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Postgraduate Study Admissions Exams

Admissions exams are typically required when applying to graduate school in the U.S. Different programs require different exams so be sure and read the application requirements closely at your intended graduate school.

Please note that EducationUSA is not a testing center. You must book your exams directly with the test organization.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is typically required if you are applying to a graduate program other than Business, Law, or Medicine. It is a three hour and forty-five minute exam that includes sections on Quantitative Analysis, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. It is given in a computer-based, adaptive format.

The GRE can be taken in Ireland in Barrow Street, Dublin 2. For more information on fees and how to register please see:


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required if you are applying to a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program. There are three sections in the GMAT: Analytical Writing (30 minutes), Quantitative (75 minutes), and Verbal (75 minutes).

For more information on testing sites, dates, and registration please see:


The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required by most JD programs but not for a LL.M. (which requires the GRE). The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple choice questions that measure Critical Thinking, Reasoning, Logic, and Reading Comprehension.

The LSAT is offered in Ireland in October of each year. For more information, including test fees and registration details, please see:


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for entrance to most medical schools.  The computer-based exam is approximately four and half hours and includes four sections: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Writing, and Biological Sciences.

The MCAT is only offered in the United Kingdom. For more information, including test dates and locations, please see here: The deadline for registering for the test is 14 days in advance but it is recommended you sign up earlier to ensure your place.