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Graduate School Admission

Graduate and professional school admission is similar in procedure to undergraduate admission. Forms and transcripts are required, and deadlines exist for all application events. The American system, as we have already learned, is not uniform, so expect variations in procedures among the graduate and professional schools on your list.

A system of aptitude tests for advanced schools does bring some uniformity to the process, however. The four most prominent higher level aptitude tests are:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), for those wishing to earn masters and doctoral (Ph.D) degrees in academic subjects. The GRE is also the path to advanced study for many professions, from architecture to journalism.
  • The Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for graduate business school, leading to the coveted Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

As with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), professional preparation courses and materials are available to help applicants prepare for these tests.


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