Graduate school entrance examinations are different from other examinations in many ways. These high-level tests require students to demonstrate sophisticated thinking and reasoning skills, which are not at all like the memorization skills developed to succeed in high school and undergraduate classes. Graduate exams include the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
Students should prepare rigorously for a graduate exam. Those who are most familiar with the test will most likely perform at the highest levels. Familiarity with a test leads to comfort and success for test takers and can be gained through repeated exposure to practice examinations and intense study of the test's format, question types, and final assessment goals. Student success on standardized tests depends largely on ensuring that the test taker understands all areas of the test. A student taking a graduate school entrance examination should know all he or she can know about the test-from the time limits for each section, to the types of questions asked in certain parts, to the graduate schools' expectations. Through diligent practice and preparation, a graduate school candidate can perform well on entrance examinations.
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