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New York, NY (April 13, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic is having immediate effects on prospective graduate school, business school, law school, and medical school students, particularly when it comes to the admissions exams they need to take. Many testing sites have been closed and test administrations cancelled due to health and safety reasons, causing a high degree of uncertainty in the short-term. Among the most important changes to the tests that students need to be aware of are the following:
- GRE®: The makers of GRE—traditionally used for graduate programs in areas like education, engineering, psychology, public policy and dozens of other disciplines—recently launched an at-home version of the exam, and halted administrations of the exam in testing centers. This new version is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the exam taken at a test center. It is designed to be taken on a home computer and is monitored by a human proctor online. The exam can only be taken on a PC or laptop (no tablets) and it must use a Windows® operating system. In the most recently recorded test year, globally, the GRE was administered to 533,000 examinees. Updated information about the exam can be found here.
- GMAT®: The Graduate Management Admission Council, the makers of the GMAT—the most widely taken exam to get into business school—recently announced an interim, at-home, online version of the exam that will launch this month. This version of the exam will provide a similar structure, number of items, and scoring as delivered in test centers and will include the Quant, Verbal and Integrating Reasoning sections, but there will be no Analytical Writing Assessment. Approximately 225,000 GMAT exams were taken worldwide by prospective business school students in the most recent testing year. Find updates about the GMAT here.
- LSAT®: The Law School Admission Council, the makers of the LSAT, recently announced a remotely proctored version of the LSAT called LSAT-Flex to be administered in May, but this will only be available for test takers who were registered for the April exam. The test maker says it may make other LSAT-Flex test dates available this spring and summer if the situation warrants the cancellation of other test administrations currently on the calendar. In the most recently completed test taking cycle, approximately 138,000 aspiring lawyers took the LSAT. Updates about the LSAT can be found here.
- MCAT®: The Association of American Medical Colleges, the makers of the MCAT, have cancelled all administrations of the exam through May 21. The AAMC will be adding new dates in the coming weeks. The scheduling system will be temporarily unavailable while new dates are added. More information should be known by April 17. No at-home version of the exam has been publicly discussed. Last year, more than 80,000 aspiring doctors took the MCAT. For updates about this exam, visit here.
“These are unprecedented times for aspiring professionals looking to enter post-grad programs like graduate school, business school, law school and medical school,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of admissions programs. “For students who are understandably anxious about life in general at the moment, we want to put things in perspective and offer some words of advice. First, your health is more important than any timeline you have constructed. Your professional career will span decades, while this crisis, as serious as it is, will likely last months. It’s also key to note that your preparation for these exams will not change significantly. We do encourage students to visit the test makers’ websites on a regular basis for updates, as some specifics, such as dates, may change as circumstances evolve. In the meantime, and most importantly, practice self-care, both emotional and physical, and stay healthy.”
For more information and advice for prospective test takers during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Russell Schaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.822.8190.
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