University of California, Riverside

Academic Resource Center

Graduate and Professional School Exam Preparation Seminars

 help students prepare for and improve their scores on the following graduate and professional school exams: the GMAT (MBA and other business degree programs), the GRE (master's and doctoral degree programs), the LSAT (law schools), and the MCAT (medical schools). GMAT, GRE, and LSAT seminars are offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Session I, and the 6-week MCAT seminar is held only in the summer and spans Summer Sessions I & II. All classes meet at the ARC in the Surge Building (click for location on the campus map). Please click on the FAQs tab below for answers to common questions regarding the ARC exam prep seminars.

Fees for Graduate and Professional School Exam Preparation Seminars

  • GMAT—$195 ($295 for those not affiliated with UCR as student, staff, or alumni) for an 8-week seminar in Fall, Winter, or Spring (meets two days each week - MW or TR; see schedule) / 4-week seminar during Summer Session I (meets MTWR); course materials included
  • GRE—$195 ($295 for those not affiliated with UCR as student, staff, or alumni) for an 8-week seminar in Fall, Winter, or Spring (meets two days each week - MW or TR) / 4-week seminar during Summer Session I (meets MTWR); course materials included
  • LSAT—$220 ($320 for those not affiliated with UCR as student, staff, or alumni) for an 8-week seminar in Fall, Winter, or Spring (meets two days each week - MW or TR; see schedule) / 4-week seminar during Summer Session I (meets MTWR); course materials included; but we recommend purchasing a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep II (approximately $30-$35 online)
  • MCAT—$540 ($740 for those not affiliated with UCR as student, staff, or alumni) for the 6-week seminar spanning the last four weeks of Summer Session I and the first two weeks of Summer Session II (meets MTWR); students may be asked to purchase some materials on their own (currently approximately $150 online)

Grad Exam Prep Seminars Registration

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY. Summer 2017 online registration is now closed. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

IMPORTANT: Fees are non-refundable (please see the FAQs tab).  Before you register, check with the program(s) to which you are applying to determine if a graduate or professional school exam is required.  

(Click on the '+' to the right or on the title below to access the online registration links and schedules.)  

  • Summer 2017 Exam Prep Seminars Online Registration (CLOSED)
    • GMAT Prep Seminar - MTWR, 5:00pm - 6:30pm (Jun 29th - Jul 27th)
    • GRE Prep Seminar (Section 1) - MTWR, 5:00pm - 6:30pm (Jun 29th - Jul 27th) [FULL]
    • GRE Prep Seminar (Section 2) - MTWR, 5:00pm - 6:30pm (Jun 29th - Jul 27th) [FULL]
    • LSAT Prep Seminar - MTWR, 5:00pm - 6:30pm (Jun 29th - Jul 27th) [FULL]
    • MCAT Prep Seminar - MTWR, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm (Jun 29th - Aug 10th)
  • Seminar schedules (available soon - subject to minor changes)
    • GMAT Summer 2017 Schedule (Jun 29th - Jul 27th)
    • GRE (Section 1) Summer 2017 Schedule (Jun 29th - Jul 27th)
    • GRE (Section 2) Summer 2017 Schedule (Jun 29th - Jul 27th)
    • LSAT Summer 2017 Schedule (Jun 29th - Jul 27th)
    • MCAT Summer 2017 Schedule (Jun 29th - Aug 10th)

Please refer to our FAQs and direct other questions to:
E-mail:     Phone: (951) 827-7786

IMPORTANT: Please plan your schedule carefully before registering for an exam prep seminar. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. All requests for a refund after agreeing to the non-refundable fee clause during online registration and regardless of circumstance will be denied (please refer to our FAQs).

  • How do the classes compare to other test prep companies?
    Preparing for a standardized test like the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, or MCAT requires significant self-study. It requires a substantial time commitment regardless of which company you choose. The key to doing well on any standardized test is to take as many practice tests as possible. We recommend at least 5 (including a pre-test). After each practice test, check your mistakes and study to strengthen that weakness. This may mean memorizing more vocabulary (crucial for doing well on the GRE verbal section), doing more practice math problems, or having someone edit your writing. All of this requires one thing: time. Some companies offer a money-back guarantee, but if you read the disclaimers, you must complete all of the assigned homework, attend all of the classes, and take all of the practice tests. It is unlikely that a student will not score higher after completing these requirements. Our instructors will help you focus your studies to strengthen any weaknesses determined by your pre-test score. The instructors also have regular office hours, so you can receive some personalized help from these college-level instructors.
  • Do students score higher after taking an ARC Exam Prep Seminar?
    Mostly 'yes' and sometimes 'no', depending on how much time and effort students put into practicing and reviewing. We recommend at least one summer if you do not have a full-time job or other priorities. If you are a full-time student, we recommend one year of preparation. If you put a substantial amount of effort into studying for the exam and did not score as high as you would have liked, please come in to speak with one of our staff members. Statistically, students who study and do not score high are unlikely to increase their scores significantly. We would, however, still like to see if we can help you improve your score.
  • What materials are included and what content is covered in the ARC Exam Prep Seminars?
    For the GMAT and GRE prep seminars, students will receive a test-prep book from a well-known test-prep company or the test creators. No additional fee is required for the book, but we will also not be able to discount the price of the seminar if you already own a copy of the text used in the seminar you attend. Depending on the seminar, you will review math (GRE, GMAT), reading (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, & MCAT), writing (GMAT & GRE), critical thinking and reasoning (GMAT, LSAT, & MCAT), life and physical sciences (MCAT), and behavioral and social sciences (MCAT). We will also focus on test-taking strategies and study skills.
  • How much time do I need to study for a graduate or professional school exam?
    We recommend a year of preparation for full-time students. Finishing coursework and filling out applications to graduate or professional school are very time consuming. If you are working (part-time or full-time) or have family, a year will work as well, but we recommend giving yourself as much time as possible. You can also study over one summer if you are not taking classes and if you are not working more than part-time (20 hours/week).
  • Do I have to be a registered, full-time student at UCR to take the seminars?
    No, but we reserve half of the seats for registered, full-time UCR students. Full-time students are registered for at least 12 units in the current or in the following regular academic quarter. If you want to enroll in a summer seminar, you must be registered as a full-time student for the following fall quarter at UCR to be given priority.
  • Is there a waiting list?
    Yes, there is a waiting list. If you are unable to register online, the seminar is full. Please send an e-mail to the contact e-mail address and type “waiting list” and the name of the exam for which you are preparing in the subject line. In the body of the e-mail, give us your full name, student ID number, and contact telephone number. If you do not have a UCR student ID number, please let us know whether you are 1) an UCR alumnus, 2) an UCR staff member, or 3) not affiliated with UCR.
  • Why don’t I see a charge on my UCR student billing account after I register? (NOTE: A new student information system has replaced GROWL)
    Students are not billed at the time they register. For the regular academic year, expect to see a charge to your student billing account on the first or second week of the quarter. For the summer, expect to see a charge to your student billing account in the first week of Summer Session I. If you are an UCR alumnus (already graduated), please call the UCR Office of the Registrar Help Desk at (951) 827-7284 and ask if your student billing account is still active.
  • How do I pay if I do NOT have an active student billing account because I am not a registered UCR student or I already graduated from UCR? (NOTE: A new student information system has replaced GROWL)
    If you are not a registered UCR student, payment must be received within three days of registering online. We must receive payment for the total cost of the seminar in the form of a check or money order (absolutely no cash accepted) made payable to Regents UC. You can send your check or money order to Academic Resource Center, Exam Prep Seminars, University of California, Riverside, 900 University Avenue, Surge Building, 1st Floor, Riverside, CA 92521 or bring a check or money order to the front desk of the Academic Resource Center during our hours of operation (Mon-Thurs, 9am-7pm; Fri, 9am-5pm). We are located on the first floor of the Surge Building (click for location on the campus map). The nearest campus parking lot is Lot 24, where permits can be purchased after 4pm. Please check the UCR campus map.
  • What should I do if I am unable to attend the scheduled pre-test?
    You do not need to take the pre-test with us. As long as you have a pre-test score (it could be the score from an actual test you recently took), we can use it to gauge your improvement. For the LSAT (paper test) and MCAT (online), we have set pre-test dates for students to come to the ARC to take the test, but students will be able to take the pre-test (or in the case of the MCAT the provided test authorization code) home and complete it on their own time prior to the first day of classes. GRE and GMAT pre-tests are completed online with instructions given to students the week before classes begin.
  • What should I do if I cannot attend every class?
    If you are unable to attend every class, please e-mail your instructor for instructions on getting the information you missed. You can also visit the instructors if they have office hours. We do not give full or partial refunds to students who pay for the seminar and then do not attend every class, so please check your schedules before you register.
  • Are there any circumstances under which I can get a refund?
    Students who registered for a seminar that is later canceled due to low enrollment will either not be charged or will receive a full refund. If a seminar is not canceled, all fees paid are non-refundable, but the fee may be forwarded to a later seminar. For example, if due to unforeseen circumstances a student is unable to attend the seminars but has already registered, the student can transfer their registration and fees to a future seminar. We are not responsible for students who find they have a class conflict after they register for an ARC grad exam prep seminar, so please check your schedule and plan accordingly. Our instructors are paid for each course they teach and materials are purchased ahead of time, so if too many students drop, we would be unable to cover the operational costs of the program. A non-refundable fee allows us to keep costs as affordable as possible for UCR students.
  • Do I need to take a graduate or professional school exam?
    Before registering for any graduate or professional school exam preparation course, you need to find out if the program to which you want to apply requires a test score. While doctoral programs typically require a GRE score and professional schools require scores from their specified exams, many master’s degree programs do not require GRE scores. Some graduate programs give applicants a choice to submit either GRE scores or scores from another exam, but you must research the information by checking with the program to which you want to apply.
  • Is there parking available?
    While there is parking on some local streets near UCR, we suggest purchasing a night permit from UCR's Transportation & Parking Services. The current cost is $36 per 10-week quarter or 5-week summer session and can be used in any non-reserved space in a Gold, Blue, or Red parking lot AFTER 4PM. The cost for a daily permit in a Blue lot after 4PM is $5.50 ($9 for the full day). We suggest parking in Blue Lot 24 (click for location on the campus map) as it is closest to the Surge Building in which the Academic Resource Center is located. Permits may be purchased online (use Guest Login) or in person at Transportation & Parking Services (click for location on the campus map). UCR Campus Safety also provides free escort services after dark to accompany you safely to your vehicle.
  • Is there wifi or internet service available for those who are not UCR staff members or students?
    UCR’s wifi through mobilenet or ucrwpa is not accessible unless you have an UCR NetID. You may access eduroam if you have an eduroam account from another institution. You may want to try contacting the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree to determine if they are part of the eduroam network and can give you access. You will need to configure your smartphone, tablet, or computer before you use eduroam. As a student in one of our grad exam prep seminars, you can access the internet through one of the thin client computers in the ARC Computer Lab. Ask our front desk to help you log on to one of the computers as a guest.

Tips from Our Instructors


Teo Holbert (math and logic instructor) - Achieving your goal on a standardized test is more about preparation than talent or special techniques. A holistic approach to preparing for test day will help you perform your best. (READ MORE)

Jason Chou (reading and grammar instructor) - Regarding the GRE verbal section: Memorize vocabulary! (READ MORE)


Practice Materials from the Test Creators


CBEST practice materials (free online practice tests) - from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing at

CSET practice materials (First scroll down to the bottom of the webpage and choose the test subject. On the following page, look for the 'Practice' section for a link to test preparation materials.) - from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing at

GMAT practice materials (free downloads with registration and other resources for purchase) - from the Graduate Management Admission Council at

GRE practice materials (free downloads and resources for purchase) - from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at

LSAT practice materials (free practice LSAT, test-taking advice, videos, and resources for purchase) - from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at

MCAT practice materials (free practice test and online resources with registration and other resources for purchase) - from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at


Reading Efficiency Practice Materials

Below are some reading exercises to show you how fast you read and how well you understand what you are reading.

Reading Rate Table and Answer Sheets

Reading Efficiency Recording Chart


Pursuing a Graduate or Professional Degree

Would you like to know more about preparing for graduate or professional school? Attend one of our graduate and professional school information workshops. RSVP recommended to guarantee your seat.  Workshops are typically held in the ARC.

We often invite UCR professors, graduate students, and professional staff members from the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), the Graduate School of Education (GSOE), and the Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) 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.

Pursuing a Graduate Degree in the Biological Sciences - with Professors Eugene Nothnagel and Morris Maduro

Workshop Handout - Pursuing a Graduate Degree in the Biological Sciences (Spring 2017)


Students who need special accommodations due to a disability

Please let us know if you need special accommodations due to a disability. Contact us by phone at (951) 827-7786 or by e-mail at at least two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of seminar classes.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Academic Resource Center
Room 156, First Floor 380 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-3721
Fax: (951) 827-4543