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Taking Standardized Tests

Where you apply and where you are in your academic career determine which exams and tests you need.

Planning for them need not be stressful. A little preparation goes a long way.

High school equivalent test

Certificate of diploma exam (GED): Widely recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Standardized tests for college

  • SAT: Tests skill levels in math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension of people planning to attend college.
  • ACT: Tests skill levels in English, math, reading, and science of those planning to attend college. An optional Writing test is also available.
  • TOEFL: Measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand North American English as spoken in colleges and universities.

Standardized tests for grad school

  • GRE: For graduate school candidates.
  • GMAT: For business school candidates.
  • LSAT: For law school candidates.
  • MCAT: For medical school candidates.

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