WRITING THE GRADUATE RECORD EXAM Why? Required by most grad programs in Canada: www.cpa.ca/graduate/grad1.html How? GRE on line: www.gre.org General exam (computer only) Verbal $ vocab & general knowledge by way of analogies, antonyms, sentence completion, reading comprehension $ 30 questions -- 30 minutes $ score reported on a 200-800 score scale, with 10-point increments, Quantitative $ high school level arithmetic, algebra, geometry, problem solving $ 28 questions -- 45 minutes $ score reported on a 200-800 score scale, with 10-point increments Analytical Writing: $ “A new section introduced beginning in October 2002 that tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It assesses your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, analyze an argument, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion”. $ Issue task 45 minutes; Argument task, 30 minutes $ score reported on 0-6 score scale, with half-point increments Computerized testing $ 149.80 US $ 200 Cnd (Call ASAP to book) Prometric Testing Centers http://www.2test.com/index.jsp Cambridge (519) 622-4479 (190 St. Andrews St) Toronto (416) 236-2629 (56 Aberfoyle Crescent, Bloor & Islington) Toronto (416) 250-0073 (4025 Yonge St, Suite 215, York Mills Subway) Whitby (905) 404-1818 (1801 Dundas Street East) To register by tel. you need a major credit card; you can use a bank or postal order in person. Scoring -- Time frame: “At the end of the test, you will have the option to cancel your scores. If you choose to cancel your scores, they cannot be reinstated, and no refund will be made.” “You will receive unofficial verbal and quantitative scores at the test center; however, because of the essay scoring process, you will not receive your analytical writing score at that time. Official verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores will be sent to you and score recipients within 10 to 15 days after you take the test. However, the score reporting time frame for test takers who choose to handwrite their analytical writing essays is up to 6 weeks.” “At the testing center, you may request that they be sent to as many as 4 graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no additional charge. If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center. If you do not select institutions on the test day, you will be required to pay US$13 per recipient to have the scores sent at a later date.” Subject exam - psychology (paper & pencil only) $ about 215 multiple choice questions with 5 options $ 2hrs 50 min (get there early) $ 150 US or $ 200 CAD $ two subscores in addition to a total score; there are, however, three content categories $ 40% experimental/ natural sciences oriented: cognition, sensation & perception, physiology $ 43% social/social science oriented: clinical, developmental, personality, social $ 17% general: history, applied, measurement, methods & stats $ total score is reported on a 200-990 score scale, in 10-point increments; subscores are reported on a 20-99 score scale in 1-point increments. $ score reports mailed 4 - 6 weeks after you take the test -- designate up to 4 institutions at the time of registration or on the admission ticket correction stub ($13 US for each additional programme) November 12, 2005 Application receipt on-line – September 30, 2005-- scores mailed around mid December Where? Brock, McMaster, Queen’s, U of T, Wilfred Laurier December 10, 2005 Application receipt on-line -- October 28, 2004 – scores not mailed until January 2006 Where? Brock, Queen’s, U of T, Wilfred Laurier April 1, 2006 Application receipt on-line – February 17, 2006 – scores not mailed until May 2006 Where? Brock, McMaster, Queen’s, U of T, Wilfred Laurier ________________________________________________________________________________ Helpful information: http://amby.com/GRE/ GRE – Courses: Richardson: http://www.prep.com/graduate/gre.html 416-410-PREP (e.g., GRE Weekend Immersion - $395Cnd) KAPLAN: http://www.kaptest.com/index.jhtml (Start at $499) Books recommend by graduate students General Exam: Kaplan (CD comes with the book), Princeton Review Subject: Princeton Review, ETS – past tests Preparing for the exam Ask the experts – past test takers!
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