Preparation for College and University

Advice for studentsThis page is about preparation for college and university, and also about preparing for tests that you may be required to take in order to qualify for entrance into the program you want.

For example, if you don't have a high school diploma, then you will need to take the GED test.  Similarly, if you are a graduate and you want to go to medical school, you will need to take the MCAT test.  Check the university entrance requirements for the universities and programs you are interested in.

This page helps you to identify colleges and universities that provide courses or programs to assist you in your preparation.  It provides links to resources and search boxes for you to find suitable programs.  Good luck with your preparation and subsequent applications.


In preparation for college, you may need to take a test such as GED, SAT, PSAT, LSAT, MCAT or GMAT

Thinking of going to college?  Have you considered the options of taking college online vs education at a campus.  To prepare for gaining entry to a school (college or university), you need to know the entry requirements. 

Usually you will require at least a high school diploma.  If you don't have one, you can study for one online so that you don't have to organize your life around classes.  Alternatively, if you don't have a high school diploma, the Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests) are designed to measure the same skills and knowledge. These tests cannot be taken online.

Very often universities will require more than just your high school diploma for entry into a four year degree program or more than just your bachelor's degree for entry into a graduate program. For instance, some universities require entering students to have taken the ACT or SAT exam.

If you are finishing your undergraduate degree and are wanting to go to medical school or graduate business school then you would need to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), respectively. 

So, if you're thinking of going to college, then first you need to look at the typical university entrance requirements and make sure that you've got the qualifications in hand.  Also have a location in mind, just because your hometown has certain resident pricing doesn't mean other colleges will, so keep location cost in mind as well.


College/university programs for preparing for college

College/university preparatory programs are offered by private colleges and some universities. Some of these guarantee entry into university, others simply say that you will be better prepared for entry. They will usually include study skills, English and possibly mathematics, which are all regarded as necessary in preparing for college.

Be careful that you take an accredited program from an accredited institution in preparation for university or college.  You can use the list of schools and programs at the foot of this page and/or the search boxes on this page to find one.


Taking MCAT or GMAT to prepare for college and graduate study

The MCAT is a test you'll need to take if you want to go to medical school.  It assesses your knowledge of scientific concepts and principles, writing skills, written analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking.  The GMAT is a test in mathematics and English for measuring your ability to succeed in graduate business studies.  Whichever test you need to take, it's a good idea to research the test as much as possible so you can be best prepared.  You can usually find sites that specialize in test preparation that have specimen papers for you to practice on.

Many other students will be preparing for the very same test, or will have recently completed the test, and they can help you identify good resources. So check the message boards or forums that discuss the test you are taking. They will often be a good source of motivation, moral support, hints and preparation strategies for the test.


For more information to prepare you for university or college

  • Check out, where you’ll find all the information you need to know about the major standardized tests which are only given on certain dates throughout the year.
  • Use the search facility on this site to find more about preparation for college.


For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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