Graduate School - Testing
Most graduate and professional schools require test scores for admission. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General and Subject tests are required by many academic programs (Masters and Doctoral degrees). MBA programs usually require the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Other tests are required in other fields such as the LSAT for law school, the MCAT for medical school, the DAT for dentistry school, the OAT for optometry school, CBEST for teaching and the TOEFL English proficiency test for international students.
It is very important to prepare for and take these tests early. We recommend that you take these tests at the end of your junior year, so that you can submit your application materials early and have ample time to retake the test if necessary. Be sure to consult admissions deadlines and the Graduate School Timeline to determine your optimal test date.
Sign up early to ensure that you can take the test on your desired date. There are no registration deadlines for computer based tests (GRE General and Written Assessment, GMAT), but registration is first come, first serve. The registration deadlines for GRE Subject Tests are approximately six weeks prior to the exam dates. Check with each testing organization to verify their policies.
Check each school's admission requirements to determine which tests you need to take. Currently, GRE Subject Tests are only available for Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Literature in English, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Chemistry.
Subject Tests are only offered three times a year-in April, September, and October. You must sign up for Subject Tests approximately six weeks in advance. Not all Subject Tests are available on every date, so check the GRE website for test availability well in advance.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - The official site for the GRE. Includes answers to frequently asked questions and information on registration and testing sites.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) - The official site for the GMAT. Includes information on all aspects of the GMAT, plus online registration.
Yes. Here are links to accommodation information for the major admissions tests. You can also contact the Disabled Students' Program (DSP).
Exam Websites - Accommodation Information
- California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
- Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
- Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
- Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
- PRAXIS (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)