GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION
WHAT'S ON IT?
The GRE is a 3 hour and 45 minute test that can be taken on paper or on a computer. Each test has six sections: two analytical writing sections, two verbal reasoning sections, and two quantitative reasoning sections. This test determines how well prospective students can apply knowledge and think critically. The analytical writing sections include the “issue” essay and the “argument” essay. These test the student’s ability to analyze evidence, think logically, and to write persuasively. The verbal reasoning sections include reading comprehension, sentence completion, recognizing relationships between words and ideas, and forming conclusions. The quantitative reasoning sections are math sections. This part of the GRE, just like the SAT and ACT, tests over algebra, geometry, data interpretation, and problem solving.
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE IT?
The most common time to take the GRE is in your junior year of undergrad or the summer between your junior and senior year. Pay close attention to the deadline to take and submit your test scores for your school(s) that you are applying to. It is recommended to take the GRE sooner rather than later, especially if you plan to take the GRE more than once. You will not know immediately how well you performed on the test as it takes approximatley 10-15 business days to recieve your score. The best advice is to take the GRE when you are ready, but make sure you ARE READY, and that you have studied quite a bit.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
Preparing for the GRE should take you several weeks so that you properly become aquainted with the test. With this being said, START EARLY! I\First, you need to become familiar with the types of questions it is going to ask, the type of language it is going to use, and the timing of the test. The best way to study is to do as many practice GRE tests as possible, figure out what you are consistently getting wrong, study that material, and then go back and do more practice questions. To find out more, click the button
HOW WILL I BE SCORED?
The GRE can be taken as a "Computer-Delivered Test" or a "Paper-Delivered Test," and the scoring of each is slightly different. To find out more, click the button
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