Standardized Tests

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How to Prepare

Most graduate programs require some sort of entry examination. Whether the exam score weighs heavily in the admissions decision or not, it is important to be fully prepared so that your test scores reflect your best performance.

There are a variety of ways to study for a graduate school exam. Bookstores sell a number of prep books, many of which include sample tests or DVDs. Public libraries and Ellis Library contain study guides for review and check out. Another option is registering with a test preparation program like Kaplan or Princeton Review.

Any of these methods will help you score higher on the entrance exam for graduate and professional school. In addition to choosing from books, classes, or private tutoring, all applicants should thoroughly review the official websites for each standardized test. The sites include information about test dates, test format, scoring, registration, fees, and other pertinent details.

Entrance Exams

  • GRE (Graduate Records Examination)  This exam is taken for admittance into a variety of graduate programs. It has three sections, measuring your verbal skills, quantitative abilities, and analytical writing. The GRE also offers subject tests. Carefully review the admissions requirements about the need for a subject test.
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)  This exam is used by business schools to assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. It measures verbal, quantitative, and writing skills.
  • LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)  This exam is required for admittance into law school. It tests logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension.
  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)  This exam is necessary for admission into medical school. It assesses problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing skills in addition to knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.
  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)  This exam is required for admission into pharmacy school. It evaluates general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for pharmaceutical education.
  • DAT (Dental Admission Test)  This exam is required when applying to dental schools. It measures knowledge in natural science, perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.
  • OATP (Optometry Admission Testing Program)  The entrance exam that is necessary for admission to an optometry program. This test assesses general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information in four sections: Natural Sciences, Reading Comprehension, Physics and Quantitative Reasoning.

MU Testing Services

The Testing Services office at Mizzou offers a variety of computer-based tests. To sign up, you must register through the examination website. MU Testing Services is located at 4 Parker Hall and can be reached at 573-882-4801 or