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Test Preparation

The Learning Center maintains a small library of test preparation materials for many standardized tests. For many of the exams, a lab assistant or staff member can go over the test preparation materials with you. Below is a list of the tests for which we provide materials and services.

**For information about registering for these exams,
please contact the Testing Center.***

 

Graduate and Pre-Professional Tests:

Other Test Preparation Available:

GRE
Graduate Record Examination
GWPE
Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam
LSAT
Law School Admission Test
ELM
Entry Level Math
GMAT
Graduate Management Admission Test
MPT
Math Placement Test
MCAT
Medical College Admission Test
GED
High School Equivalency Diploma Exam
CBEST
California Basic Educational Skills Test
ACT
American College Test
CSET
California Subject Examinations for Teachers
EPT
English Placement Test

 

 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE Prep Resources - The Learning Center also has interactive CD ROMs and preparation books to help students practice for the GRE.

GRE Web Sites:
The Official (ETS) GRE website: General information and tips to prepare.
GRE Power Prep: Free preparation software to download from ETS.
Peterson's GRE Website: to help you prepare.
Princeton Review's Homepage: Includes free online GRE practice test.
Soundkeepers GRE Vocab: Free GRE Vocabulary building program including a list of over 1400 words, quizzes and online flashcards.
Supervoca GRE Vocab: Lots and lots of words, just click on the GRE word for the Merriam-Webster definition.

GRE Preparation Workshop (Temporarily cancelled):
Preparation materials can still be reviewed on a individual basis. We cover a general overview of the exam, as well as basic strategies for the verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing sections. Contact the Learning Center to make an one-on-one appointment.


 

Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE)
Before Humboldt students can graduate, they are required to pass the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE). The exam requires essay responses to two writing prompts-each response is allotted forty-five minutes. Students who wish to familiarize themselves with the test format or improve their writing skills can take advantage of our handouts and individual asistance.

The Learning Center offers a free two-hour GWPE Preparation Workshop every semester. The workshop covers prewriting techniques, general writing tips, and practice exam questions. Students can also meet individually with staff for additional writing assistance. If you are interested in attending the workshop or scheduling an appointment with a staff member, please contact us.

For more information about the GWPE, visit the Humboldt State GWPE web page.

 

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the standardized test required for admission to all law schools that are members of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). It measures reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The Learning Center offers test prep material in its in-house reference library.

Official LSAT website

 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the standardized test that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.  The GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that students have developed over their academic career.  The Learning Center offers test prep material in its in-house reference library as well as individualized help with staff.

Official GMAT website

 

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is the standardized test used by medical college admission committees to assess applicants. Problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills, as well as the examinee's knowledge of science concepts and principles required in the study of medicine are assessed. The sections of the test include verbal reasoning, physical sciences, biological sciences, and a writing sample. The Learning Center offers test preparation material in its in-house reference library.

Official MCAT website

 

California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is one of the standardized exams used for the credentialing of California teachers and other educational personnel. The purpose of the CBEST is to assess proficiency in reading, writing, and math skills.  The CBEST measures basic educational skills that are needed and used by professional staff members in K-12 schools, as well as adult education. The Learning Center offers preparation materials as well as individualized assistance. Registration materials are available through the Testing Center.

Official CBEST website

 

California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is the standardized test used for California teaching credentialing in single and multiple subjects. The purpose of the test is to assess the knowledge of each credential candidates in his or her chosen field of study. 

Official CSET website

 

 

Entry Level Math (ELM)
The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination is designed to assess the math skill levels of entering CSU students. Students who are not assessed at college level will be directed to courses or programs designed to improve math skills. The Learning Center has preparation workbooks for review, as well as one-on-one math help.

Official ELM website

 

 

English Placement Test (EPT)
The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the reading and writing skills of incoming undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate English courses. Students not demonstrating college-level skills will be directed to courses or programs designed to improve these skills. The Learning Center offers one-on-one assistance in improving writing skills and preparation for the EPT.

Official EPT web site
Diagnostic Writing Service (DWS) Submit a EPT practice essay for evaluation (for a fee)
Free Practice EPT (multiple choice)

 

Math Placement Test (MPT)
The HSU Math Placement Test is a supplementary placement exam for people who wish to test out of Pre-Calculus and be able to take Calculus. It is appropriate for a small population of students who, after taking and passing the test, will recieve a Math Code of 50. Contact the Math Department or the Testing Center for further information.

MPT Study Guide website

 

 

High School Equivalency Diploma Exam  (GED)
The General Educational Development Test (GED) measures examinees' knowledge and academic skills against those of today's traditional high school graduates. The GED assesses knowledge in language arts, writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics. There is also an essay portion of the test to assess examinees' communication and writing skills. The Learning Center offers test preparation materials in our in-house reference library as well as one-on-one help for GED preparation.

Official GED website

 

 

American College Test (ACT)
The American College Test (ACT) is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The ACT is used as an evaluator for undergraduate college admissions. The test covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Learning Center offers test preparation materials in our in-house reference library as well as one-on-one assistance in subject areas.

Official ACT website

 

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