GRE Tutoring

The GRE is a computer adaptive exam required for admission to most M.A. and Ph.D. programs. The GRE is also accepted as an alternative to the GMAT by most business schools and as an alternative to the LSAT by a few law schools.

Our GRE Tutoring Program

Our educational approach to GRE preparation emphasizes core principles in math, reading, logic, and writing underlying content and skills measured by the test. We believe that standardized tests are opportunities for mastering concepts that not only prepare students for the test but also help students as they continue their academic and professional careers.

Our GRE program is rigorous: weekly meetings, homework assignments, and full-length practice tests, including computer tests, focus on the study, refinement, and application of the material and problem-solving strategies.

Contact us to speak to a program consultant to discuss your goals and schedule a diagnostic GRE.

Program Length

We recommend that students allow 3–4 months to prepare for the GRE General Test. Because students' backgrounds and schedules vary, longer programs may be advisable. We will develop an academic plan tailored to each student's particular needs.

Law Schools Accepting the GRE

A downloadable list of law schools that have announced plans to accept the GRE or GMAT is available here.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal tutors teach critical reading techniques for extracting essential information from a given text and review the vocabulary tested on the GRE. Students practice problem-solving strategies for sentence completions, sentence equivalences, and reading comprehension.

Quantitative Reasoning

Math tutors provide a targeted review of the key concepts in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis that are tested on the GRE. Our math instruction is tailored to the background, strengths, and weaknesses of each student, even those who have not taken math courses in college.

Analytical Writing

Tutors provide a set of guidelines for approaching the Analytical Writing section and teach the fundamental structure, critical reasoning, and fluidity of expression inherent in strong written composition. Students practice both types of essays, gaining confidence assembling a coherent, persuasive response in a limited period of time.

Our tutors are available for GRE Subject Test preparation. Contact us to discuss our programs for specific GRE Subject Tests—offered in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.


Number of Questions

Minutes per Section


Analytical Writing

2 Essay Tasks 30 Minutes per Task Student-produced perspective on an issue and analysis of an argument

Verbal Reasoning (2 Sections)

20 Questions per Section

30 Minutes per Section

Text completions, reading comprehension, and sentence equivalence

Quantitative Reasoning (2 Sections)

20 Questions per Section

35 Minutes per Section

Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis

Experimental (unscored and unidentified)



Verbal or Quantitative


Download GRE Format and Timing as a PDF.


How is the GRE Scored?

  • Verbal and Quantitative sections are each scaled from 130 to 170.
  • The Analytical Writing section yields a single score on a 0–6 scale, an average of the scores for the two essays.

When is the GRE Taken?

Because the test is administered on computer (either at home or in person), testing dates are flexible throughout the year. Students usually need to sign up at least one month before their intended test dates. Students are permitted to take the test only once every 21 days, up to five times in a rolling 12-month period.

GRE General Test at Home

ETS now offers a permanent remotely proctored, at-home version of the GRE General Test. 


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Tutors in Washington DC

Joshua Kaplan

Joshua Kaplan

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, Bar Exam; and more

J.D. from Yale Law School.
M.F.A. from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
B.A./B.S. in English and Film & Television from Boston University.
Mary Pickford Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Boston University Trustee Scholar; Florida Keys Emerging Playwright; Kodak Film Scholar.

Belinda M. Lai

Belinda M. Lai

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

M.B.A. in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University.
Director of Advantage Testing of Washington DC.

Tony Manela

Tony Manela

Tutor of: SAT, LSAT, GRE; AP Calculus, AP Physics, Academic Philosophy and more

Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University.
B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University.
Philosophy Professor at Siena College.

David Sommers

David Sommers

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

M.Ed. in Secondary Education from The George Washington University.
B.A., magna cum laude, in English and French from Vanderbilt University.
Dean’s List; National French Honor Society; National Merit Letter of Commendation; ETS Recognition of Excellence for Outstanding Score on Praxis II: English Language.

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