Preparing for Grad School Exams

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More exams, the fun keeps going!

It may seem like you just finished studying for the ACTs and SATs and left for college. Time sure does fly when homework deadlines loom weekly! But before you know it, graduation will be on your radar and many students will be preparing for graduate school exams. (Yes, more exams. GAAAAHHHH…)

Before you get to the exams, the first step towards graduate school is getting familiar with the vast amount of degrees and programs out there. If you are considering graduate school at The University of Florida, check to see if there is an open house. Consider visiting other colleges as well. These visits will give you the opportunity to meet professors and ask questions about the various programs. Start talking to your advisor early to be sure you have all the correct prerequisites, exams, and shadowing or research hours you will need.

Whether you are preparing for Medical School, Law School, or any other graduate program, researching the post-graduate continuation of your education may feel overwhelming. Finding the right concentration for you is important, and absolutely worth the investment of your time and investigation. Consider all of your options, including the location of schools, degrees offered, length of time to complete the degree, cost and funding, prerequisite classes, testing, and any other requirements needed for entrance. HaveUHeard that we can get your search started by linking you to The University of Florida Graduate School options here?

Some Pointers

Most graduate schools require that test scores accompany the application. The University of Florida helps students prepare for the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT exams. They will also provide information on tests, application questions, personal statement reviews, and mock interviews. Students can make an appointment by calling (352) 392-6622 or walking into the offices located at 106 Grinter Hall. Some students who are majoring in finance or business will also take the Level 1 CFA exam. The Princeton Review now offers test-prep courses starting at $499. Students who enroll will qualify for their money-back guarantee.

Taking a course is optional and you may not need to spend hundreds of dollars to do so. Taking a practice test a few months before the actual exam will help you see where to start studying, as well as help you gauge how much studying you’ll need to do. By this point in college, you should have a good idea about how you learn best. If online studying is not the best choice for you, then a local class or private tutor may be a better idea.

Some of the popular test prep programs are Kaplan, Magoosh, BenchPrep, The Princeton Review, Next Step Test Prep, Khan Academy, and Manhattan Test Prep. Many are offered as self-paced online classes which allow students to study at their convenience. Some also offer private tutoring in person or online, as well as regular local classes.

To prepare for the MCAT while in Gainesville, check out the local Kaplan or Varsity Tutors.

A few more pointers…

GRE – Get the ‘GRE Word of the Day’ app to help vocabulary. And sign up for the Question of the Day from Kaplan. It’s free! And while you’re doing that, be sure you have the Grammarly app downloaded to your phone. Grammarly’s mobile keyboard is the personal editor you can take with you wherever you go. Not only is it the best plagiarism checker and proofreader, it elevates your spelling and grammar as you are acquiring an expanded, GRE-level vocabulary.
MCAT – Next Step Test Prep offers live webinars to answer questions that may come up as you study.
LSAT – Testmasters’ LSAT prep class is offered right on the UF campus.

Prepare a timeline or checklist for each school you apply to. The list might include GPA, test scores, letters of recommendation (LOR), personal essays, resume, interview, etc. Standardized tests are only one part of the application process. In addition, it’s not too soon to look into scholarships and just exactly how you will finance your continuing education.

Many accounting major students take the CPA exam while in school. Some of the more popular CPA review courses include Surgent, Becker, and Wiley.

Applications also require an essay or personal statement. To be sure you are sending in your best work, we recommend working with Essential Essays, which assists students with brainstorming, planning, and writing college, law, and grad school essays that will reveal their personality and give their applications a positive edge.

And perhaps a gap.

Finally, it has become common for students to choose to take a year off before starting grad school. College is stressful in its own right. The pressure to start grad school immediately is unnecessary. You might be one for whom a year spent gaining experience will add to focus and intention, while also bolstering your application and giving you more time to prepare. Remember, this shouldn’t be a sprint; life’s journeys are really more like a marathon. Give some serious thought to taking a gap year.

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