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Graduate School Exams and Test Prep

Describes resources in the library and on campus to help prepare students for entrance, placement, qualifying, certification, and license exams.

Contacts for more help:

Jason Coleman
K-State Libraries   
Valentina Burton
Testing Programs and Services

Common Exam Abbreviations

CBT: Computer Based Test
DAT: Dental Admission Test
ETS: Educational Testing Service
: Graduate Management Admission Test 

GRE: Graduate Record Exam
LSAT: Law School Admission Test
MAT: Miller Analysis Test
MCAT: Medical College Admission Test
OAT: Optomety Admission Test
PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test
PLT: Principles of Learning and Teaching
PPST: Pre-Professional Skills Test
SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test
TEAS: Test of Essential Academic Skills
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
VETs: Veterinary Entrance Tests 

What type of exam are you taking?

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K-State Libraries own or link to many exam preparation materials and practice tests.  We augment the resources found at the K-State Testing Center.

The sections of this guide explain where to look for 3 basic types of exams (other than those taken for a class) that you may encounter in your academic career:

  • Entrance exams, required for acceptance into a school;
  • Placement or Qualifying exams, required within a program to make progress toward a degree;
  • Certification or Licensure exams, required to work in a specific occupation.

In addition to resources available from the Testing Center and K-State Libraries, the State Library of Kansas offers testing resources to residents of all ages through LearningExpress.

Use Search It to find entrance exam study guides

Use Search It in Advanced Search mode to locate resources. Enter abbreviations or full names of exams (in the title) and specify Resource Type: Books to retrieve a study guide for a specific exam (LSAT sample search). You can also use the following phrases (in subject):  

  • Study Guides
  • Entrance Examinations
  • Entrance Exams

Here are some title phrases of popular test preparation guides you can name in an Advanced search: