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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