Now that the spring term is almost halfway through, some juniors and seniors are preparing to either graduate or take exams that look like an oversized SAT.
These exams are either for a doctoral school or to obtain a license or certification in a specific field.
Juniors Lindsey McDivitt and Matthew Karlheim said they plan to take their graduate record exams this year to enter graduate school.
McDivitt, who takes her exam in March, said she felt anxious about it.
“The test is too widespread for any preparation from school to help prepare for it,” McDivitt said.
However, she is currently studying using a study book and taking online vocabulary quizzes to prepare.
Karlheim, who is taking his exam this summer, said he was confident he would pass with the help of members of the campus pre-professional committee.
He also said committee members said they would write letters of recommendation to him.
“Knowing that the teachers think I’m ready for vet school helps me not to be nervous for the exam,” Karlheim said.
Pre-professional committee member Rebecca Webb said members help guide students through the application process when applying to medical, dental and veterinary school. They also help students with schools of optometry and podiatry.
She also said that students who get interviews with committee members and are approved for a letter of recommendation typically have a 95% chance of entering a higher school.
Webb also said that students can still enter graduate schools even if they don’t receive a recommendation letter from committee members.
Since Karlheim wants to be a veterinarian, he said he plans to take his medical school admission test in his senior year if the schools he is applying to require it.
He said he believes the senior biology and chemistry teachers, as well as their classes, have done a decent job of preparing him for some of the material that will be presented for the exam.
“(The professors at Pitt-Johnstown) help create study and information retention habits that have greatly helped me in preparation (for the exam),” Karlheim said.
In addition to taking an exam to go to graduate school, there are also exams to become a registered engineer.
Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Amy Miller said that when an engineering student graduates, they are not an engineer, but simply have an engineering degree.
In order to be a Chartered Professional Engineer, a student must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, work for five years under the direction of a Professional Chartered Engineer, and then pass the Principles and Practice exam. ‘engineering. If they are successful, they then become a Chartered Professional Engineer.
Joseph Pavia, a mechanical engineering technology student, said he plans to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam this summer, which is a first step in becoming a licensed engineer.
“Engineering professors have taught me a lot over the years. “
Pavie said he attended an exam session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. last Tuesday.
“A lot of the documents made sense to me and I was able to answer the problems. “
Miller said the review sessions are not part of the department’s curriculum but are part of a course offered by the National Board of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and are taught by engineering professors.
She said students from across the county come to these courses to take the engineering fundamentals exam, and each session costs $ 10.
Another exam that can be taken for education majors is the Praxis series.
Praxis has different exams that address specific topics that the student wants to be allowed to teach. Jakeb Rising Sr. took his math class last November and his physics class last month.
Rising said he felt prepared for his Praxis in Mathematics due to his confidence in his math skills, but did not feel the same for his Praxis in Physics.
“(I) didn’t know what to expect on the (physics) exam.”
Rising said the classes he took helped him prepare for Praxis, as the material he learned stayed with him. However, he said he used Mometrix’s study guides to prepare him for the exams.
Exam prices can range from $ 120 to $ 205.