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Research Starter - McNair Scholars

This guide was created to help McNair scholars advance towards their goal of graduate education.

Preparing for Graduate School

Before you can be accepted into graduate school, you must take a standardized entrance exam to determine your readiness for graduate level work, much like you were required to take the ACT or SAT before beginning your undergraduate degree.  The Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) will help you prepare to do your best on the exam, providing access to online study aids and offering opportunities for you to take practice examinations.  There are also links to the official websites of these tests so you can determine the nearest testing center, schedule your exam, learn about what costs are involved, and discover other useful information.  Below is a list of the exams you may need to take, depending on your field of study:

  • GMAT Prep - The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized entrance exam used by many business schools. The test measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills learned in school. It does not measure job skills, knowledge of business, specific classroom content, or subjective qualities like creativity or leadership skills - TERC. 
  • GRE Prep - The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test is a standardized entrance exam used by many graduate schools. The test measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills learned in school. Your results indicate how likely you are to succeed in graduate-level studies - TERC.
  • LSAT Prep - The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test required for admission into law schools approved by the American Bar Association. The test is a measure of critical reading, verbal reasoning, and analytical thinking skills - TERC.
  • MCAT Prep - The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized entrance exam used by many medical schools. The test assesses mastery of basic scientific concepts, problem solving, and critical thinking, as well as analysis and reasoning skills. The skills tested are those identified by medical professionals as essential for success in medical school and as a doctor - TERC.
  • Miller Analogies (MAT) Prep - Impress graduate admission officials with your powers of analytical reasoning! The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) measures your ability to think logically; it presents you with 120 analogies that task you with correctly identifying the relationships between words - TERC.

Getting Started

Follow these steps to find the resources provided through TERC to help you prepare for your upcoming graduate school exam.

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Here you will find several options to help you prepare for your future.  TERC will assist you with searching for a grad school, finding and applying for scholarships, creating a resume, interviewing and networking, and preparing for your grad school exam.  For this example, we will look more at preparing to take the GRE.