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Clemson Center for Career and Professional Development

Career Development & Recruiting

Standardized Admissions Tests

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE):

  • GRE General Test is made up of three sections: a verbal section, math section, and writing/essay component. This test is not related to a specific field of study.
    One total score is reported on a 400 to 1600 score scale
  • GRE Subject Tests measure undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.  The Subject Tests help predict an applicant's potential for success in graduate school in that particular subject area.
    One total score is reported on a 200-990 score scale
  • Make sure to research which test is required for each school's program to which you are applying.
  • The importance of your GRE score depends upon the graduate school and the program to which you are applying. State schools may not put as much of an emphasis on GRE scores as more competitive programs and certain technical majors, such as Engineering.
  • Visit http://www.ets.org to learn more & register for the GRE

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):

  • The MCAT is a 6+ hour multiple choice test made up of 4 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Writing Sample.
  • Four scores are reported:
      Scores range from l (low) to 15 for Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences.
      The Writing Sample is reported on a scale from J (lowest) to T (highest).
  • Visit http://www.aamc.org to learn more & to register for the MCAT

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT):

  • The LSAT is a three-hour-and-twenty-five minute test that measures Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Writing Sample
  • The LSAT is administered four times a year
  • LSAT scores range from 120 to 180, with an average LSAT score of 150. About half of all people taking the test get a score between 145 and 160.
  • Visit http://www.lsac.org to learn more & to register for the LSAT

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT):

  • The GMAT is used as a selection criterion by most graduate business schools.
  • The GMAT is made up of three sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Section, and Verbal Section
  • In the admissions process, the GMAT as well as work experience, application essays, an interview, and college or university GPA are taken into account when selecting candidates. Although your GMAT score is important in the admissions process, it is not the only tool used to select candidates for graduate business school.
  • GMAT scores range from 200 to 800.
  • Visit http://www.mba.com to learn more & to register for the GMAT

Practice Exam Questions for these Standardized Tests & others are available at:
KAPLAN: www.kaptest.com

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