Test Prep Courses

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 choosing the test you’re interested in and entering 27244 in zip code box.

Get Help Paying for Prep Courses

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. Funding is need-based so applicants must also submit their financial aid award letter. See application for deadlines and details.

Kaplan also offers assistance to students through The Starting Line, a need-based discount program through which qualified applicants may receive as much as 60% off the retail price of any class. See website for details.

Take a Free Practice Test

Kaplan offers free practice tests and preparation resources for each admissions test at https://www.kaptest.com/

Which Test Will I Take?

Graduate Record Examination

The GRE is the most commonly accepted among the tests, as it has the broadest application.

  • Cost: $205.
  • Scores are good for five years.
  • It is a 4-hour exam.
  • 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
  • Official scores are available online and sent to designated schools approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
  • 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.
  • 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/.
  • 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.

Medical College Admissions Test

The MCAT 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/
  • 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

Law School Admission Test

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

Register to take the LSAT

Graduate Management Admission Test

The GMAT 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/
  • 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