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Understanding the GRE

Preparing for the GRE begins with understanding the structure of the test itself.

Preparing for the GRE begins with understanding the structure of the test itself.

Congratulations on making it so far along on your education journey! This is one of the last tests you will need to take. The GRE is much more intensive than the other tests you have taken so far. At this level, the GRE is more challenging compared to previous tests you have taken such as the ACT or the SAT. It tests your ability to think critically, as well as your ability to explain yourself, therefore it is crucial that you understand which areas you will be required to know.

3 Areas You Will Be Tested On

Verbal Reasoning

This section requires you to identify complex relationships between words and concepts. It tests your ability to read and understand the passages given as well as your understanding of the different components of a sentence. This portion of the test is asking you to tear the passage apart, and then put it back together in your own words based on your understanding, in order to provide a correct answer.

Quantitative Reasoning

This section of the GRE requires you to understand the concepts behind algebra, geometry and data analysis. Since these components are knowledge that you should have beforehand, you can polish up your skills by practicing some questions. Once you understand how it works and how to derive at a certain answer, you will never forget it. More often than not, you just have to apply the same set of formulas to different questions and you will get the answer.

Analytical Writing

As the heading suggests, this portion of the GRE test requires you to explain yourself and more importantly, to support your ideas with facts, evidence, reasons and examples to illustrate your point. Grammar is an important part of this section. Your writing should be well thought out and well organized. There will be two essays to be written – an issue essay and an argument essay.

Grading Scheme

There is also a grading scheme available, this grading scheme shows the score that a student can achieve, which is from 0 to 6. The average score is about 4. It would be beneficial for you to read through the descriptions for the scores. This way, you will be able to know what the trained graders are looking at. You will have 1 hour to complete 2 essays, which works out to 30 minutes per essay.

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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.