For admission into the Ed.D. program at Cornerstone University, you must submit test results for one of the following exams: GRE, GMAT or MAT. For test preparation, each exam recommends strategies and has tailored study materials on their website.
Cornerstone does not recommend one exam over another. However, below you will find the distinctives for each exam followed by recommendations based upon educational background and experience.
Recommended if you have an aptitude toward research, excellent study skills and/or an undergraduate degree in math or the sciences.
The GRE General Test ($205.00) evaluates under three broad categories: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. There are also GRE Subject Tests if you have a specific background in one of the areas listed.
- Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.
- Quantitative Reasoning — Measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems.
- Analytical Writing — Measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.
GRE Study Resources
- "GRE Math & Verbal Strategies Set" by Manhattan Prep
- "Cracking the GRE with 4 Practice Tests" by Princeton Review
- "GRE Prep Plus with 6 Practice Tests" by Kaplan
- "McGraw-Hill Education GRE 2020" by Erfun Geula
- "GRE Math Workbook" by Kaplan
- "Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions" by Educational Testing Service
- Kaplan GRE Prep
- The Princeton Review GRE
- ETS GRE Prep Materials
Recommended if you have a background in business, knowledge of project management or possess a degree in a business-related field (undergraduate or an MBA).
The GMAT ($250.00) is designed primarily for entrance into business and management programs. The GMAT evaluates under four broad headings: verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning and analytical writing (essay). The GMAT is most similar to the GRE; however, it aims to allow test takers to demonstrate skills that they already have in the integrated reasoning portion.
- Integrated Reasoning—Asks you to evaluate information from multiple sources and formats, intended to mirror the sort of skills a person needs in our data-driven age.
- Quantitative—The math portion on the GMAT and the GRE does not require higher levels of math than a typical secondary school curriculum.
GMAT Study Resources
- "All the GMAT: Content Review + 6 Online Practice Tests" by Manhattan Prep
- "Ace the GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days" by Brandon Royal
- "GMAT Official Guide 2020" by Graduate Management Admission Council
- "Cracking the GMAT" by Princeton Review
- Kaplan Test Prep GMAT
- The Princeton Review GMAT
- Khan Academy Problem-Solving and Data Sufficiency GMAT Prep
Recommended if you have a background or undergraduate degrees in social science, psychology, philosophy or the humanities.
The Miller Analogies Test ($75.00) is a high-level test of analytical ability that requires the solution of problems stated as analogies. Performance on the MAT is designed to reflect your analytical thinking, an ability that is critical for success in both graduate school and professional life.
Through analogies with content from various academic subjects, MAT scores help graduate schools identify candidates whose knowledge and abilities go beyond mere memorizing and repeating information. The MAT involves general academic knowledge and analytical skills acquired over years of study and learning.
MAT Study Resources
- "MAT Strategies, Practice & Review" by Kaplan
- "MAT for Dummies" by Edwin Kotchian and Vince Kotchian
- "Barron's MAT" by Karin Sternberg and Robert Sternberg
- "Kaplan MAT" by Kaplan
- "McGraw-Hill Education MAT" by Kathy Zahler
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