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Choosing & Applying To College

Applying To Graduate School

To get a master’s degree or other advanced professional degree, you need more standardized tests and another round of application forms. Each school will be slightly different, so it pays to research your options and come by our College Planning Centers for more assistance.

The major standardized tests for graduate school are listed below. Check the school’s website to know which tests, if any, are required for admission.

GRE – Graduate Record Examinations
With the exception of law, medical, and business schools, this is the most widely accepted general aptitude test for graduate school admission. The GRE® includes both subject tests and a general test. A fee reduction program is available for qualifying applicants.

Dental Admissions Testing (DAT)
Conducted by the American Dental Association® (ADA), this test has been in operation on a national basis since 1950.

DSSTs – DANTES Subject Standardized Test
Accepted or administered at over 1,900 colleges and universities nationwide and approved by ACE (American Council on Education), the DSST program provides the opportunity for people to earn college credit for what they have learned outside of the traditional classroom.

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test
The GMAT® is a computer adaptive test for admission to business school and is available year-round. You can schedule your test by calling 800.GMAT.NOW or visiting

LSAT – Law School Admission Test
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all 202 law schools that are members of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The test is administered 4 times a year at hundreds of locations around the world.

MAT – Miller Analogies Test
The Miller Analogies test is a high-level, analytic ability test that requires the solution of problems stated as analogies. There is no registration form for the MAT. The MAT is administered by the Psychological Corporation, but fees and testing are handled solely by Controlled Testing Centers.

MCAT – Medical College Admission Test
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) assesses problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, science, and other requirements for medical school. Fee assistance is available to applicants who demonstrate financial hardship.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
TOEFL® measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. To register by phone, call 800.GO.TOEFL. Fees can be reduced for students in financial need.

TSE – Test of Spoken English
TSE measures the ability of non-native speakers to speak in an academic or professional environment. It provides accurate, valid, and reliable assessments for candidates for graduate assistantships, employment, or licensure and certification.