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Entrance Test Requirements and Prerequisites

Depending on the school(s) you are applying to and the program(s) you are trying to enter, different test scores and class prerequisites may need to be met.

Check with both the school and the program about their specific requirements.

Graduate schools may not have a test requirement, but the specific program may or no test may be required at all for the admission process.

Important Tips:

  • If you are required to take an entrance test, be sure to do so early in the application process to allow you time to retake it if you want to, or need to, improve your scores.
  • Your test scores may expire within 1-3 years, so be sure to build this in to your graduate school application timeline.
  • Set aside funds for taking these tests, as all graduate entrance exams have different fees for taking and rescheduling the tests.
  • Ask the specific university and program about their requirements, especially if you are unsure about any aspect of their application process.

Below are some typical graduate entrance tests:

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)- general test for many graduate programs, consisting of the general test portion and the subject portion.
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)- used for entrance in to Business and Management Schools and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) programs.
  • LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)- used for entrance in to Law Schools.
  • MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)- used for entrance in to Medical Schools.
  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)- used for entrance in to Pharmacy Schools.
  • DAT (Dental Admission Test)- used for entrance in to Dental Schools.
  • OAT (Optometry Admission Test)- used for entrance in to Optometry Programs.

The UIS Career Development Center has partnered with Cambridge Educational Services to offer a series of online graduate test preparation courses for the GRE, GMAT and LSAT. Learn more about these online courses, or contact us for more information.

Some programs might have certain class prerequisites in order to be enrolled, expecting you to have taken them during your undergrad career. While programs may do this, many will give you “conditional admission,” which gives you a specified time period in order to complete the prerequisites while taking graduate level courses. Some programs might also allow you to test out of taking the prerequisites by taking a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exam. The UIS Career Development Center is an approved, open test center for CLEP testing. Learn more about CLEP exams, click HERE, or contact us for more information.


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