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Online registration for the Spring 2014 Grad Exam Prep Seminars is open and will end at 5:00pm on Friday, April 11. (Scroll down for online registration links.)

 

The UCR Academic Resource Center offers reduced-cost seminars (currently $150/quarter; prices are subject to change, so please check with the Academic Resource Center to verify the cost) to help students prepare for exams required by many graduate and professional schools: the GRE (master's and doctoral programs), the GMAT (business school MBA programs), the LSAT (law schools), and the MCAT (medical schools).  [The MCAT Seminar is an intensive two-quarter class that meets twice a week during the Winter and Spring Quarters, including a Saturday pre-test in the Winter quarter (please check the schedule below), and focuses on analytical reading and critical thinking skills.]  The fee includes study materials.  Please contact us to find out which texts or materials we are using for the quarter.

Students are advised to begin preparing for the exam at least one year in advance of their test date. We emphasize that these seminars are not crash courses to help you score high in a short amount of time, although students who follow the syllabus show improvement between pre- and post-tests taken during the seminar. Students are expected to follow the syllabus, attend classes and do the practice questions in class, take the assigned practice tests, review areas of weakness, do the assigned practice homework (including the writing assignments for the GRE and GMAT), and bring questions to the instructors. GRE students are also expected to begin memorizing vocabulary words as soon as possible.

WHILE DOCTORAL AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS REQUIRE TEST SCORES FOR ADMISSION, MANY MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS DO NOT REQUIRE GRE SCORES OR ALLOW APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT SCORES FROM OTHER EXAMS.  CHECK WITH THE GRADUATE PROGRAM TO WHICH YOU WANT TO APPLY TO FIND OUT IF YOU NEED A GRE SCORE OR ANY OTHER EXAM SCORE BEFORE REGISTERING FOR AN EXAM PREPARATION COURSE.

Fall, Winter, and Spring classes meet twice a week (MW or TR) from 5:00pm - 6:30pm beginning Week 3 of each quarter and ending Week 10 (the Spring MCAT seminar begins Week 1 and ends Week 8).

Summer seminars run four consecutive weeks and begin the first week of Summer Session I.  Classes meet four days each week (MTWR) from 4:30pm-6:00pm beginning the first week of Summer Session I.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Registration priority is typically given to registered, full-time UCR students.  If you are NOT a UCR student, you will be required to pay the fee by the Friday prior to the seminar beginning or your registration will be cancelled. Online registration only (see below). Seminars are canceled if an insufficient number of students register.

IMPORTANT: Please plan your schedule carefully before registering for an exam prep seminar.  Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE although they may be applied to a future exam prep seminar.  All requests for a refund after agreeing to the non-refundable fee clause during online registration and regardless of circumstance will be rejected (please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions).  Charges to your GROWL account may not appear until the second week of the seminars.

 

Graduate School Workshops

Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring only. RSVP recommended.

 Mon, Apr 7th and Wed, Apr 9th

5:00-6:00pm

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Would you like to know more about preparing for graduate or professional school?  Attend one of our graduate and professional school information workshops. RSVP is recommended to hold a spot.

Every quarter, we invite UCR professors and graduate students from the Bourns College of Engineering, CNAS, CHASS, the Graduate School of Education, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management to hold face-to-face discussions with students on the successful admission to and completion of a master's or doctoral degree program. They will also discuss whether a graduate degree is relevant or necessary for your intended career goals.

Mon, Apr 7th - Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Engineering, with Dr. Victor Rodgers (click to RSVP)

Wed, Apr 9thPursuing a Graduate Degree in the Biological Sciences, with Dr. Eugene Nothnagel & Dr. Morris Maduro (click to RSVP)  CLICK HERE for a copy of the handout that will be used in this workshop.

 
To RSVP and ensure a seat in the workshop, please click the title of the workshop you wish to attend.  If you are not completely certain you will attend, please do not RSVP online as you will deny a space to a student who wants to attend.

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Links to Online Registration

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY.  Spring 2014 online registration will end Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE although they may be applied to a future exam prep seminar. Charges to your GROWL account may not appear until Week 4 of the quarter and Week 2 of summer session.

Click on the seminar name for that seminar's online registration page.  

Online Seminar Registration (please click on the seminar name):

GMAT Prep Seminar ($150) -  Monday & Wednesday, 5:00-6:30pm

GRE Prep Seminar ($150) - Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00-6:30pm

LSAT Prep Seminar ($150) - Monday & Wednesday, 5:00-6:30pm 

MCAT Prep Seminar - Winter & Spring ($300) - Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00-6:30pm (full)

Upcoming Seminars:

Information for Summer 2014 Exam Prep Seminars will be posted online in May 2014.

Please direct all inquiries to Tatiana Ontiveros

Phone: (951) 827-3282  Fax: (951) 827-4543

E-mail: gradexamprep@ucr.edu

 Online evaluation form for the Grad Exam Prep Seminars

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