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Identify the programs you want to apply to. This should be based on your interests, your qualifications, but also some realism. If you have not-so-excellent grades, it would be wise to apply not only to Ivy League universities. After all, you would like to have a choice. Programs that IUB students have been admitted to are listed here.

Consider taking the GRE. The 'Graduate Record Exam' is a test like the SAT. It is desirable, but not usually absolutely necessary. There is a general subject test, and a test for Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology (which people rarely take). There are practice books in the IRC, and some test exams here. The GRE is taken in the summer or fall of the year before you go to graduate school (i.e., sometime before or during your fifth semester). Also see whether the programs of your choice will require you to take the TOEFL (if you are a non-native English speaker).

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