Monday Motivation: Grad School Entrance Exams

motivation-mickey-225x3002So, you’ve decided you want to get a graduate degree. Congratulations! Now, you have to decide which standardized test to take.

For some of us, the decision is already made because certain graduate programs only allow one specific test. For the rest of us, we have some options. It makes sense to evaluate the different tests in order to determine which test(s) might be appropriate.

Education and The Humanities

If you are applying to a program in education or the humanities, you often get the option of choosing between two tests: The Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or The Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Both tests are drastically different, and as this article points out, you should consider each on the basis of what you consider to be your academic strengths and weaknesses.

Some education degree programs may require PRAXIS exam scores for entry as well, especially ones designed for already-certified teachers.  Ultimately, many state departments of education also require PRAXIS tests to obtain certification at the end of degree programs that are designed for beginning teachers.  To learn more about the PRAXIS tests, visit this website.


Business and Accountancy programs most often require the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is designed to test skills required by students entering into business or accountancy degree programs. To find out more about the GMAT, read this helpful article.

The Sciences, Public Administration, Historic Preservation, and Everyone Else

Here at The Graduate School of the College of Charleston, the standard requirement for most other programs continues to be the GRE. If you have questions about the test requirements and deadlines for specific programs, check the Application Requirements Grid.

Law School and Medical School

Everyone who is considering a law school program will have to become familiar with the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and everyone who plans on entering medical school should prepare adequately for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For specific requirements on these tests, contact the admissions office of the law or medical school that you’re interested in.

To everyone taking an entrance exam this Fall, we wish you the best of luck. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to drop us an email or visit us on the web.

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Monday Motivation: Choosing a Grad School
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