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Going to graduate school is a huge step and should not be taken lightly. Don’t simply dive in. It’s not easy to keep your head above water if you’re unprepared. Graduate School can take years to finish and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. If you know your career goals, you should start thinking about graduate school during the first two years of college. If you feel unsure, then give yourself more time. In either case, its sometimes best to wait a few years before applying because some graduate programs look for work experience in addition to their other requirements. Working, interning or volunteering in your field, will help you get a better feel for the type of work you will be doing - or if it’s the right field.  Be sure you are getting A’s and B’s in all of your courses. Many Graduate School accept only 1 in 10 students. A “C” on your transcript will not help you.  Look at the requirements for graduate study in your field. Even if you are not required to take a  foreign language or do volunteer work for your undergraduate degree, these may be prerequisites for the type of program you want to pursue.  It’s important to take courses with several professors. While you might really enjoy taking courses with your favorite, some programs require at least three letters of recommendation. 

Personal Statement Every school requires a written personal statement or letter of intent. Some schools provide questions or specific instructions, while others leave it open for you to design. Remember your audience; you are writing to a group of experts in your future field. Keep in mind what your goals are and what you are trying to get across. Your statement should discuss your graduate school plans, including any specific research that you propose, in the context of your goals. It should also include the specific aspects of the field you are interested

in learning more about. Be sure to prove that you have the tools and the background to do what you are proposing.  Your personal statement should not be an autobiography or an essay on your chosen field. Don’t write about how much you love the field and certainly don’t lecture your readers. Be objective, but also reveal who you are as a professional and a thinker. Your personal statement is your personal/professional plan. 

The Different Graduate School Exams: GRE Measure a variety of skills that are thought to predict in graduate schools across a wide variety of disciplines. It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. Take the practice GRE. Many schools do not accept students who score lower than a 600. scroll in a GRE test preparation course.  MCAT The Medical College Admission Test

is a standardized, Multiple choose examination designed to assess the examines problems-solving, critical thinking and knowledge of  science concepts and principles rep requisite to the study of medicine. 

LSAT The Law School Admission Test is a halfday, standardized test designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school  GMAT The Graduate Management Admission

Test is a computer adaptive test (e.g. a test that automatically adapts to the examinees ability level) that assess a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in a stand written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as an MBA.  

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