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Testing Guide

Compiled by Salisbury Universities’ Career Services Office
12-15-09


Tests and Related Sites:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Website: www.gre.org/

Information on GRE test dates, locations, preparatory courses, etc

Educational Testing Service (ETS) – Website: www.ets.org/

Links to AP Information; CLEP (College Level Examination Program); GMAT

(Graduate Management Admissions Test) Information; GRE Information; Praxis

(Professional Assessment for Beginning Teachers) Information; The School

Leadership Series Exam Information (For Principals, Superintendents, etc)

Princeton Review – Website: www.princetonreview.com

Information on Preparatory Courses, Test Locations, Helpful Tips, Links to Law School

Admissions Test (LSAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), GRE, etc

Thompson Peterson’s Testing Information – Website: www.petersons.com

Education Information on Exams, Colleges/Universities, etc

Kaplan– Test Prep and Admissions Information – Website: www.kaptest.com

1099K North Country Road (631) 941.2630

Free Examination Preparation Information

Scholarstuff.com – Website: www.scholarstuff.com/netguide/test/gre.htm

Free Examination Preparation Information

Number2.com – Website: www.number2.com

Free Examination Preparation Information

Graduate School Information – Website: www.info.gradschools.com

GradSchools.com offers helpful information for potential or current graduate students on

how to apply, how to get in, how to write your first graduate essay, and much more.


The GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT® exams have daunting reputations. This should not discourage you; rather it should motivate you to take these college entrance exams seriously and study for them assiduously. The GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT® and SAT exams are not easy--nor is the material at this site. If, however, you study hard and master the techniques presented

here, your test scores will improve--significantly.
Test Descriptions:
>The GMAT- Graduate Management Admissions Test

The GMAT is an aptitude test. Like all aptitude tests, it must choose a medium in which

to measure intellectual ability. The GMAT has chosen math, English, and logic.

The question is--does it measure aptitude for business school? The GMAT's ability to

predict performance in school is as poor as the SAT's. This is to be expected since the

tests are written by the same company (ETS) and the problems are quite similar (though

the formats are different). However, the GMAT also includes two types of questions--

Arguments and Data Sufficiency--that the SAT does not. Many students struggle with

these questions because they are unlike any material they have studied in school.

However, the argument and data sufficiency questions are not inherently hard, and with

sufficient study you can raise your performance on these questions significantly.

>The GRE –Graduate Record Examination

The GRE is an aptitude test. Like all aptitude tests, it must choose a medium in which to

measure intellectual ability. The GRE has chosen math and English. The question is--

does it measure aptitude for graduate school? The GRE's ability to predict performance in

school is as poor as the SAT's. This is to be expected since the tests are written by the

same company (ETS) and are similar. The GRE's verbal section, however, is significantly

harder (more big words), and, surprisingly, the GRE's math section is slightly easier. The

GRE also includes a writing section that the SAT does not.

The GRE is administered by Education Testing Services (ETS) and is primarily a multiple-choice test that graduate schools use for admission of student into their graduate programs. ETS administers GRE programs on behalf of the Graduate Record Examination Board and the Council of Graduate Schools. The GRE Programs also assists students in their transition to graduate education through a variety of services and publications.


>The LSAT- Law School Admissions Test

The LSAT is an aptitude test. Like all aptitude tests, it must choose a medium in which to

measure intellectual ability. The LSAT has chosen logic. Other tests, such as the SAT,

use mathematics and English.

The question is--does it measure aptitude for law school? Now if you think analytically

and like to fiddle with crossword or logic puzzles, then you will probably warm up to the

LSAT. On the other hand, if you think intuitively and synthetically, then you will

probably find the medium (Logic) less palatable.

Whether the ability to determine the possible arrangements of people around a circular

table is an important skill for a lawyer is debatable. Nonetheless, the Law School

Admission Council has chosen this type of question to test your aptitude for law school,

so you must master their solution.

>The MCAT – Medical College Admissions Test

The MCAT® is a 6+ hour test, consisting of 4 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Physical

Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Writing Sample. How do you prepare for such a

thing?

The short answer is: by thinking and doing physics, chemistry, and biology.

Although these are knowledge based subjects, you need only a working knowledge of the

basic concepts of these subjects. In your studies, you should concentrate on the ideas

underlying the knowledge. Also, you will not need a battery of specialized equations;

however, you should remember enough equations to understand the ideas. The purpose of

the MCAT® is measure how well you reason, not how much knowledge you have.

In addition to measuring your reasoning ability, the MCAT® is testing your problem

solving skills. Your goal in your studies is to learn how to approach new problems by

studying the solutions to problems. Then you can solve future MCAT® problems by

thinking in the same way as when you solved previous problems.


It is especially important that you keep an open mind and visualize what you read in the

science sections. In biology one can actually see organelles with an electron microscope.

Understanding the operation of enzymes requires a bit more imagination.

In physics, you must rely on imagination even more, but it is not too different from

imagining the working of enzymes. If you view science as a mere collection of facts and

equations to memorize, you will find it frustrating. Alternatively, if you approach science

looking for new concepts, themes and a new worldview, then your efforts will be better

rewarded.


The descriptions listed above have been taken from www.majon.com/testprep/

Revised 12.15.09

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