Entrance Examinations

Most graduate schools will require a score from one of the standardized entrance exams such as GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc. These test scores could play a major part in which institution you will attend and whether or not you are accepted.

Preparation for the exams:

  • Study the free handbooks that are provided by the test companies
  • Do the practice tests that are provided in the handbooks
  • Purchase and use any official study guides containing actual exams from recent years that the testing company may have published
  • Purchase and use commercial study guides and software programs which are available in book stores and computer stores

The four most commonly used exams are*:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE ):
This exam includes the General Test and Subject Tests in 16 subject areas. The Subject tests are designed to measure knowledge of a specific subject area related to graduate study in specific fields. For more information on the GRE, follow the link above and click on GRE. You can register for the exam on this site as well.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT):
Approximately 850 schools require the GMAT scores from their applicants. For most business schools GMAT scores are considered heavily for admission. For information on the GMAT, visit the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) website. GMAC is the organization that oversees the GMAT as well as helps to facilitate graduate business education by providing information to both schools and

Medical College of Admission Test (MCAT):
The skills and information tested on this exam are identified by physicians as prerequisites for the practice of medicine. A high score is important for admission to medical school. For more information and access to free practice tests, visit the MCAT portion of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) website.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT):
In order to be accredited by the American Bar Association, law schools must require that applicants submit LSAT scores. Law is a highly competitive area and a high score is imperative. Visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website for more information on the LSAT and to register for the exam. LSAC is the organization that oversees the LSAT and facilitates the application process for nearly all American Bar Association accredited law schools in the U.S. Free LSAT preparation materials are available on the website.

*Some graduate programs (i.e. Optometry, Dentistry, Pharmacy) use other entrance examinations. Check the requirements for your desired program or consult a career counselor or pre-professional faculty advisor for the appropriate exam. Contact information for the faculty pre-professional advisors can be found by clicking here.

Additional Preparation Programs

The following are for-profit companies that sell resources in the form of books and test preparation courses. They also provide free practice tests online and sometimes hold free information sessions on applying to graduate school. In addition, these websites provide excellent information on a variety of other relevant topics to graduate or professional school education. We provide these links for your convenience, although we do not endorse either service. Take a practice test first before investing in the test preparation course.

Fresno Kaplan Center
1630 East Shaw Avenue, Suite 140
Fresno, CA 93710

Princeton Review
Search for a course online using the above link.
Courses are usually held at:
San Joaquin College of Law
901 Fifth Street
Clovis, CA 93619
Email for more information at info.fresno@review.com