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Graduate Student Resources

Are you thinking about what lies ahead after Wilmington College?  Is graduate school in your future? 

Below, we have a list of resources for you, both in the Watson Library and online.

Aside from these resources, please let us know if you need any guidance in researching prospective programs, assistance in writing samples, or general help with your application process.  We are always here to help!

Test Preparation Materials Available via Watson Library:


(All Local Use Only, physical copies, so we can put them on reserve for our students, all 2019-2022 publication dates except the ones marked 2017)

LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

GRE Material:

  • GRE Preparation, Practice Tests, and eBooks, including:
  • GRE® General Test Prep
  • GRE® Vocabulary Flash Review
  • GRE® Test Preparation Tutorial
  • GRE® Analytical Writing Practice Test 1
  • GRE® Analytical Writing Practice Test 2
  • GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test 1
  • GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test 2

DAT Materials:

  • DAT® Preparation
  • DAT® Practice Tests

GMAT Materials:

  • GMAT® Preparation
  • GMAT® Practice Tests
  • GMAT® eBooks

LSAT Materials:

  • LSAT® Preparation
  • LSAT® Practice Tests
  • LSAT® eBooks

MAT Materials:

  • MAT® Preparation
  • MAT® Practice Tests
  • MAT® eBooks

MCAT Materials:

  • MCAT® Preparation
  • MCAT® Practice Tests
  • MCAT® eBooks

PCAT Materials:

  • PCAT® Preparation
  • PCAT® Practice Tests
  • PCAT® eBooks

LinkedIn Learning is only available to patrons who have a Wilmington Public Library card. Wilmington Public Library cards are available for free at the Watson Library during normal business hours.

To access LinkedIn Learning, you will need to have your WPL Library card number and your PIN (last 4 numbers of the phone number used to sign up for your card).

LinkedIn Learning has the following:

  • GRE Test Prep course (Published 2016)

Graduate School - Statement of Purpose

Graduate and professional schools often require some sort of written statement called a "statement of purpose," "personal statement," or "letter of intent" as a part of the application. Some statements require rather specific information about the applicant's intended area of study within their graduate field and others are quite unstructured, leaving the applicant free to address a wide range of matters. The importance of the statement varies from school to school and from field to field.
Determine your purpose in writing the statement

Usually, the purpose is to persuade the admissions committee that you are an applicant who should be chosen. Whatever its purpose, the content must be presented in a manner that will give coherence to the whole statement.

Pay attention to the purpose throughout the statement so that extraneous material is left out. Also, pay attention to the audience (committee) throughout the statement. Remember that your audience is made up of professionals in their field, and you are not going to tell them how they should act or what they should be. You are the amateur.

Determine the content of your statement

Be sure to answer any questions fully. Analyze the questions or guidance statements for the essay completely and answer all parts. Usually graduate and professional schools are interested in the following matters, although the form of the question(s) and the responses may vary:

  • Your purpose in graduate study. Think this through before you try to answer the question.
  • The area of study in which you wish to specialize. Learn about the field in detail so that you are able to state your preferences using the language of the field.
  • Your intended future use of your graduate degree. Include your career goals and plans for the future.
  • Your unique preparation and fitness for study in the field. Correlate your academic background with your extracurricular experience to show how they unite to make you a special candidate.
  • Any problems or inconsistencies in your records or scores, such as a bad semester. Explain this in a positive manner. Since this is a rebuttal argument, it should be followed by a positive statement of your abilities. In some instances, it may be more appropriate to discuss this outside of the statement of purpose.
  • Any special conditions that are not revealed elsewhere in the application, such as a significant (35 hour per week) workload outside of school. This, too, should be followed with a positive statement about yourself and your future.
  • You may be asked, "Why do you wish to attend this school?" Research the school and describe its special appeal to you.
  • Above all, this statement should contain information about you as a person. They know nothing about you unless you tell them. You are the subject of the statement.

Determine your approach and style of the statement

There is no such thing as "the perfect way to write a statement." There is only the one that best fits you.

  • Be objective, yet self-revelatory. Write directly and in a straightforward manner that tells about your experience and what it means to you.
  • Form conclusions that explain the value and meaning of your experience, such as what you learned about yourself, your field and your future goals. Draw your conclusions from the evidence your life provides.
  • Be specific. Document your conclusions with specific instances. See below for a list of general words and phrases to avoid using without explanation.
  • Get to the point early on and catch the attention of the reader.
  • Limit its length to two pages or less. In some instances it may be longer depending on the school's instructions.


  •    Use the "what I did with my life" approach.
  •    Use the "I've always wanted to be a _____" approach.
  •    Use a catalog of achievements. This is only a list of what you have done, and tells nothing about you as a person.
  •    Lecture the reader.

Words and phrases to avoid without explanation

    feel good
    appealing to me
    I like it
    it's important
    I can contribute
    meant a lot to me
    helping people

More Information:
    Creighton University - Grad School Blog
    Cornell University - Writing Your Academic Statement of Purpose

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