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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2000
The APA considers a doctorate to be the entry-level degree for a career as a psychologist. The best programs are accredited by the APA, and the competition to gain acceptance is quite fierce. This book is an exceptional guide to understanding the entire process.
Written primarily for an undergraduate audience, it begins by leading the undergraduate through a careful self-assessment to determine if the skills, interests and resources are realistically available to support completion of a graduate program. The next chapter is an overview of career options and licensure issues, and covers this material in a more useful manner that Sternberg's "Career Paths in Psychology."
The earlier in your college work that you read this book, the more useful chapter four will be. It explains what graduate programs are looking for in GPA, GRE, letter of recommendation, experience, essay, etc., and how you can position yourself to compete effectively for acceptance. I do not believe that planning for graduate admission can begin too early.
Chapter five takes one through the process of selecting a graduate school, and chapter six focuses on completion and coordination of the application process. One graduate program that I have talked to eliminates over half of its applicants because the application process in not completed as required!
Less than 10% of applicants are accepted into APA programs. The concluding chapter provides therapeutic advice regarding non-acceptance, as well as generally accepted protocols for dealing with multiple acceptances. Checklists and timelines are provided throughout this book to assist you. Every resource you could possibly need is listed in an appendix, as are a list of APA divisions, an early planning checklist for juniors, and a list of state licensing authorities.
Read this book before you ask your professors for advice. That alone may tend to prove that you are graduate material.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2002
This book was one of the best investments i ever made (especially considering the fact that it is so cheap, a big bonus for poor undergrad students). I bought this book, read it, followed all of its advice faithfully - don't be lazy about it! (like typing in the info on the paper application rather than hand-writing it). It helped me complete the applications, prepare for the interviews and know how to turn down the programs i chose not to go to. Yes, this book was so helpful that i got into more than one APA accredited doctoral level clinical psychology program. Even when it seemed hopeless, this short, no-nonsense concrete guide kept me going. My experience proves that it's possible and that your chances go up A LOT if you get a book to tell you how to go about it. Don't ruin your chances with a careless approach, put in the 10 bucks and the few hours to read this, and you will NOT be sorry.

Edited in Dec '06 to add: I got my doctorate and just passed the licensing exam! I still think this book was a huge help in getting me accepted.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2005
Well, I pretty much have all I need to know.

I'm a college junior right now and I have been wondering about going to grad school but really didn't know much about how to get in or what I needed to get in. All I knew before this book was, I wanted to go, and these are the schools I want to go to. Believe me, it's way more complicated than that. The very best thing about this book for Psychology majors, like myself, is that the book is provided by the American Psychological Association. To me, there is no better source than hearing what you need to do straight from the APA.

The book doesn't just talk about what you need to do to get into grad school it also tells you, in detail, how you should do it, which very important. But wait a minute, maybe your not 100% sure about even going to grad school, don't worry, this book breaks it down for you. It goes over what will be expected from you, from most school depending on the program, and helps you to understand what type of work to expect, how much work to expect and how much free time to dedicate to your studies. Basically providing you with enough information to make the decision for yourself, "Is grad school right for me".

There is no doubt in my mind that if you are a Psychology major who is planning to go to grad school this book will help and inform you. It definitely set me in the right direction to make sure I get into grad school.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2002
I called it that because this book had the answers to the questions I had when no one else did. It goes through what you should consider when applying to a program, and helps you to decide what it is you'd like to study (or at least reviews your possibilities for you; the different areas, etc.). Next, the book reviews the application process itself, from how to make contact with your potential advisor, to how to write your personal statement, and ask for letters of recommendation from your professors. This book was extremely helpful in covering the little details that you should consider and those things which you may have never had to do before (such as ask for letters of recommendation, or even how to decide the best prof to ask). The book next goes over the acceptance/decline/decision part of the process, which I found very helpful. When you're stressed over making a decision or how to decline an offer, this book tells you what to expect and calms you down because you're aware of this information. I highly recommend this book because it reviews the application process from start to finish, and because most of us haven't applied to grad school before, it allows you to feel a little more confident in knowing what you need to do, etc., rather than applying "blind".
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 1999
This book gives step by step instructions, from start to finish, to help you get the inside track on applying. I followed it religiously (it was recommended by an undergraduate advisor) and one year later I'm enrolled in an accredited clinical program.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2004
This is one of the better books on getting into grad school, but its not the best. For the most part, it talks about things that most students will have figured out themselves by their senior year. There are a few extra tidbits, though, so I'd recommend buying it along with the book by Mumby. There are some similarities between the two books, but Mumby's book will tell you about some things that would never occur to you. In my case, the extra insights are what made the difference when I was applying to grad school (I got into a Psychology MA program). I don't advise wasting your money on most of the other books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2005
This book is a really great addition to any students collection of resources for getting into graduate school (even if it is the only one you buy). True, much of the information can be obtained from other sources (such as websites), but it is ALL there, well organized in one little book! I would recommend using multiple sources in your search for the best way to get into whatever program you are applying for, but this book should probably be included. Has great explanations of all types of issues you might confront when looking at applying to graduate school. Great advice and timelines for the undergraduate years, whether you are a freshman or a senior starting to think about graduate school (but start early if you can).

Good luck getting in!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2001
This book truly saved my life. The timelines, the explanations, and the advice really helped me pull together my applications--as it addresses all aspects of the application to graduate school in psychology. Without this book, I honestly would not have known how to approach professors/research supervisors re: recommendations, or how to begin my personal statement. If you would like to greatly improve your chances of getting accepted to graduate school, buying this book (and reading it thoroughly!) are one of the first steps you must take....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2007
This book is a comprehensive, step-by-step walk through the application process from thinking about going to grad school to accepting and declining offers (and what to do if you don't get in). It has checklists for choosing schools, one for each application you send in, and one to help in getting strong letters of recommendation. I would recommend this text to anyone applying to a graduate program in psych but would also encourage you to pick up supplemental books about writing a personal statement or whatever you'll need more than a chapter to help you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
This book is, hands-down, the best preparatory instrument I have encountered over the course of planning a graduate education in psychology. Anyone planning to apply to psychology graduate programs NEEDS this book. It is far more than just a checklist for graduate applications, as the title first suggested to me. I found this book to be useful in defining my personal goals, identifying my own strengths and skill sets, and creating a carefully thought-out template for my applications to Clinical Psychology PhD programs. As a "non-traditional student" with a master's degree in psychology already under my belt, I was surprised by just how much I needed to read this book before preparing my applications. It is an excellent tool for both the focusing/narrowing down stage of the application process, and in preparing the applications themselves.
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