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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 

Testing before taking courses

Placement exams in mathematics are required of all K-State undergraduates, to assess which courses are most suited to their abilities. The  Academic Assistance Center lists Mathematics preparation courses for those requiring Math Review or Intermediate Algebra on entering the University.

Placement exams may also be required by specific graduate programs to plan a suitable program of study and determine if remedial work is needed through additional coursework or independent study.  See your department's description in the current graduate catalog or talk to the graduate program director for resources on placement exam preparation. 

Tests on entering a graduate program

In addition to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or other discipline-specific entrance exams, you may be asked by a graduate program to take qualifying exams, before or during your program of study. These exams, in addition to your performance through coursework, determine whether you qualify for the graduate degree.

Visit with your graduate advisor for guidance on preparation materials.