Graduate School Admissions Tests

Test name Admission sought What's tested? Where? When? How much? Kept on file

GRE General Test

(General Record Examination)

Masters & Doctoral programs in arts & sciences  General skills (verbal, quantitative & analytical abilities)  Prometric Test Centers  Computer-based. Offered year-round; can only be taken once a month & up to 5 times in a 12-month period $185 (fee waivers are available)    5 years
GRE Subject Test  Masters & Doctoral programs in arts & sciences  Knowledge in your specific field  Specified test centers  Offered only a few times per year (usually 3)  $185 (fee waivers are available)  5 years

MAT

(Miller Analogies Test)

 Masters & Doctoral programs in arts & sciences  100 analogies. A broad knowledge of English language, literature, philosophy, history, etc. will be useful  Controlled Test Centers (CTC) on many campuses nationwide  Offered year-round  Call a CTC for the test fee  5 years

GMAT

(Graduate Management Admissions Test)

 Masters & Doctoral programs in management and business (MBA)  Verbal, mathematical, & analytical writing skills. Does not test specific business knowledge  Test centers  Offered year-round; the computer-based test can be taken once a month up to 5 times in a 12-month period $250   5 years

LSAT

(Law School Admissions Test)

 Law Schools  Reading comp., analyzing complex material, organization & management of material, persuasive writing skills  Participating test centers Offered only 4 times per year; typically cannot take the LSAT more than 3 times in a 2-year period   $160 5 years (differs by school; some require a new test score after 3 years)  

MCAT

(Medical College Admission Test)

Medical Schools  Problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, knowledge of science (biology, chemistry, & physics)    Participating test centers  Offered twice per year in a limited number of U.S. cities with limited seating available; students should take the MCAT 18 months before applying to medical school $270   Valid for 3 years (differs by school; some require a more recent score)

DAT

(Dental Admission Test)

 Dental schools Reading comp., quantitative reasoning, natural science,& perceptual abilities    Prometric Test Centers Offered year-round   $385 Indefinitely  

PCAT

(Pharmacy College Admission Test)

 Pharmacy programs  General academic ability and knowledge of science  A select few test centers in each state  Offered 3 times per year (Jan., June and Oct.,) Online application fee: $199 5 years

OCAT/OAT

(Optometry Admission Test)

 Optometry programs  Natural sciences, reading comp., physics, & quantitative reasoning Computerized testing   Twice per year, usually in February and October. Take test well in advance of expected enrollment; at least 1 year of college with courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics required to take the test   $266  Valid for 2 calendar years

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