Graduate School Exams

Many graduate programs require an admission test as a component of the application. It is important to give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the exam. One general suggestion is to spend about 200 hours studying and taking practice exams to be well prepared, but of course this is highly variable. Most tests offer a fee assistance program. If you qualify, apply to this first before registering for the test.

Common exams include:

GRE (Graduate Record Exam) – applies for many programs of graduate study
MAT (Miller Analogies Test) – applies for many programs of graduate study
GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) – for business school
LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) – for law school

For more information, check out this website. Every exam covers different subjects and is scored differently, so it is important to do your research before signing up to take the test. The WWU bookstore sells test prep books that also contain practice exams. Princeton Review offers free online practice exams, which can provide you with a baseline to help guide your study plans.

All of these exams are available at the WWU Testing Center, located near Sehome Village. The Testing Center also offers test prep options for the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.