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How to Plan for Graduate School

Your career plans may include pursuing an additional degree after graduation. Just as in the job search, there is a process that requires significant planning, so start early!

There are many good reasons for going immediately into graduate school, and there are also some questionable reasons. Please visit the following links to begin planning!

IUP School of Graduate Studies

Peterson's Guide

Grad School Tips

Graduate School Guide is an online resource that includes information regarding graduate test dates, financial aid opportunities, and a calendar of graduate fair events.

Testing Services

You may need to take specific tests depending on what you plan to pursue in graduate school. University Testing administers testing services for  several tests. View the calendar for test dates.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentialing is the most respected in the health and fitness industry.
Assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
Helps students earn credit for what they already know, regardless of how that knowledge was acquired.
The Foreign Language Competency Test satisfies the language requirement for the graduate program in literature at IUP.
Assists graduate schools in assessing the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
Used for admission to many graduate programs.
Standardized test required for admission to most law schools.
Assesses your ability to recognize relationships between ideas, your fluency in the English language, and your general knowledge of literature, philosophy, history, science, mathematics, and fine arts. It is a computer-based test used for graduate admissions.
Provides tests and other services for states to use as part of the teacher licensing and certification process.
Evaluates the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English.
PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment)
Replaces Praxis I for reading, mathematics, and writing skills for all teacher candidates.
PECT (Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests)
The PECT replaces Praxis II tests for PreK-4, Special Education PreK-8, and Special Education, 7-12.
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