Taking the GRE can be very stressful. Unlike school exams, the GRE costs money to take and money to prepare for and as an undergraduate student, you probably don’t have a lot of money to keep retaking the test. I’ve researched the best ways to ace the GRE, but unfortunately, you still have to study.
1.) Understand the test
Analytical Writing – tests your ability to create and sustain a discussion where you’ll use examples and other evidence to support your ideas. When you’re in the test, map out your plan and make sure you cover your bases.
Verbal Reasoning – tests your ability to analyze and draw conclusions, select important points, understand sentence structure and context.
Quantitative Reasoning – tests your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information using arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.
2.) Know the format
The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long.
It includes 6 sections. The first section is always Analytical Writing followed by any combination of the other two.
You can skip, edit, change, and return to any question within a section. If you don’t know an answer, skip it and go back to it.
Answer every question. You don’t lose points for getting an answer wrong. Even if you don’t know an answer guess – it can’t hurt.
Since you can return to questions, quickly go through the section at the beginning and answer the easy questions that you’re sure of. Then return to the more difficult questions. It’s easier to gauge how much time you have left when you know the level of difficulty of the questions ahead of you.
4.) Plan ahead
Know what you need and gather it in one place ahead of time to avoid further stress on the day of the exam.
Time of the exam
Know where you’re going – Visit the place in advance if you’re unsure of the location and to make sure you aren’t late.
If you know you’ll need water, make sure you have it.
5.) Get a support group
Studying is always easier when you can bounce ideas off someone else. Other people can offer fresh insight in a stressful time, plus, you will have someone to celebrate with when it’s over!
Only three Saint Rose graduate programs require scores from graduate entrance exams.
Applicants to the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program, must submit a GRE score.
Applicants to the Accounting or MBA program must submit GMAT scores if their undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. However, you do not need to submit GMAT scores if you already have another post-graduate degree (such as a law degree).
If you are required to take the GRE or GMAT exam, here are some tips on how to prepare:
Register for the exam. Both tests are offered year-round, but you must register online to take the test. Test centers are located throughout the United States. The fee for the GRE is $160. The fee for the GMAT is $250.
Research the structure of the exam. Both tests attempt to reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate school. Research the content and structure of the exam to get a better idea of what you can expect. The GRE has three test sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. The GMAT has three similar sections: Analytical Writing Assessment Section, Quantitative Section and Verbal Section. The GRE is offered in paper-based and computer-based formats, depending on the testing location. The GMAT is offered in a computer-adaptive format that adjusts to your level. The testing time for both tests takes between 3 and 30 minutes and 4 hours.
Take advantage of free test-prep materials. Both test websites offer free test-prep materials. The GRE and the GMAT offer free test-prep materials and software as well as some low-cost preparation materials. If you find that the free test-prep materials are not enough, you can attend preparation classes through services like Kaplan Test Prep or Princeton Review.
On test day, you should arrive at the testing center early in order to register and get settled at the location before the test begins. Make sure you get a full eight hours of sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast before arriving at the testing center. Don’t forget any necessary materials, including your admission ticket and identification. Check out the GRE and GMAT’s suggestions on what to do on test day to make your experience as stress-free as possible.
Remember to forward your test scores to The College of Saint Rose. The codes for each test are: