Graduate Admissions Testing Suggestions

Suggestions and information from Piedmont College Graduate Admissions:

1. Which test should I choose?

It is your choice. Please note that the GMAT test score is an option for MBA applicants only. Contact the appropriate testing centers listed on this sheet for information about test fees and registration information. Testing fees, procedures for test registration and schedules for testing vary widely. Depending on your personal schedule, you may choose to take the most convenient test time, date, and cost.

2. I am nervous about taking an admissions test. What advice do you give to prepare for the test?

Choose the format for the test that is best for you. If you are not comfortable with computer-based testing, choose to take a paper-pencil version of the test. Some testing centers offer a choice. Contact the testing center for information about these options. Prepare for the test several weeks in advance, if possible. Buy a test preparation book at any large book store, and/or check the Internet for test preparation materials. Take time to become familiar with the test design, format and scoring.

3. I have been out of school for a long time. What test is best for me?

If you have been out of school several years and are not familiar with college mathematics, you may be more comfortable taking the Miller Analogies Test. This test draws from many content areas including mathematics, but depends on your ability to analyze the various patterns of analogies. There are no penalties for guessing.

4. I plan to apply for the MBA degree. Should I take the GMAT test?

The GMAT test is primarily used as a test for entering advance degrees in business. If your undergraduate major was a business field and you have been working in business since you graduated, the GMAT is an appropriate choice as an admissions test to the MBA degree. However, the GRE test is also acceptable. If your background is in a field other than business, you should consider the GRE general test for admissions purposes.

5. If I need to have a test score in a hurry, what should I do?

Official test score reports take two to four weeks to be delivered to the schools you choose. However, if you take a computer-based test, you will receive an instant, unofficial test score. Your admissions office may accept that instant score pending the receipt of the official test score report. Contact your admissions office to inquire acceptability requirements. Paper-pencil test formats do not offer instant test score results.