Admissions Tests that you need
All veterinary programs require that you take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), although some will accept the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). While both of these exams are tests of intellectual capacity and critical thinking ability, the MCATs are more extensive in their scope and coverage.
Thus taking the GRE is a more prudent course of action. Veterinary schools require that you take the GRE General Test, and very few expect that you take the Subject Test.
The GRE General Test assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not specific to any field of study.
- Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
- Verbal Reasoning — Measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analogical reasoning skills, focusing on the test taker's ability to analyze and evaluate written material
- Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
(taken from the GRE website)
NOTE: Veterinary Schools are primarily interested in your quantitative reasoning abilities, and not as interested in your verbal reasoning abilities. This is because the GRE is given to all graduate students, including those who are interested in Literature, English, Philosophy, etc. (and their verbal skills are typically much better than science students). However, this does not give you the “green light” to ignore your verbal skill development. Just don’t panic if your verbal scores are not that high.
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