GRE Test Preparation
The GRE, which stands for Graduate Record Examinations, is
administrated by Educational Testing Services (or ETS). Since
established, GRE has been used by more than thousands of U.S. graduate
schools as an academic indicator for graduate admission. Currently, the
GRE exam consists of three parts: verbal, quantitative and writing. The GRE General Test is very similar in format to the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT) which you took in high school, except that in
addition to the verbal and quantitative sections, there is also an
analytical section. Just like the SAT, each section can vary from 200
(the lowest possible score) to 800 (the highest possible score).
Therefore, the overall score on the GRE General Test (which has three
sections) can range from 600-2400. NOTE: Now, the analytic portion of the GRE General Test
is no longer included and
the total scores ranges from 400 to1600.
In addition to the GRE General Test, some programs also require that
you submit a score on the GRE Subject Test. Obviously if you are
applying to programs in psychology, you will be taking the GRE Subject
Test in Psychology. If you intend to apply to programs outside of
psychology, realize that there are 15 other subjects tests for various
types of graduate programs. If you have heard that there is a new
computerized version of the GRE, you are right. Currently, Educational
Testing Services, (ETS) offers the GRE General Test in paper and pencil
format as well as computerized format. (Selected computerized Subject
Tests are on their way.) The major advantage of the computerized version
is timing. You can schedule to take the computerized version and have it
sent to a graduate program within a couple of weeks. The pencil and
paper version, on the other hand, only occurs on certain test dates
throughout the year and it takes longer to have your scores sent out.
The major disadvantage of the computer version is that it costs almost
twice as much.
As of 1994-95, the pencil and paper version of the GRE will be
administered in October, December, April and June. For each of these
dates, you can take both the GRE General and Subject Tests, except for
the June date (only the General Test is administered in June.) You can
also take the General Test and the Subject Test separately on two
Whatever you do, don't wait until the last minute to get more
information about the test. Contact the address below a couple of months
before you intend to take the test and ask for more information on the
different formats, the registration deadlines and the test dates. The
brochures and booklets they send you are free and very informative. You
do not have to register to receive the information.
Here, you can learn about what is GRE, GRE percentile scores, how to register GRE, when to take GRE, and more information.
GRE Study Guides
This site covers GRE test taking strategies, including GRE Math, GRE Verbal, and GRE Analytical Writing. In
each section, you will find sample questions, how to answer and answers
We offer a full sample verbal test - 6 sentence completion questions,
8 reading comprehension questions, 7 analogy questions, and 9 antonym
questions: GRE Practice Tests.
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