Most graduate programs require a specific admission test. The most common entrance exam is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which is similar to the SAT for undergraduate admissions. The GRE includes a quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing section.
Other exams required for professional schools include the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT) and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Registration deadlines for these tests are well in advance of the actual test dates. Most are given only a few times a year. EXCEPTION: The GMAT and GRE exams are offered in a computer adaptive version which can be taken almost any time. Contact University Testing at 672-1815 or 672-1302 to schedule your exam.
If you are unclear about the correct exam or exams to take for the graduate programs you are applying to, contact the graduate school's admissions office. Proper test preparation is critical. It can help lower your anxiety level and also helps you achieve the best score possible. A variety of preparation books and classes are available that review the content of the examination, explain the test procedures and types of questions, and provide practice tests.
In addition, the Educational Testing Service produces practice material which simulate the computer-adaptive version of the GMAT and GRE. Even if you plan to take time off after Fayetteville State University, but intend to pursue graduate or professional education in the future, you may want to take the GRE or other appropriate tests during your senior year.
Scores are typically considered valid for five years for most examinations. As long as you have the time, money and commitment level it may be wise to get these tests out of the way.