Discover Your Passion
Sometimes choosing a major can be one of the most difficult tasks a college student faces. Some people know instinctively what they want to do or be, but most need a little help. That's why at LMU we use the Focus™2 career and education planning system to aid students in making wise choices.
Use Focus™2 to select your college major and explore your career options based on your interests, personality, skills and values. Focus™2 is a self-guided, interactive assessment program. It combines five self-assessments about career and major exploration, action planning and decision making into one comprehensive package and your results are matched to career options and majors/programs at LMU.
Focus™2 guides students through a reliable career and education decision making model to help them choose their major at LMU and make informed decisions about their career. Focus™2 utilizes:
- 5 self-assessments
- Career and major exploration
- Action planning
- Decision making
Learn the best way to use this assessment program by utilizing the Student Guide to the Focus 2
Click on the links below to register or log in:
- New User Registration - USER NAME is your school email address and ACCESS CODE is railsplitters
- Returning Users
Explore Majors and Careers
- My Next Move is a simple tool to assist in making important career decisions. Even if you're not really sure what direction you're headed, let this site guide your search.
- What Can I Do With This Major? Explore multiple majors or zero in on your major of choice. This website will provide career areas and what employers are looking for within each major.
- O*NET Online Use this tool to find detailed descriptions of what your day to day would look like in your chosen career. Explore occupations that use your skills, even find a broad range of careers similar to your area of interest!
- Occupational Outlook Handbook. With reliable data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, use this resource for career information on hundreds of occupations. Browse by the highest paying, fastest growing, and future job projections.
Prepare for Graduate School
Download these articles for help in preparing for that next educational step.
- Handout: Considering graduate school?
- Handout: Timeline for graduate school
- Handout: Writing a personal statement
Applying to Graduate School?
Are you thinking of applying to graduate or professional school? Most programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Check with the program you are applying to in order to determine if taking the GRE or another exam is required.
Oftentimes, a good score on a standardized test can help compensate for a low GPA. Many schools tend to have minimum score requirements so be sure to check in case you might have to take these tests more than once. There are also great study materials out there for these tests that are often free or available for purchase. LMU often has practice GRE or other tests on campus during the year. Please watch for announcements for times and locations.
Graduate School Test Links
GRE - Graduate Record Exam: The GRE is often required for graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The general GRE includes both a general test and a subject test.
LSAT - Law School Admission Test: The Law School Asdmission Test (LSAT) is a major part of any application to law school in the United States. This test measures logic, reading comprehension, and analytical skills through a variety of multiple choice sections and a writing section. The Law School Admissions Council recommends taking the test earlier—15 months to a year before law school begins.
GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test: The GMAT may be required for admission into an MBA or business program. Like these other tests the GMAT measures many different attributes through the traditional multiple choice format as well as a writing sample.
MCAT - Medical College Admission Test: The MCAT tests a wide range of skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, and writing. It also tests the aspiring students' knowledge of science concepts and principles that are prerequisites to the study of medicine. Scores are given in verbal reasoning, physical sciences, a writing sample, and biological sciences. Almost all U.S. medical schools require an MCAT before admission.
Prepare for the MCAT by listening to this podcast where Sam Smith details MCAT exam topics. Each podcast covers several MCAT sections with lessons based on review material put out by the AAMC, such as practice tests and question banks. Sam also interviews MCAT tutors and experts who share tips on how premed students can raise their score to get into medical school.
Other Graduate Admissions Tests:
- MAT - Miller Analogies Test: Required for some Psychology programs.
- OAT - Optometry Assessment Test
- DCAT - Dental College Admission Test
- PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test
- TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Often required of foreign students to attend school in an English-speaking country.
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