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Kaplan Test Prep’s 2017 Law School Admissions Officers Survey: GRE®️ Rising

Kaplan Test Prep’s 2017 research found that law schools are increasingly warming up to the idea of allowing applicants to take the GRE instead of the LSAT for admissions. One-quarter of law schools plan to implement this admissions policy, up from just 14 percent in our 2016 survey. Check out all the results of Kaplan Test Prep’s 2017 Survey of Law School Admissions Officers Survey in this two-page downloadable PDF.

Kaplan Test Prep Surveys Law Schools on the State of Admissions and Accepting the GRE

LawSchoolKaplan Test Prep’s 2016 research found that law schools are increasingly optimistic about the state of legal education and the vast majority predict an increase in applications this cycle. We also found that there’s no rush to judgement regarding accepting the GRE as an admissions alternative to the LSAT. Check out all the results of Kaplan Test Prep’s 2016 survey of law school admissions officers in a two-page downloadable PDF.

 

 

 

Kaplan Test Prep Surveys Law Schools on Accepting the GRE

There’s no rush to judgement. A majority (56 percent) of law schools have no plans to adopt the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s controversial new policy allowing applicants to submit GRE scores instead of LSAT scores, according to a recently conducted Kaplan Test Prep survey of admissions officers at 125 law schools across the United States.* Just 14 percent say it’s something they plan to adopt. The remaining 30 percent say they are unsure. The University of Arizona’s law school announced their decision to begin accepting the GRE earlier this year after conducting research with Educational Testing Service, the GRE’s administrator. Check out all the results here: Kaplans Surveys Law Schools on GRE Acceptance

Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Medical School Admissions Officers

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To ensure that students receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the medical school admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from medical schools across the United States.  The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the thousands of aspiring medical school students we work with each year. Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Medical School Admissions Officers for the results. Here are some highlights:

  •  Forty-four percent said it makes no difference which MCAT score is submitted – the current one expiring in January 2015 or the new one launching in April 2015; 28% recommend pre-meds take the current MCAT; and 27% recommend they take the new test.
  • Biochem is currently a prerequisite at 27% of medical schools, according to Kaplan’s survey, but responses indicate that percentage will increase to at least 32% for students enrolling in 2016 (which includes some current college seniors and most juniors), and likely much more — 24% said they were not sure what their policy will be.
  • 40% of medical schools say that a low MCAT score is the biggest “application killer.”
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Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Law School Admissions Officers

law-schoolTo ensure that students and their parents receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the law school admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the 200+ ABA-accredited law schools across the United States. The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the tens of thousands of  aspiring graduate school students we work with each year.  Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Law School Admissions Officers for the results.  Here are some highlights: 

 

  • Almost half (46%) of law school admissions officers express confidence that their law school will see an increase in applications for the 2015–2016 school year.
  • Nearly a quarter of law schools say they are likely to reduce their class size for the 2015-2016 application cycle.
  • A plurality of law school admissions officers (33%) say that a prospective student’s LSAT score is the first piece of their application that they look at.

 

Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Business School Admissions Officers

MBATo ensure that students and their parents receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the business schools admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the top business schools in the U.S. The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the tens of thousands of aspiring MBA students we work with each year.  Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Business School Admissions Officers for the results.  Here are some highlights: 

 

 

Does your program give applicants the option of submitting a GRE score instead of a GMAT score for admission?

  • Yes: 85%
  • No: 15%

Compared to the 2014-2015 academic year, do you think the number of applicants to your school will increase, decrease or stay about the same for the 2015-2016 academic year?

  • Increase: 60%
  • Decrease: 6%
  • Stay about the same: 34%

Overall, how confident are you that the number of applications to business schools across the United States will increase in the coming application cycle?

  • Very confident: 12%
  • Somewhat confident: 43%
  • Not too confident: 40%
  • Not at all confident: 5%
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Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Graduate School Admissions Officers

KeepCalmGraduateSchoolTo ensure that students receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the graduate school admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the top graduate schools in education, engineering, psychology and public administration/policy in the U.S. The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the tens of thousands of  aspiring graduate school students we work with each year.  Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Graduate School Admissions Officers for the results. Here are some highlights: 

 

Which would you most consider to be an application killer?

  • A low GRE score: 41%
  • A low undergraduate GPA: 27%
  • Poor letters of recommendation: 18%
  • Poorly written essays:  8%
  • Lack of relevant work experience: 6%

When reviewing a prospective student’s application, which of the following do you review first?

  • Undergraduate transcripts: 44%
  • GRE score: 28%
  • Personal statement: 26%
  • Letters of recommendation: 1%

Do applicants to your program who are children or siblings of alumni have an admissions edge over those who aren’t?

  • No:  97%
  • Yes: 3%

 

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Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of College Admissions Officers

letter-of-intent-graduate-schoolTo ensure that students and their parents receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the college admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the top national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the tens of thousands of families we work with each year.  With big changes coming to the SAT in 2016, a good portion of this year’s survey focused on this important issue.  We also focused on the serious issue of sexual assault on campus, which continues to garner attention. Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of College Admissions Officers for the results.

Among the highlights of this year’s survey:

Does your school require the SAT® or ACT®?

  • Either the SAT or ACT: 88%
  • Neither: 12%

To what extent do you agree with the makers of the SAT to change the exam’s content?

  • Completely agree: 8%
  • Generally agree: 71%
  • Generally disagree: 13%
  • Completely disagree: 8%

Do you think U.S. News & World Report should change their  rankings formula to factor in how safe a campus is?

  • Yes: 61%
  • No: 26%
  • Unsure: 13%

Has your school stepped up efforts to combat sexual assault on campus over the past two years?

  • Yes: 80%
  • No: 13%
  • Unsure: 7%

Beyond your school, do you think enough is being done by college administrations nationwide to combat sexual assault
on campus?

  • Yes: 21%
  • No: 55%
  • Unsure: 23%
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Kaplan Test Prep’s 2013 Survey of Medical School Admissions Officers

med-schoolAccording to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2013 survey of medical  school admissions officers at 79 medical schools across the United States, there is strong support for the upcoming MCAT changes set to launch in 2015, though an increasing number also think the new MCAT will be more challenging than the current one. For more complete results, click on Kaplan Test Prep’s 2013 Survey of Medical School Admissions Officers.  Below are some key findings:

 

 

Based on what you know about the new MCAT, do you support the approved changes?

  • Completely yes:  35%
  • Generally yes: 55%
  • Generally no: 8%
  • Completely no: 1%
  • Not sure: 0%

Do you think the changes will better prepare students for medical school?

  • Yes:  75%
  • No: 25%

How do you think the MCAT changes will affect the test’s difficulty?

  • More difficult: 43%
  • Less difficult: 2%
  • The level of difficulty will remain about the same:  55%
  • Not sure: 0%

Compared to three years ago, have you seen an increase or decrease in the number of applicants who have enrolled in post-bacc programs?

  • Increase: 71%
  • Decrease: 0%
  • No change: 29%

Does strong performance in a post-bacc program improve an applicant’s chances of acceptance?

  • Yes: 90%
  • No: 10%

 

 

Kaplan Test Prep’s 2013 Survey of Law School Admissions Officers

LawSchoolTo ensure that aspiring attorneys receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the law admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the 203 American Bar Association-approved law schools across the United States.  The survey data helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the thousands of pre-law students we work with each year.  Click  Kaplan Test Prep’s 2013 Survey of Law School Admissions Officers for a PDF of the results.

Among the highlights of this year’s survey:

Did your school reduce the overall incoming class size for 2013 compared to 2012?

  • Yes: 54%
  • No: 46%

How likely is it that your law school will reduce its class size for the 2013—2014 school year?

  • Very likely: 4%
  • Somewhat likely: 21%
  • Not too likely: 55%
  • Not at all likely: 20%

How confident are you that law school applications will begin to rebound in the next application cycle?

  • Very confident: 2%
  • Somewhat confident: 32%
  • Not too confident: 45%
  • Not at all confident: 22%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “The U.S. legal education system needs to undergo significant changes to better prepare future attorneys for the changing employment landscape and legal profession.”

  • Completely agree: 15%
  • Generally agree: 62%
  • Generally disagree: 22%
  • Completely disagree: 1%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with President Barack Obama’s recent comments that law schools should think about condensing their current three year programs into two year programs for all JD candidates?

  • Completely agree: 5%
  • Generally agree: 20%
  • Generally disagree: 60%
  • Completely disagree: 15%