The majority of (but not all) graduate programs require applicants to take an exam; just like many used to require the SAT or ACT for undergraduate admission, in order to apply.

  • Among the programs that do require the GRE, there is variability in how much importance each program places on it
  • Business schools traditionally require the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). However, in recent years, business schools have been increasingly allowing applicants to choose between the GRE and GMAT and will accept either
  • International students may be required to take the TOEFL Exam to prove English language competency. However, usually having a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. (USC) will waive this requirement

Typical exams:

  • GRE, typically required for many Graduate school programs
  • GMAT, typically required for Business school
  • LSAT, typically required for Law school
  • CBEST & CSET, typically required for Education programs
  • MCAT, typically required for Medical school
  • DAT, typically required for Dental school
  • OAT, typically for Optometry school
  • PCAT, typically required for Pharmacy school