General information on the tests, dates, registration deadlines, and test sites are available in the Career Center. Frequently asked questions are also answered.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE scores provide a common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants who come from a variety of universities with different standards. The GRE General Test questions are designed to measure skills and knowledge gained over a long period of time. It measures certain developed verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities that are important for academic achievement. Last minute cramming is unlikely to be of further help. The paper-based General Test will be given on the November and April test dates ONLY.
For the GRE, it is important to note whether a specific subject test is required in addition to the general examination, The GRE Subject Tests are measures of achievement in particular fields of study. Each GRE Subject Test assumes either an undergraduate major or extensive background in the specific field.
More and more students are taking the computer-based GRE General Test because it is more convenient; you know your scores immediately; you have a choice of test dates, and it's less stressful.
There is a fee for both the General Test (paper-based or computer-based formats) and the Subject Test (paper-based only). If qualified, fee waivers are available. Call 609.771.7670 for recorded information. Information on the GRE is on the World Wide Web at: http://www.gre.org
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The GMAT is for students interested in applying to graduate schools of management. The GMAT is designed to help graduate schools of business assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, analytical thinking, and writing skills that are developed over a long period of time and are associated with success in the first year of study at graduate schools.
The GMAT is now administered as a computer-adaptive test (CAT) throughout North America. You will have 75 minutes for 37 quantitative questions, 75 minutes for 41 verbal questions, and 30 minutes for each of the two analytical writing topics. You don't need to be a computer expert, anyone can do it. There is a test fee.
With a credit card, you can register for the GMAT by phone. If not, you can register through the mail. Once registered, you will receive a voucher that will permit you to schedule a testing appointment by making a phone call to a Registration Center.
Information about the GMAT is now on their web site at: http://www.gmat.org
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
The MCAT assesses mastery of basic concepts in biology, chemistry (general and organic), and physics; facility with scientific problem solving and critical thinking; and writing skills. The skills and concepts tested by the MCAT are those identified by physicians and medical educators as prerequisite for the practice of medicine.
The goal of the MCAT is to help admission committees predict which of their applicants will be successful in medical school. In addition, the MCAT can be used to help applicants who are not accepted to medical school determine the academic areas in which they may need further study.
The MCAT is given in April and August of each year. Candidates are encouraged to take the MCAT about 18 months before they plan to enter medical school. Applicants seeking to enter medical school in the Fall of the following year are advised by MCAT to take the examination on the April or August of the previous year.
There is an examination fee. Students with extreme financial limitations may apply for a fee reduction.
Contact the MCAT Program Office at 319.337.1357 during regular business hours. Their web site address is: http://www.aamc.org
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The LSAT is a standardized test required for admission to all law schools who are members of the Law School Admission Council. It consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions-only four sections contributes to the score. These sections include one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections. The fifth section typically is used to pretest new test items. A 30-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test but is not scored. However, copies of the writing sample are sent to the law schools to which you apply.
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to reason critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and argument of others. There is a registration fee for the LSAT. If qualified, fee waivers are also available.
If you're considering law school, you should attend one of the FREE Law School Forums held on Saturdays in several major cities. The forums are free.
If you're interested in free practice tests, the following website has free practice LSAT tests: Test Prep Practice
For more information on the LSAT or the Law School Forums, call 215.968.1001 or visit their web site at: http://www.lsac.org
Frequently Asked Questions About The Tests
- When should I take the tests?
Students should take the tests during the spring or summer term of their junior year. This will allow you time to meet application deadlines for various graduate programs. Students who want to repeat the test will have additional time to do so.
- When do I register for the test?
Each test date has a specific registration deadline. All deadlines must be met because there are no extensions. Be sure to plan ahead so you can meet all required deadlines.
- How should I prepare for the test?
It is important to be familiar with the kinds of questions asked on the test. Test preparation workbooks containing sample questions may be purchased at bookstores. Also available are computer-based programs to help with GRE and You might want to form study groups with other CSU-Pueblo students.
- Should I repeat the test?
If you believe that your test score does not reflect your true ability, you should consider taking the test again. Data show that scores for repeat test takers often rise slightly if the previous scores were low. You should be aware that there is a chance your score will drop.