Winter Session is a great time to start thinking about the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, or GMAT. Prepping for any one of these tests involves some serious planning. Here’s what you need to know about how and when to study right up to test day.
Interested in becoming a medical doctor or dentist?
MCAT: The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), developed and administered by the AAMC, is a standardized, multiple-choice examination created to help medical school admissions offices assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. The general recommendation for study schedules is 3-6 months with 15-25 hours per week of studying. Students will often reduce their semester load by one course to allow for adequate time. If you are planning to apply in the summer of 2021 you may take the MCAT in January (if you have completed all the prerequisite coursework) or at the end of May/first week of June.
The Notre Dame Center for Health Sciences Advising provides programming, direct advising, and assistance to all Notre Dame students and alumni applying to health profession schools; and manages application recommendation packets for prospective students and alumni. The office also provides major advising for the Science Preprofessional major.
Students interested in learning about or preparing for the MCAT should contact the Department of Preprofessional Studies & The Center for Health Sciences Advising at preprofessional.nd.edu.
You can also locate free MCAT test prep options through the Khan Academy website. The AAMC has many low-cost and free materials. Applicants who qualify for the Fee Assistance Program will have free access to all AAMC prep materials. There are other low-cost test prep options available to eligible students who should consult with the Department of Preprofessional Studies to explore those options. There are numerous private companies that provide test preparation and student would examine their own study style before choosing what level of course they wish to purchase. Some companies offer a sliding scale fee.
DAT: For thorough information on the DAT click here.
Most applicants from Notre Dame obtain some review material and practice resources, particularly for the Perceptual Ability Section. Free DAT study materials are available on Khan Academy and some websites.
Interested in becoming a lawyer, or attending law school?
LSAT: The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an integral part of law school admission in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The purpose of the LSAT is to test the skills necessary for success in the first year of law school. Those skills include reading comprehension, reasoning, and writing, and the test results help admission decision-makers and candidates alike gain valuable insight as to law school readiness.
Plan to study for the LSAT for 3-4 months, approximately 15-20 hours per week, accruing between 180-250 hours of study and taking practice LSATs, depending on your first “cold” baseline LSAT score and by how many points you would like to increase your score.
Approximately 65 law schools also accept the GRE. if you’re wondering whether to take the LSAT or the GRE or both, have a conversation with one of the Notre Dame pre-law advisors, Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, schedule an appointment through Handshake or email email@example.com or Mendoza Pre-Law Advising Information Sheet (available here) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Career Services, part of the Center for Career Development located on the 5th Floor of Duncan Student Center, provides advising to all Notre Dame students considering careers in law. In addition to its website, that office sponsors helpful programming throughout the year, both for seniors applying to law school and students discerning their career paths. Please refer to the Undergraduate Career Services website for answers to many of your law school questions.
The Notre Dame Pre-Law Community offers a variety of programs and activities, including lectures, panel discussions, workshops on personal statements and financial aid issues. All interested students are invited and encouraged to join the Notre Dame Pre-Law Community by signing up here to receive the Pre-Law News.
Subscribe to the Mendoza Pre-Law Advising List to receive announcements and other helpful information. To join the group, send a blank email to email@example.com.
More information about the LSAT is available at LSAC.org. The LSAC site also has links to offer free Khan Academy test preparation materials, as well as provides a list of other Official LSAT Content Licensees offering test prep services, including Kaplan, PowerScore, TestMax, and other companies.
Are you interested in graduate school?
GRE: The GRE General Test is a graduate-level admissions exam used by many graduate school and business school programs. The GRE provides grad and b-schools with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants, who come from all over the world and will certainly have an enormous range in academic and professional experience.
To learn more about the GRE and test prep as well as low-cost options visit ETS.
Are you interested in business school programs?
GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is an important part of the business school application process. The GMAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based and computer-adaptive standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate business programs globally. The GMAT is developed and administered by test maker GMAC to provide business schools with common measures of applicants’ preparedness for graduate-level academic work.
To learn more about the GMAT and test prep as well as low-cost options visit mba.com.