Graduate Admissions Exams

Graduate programs usually require at least one admission test, and some require additional subject tests. Allow ample time to prepare for and take the tests needed for admission; include in your planning the time it takes for scores to be sent to the graduate institutions of your choice. Note registration deadlines for each test date and plan to send your registration early; test sites fill up quickly in the fall.

There are several examinations used in graduate school admissions:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

General Test
Most graduate schools for arts and sciences require the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) General Test.  The General Test contains verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. The general test is available only at a designated testing facility and must be taken on a computer.

Subject Tests
The Subject Test measures knowledge of a particular subject area and are only required for admission to specific graduate programs. Refer to each individual program to determine whether or not you need to take a subject test. Subject Tests are paper and pencil.

GRE Registration deadlines can be at least six weeks in advance (click here for information on dates, locations, etc and to register on line). 

You can take a free practice GRE.  You can purchase publications by calling 1-800-537-3160

Or for additional GRE test prep resources check out:

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Some graduate schools will accept the MAT in lieu of the GRE. The MAT uses verbal analogies to test reasoning ability.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
The GMAT is required for most students seeking an MBA degree. The four-hour test measures general verbal and mathematical skills, and is similar to the SAT. It does not test specific knowledge in a particular subject area.

GMAT practice questions and study tip sites: &

Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL

The TOEFL iBT test measures an international student’s ability to use and understand English at the university level.

For information on  Law School Admission Test/Law School Data Assembly Service (LSAT/LSDAS) visit our law school page.

For information on the  Medical College Admission Test  and other standardized tests for health professions, visit our Medical School and Health Professions page.