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Student Professional Development Center

Graduate Admissions Tests

Most graduate and professional programs require applicants to submit test scores from at least one graduate admission test as part of the application packet. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of each school you’re considering, as the particular test (or tests) you will need to take may vary among them.

The Student Professional Development Center partners with Kaplan to offer test preparation courses on Elon’s campus each semester for the GRE, LSAT and MCAT.   Find and register for classes and free events at Kaptest.com, by chosing the test you're interested in and entering 27244 in zip code box. Enter the discount code CORP10913 at checkout for a 10% discount off class prices.

Get Help Paying for Prep Classes

Currently enrolled students may apply for a scholarship to pay the full tuition for one of the three prep courses Kaplan offers each semester (GRE, LSAT or MCAT). One scholarship is awarded to an Elon student each semester and it may be used for the on-site class or for online instruction.  This is need-based funding, so in addition to submitting a completed application, students must also show evidence of financial need through the additional submission of a copy of their financial aid award letter (authorization to view is granted by signature on the application). See application for deadlines and details. Kaplan offers assistance to students as well through The Starting Line, a need-based discount program though which qualified applicants may receive as much as 60% off the retail price of any class. See website for details.

Which Test Will I Take?

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is the most commonly accepted among the tests, as it has the broadest application.

For more information about the GRE, see ETS.org

Register to take the GRE 

 

In addition to the GRE, schools may also require GRE Subject Tests, which are specific to certain academic disciplines. Subjects include:

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is required for admission to medical school.

  • Cost: $305. Scheduling within two weeks of test date will add $50, so register early!
  • Scores are good for three years.
  • The MCAT is a 7 1/2 hour exam.
  • There are four  sections: (1) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; (2) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (MCAT CARS); (3) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and (4) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.
  • Scores in each of the four areas range between 118 and 132. The four scores are added together, for a total score with a range of 472-528.  
  • 50th percentile score is 500.
  • Offered 20 times a year, between January and September.
  • It takes about 30 days to get your scores.
  • The AAMC offers need-based assistance in paying MCAT test fees. Find more information and apply at:     https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/fap/
  • Take a free practice test online through Kaplan by registering here: http://www.kaptest.com/pages/free-events#mcat
  • Free online review/preparation guides are also available through Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization that produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. These videos break the MCAT down into manageable sections for you to work through at your own pace. You must first create an account, then search under "subjects," and then "test prep" to find the MCAT material. This is newly updated for the 2015 MCAT.

For more information about the MCAT, see aamc.org

View schedule and register to take the MCAT 

 

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is required by law schools for admission to juris doctor (J.D.) programs.

For more information about the LSAT, see lsac.org

Register to take the LSAT

 

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is required by most business schools, although an increasing number are now accepting the GRE as well.  Check with your school to confirm requirements.

Cost: $250.
Scores are good for five years.
Computer-adaptive; measures verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills.
Quantitative and verbal section scores are combined; 200-800 range.  Writing section 0-6.
50th percentile score is 560;  average for writing is 4.4
No set dates for taking the exam—test takers schedule an appointment at the time of their choice at a local  computer-based testing center.


Free practice tests are available at http://www.testpreppractice.net.
Download free test prep materials and register to take the GMAT at http://www.mba.com/
Take a free practice test through Kaplan by registering here: http://www.kaptest.com/pages/free-events#gmat

Free online review/preparation guides are also available through Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization that produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. These videos break the GMAT down into manageable sections for you to work through at your own pace. You must first create an account, then search under "subjects," and then "test prep" to find the GMAT material.

Register to take the GMAT

 

Additional entrance exams offered/required:

DAT– Dental Admission Test; take a free practice test online here: http://www.kaptest.com/pages/free-events#dat

PCAT– Pharmacy College Admission Test; take a free practice test online here: http://www.kaptest.com/pages/free-events#pcat

OAT-- Optometry Admission Test; take a free practice test online here: http://www.kaptest.com/pages/free-events#oat

MAT– Miller Analogies Test                                                                                                                                                 

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