Grad School TestsGraduate school tests are yet another phobia among most grad school applicants. Regardless of which graduate programs you apply for — whether it’s graduate school, business school or law school — you will be required to a take a standardized test such as the GRE, the LSAT or the GMAT.

You can dislike this part the most, but at the end of the day, standardized graduate school exams are an important part of your application, one that can either increase or decrease your chances of being admitted into grad school.

The GRE test

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is the most widely required standardized test when it comes to grad school programs.  It has three sections – math, verbal, and writing. The scores for the math and verbal sections amount to a maximum of 1600, whereas the writing section is scored on a 0-6 scale.

As with any other standardized test, the key to a great score is practice, practice, practice. To enhance your GRE prep routine, you can attend special GRE classes or use GRE practice books and study on your own. Once you have mastered the structure of the test, take as many GRE online tests as possible that mimic as closely as possible a real testing atmosphere. Make sure to aim for a test score within the range that your grad school program requires.

The GMAT test

The GMAT test is only required by business schools and can be accepted by other graduate programs in areas related to business. It has three sections, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. Top business school programs use GMAT scores as a filtering tool among applicants. As with the other tests, acing the GMAT requires targeted GMAT practice either in custom classes or though self study. The more tests you practice on, the easier it will be to get a higher score.

The LSAT test

The LSAT is the standardized test required by law schools in the U.S. and Canada. It contains three types of questions:  reading comprehension questions, analytical reasoning questions and logical reasoning questions.  The LSAT is different than all the other standardized tests because law schools place a much higher emphasis on the score a candidate has had on the LSAT. Unlike the other tests, the LSAT is only offered four times a year. You can learn more about the LSAT on our “Law School Admission” page.