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), and the LSAT (law schools). GMAT, GRE, and LSAT seminars are offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Session A. All classes meet at the ARC in Skye Hall (formerly Campus 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.
Seminar Fees and Online Registration
Fees for Graduate and Professional School Exam Preparation Seminars
- GMAT (Winter & Summer) — $400 for currently registered UCR students, $500 for UCR staff, $800 for UCR alumni and those not affiliated with UCR as a current student or staff member; 8-week seminar in Winter (meets two days each week - MW or TR; see schedule) / 4-week seminar during Summer Session A (meets MTWR); course materials included
- GRE (Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer) — $400 for currently registered UCR students, $500 for UCR staff, $800 for UCR almuni and those not affiliated with UCR as a current student or staff member; 8-week seminar in Fall, Winter, or Spring (meets two days each week - MW or TR) / 4-week seminar during Summer Session A (meets MTWR); course materials included
- LSAT (Fall, Spring, & Summer) — $450 for currently registered UCR students, $550 for UCR staff, $900 for UCR almuni and those not affiliated with UCR as a current student or staff member; 8-week seminar in Fall (meets two days each week - MW or TR; see schedule) / 4-week seminar during Summer Session A (meets MTWR); course materials included; but we recommend purchasing a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep II (approximately $30-$35 online)
Interested in taking the GRE or LSAT prep seminar in Fall 2020 (next year)? Click the link below and fill out the interest form. We will contact you when our online registration opens for Fall 2020.
FALL 2020 LSAT & GRE PREP SEMINAR INTEREST FORM (link active in Summer 2020)
GRAD EXAM PREP SEMINARS - ONLINE REGISTRATION
ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY. Spring 2020 online registration is now open and will close @ 5pm on Thurs, Apr 2nd.
IMPORTANT: FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CLICK "SUBMIT" ON THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM. All requests for refunds will be denied (please see our FAQs). Before you register, check with the program(s) to which you are applying to determine if a graduate or professional school exam is required. Also, ensure the seminar class times do not conflict with your school or work schedules.
Please refer to our FAQs and direct other questions to:
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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).
Why do fees for the exam prep seminars increase?
Rising costs to run and sustain the program means we need to regularly evaluate whether or not fees need to be raised. Staffing is the biggest cost of the program, and materials make up the second biggest cost. Although the program receives administrative assistance from other ARC staff members, the fees currently aim to support one full-time staff member and four to five part-time staff members, all of whom are in the classroom helping students improve their scores. Our goal is to make quality graduate / professional school exam preparation accessible to UCR students, so raising fees is done only when necessary and involves many steps to ensure the program does not generate revenue beyond what is needed to ensure the seminars available to our students.
How do the classes compare to other test prep companies?
Preparing for a standardized test like the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT 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), writing (GMAT & GRE), and critical thinking and reasoning (GMAT & LSAT). 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 priority is given to currently 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?
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?
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, Skye Hall, 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 Skye Hall (formerly Campus 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 (we use the paper test), 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 at 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. Because the decision to go to graduate or professional school is a career choice, you should use the resources at the UCR Career Center as much as you can while you are still a student at UCR.
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 $40.50 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 $6.50 ($9 to $11 for the full day). We suggest parking in Blue Lot 24 (click for location on the campus map) as it is closest to Skye Hall (click for location on the campus map) 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 (guests)?
UCR’s WiFi is accessible with a registered guest account. To register, go to the UCR Guest Wireless Account Management web page. For more information on how to register or modify a UCR guest wireless account, go to the Guest Wireless Account web page.
You can also 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 also 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 Instructions
Teo Holbert (past 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 ctcexams.nesinc.com
CSET practice materials (First choose the test subject under the CSET heading in the dropdown menu.) - from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing at ctcexams.nesinc.com
GMAT practice materials (free downloads with registration and other resources for purchase) - from the Graduate Management Admission Council at mba.com
GRE practice materials (free downloads and resources for purchase) - from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at ets.org
LSAT practice materials (free practice LSAT, test-taking advice, videos, and resources for purchase) - from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at lsac.org
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 aamc.org
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.
For some of our workshops, we 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.
GRE Sample Class
Fall 2019 sponsored by the UCR Career Center
Tues, Oct 29th; 1:00pm to 2:00pm; HUB (Highlander Union Building), 268
The GRE Sample Class has already taken place. Please contact the ARC for any information regarding the sample class.
The GRE tests quantitative (calculations, comparisons, and data interpretation), vocabulary, reading, and writing abilities using problem and question formats that are often unfamiliar to many test takers. In this GRE sample class, we'll give you and example of the tips and exercises we provide in our seminars that help students prepare for the verbal section of the exam.
Link to registration for the GRE Sample Class (disabled)
Graduate/Professional School Information Session for 1st and 2nd-year Undergraduates
Winter 2020; sponsored by the UCR Academic Resource Center
Wed, Jan 29th, 11am to 12pm; ARC Transfer Success Zone
Learn about graduate and professional school and prepare for your possible next step after graduating from UCR. Prepared with 1st and 2nd-year UCR undergraduates in mind, but ALL students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us!
LSAT Sample Class
Spring 2020; sponsored by the UCR Career Center
Date, Time, and Location TBD
Find out more about the LSAT by attending the LSAT Sample Class. The UCR Career Center is hosting an LSAT prep course sample class, taught by an instructor from the Academic Resource Center. The instructor will introduce students to the LSAT test sections, and conduct a class on the Logical Reasoning section of the exam.
Registration link for the LSAT Sample Class (active Winter 2020)
Graduate/Professional School Information Session for Upper-Division Students
Winter 2020; sponsored by the UCR Academic Resource Center
Wed, Feb 26th, 11am-12pm; ARC Transfer Success Zone
Learn about graduate and professional school and prepare for your possible next step after graduating from UCR. Prepared with transfer students in mind!
GMAT Sample Class
Winter 2020; sponsored by the UCR Career Center
Date, Time, and Location TBD
The GMAT covers a wide range of topics - calculations, data interpretation, critical reasoning, reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and conventional language use. We'll give you an example of the tips and exercises we provide in our seminar that helps students prepare for the verbal section of the GMAT.
Link to registration for the GMAT Sample Class (available soon)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of seminar classes.