Graduate school admissions exams move online during COVID-19 pandemic

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The administrators of the LSAT will hold an online, remotely proctored version of the test in May for students interested in law school.

Several graduate school admissions exams have moved online as COVID-19 cases swell nationwide, according to a Kaplan press release.

Students interested in graduate school, business school and law school will have the opportunity to take an “at-home” version of the Graduate Records Exam, Graduate Management Admission Test and the Law School Admission Test amid the ongoing pandemic. The tests, which hundreds of thousands of students take each year, will be similar in format to the in-person versions and remotely proctored, according to the release.

“These are unprecedented times for aspiring professionals looking to enter post-grad programs like graduate school, business school, law school and medical school,” Jeff Thomas, the executive director of admissions programs for Kaplan, said in the release.

The administrators of the GRE, which is used in most graduate school admissions, launched an “at-home version” students can take on a computer or laptop running Windows operating systems, the press release states. A human proctor will monitor the online test, which is “identical” to exams taken at test centers, the release states.

The Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the GMAT, will launch an online exam this month for prospective business school students that has a similar structure to the physical exam but without an analytical writing assessment, the release states.

The Law School Admission Council will administer a remotely proctored version of the LSAT in May for students who registered for the April exam, the release states. The online “LSAT-Flex” exam may continue to be used in the future if future test dates continue to be canceled, the release states.

But students interested in medical school do not yet have an online option, even as test dates for the Medical College Admission Test have been canceled through May 21, the release states. More test dates are expected to be added “in the coming weeks,” and more information will be provided by Friday, the release states.

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