Welcome to the Test Preparation Handbook Guide!
This guide contains links to test handbooks for students considering applying to medical school, dental school, business school, and other graduate, professional programs.
There are also links to test prep handbook resources for those sitting for board or licensing exams.
1. What is the best way to build connections with professors outside of class?
One way to build connections is the time-honored attendance at office hours. Office-hours is set-aside time for students that professor dedicates to answering questions about their course. However, a savvy student could use this opportunity to explore the course topic more deeply or to develop a professional relationship with their instructor.
Another way to build connections with professors outside of class is to participate in clubs, organizations, or other activities for which there might be a faculty advisor. As a student, you can express your interest in a non-academic subject to show the depth of your interests beyond the classroom, and this allows your professors to see you in a different light.
How to effectively write a personal statement for a graduate school or funding application?
Remember you can meet with the Writing Center to receive guidance on your personal statement. Also, check the UNLV Graduate college website for workshops that might help you with writing a personal statement. An advisor can also assist you with these questions.
I want to know if UNLV provide free GRE study classes? No we do not. However, Kaplan provides GRE study courses, for a fee, you can learn more here: https://www.kaptest.com/study/locations/gre/las-vegas/nv/
The form question about graduate professional school wasn’t worded very well? Thank you for that feedback, can you suggest ways to improve the form?
What resources can I find on Lynda.com? “Lynda.com has tutorials to help you learn the latest software or enhance your business skills, Lynda.com can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.”
How do you go about organizing your materials for graduate school applications? This is an excellent question. You can meet with an advisor to discuss this further. One way to start is to take advantage of the Google tools we have provided by UNLV and create a graduate school folder in your Google Drive. You can create subfolders for Personal Essays, References, and other parts of graduate school applications, or you might organize subfolders by a school with folders for the parts of applications in each folder. These are just a few suggestions. You may also schedule an appointment with me for guidance.
[I don’t understand the] steps to get into graduate school. This is really new to me. The steps to get into graduate school are complicated. Please meet with an advisor to discuss further. Selecting a graduate school and applying is a process. We have advisors here on campus to help you with this process.
[I don’t understand] how the work I’ve done in undergrad will be applied to graduate school.
The work you complete in undergrad will apply differently depending upon the path you choose for graduate school. To best figure out how the work you’re completing in undergrad will apply to graduate school I suggest talking with someone in the field you wish to pursue in graduate school.
[I don’t understand] the actual process of applying [to graduate school], how to get help taking the tests, interviewing and tips on how to make me marketable to good schools.
Please see one of your advisors for assistance with learning more about the process for applying to graduate school. The graduate school tests we offer at the University Library are available for free and fairly self-explanatory to utilize. If you need more assistance with using Learning Express please schedule an appointment with me and I can offer some help. The Graduate College is offering a number of workshops related to the graduate school, check their website frequently for details about these workshops. Also, remember you can ask your advisors more targeted questions to gain information.
Are the tests on Learning Express all the same?
No, the tests on Learning Express are different. For example the MCAT test has eight different practice tests.
Is a Master’s degree or Ph.D. better? Does a Ph.D. lock you in?
Deciding which degree to earn and which is better is truly a matter of the discipline that you are in and what your career goals are. To discuss the benefits of a master’s degree or Ph.D.
I don’t understand all of my options for graduate studies.
To discuss your options for graduate please meet with one of your advisors.
I want to know how representative the Library Express MCAT materials are to the actual MCAT.
Learning Express says the following about their MCAT materials.
First, familiarize yourself with the content, format, and timing of the official MCAT® by taking a practice test for each of the four sections of the exam: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
After completing each test, use the instant score report to see a breakdown of your score, and identify the areas in which you need to improve. Then get started by reading through the answer explanations to the questions you got wrong or weren’t sure about. Review textbooks and other materials used in introductory college — level biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology courses as needed.
Next, take a second set of practice tests: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Practice Test 2, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Practice Test 2, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Practice Test 2, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Practice Test 2. Check the score reports to track your progress, and note the skills you need to work on further before test day.
For even more practice, take the additional practice tests found on the pages of MCAT®: Power Practice.