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Graduate School Admissions Tests FAQs

What kinds of admissions tests are there?

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, and the TOEFL English proficiency test for international students.

When should I take admissions tests?

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.

When should I sign up for admissions tests?

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.

Do I have to take a GRE Subject Test?

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, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Psychology.

Subject Tests are only offered three times a year-in April, November, and December. 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.

Where can I find information about graduate school admissions tests?

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - The official site for the GRE. Includes answers to frequently asked questions and information on registration, testing sites, and sample questions.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) - The official site for the GMAT. Includes information on all aspects of the GMAT, plus online registration.

Ets.org - Information on test registrations for many graduate entrance exams

Number2.com - Free online preparation tests

Testmasters - Students can take publicly available exams, submit their responses for online grading, and receive feedback along with a professionally printed score report at no charge.  The website also offers free essay grading.

GRE Guide - Offers sample information through detailed articles regarding each aspect of GRE and contains free practice tests, customized according to the format and syllabus of the New GRE.

TestPrepPractice.net - various standardized tests like GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, MCAT, LSAT, SAT and 50 other major tests. We offer ample information through detailed articles regarding each aspect of these tests. Our website also contains free practice tests, customized according to the format and syllabus of the respective tests.

Free Practice Tests (Varsity Tutors) - a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels

Are special accommodations available for students with disabilities?

Yes. Most exams have accommodations for students with disabilities. Check out the following links to find out more. Also, Disability Access Services can help students navigate this process by providing a letter that they are eligible for accommodations here at OSU.

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