University of Wisconsin–Madison

Standardized Tests for Grad School Admission

Graduate school applications are comprised of many components. Graduate schools frequently require specific standardized test scores as part of your application. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for many graduate programs, but there are a variety of specialized tests for different academic fields. Make sure to confirm what specific exam will be necessary for the programs you are applying to. For example, there is the general GRE as well as GRE subject tests so you will want to confirm which is required. Additionally, note that some exams are only offered a few times throughout the year. Schedule a personalized timeline to ensure that you have time to study, complete the exam, and send your scores by the graduate application deadlines as well as allot extra time in case you decide to retake the exam.

Testing sites frequently provide practice materials and additional information about the exams. Some companies offer both free and paid test preparation resources such as Kaplan and Princeton Review.

Common Standardized Tests

  • DAT (Dental Admission Test)
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test, for MBA programs)
  • GRE (Graduate Records Examination)
  • LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
  • OATP (Optometry Admission Testing Program)

On Campus Resources

  • For more information about applying to graduate school, feel free to make an appointment to meet with a career consultant. The Career Center is happy to help you throughout the process of applying to graduate school.