If you’re considering graduate school you’ve probably that accepted you will have to take some sort of standardized test. Even though this is only one element of your application, your standardized test scores have the potential to have a huge impact on the likelihood of your being accepted into a graduate program. The GRE is the common assessment for individuals hoping to pursue a graduate degree in humanities, social, physical, and biological sciences, the GMAT is a common requirement of those who wish to pursue a business degree, the LSAT is used to assess applicants to law school, and the MCAT is a common requirement for applicants to medical schools. There are other tests admissions committees use to help them assess the abilities of their applicants including GRE subject tests, and the TOFEL. Read these articles to learn more about the standardized testing requirements in your field of interest, and discover tools and tips that may help your performance on test day.
Preparing for standardized tests can be stressful. However, there are several things you can do to make the process easier. Try these 5 simple strategies: Remove distractions Start preparing early Test your knowledge Take frequent breaks Keep yourself motivated
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So you've decided to apply to graduate programs. Before you begin the next phase of your academic career, be sure to see if you're required to submit scores from one of the graduate school admissions exams. Do you want to go to medical school? Then you're likely to take the Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT. Is law school in your future? Then you'll probably end up preparing for the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT. In recent years, more and more programs have begun to accept either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
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English proficiency and the TOEFL English proficiency involves the ability to read, write and communicate orally in the English language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a test you may have to take in order to demonstrate your proficiency to the grad school of your choice. If you have been educated in English for most of your life, you might receive a TOEFL waiver. On the other hand, you may be required to take courses to improve your mastery of English.
The GRE is an assessment often used by graduate schools to evaluate applicants to their programs. The Analytical Writing Measure of the GRE tests the examinees’ ability to think critically and write analytically. The measure includes two tasks: the “Analyze an Issue” task and the “Analyze an Argument” task. The following article offers tips for preparing for the measure and advice from the Educational Testing Service (the organization that manages the GRE) for preparing for each individual task. How to Prepare for the GRE Writing Assessment
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Issue Essay Strategies You’ve spent arduous months studying for the new GRE. You’ve mastered your math fundamentals, you’ve built up an impressive vocabulary, and you reading speed is twice as fast as it was when you first started prepping. Nonetheless, if you prep little for the Analytical Writing Assessment, then the first hour can be a stressful one indeed (you will have to spend 30 minutes writing the Issue task, and another 30 on the argument). If you think you did poorly on the essays, that knowledge could very well affect your performance on the rest of the test.
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If you have made the decision to take the GRE then your next step should be to come up with a plan to start studying for it. Start by clearing up all of your distractions and set aside time to start your prep. Here is an easy outline you can follow in developing your own preparation schedule. 1. Start early: You should start studying for your GRE about 9 months before you plan to take the assessment. At this stage, focus on a broad review of all GRE subjects.
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How Are GRE Scores Calculated? GRE scores are hard to interpret. The GRE seems much like the SAT. There is however a huge difference: Everyone taking the SAT is looking to attend college; everyone taking the GRE is looking to attend graduate school. This means those who take the GRE are the cream of the crop of all the people you took the SATs with. The good news, however, is that schools already know this. A percentile that may not have been good for the SAT might be excellent for the GRE. GRE Percentiles
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Planning to take the GRE? Then you’ll need to do some serious studying. Whether you’re a self-starter who only needs a book or two, or you think you would benefit from the structure of a formal class, it may be wise to explore your test prep options. BOOKS When selecting GRE test prep books, keep the following factors in mind: Readability
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Have you been asking yourself,"GMAT vs GRE?" Gone are the days when most business school applicants had to take the Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, to be considered for entry into the graduate programs of their choosing. That's because today many academic institutions are willing to accept results from the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, instead. Based on new data from Educational Testing Service, the company behind the GRE, more Master of Business Administration program applicants than ever before are embracing the GRE in the place of the GMAT.
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Learn what sophisticated GMAC research reveals about last-minute time-crunch strategies on the GMAT By Mike McGarry Published April 13, 2012 It’s All About Timing Of course, learning to solve problems under time pressure is an important part of preparing for the GMAT. Of course, you should do everything you can do to maximize your ability to perform at the highest level on as many questions as possible. Of course, that's what any responsible person preparing for the GMAT will strive to do.
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You are not alone if you have anxiety when it comes to taking standardized tests. Many of us have been bombarded and judged by these since a very young age and frankly they can be a poor reflection of both knowledge and intelligence for many people. Having said that, if you are looking to get into a well-regarded graduate program, chances are you will be faced with it once again. The good news is there are things you can do to ease your anxiety and help you show your true colors on exam day. Practice, Practice, Practice
Written by Annie Rose Stathes, edited by Laura Morrison for GradSchools.com, March 2014 Studying for the GRE can be a daunting and difficult task. Thankfully, Kaplan offers structured guidance, preparation, and support to students studying for standardized tests including the GRE. Kaplan’s GRE Prep courses benefit students who: Need structured support to study for the GRE Will benefit from face-to-face interaction with an instructor Need to brush-up on math, reading, and writing skills Feel overwhelmed by everything they need to know to take the GRE
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