notice.

Check with each testing organization to verify their policies.

Do I have to take a GRE Subject Test?

Check each school's admission requirements to determine which tests you need to take. Currently, GRE Subject Tests are only available for:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Literature in English
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology

Subject Tests are only offered three times a year-in April, November and December. You must sign up for Subject Tests approximately six weeks in advance. Not all Subject Tests are available on every date so check the GRE website for test availability well in advance.

Any special accommodations available for students with disabilities?

Yes. Please see the Disabled Students' Program (DSP)'s information sheet, Applying for Accommodations on Are-Graduate and Pre-Professional School Examinations.

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