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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 Office of Career Services partners with Kaplan to offer test preparation courses on Elon’s campus each semester for the GRE, LSAT and MCAT. Check the "News" section on our homepage for current information on free information sessions and registration details for test prep classes as they are scheduled.


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

  • Cost: $185.
  • Scores are good for five years.
  • Official scores are available online and sent to designated schools approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
  • Consists of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections; computer-adaptive.
  • Score range for math and verbal sections is 130-170.  Writing score range is 0-6.
  • 50th percentile score is 150; average for writing section is 3.8 
  • 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.
  • Practice materials are available at http://www.ets.org/gre/general/prepare and http://www.testpreppractice.net.
  • Register to take the GRE at www.gre.org
  • Information for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs http://www.ets.org/gre/disabilities
  • Students with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for a test fee reduction waiver through ETS (the test administrators). To see if you qualify, go to http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about/fees/reduction/.

 

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

 

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/

 

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

  • Cost: $270.
  • Scores are good for three years.
  • A standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
  • Scores in three areas: physical sciences 1-15; biological sciences 1-15; verbal reasoning 1-15. Combined total score 3-45.  Writing section is scored alphabetically from J-T
  • 50th percentile score is 25; average writing score is O (letter, not zero)
  • Offered 28 times a year.
  • View schedule and register to take the MCAT at http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/reserving/start.htm.

 

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

Additional entrance exams offered/required:

DAT– Dental Admission Test

PCAT– Pharmacy College Admission Test

MAT– Miller Analogies Test                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                         -RHJ

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