Students preparing for the GRE begin with a diagnostic test. From those results, we structure a rigorous and comprehensive course that focuses on the underlying content and skills measured by the test. Initially, students work intensively with their tutors to master essential principles in math, reading, logic, and writing. As the program progresses, students learn to apply specific strategies for individual test questions as well as general test-taking approaches, including computerized test-taking technique. To solidify these concepts, an intensive review follows: meetings, homework assignments, and timed practice tests are all focused on the study, refinement, and application of these principles and techniques.
Verbal tutoring includes critical reading techniques for recognizing and answering recurrent question types, along with a rigorous and focused review of the advanced vocabulary tested on the GRE. Students rigorously practice strategies for sentence completions, analogies, antonyms, and reading comprehension.
The math tutoring provides a comprehensive review of the concepts and skills required, emphasizing both global and specific approaches that maximize the student's chances for success in this area. Often, students who prepare for this test have not taken many-or any-math courses in college and, as a consequence, the tutoring is designed to be as accessible as possible to each student.
Tutors provide a specific set of guidelines geared to the Analytical Writing section. Students have ample opportunity to practice and refine the process of evaluating a given topic and assembling a coherent, persuasive response in a limited period.
Length of Program
Students typically allow 3-4 months to prepare for the GRE general test. Because students' backgrounds and schedules vary considerably, longer programs may be advisable. Diagnostic tests and other considerations allow us to form an academic plan in keeping with each student's particular needs.
What Kind of Exam Is It?
- The GRE is a computer-based test required for admission to most graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Typically, these programs grant M.A. and/or Ph.D. degrees. Students who pursue graduate study in business, law, and medicine need not take the GRE.
- In assessing a candidate's application, many selective graduate schools weigh the GRE along with the undergraduate grade point average (GPA).
- Overall, the length of the test is up to three hours, not including the experimental section.
When Is It Taken?
- Because the test is administered on computer, testing dates are flexible. The official test can currently be taken any business day of the year at designated testing centers.
- Students usually need to sign up at least one month before their intended test dates, as determined by their level of preparedness, application deadlines, and schedules.
- Students are permitted to take the test only once every calendar month. A maximum of five test administrations, including cancellations, is permitted within a 12-month period.
|Section||Number of Questions||Minutes per Section||Content|
|Verbal||30||30||Sentence completions, reading comprehension, analogies, and antonyms|
|Quantitative||28||45||Arithmetic, algebra, and geometry|
|Analytical Writing, Essay 1||1||45||Student-produced perspective on an issue|
|Analytical Writing, Essay 2||1||30||Student-produced analysis of an argument|
|Experimental (unscored and unidentified)||Varies||Varies||Verbal or Quantitative|
How Is It Scored?
- The scores reported for the test range from 200 to 800 for each of the Verbal and Math sections.
- The Analytical Writing section yields a single score on a 0-6 scale; this overall score is an average of the scores for the two essays.
For additional information about preparing and registering for the GRE, follow the link below to the official website.
GRE Subject Tests
For questions about preparing for specific GRE Subject Tests-offeredin various areas of literature, science, and math-please feel free to get in touch with us for advice or instruction.
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