Congrats! You've taken the first step towards going to graduate school. (You will mostly likely need to take the GMAT or GRE if you plan to pursue a graduate degree). But which exam should you take? I get this question frequently. Read on for a brief overview of each exam.
The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is a computer adaptive test (CAT) aimed primarily at students interested in Business Schools in order to earn their MBA. The GMAT exam is accepted by over 2,000 business schools and 7,000 individual degree programs around the world. It's administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), based in the United States. The GMAT exam has four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. It is now also being used for admission to certain Law Schools, in lieu of the LSAT. We will be writing about this more in-depth soon. The GRE is owned and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The exam contains Analytical Writing (two sections), Verbal Reasoning (two sections), and Quantitative Reasoning (two sections).
Hope that cleared things up! To find out more detailed information about each exam, click:
The GMAT, The GRE.
It finally happened. At the end of May 2020, the University of California system made a historic decision to suspend the SAT and ACT requirement for admission, until 2024. This is huge! I believe this decision was a long time coming, but the impact of Covid-19 sped it up: students were unable to go to SAT / ACT testing centers to even take the exams.
Almost exactly two years ago (July 2018), I wrote a blog about the University of Chicago no longer requiring the SAT / ACT exam for admission. Check that blog out HERE. At the end of the blog, I stated "I expect more universities will join the movement in the coming years". I was not wrong.
What are the UC campuses?
The UC System currently has 10 campuses, and a combined student body of about 300,000. The 10 campuses are: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz.
Why are they suspending the SAT / ACT requirement?
There has always been criticism surrounding the SAT and the ACT exams. Many argue that these exams are not an accurate depiction of a student’s prior or future success: a straight-A student may not do well on the exam, even though they excel in school. Conversely, a C-student might score very highly on the exam. Also, many feel that the exams place an unfair cost and burden on low-income students, especially those who wish to re-take it to try for a higher score. There is also the argument that the exams include content that can be seen as discriminatory towards certain groups, and that requiring these exams ultimately hinders diversity on campus.
Should I still take the ACT / SAT exam?
With this monumental announcement from the UC system, I expect many, many other colleges to follow suit within the next 12 months. However, as of now, the majority of colleges still require the SAT or ACT for admission. Make sure to do your research on the admissions requirements of the colleges you are applying to.
It's not business as usual. Black people deserve to live without fear, violence, injustice and discrimination in our lives. Racism. Bigotry. Police brutality and corruption. Systematic oppression. NEED TO END NOW!
We need to fully dismantle the racism and injustice that is COMPLETLEY engrained in this society. So far, nothing has changed. The horrific murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, and COUNTLESS others have shown us that.
I can't watch the video of George Floyd being murdered. Seeing someone who looks like me and my family members, being ruthlessly murdered by a white officer while the other police officers stand by and observe, is too triggering. Please be respectful to your black friends, neighbors and colleagues and stop sharing the video.
The way I've always seen it, is that there are two completely different realities in the same country. I can't help but think of the white man THRIVING to the point of sending rockets to space right now. Literally and figuratively reaching for the stars this week. The opportunities for white men are ENDLESS. This country is not at a point to where a black person can even live their life peacefully and without discrimination, much less THRIVE to this level. As a science nerd myself, I couldn't care less about a rocket launch right now. My people are being murdered in the street simply for existing, by the very people who are supposed to protect and serve.
People are applauding these marches and protests as a historical moment. But I ask, do we fail to see the parallels to the 1960s? Civil Rights Marches led by Martin Luther King Jr., riots, and a white man going to the moon. It is now 60 years later, and black people are still marching in the streets demanding equal rights, and white men are still being launched into space.
We have big companies like the NFL and the NYC Ballet posting #BlackLivesMatter and people re-sharing these posts. The NFL, who essentially blacklisted Colin Kaepernick because he dared to take a knee in the fight against racism. And the discriminatory NYC Ballet, who refuses to hire any black principal dancers and also sweeps its sexual assaults under the rug. And I can go on. All these hashtags and posts are just for show.
One of the ways I've always believed we can fight back, is through education. I am committed to partnering with middle schools and high schools and organizations for black youth, to establish test prep and tutoring programs. This company was originally started to focus on educating our black youth and I am committed to seeing that through.