GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION TESTS
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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is used for admission to MBA programs and business schools around the world. The exam is computer-based and can be taken online or at a testing center. It consists of an Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) in which test takers analyze the reasoning behind and offer a critique of an argument; an Integrated Reasoning (IR) section in which they evaluate data presented in graphs, tables, and other sources; a multiple-choice Verbal section; and a multiple-choice Quantitative section. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test: on the multiple-choice sections, correct answers lead to harder questions while incorrect answers lead to easier questions. Results on the Verbal and Quantitative sections are combined to form a score between 200–800; test takers also receive a separate AWA score between 0–6 and a separate IR score between 1–8. Applicants can take the GMAT up to five times per year (with a 16-day gap between attempts) and up to eight times total. Scores remain valid for five years after the exam.
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is used in the United States and Canada for admission to many graduate schools, including MBA programs, business schools, Ph.D. programs, and certain law schools. The exam is computer-based and can be taken online or at a testing center. The GRE always begins with an Analytical Writing section. This is followed by five multiple-choice sections—two Verbal, two Quantitative, and one unscored Experimental section—which appear in any order. The test is computer-adaptive by section: the score on the first Verbal section affects the difficulty of the second Verbal section, and the score on the first Quantitative section affects the difficulty of the second Quantitative section. Test takers receive an Analytical Writing score between 0–6, a Verbal score between 130–170, and a Quantitative score between 130–170. Applicants can take the test up to five times per year (with a 21-day gap between attempts), and scores remain valid for five years.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is used for admission to law schools around the world. The LSAT is administered in two parts: a multiple-choice exam that is taken on an official tablet at a testing center and an online written essay that is taken at the test taker’s home on a separate day. The multiple-choice exam includes two Logical Reasoning sections consisting of arguments the test taker must analyze, one Reading Comprehension section consisting of passages and accompanying questions, one Analytical Reasoning section consisting of “logic games”, and one unscored Experimental section. Students receive a multiple-choice score between 120–180. The LSAT Essay is unscored and is sent directly to admissions offices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple-choice exam is being administered online as LSAT-Flex, which contains three sections—one Logical Reasoning, one Reading Comprehension, and one Analytical Reasoning—and is still scored on the same 120–180 point scale. Applicants can take the LSAT up to three times in an “LSAT year” (which runs from June–May), up to five times in five years, and up to seven times total. When an applicant’s scores are sent to law schools, all scores from the previous five years are included.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a multiple-choice exam used for admission to medical schools around the world. It is a computer-based exam administered at official testing centers several times each year. The MCAT consists of four sections—Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Functions of Behavior—each scored on a scale from 118–132. Applicants may take the exam up to three times per year, up to four times in a two-year period, and up to seven times total. Depending on the medical school, scores will usually be accepted for two to three years following the exam.