Skip to content Skip to navigation
Skip to global navigation Menu

Pre-Health Advising

Vassar College

Are you thinking about applying to graduate or professional school?

If so you will likely need to take an entrance exam as part of the application process. Below are things you should know about preparing for and taking an entrance exam.

Not everyone needs a commercial test prep course.

Many Vassar students prepare for exams on their own using resources available through the test administrators or purchasing study guides available at most book stores. Visit the sites below to learn more about free and lower cost options.

The AAMC has MCAT Prep materials, check out the resources on our MCAT page as well. 

LSAC publishes a variety of free materials to help you prepare for the LSAT.

GRE Prep You should also be aware that the general test is changing, you can learn more about this and several free resources for preparing for the test on the official GRE site.

GMAT Prep includes two free full-length practice exams as well as review sections for each type of question asked on the exam.

FEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS help pay for exams and applications

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) assists MCAT® examinees and AMCAS applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application.

ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP) was created to reduce the cost of applying to dental school for students who demonstrate extreme financial need.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) established the fee waiver program in 1968 to assure that no person is denied access to law school because of the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and other essential applicant services.

ETS offers a limited number of GRE® Fee Reduction Certificates on a first-come, first-served basis that are available for college seniors and unenrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements.

If you find that you would like to enroll in a test prep course, here are some things you should know...

Did you know that you can apply for financial aid through the test prep companies?

That’s right, Kaplan and Princeton Review have financial aid available to support students who demonstrate financial need.

Kaplan offers up to 60% tuition assistance. Click here to apply or contact Heidi Schwalbach at for more information. Applications are due prior to the beginning of a course.

Princeton Review scholarships are good for 10%, 20% or 50% of the course cost after course discounts. The amount is based on financial need, essays and grades.  For more information on how to apply email Applications are due 14 days prior to the course start.

Helpful Resources to help you plan for applying to and financing medical school:

The Costs of Applying to Medical School

FIRST for Medical Education Financial Information, Resources, Services and Tools 

American Academy of Physicians Debt Management Guide