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Not sure where to start when preparing for an entrance exam?

Listed below include various entrance exams that may be required as part of your admission to graduate or professional school. Make sure that you are reviewing various graduate and professional school program informational resources to determine the score that is required and specifics on when and how to submit exam scores.

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The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is required for all students entering Medical school, and has four main sections that are all multiple-choice questions:

  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  2. Chemical and Physcial Foundations of Living Systems
  3. Physchological, Social, and Bilogical Foundations of Behavior
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

The MCAT is taken by students in January, and March through September each year. By taking the test sooner, you will be able to apply earlier and start your program before fall admissions close. Therefore, enough time must be set aside for this exam, as well as the other steps required for application.

The Dental Admission Test (DAT)

After completing the necessary coursework and before applying, you are required to take the DAT. Test must be taken eighteen months prior to being admitted by your preferred dental school program. This test is continuously administered throughout the year and consists of four main sections. 

  • Natural sciences
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Perceptual Skills

American Dental Association

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is a standardized test that students take in preparation of graduate school. Most veterinary schools require GRE scores, and some may require the Biology GRE. Some schools also accept the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). 

The GRE is approximately three hours and forty-five minutes long and consists of three parts:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

The GRE is offered throughout the year, and Pre-Vet students are encouraged to take the exam a year before applying to veterinary school, ideally in the winter or spring. However, you should ultimately take the GRE when you are ready!

While it varies from person to person, plan on studying between 50-200 hours before taking the test. For more information on the GRE visit:


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