Graduate School Information
Graduate programs are a beneficial step for some career paths. By networking with people in the field or various sources on the internet you can determine whether your chosen career path is likely to demand a further degree and which ones are the most likely selected in your field.
The research involved with graduate school requires you to focus more than you might have in your undergraduate degree. Not only do the degrees become specialized, the projects and thesis(es) involved are yearlong projects.
Keep in mind that:
- Not all graduate schools require an entrance exam
- Some graduate schools require certain types of coursework prior to admission
- Not all graduate school programs demand the same amount of time although most do take two years (usually including a thesis or practicum)
- There may be a wide range of coursework / undergraduate degrees that help you to be eligible for that program
- There may be specific forms and processes. Keep a good eye on all the instructions and the due dates for each application
- There is an increasing demand from graduate schools to request a verified record of your co-curricular activities. Get yours.
Recommended online resources:
Ontario School Application Services:
- Ontario Medical School Application Service
- Ontario Law School Application Service
- Ontario Teacher Education Application Service
- Ontario Rehabilitation Programs Applications Cycle
Common Graduate School Entrance Exams are listed below. Make an appointment with the Career Services for further information.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
A three-part examination designed to measure verbal, mathematics, and analytical writing skills. The 75 minute verbal section consists of 41 multiple choice questions on reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. The 75 minutes quantitative sections consists of 37 multiple choice questions on data sufficiency and problem solving. The analytical writing assessment section consists of two 30 minute writing tasks, one of which is an analysis of an issue and the other is an analysis of an argument. The GMAT does not measure personal qualities, job skills, knowledge business, or any content of any particular course or subject area. Scores range from 200 to 800 with 1/3 of test takers scoring between 400 and 600. The cost of taking the GMAT is approximately US$250.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Designed to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. The 30 minute verbal section consists of 30 questions which take the form of sentence completion, analogies, reading comprehension, and antonyms. The quantitative section is 45 minutes long with 28 problem solving and quantitative comparison questions. The writing assessment consists of one 45 minute analysis of an argument and one 3 minute analysis of an issue. Test takers receive a scaled score between 200 and 800 for the verbal and quantitative sections and a score from 0 to 6 for the writing section. In addition, each test taker will receive a percentile rank. The cost to take the GRE is approximately US$140.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
An examination with six sections: analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, experimental, writing sample, and two logical reasoning sections. Each section is 35 minutes long with the exception of the writing sample which is 30 minutes long. There are five multiple choice sections and total about 101 questions. The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180 and the average score is approximately 150. The writing sample is not scored, but it sent along as a part of your score report with your application to law schools. The basic fee to take the LSAT is approximately US$127.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Consists of four sections: physical sciences, biological sciences, verbal reasoning, and a writing sample. The first three sections are multiple choice. The physical and biological sciences sections (70 minutes each) consist of 7 passage-based sets of questions (each with 4 to 7 questions) and 13 independent questions. The 40 minute verbal reasoning section consists of 7 passages of approximately 600 words with 4 to 7 questions. The writing sample consists of two 30 minute essays which address specific topics. Multiple choice sections are each scored between 1 and 15 and the essays are scored between 1 and 6. Regular registration to take the MCAT costs approximately US$225.
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