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Standardized Test Preparation: For Professional Schools

This guide provides an overview of preparation and informational resources for a variety of standardized educational tests.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

LSAT Overview

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a standardized test used in the admissions process for most law schools, so if you're planning to apply to one of these schools, you may have to take it. (Before registering for the LSAT, however, you should check with the admissions personnel at the law school(s) where you plan to apply--for some schools, the test may not be required.)

If you will be taking the LSAT, the official LSAT web site is a good place to start. This site is maintained by the Law School Admission Council (the administrator of the LSAT) and has a variety of options. You can get general information, register for the test and pay your fee, and also get access to a variety of LSAT preparation materials.

In the United States, the LSAT test is administered in "pencil and paper" format. A number of testing centers are available in Florida, including a location here in Gainesville. Testing centers can be located using this page on the LSAC web site. These LSAT tests are administered four times each year, usually in June, October, December and February. (Note: The Gainesville test center may not offer the LSAT during the June testing period).

Preparing for the LSAT

Self-Guided Preparation

If you decide to prepare for the test on your own, there are a wide variety of materials available. Generally speaking, you have three types of resources to choose from: 1) Resources from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the administrator of the LSAT; 2) Resources from commercial testing companies, typically books and/or CDs; 3) If you are affiliated with UF, you also have access to resources here at the University.

LSAC Resources

The LSAC's web site for the LSAT provides a variety of free preparation materials, including descriptions of the test sections and question types, and sample questions and tests.

Commercial Test Preparation Companies

A large number of testing companies produce workbooks and guides for the LSAT. Most of these are available from local bookstores or through online booksellers.

UF Resources

The main UF resource for LSAT preparation is the Testing & Education Reference Center, an online resource offered through the UF Libraries. If includes preparation books and materials, and practice tests.

Additionally, David Schwieder, the UF Political Science Librarian, offers general consulting on preparing for the LSAT. A former test-preparation tutor, he can advise on preparation strategies and help you to choose an approach suitable for your needs. Send email.


LSAT Courses and Tutoring

Gainesville is well supplied with commercial LSAT courses. Courses are offered in both online and traditional classroom versions, with the cost running from a few hundred dollars to over $2,000. Tutors are also available. A list of preparation companies and tutor locaters is provided here.


Social Media for the LSAT 

In recent years, numerous social media outlets have appeared for the LSAT, including blogs and Facebook pages. These can be useful for getting informaton from other test-takers, and can be located with a web search engine or through Facebook.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

MCAT Overview

The MCAT exam is a standardized test used in the admissions process for medical schools. Accordingly, if you're planning to apply to one of these schools, you may have to take it. (Before registering for the MCAT, however, you should check with the admissions personnel at the graduate program(s) where you plan to apply--for some programs, the test may not be required.)

If you will be taking the MCAT, the official MCAT web site is a good place to start. This site, maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (the administrator of the MCAT) has a variety of options. You can get general information, register for the test and pay your fee, and also get access to a variety of MCAT preparation materials.

In the United States, the test is administered via a combination of "pencil and paper" and computer formats. A numer of testing centers are available in Florida, including a location here in Gainesville. Testing centers can be located using this page on the MCAT web site. 

Preparing for the MCAT

Self-Guided Preparation

If you decide to prepare for the test on your own, there are a wide variety of materials available. Generally speaking, you have three types of resources to choose from: 1) Resources from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the administrator of the MCAT; 2) Resources from commercial testing companies, typically books and/or CDs; 3) If you are affiliated with UF, you also have access to resources here at the University.

MCAT Resources

The AAMC's web site for the MCAT provides a variety of free preparation materials, including guides and practice tests.

Commercial Test Preparation Companies

A large number of testing companies produce workbooks and guides for the MCAT. Most of these are available from local bookstores or through online booksellers.

UF Resources

The main UF resource for MCAT preparation is the Testing & Education Reference Center, an online resource offered through the UF Libraries. If includes preparation books and materials, and practice tests.


MCAT Courses and Tutoring

Gainesville is well supplied with commercial MCAT courses. Courses are offered in both online and traditional classroom versions, the cost runs from a few hundred dollars to over $2,000. Tutors are also available. A list of companies and tutor locaters is provided here.
 

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