Preparing for the GRE

Preparing for the GRE does not have to be a nightmare. Expert tutors can help you organize your time and prioritize exam content.

Preparing for the GRE does not have to be a nightmare. Expert tutors can help you organize your time and prioritize exam content.

The GRE is a test for a candidate’s readiness for undertaking graduate, and business studies programs. It is quite popular and is used in many countries that conduct their courses in English. The GRE also is a popular test internationally for another reason. The U.S. is a very attractive destination for higher education so a lot of students internationally take this test. A companion test, TOEFL or the test of English as a foreign language is almost always taken by these students seeking admissions into graduate programs in the U.S. Although you can take the SAT or ACT for undergraduate college admissions, the GRE is the only test for admissions into graduate school. Like the SAT, the GRE too has specific tests in a few subjects; it is the general test that is used by college admission teams. However, the importance attached to it does vary from school to school.

The latest revision of the general test was developed in August 2011. With the current version, generally now known as the “revised general test”, you have the option to skip questions. If you feel the need and have the time, you can change answers. It is also possible to answer questions you want to answer first. That flexibility can help reduce some of the stress of taking the test.

Getting Organized

The official GRE test site provides several tools for test preparation, including a mobile app. The mobile app will help you continue to prepare on the go, if that becomes necessary. For the GRE, you are scored on the following criteria:

  1. Verbal reasoning
  2. Quantitative reasoning
  3. Analytical writing

The GRE site offers advice about the general test, its scoring methods, and how best to answer questions. There is one important consideration if you want to score higher. In each of the three sections, if you do well in the first part, you will be presented with a tougher set of questions in the second part. That may seem unfair at first glance. But this provides you an opportunity to score higher. If you do poorly on the first part, the second part will be easier but the ceiling of your score will be lowered. Thus, your preparation strategy should be to answer the first part of each section well. Otherwise, by the time you complete the first part, you already have a much lower score than you want.

From this standpoint alone, your preparedness needs to be very thorough. A lot of help is available and where you are located is not a constraint on the availability. You can test prep help whenever you need it. Check out our private test prep tutoring service here.