Is graduate school right for me? Ask yourself these questions, because graduate school is different than your undergraduate experience.
Consider these points:
- Graduate work requires a larger work commitment in time, labor, and intellectual vigor.
- Is it worth it? It's expensive! Evaluate your return on your investment.
- Admissions process can take as long as six to nine months.
- Top programs may require applying a year in advance.
- Your program may have additional admissions requirements & earlier deadlines.
- Identify 3 - 5 potential schools that meet your career goals.
- Do you know your career goals?
Graduate School Process:
- Assess: Does graduate school meets your goals?
- Research Programs: Look into several graduate schools & programs.
- Study & Take the Entrance Exam (if needed): Determine what graduate school entrance exam you need for admission, if any.
- Prepare Application Materials: Write your statement of purpose, resume or CV, fill out the application, get a copy of your official transcripts, and have them reviewed/edited by several professionals.
- Gather Letters of Recommendation: Typically you'll need 2-3 references.
- Apply: Pay application fees and meet deadlines--typically between October - February prior to your start date. All materials & test scores must be turned in by the deadline.
- Visit Schools: Meet faculty & current graduate students, check out facilities & location.
- Decide! Pick the best school & offer for your career goals.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Tips:
- Do I need the test? Identify if the GRE is an admissions requirement first.
- Local test locations: GRE General paper test only at Fort Lewis College. Closest location for the GRE General online test is at San Juan Community College in Farmington, NM. Call 505-566-3139 for more information.
- GRE Fees & Registration: General test cost $205. See the ETS GRE website for additional fees, subject tests, and registration.
- Test Preparation: Give yourself a minimum of 3 months to study! Study tools include free practice tests, online manuals, online prep courses for GMAT, LSAT & GRE, and books available for check out from the Career Services Offices. Create your own study group!?!
- Scoring: New GRE range is 130-170 for both verbal and quantitative sections and 0-6 for analytical section. Scores are good for 5 years.
Other Graduate School Entrance Tests:
- Business School: GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test
- Medical School: MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
- Law School: LSAT - Law School Admission Test. Next LSAT testing date at FLC.
- Dental School: DAT - Dental Admissions Test
- Optometry School: OAT - Optometry Admission Test
- Pharmacy School: PCAT - Pharmacy College Admisson Test
Graduate School Resources & Tools:
- Practice Tests
Many choices exists, why not use FREE options?
ETS, The Princeton Review, Kaplan, Manhattan.
- GRE Apps
Here's several recommendations:
Math by Your Teacher, Arcadia Prep GRE, Magoosh GRE Prep, Ready4GRE, GRE by Varsity Tutors
- Writing Help
Get graduate school application writing tips from Purdue Owl. Get your application materials reviewed by contacting Career Services or the FLC Writing Center for an appointment.
- Graduate School Tools
Review these helpful documents when putting together your application materials:
Action Verbs, Application Guide, Curriculum Vitae (CV) Guide, Graduate School Checklist, How to write a great statement of purpose
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