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Get Into Grad School .... About GRE®

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The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing
skills that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE exam is taken by students intent on earning a
masters or doctoral degree (non business, medical, dental or law) in the United States of America .
Most graduate programs require the GRE as part of the application.

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How We Teach GRE Courses
We explain concepts tested on the exams and teach proven test-taking techniques. All lessons are focused on
beating the GRE. Each class is composed of “Pre-Work Review”, lessons, practice, drills and past test eview.

We Back It Up
We spend millions of dollars studying the GRE, developing GRE materials and training teachers to teach the test.
We know what we're doing. Some would even say we're "GRE Nerds," although we prefer the term "GRE Experts."

What is on the GRE
The GRE is comprised of 3 sections: Analytical Writing, Quantitative, and Verbal.

Analytical Writing GRE Section
The Analytical Writing GRE Section has 2 essays. One asks students to "present their perspective on an issue,"
the other asks them to "analyze an argument."

Analytical Writing GRE Section At a Glance

  • 2 essays
  • 75 minutes: 30 minutes for the "issue" essay, and 45 minutes for the "argument" essay

Skills Tested

  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in a concise and effective way
  • Ability to evaluate claims and evidence
  • Ability to support ideas using logical reasoning and relevant examples
  • Ability to use standard written English to prove an argument

Quantitative GRE Section
The Quantitative GRE Section tests high-school level math. You'll need to know arithmetic, algebra, geometry,
and data analysis.

Quantitative GRE Section At a Glance

  • 28 questions
  • 45 minutes

Skills Tested

  • Ability to solve problems using math concepts
  • Ability to understand basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
  • Ability to use quantitative reasoning 

Verbal GRE Section
The Verbal GRE Section has sentence completion questions, analogies, antonyms, and reading comprehension

Verbal GRE Section At a Glance

  • 30 questions
  • 30 minutes

Skills Tested

  • Ability to draw conclusions based on an analysis of written materials
  • Ability to recognize relationships between concepts and words
  • Ability to analyze relationships between different parts of sentences

How to register

How do I register for the GRE?

You can register for the GRE online at www.gre.org .

What fees are associated with the GRE Test?
The fee to take the GRE test is $150 within the United States , some U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico .
The fee is $170 in all other locations (except China , including Hong Kong , Korea , and Taiwan , where it is $175).

Where can I get more information about the GRE?
You can contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 800-GRE-CALL, 609-771-7670, or www.gre.org .

When to Register 
GRE is a computer-adaptive test. There are not specific test dates; rather the student must register online for the date and time of his/her choosing. Please register up to one month in advance to ensure the date and time of your choice.


How important are my GRE scores?
Schools vary tremendously in the weights they place on the different factors in the admissions process, so be
sure to contact the specific schools to which you are applying in order to determine their unique requirements.
Some programs weight GRE scores very heavily, and/or have a minimum score for applicants, while other programs
consider GRE scores more of a formality. It is important to note that your GRE score is a major factor in determining
your eligibility for financial aid.

Can I cancel my scores?
Yes. You can cancel your scores immediately after you take the GRE test. This is the only time you can cancel
your scores. Unfortunately, you must make the decision to cancel at the testing center before you see your scores.
In addition, the fact that you cancelled your scores will be noted on your official GRE score report.
How do I know if I am ready for the GRE Test?
Try our free online GRE course demo, which includes a  free GRE practice test . When you finish the practice test
you'll get a complete report detailing your strengths and weaknesses. If you are satisfied with your results, then
you may be ready. If you feel that you still need help, check out The Princeton Review's many  GRE course options
 or call us at 800-2Review .

When Should I Take the GRE?
First find out the application deadlines for the graduate schools to which you are applying. Then work backwards
from your earliest deadline. Build some extra time into your planning process for unexpected delays because you
can only take the GRE test once per calendar month. Keep in mind that it can take as long as four weeks for your
official scores to arrive at your designated schools.

The GRE is offered at testing centers almost every day. Call your local center for details and to book your test.
While in theory you could sign up for the GRE with only two days' notice, don't depend upon this luxury. Call at
least one month prior to your desired test date.

What fees are associated with the GRE Test?
The fee to take the GRE test is $140 within the United States , some U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico . The fee
is $170 in all other locations (except China , including Hong Kong , Korea , and Taiwan , where it is $175).

What are the GRE Subject Tests?
The GRE Subject Tests are intended to measure your knowledge of specific subject matter. Subject Tests are
available in eight disciplines: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science;
literature in English; mathematics; physics; and psychology. These tests are given in paper-and-pencil format
three times per year, in November, December, and April.

These tests are given separately from the GRE General Test and require additional fees. Check with the graduate
schools to which you are applying to determine whether any of these extra tests are required.

Where can I get more information about the GRE?
You can contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 800-GRE-CALL, 609-771-7670, or www.gre.org .

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