Preparing for graduate school early is essential! Please talk with your SSS counselor about any potential graduate school plans, as they are likely to have valuable insight about the process (all of our counselors have completed graduate school themselves!). In addition to doing well in your coursework (most graduate programs require a 3.0 cumulative gpa for regular admission, some are more competitive and require much higher), you'll want to try to gain experience in your field of interest (volunteer, paid, internship, or even job shadowing), develop leadership and other relevant skills, focus on professional development, cultivate close relationships with faculty and staff on campus, and learn about graduate programs well ahead of time (keep an eye out for SSS workshops on this!). 

Additionally, many graduate schools and programs (although not all) require some sort of entrance exam. Please see the information below to figure out which (if any) exam you might need to take, and to learn more about it.

Princeton review test prep. - The Princeton review graduate school test prep page will lead you to information on GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT testing and application timelines. There is also information about writing a statement of purpose as part of your grad school application.

Brief Descriptions and Other Test Prep Links:
GRE - General entrance exam that measures and reflects knowledge of analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. The GRE test costs $205 to complete, but there are fee waivers that will cover 50% of that fee. However, it does take a while to make that happen, so plan far in advance! If you are an OSU undergraduate or if you graduated from OSU, you can request a fee waiver by completing and submitting this form to Financial Aid. In order to be eligible, OSU must have a current FAFSA on file for you (so if you graduated already, go ahead and submit a new FAFSA!). Students who are dependent are eligible with an EFC up to $1,500 and students who are independent (or have already graduated from college) are eligible with an EFC up to $1,900. You can learn more here, or contact Financial Aid with questions. *Note that OSU will take about 3 weeks to process your request, then you'll have to mail it to the GRE and it'll take them another month or so to process your request, so you'll want to start this process a minimum of 2 months before you want to schedule your exam! They will not reimburse you if you schedule your exam before you receive the waiver.

GRE Study guide broken down by section with specific GRE advice and study strategies:

GMAT - Entrance exam for business graduate programs. You might notice that the GMAT is similar to the GRE in that it is also measures knowledge of analytical writing, verbal, and quantative reasoning. Free test prep here.

LSAT - Law school entrance exam measuring the ability to read with accuracy, understanding, and insight in order to structure relationships and draw logical conclusions to complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. These skills are essential for success in law school.

MCAT -  Medical school entrance exam measuring the ability to problem solve and think critically while also assessing comprehension of scientific priniciples necessary to study medicine successfully in medical school.

OAT -  The Optometry Admission Test, or OAT, is designed for those individuals wishing to enter optometry school. Administered by the Association of School and Colleges of Optometry, this exam is actually part of the application process for optometry school and must be successfully passed before a candidate is eligible for admission. Sample tests of this exam can be found here. You can find additional help and resources on as well as possible scholarships based on scholar merit, community service and financial need for students in pre-optometry.

Disability Accommodation and Information:
To learn more about graduate school and/or testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities, contact Oregon State University Disability Accesss Services and/or click on these exam links: GRE ; GMAT ; LSAT ; MCAT.

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