Which exam?

There are many postgraduate admissions exam formats accepted by US graduate schools, depending on the programme:

  • GRE: for most master's and PhDs, and some business degrees
  • GMAT: for most business degrees (more and more business schools are accepting both the GRE and GMAT)
  • LSAT: for JD degrees (LLMs do not generally require the LSAT)
  • MCAT: for medical school
  • DAT: for dental school

The most competitive PhD programmes might require the GRE with a GRE Subject Test.

You can take free sample tests on each exam’s website.

Check the exam and language proficiency requirements for each programme to which you apply.

Test centre locations and dates

Most exams are computer-based tests available in many sites across the year, but to be certain check the relevant website:

The MCAT and DAT require registration to search for test sites and dates.

As of 2017 there are no GRE test sites in Northern Ireland, and it will only bring up the Dublin test centre as the nearest site. If you prefer to take your test on the UK mainland, enter the city you can most easily fly to (Glasgow is a popular destination).

GRE Subject Tests

 The GRE Subject Tests available are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

English language proficiency

If you have not been educated in an English-language school (eg a Welsh-language school or an overseas school) you will likely have to prove your proficiency in English. You should check which exam each university accepts, but the most common are: