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					University of Washington Tacoma
KeyBank Professional Development Center
Office of Continued Studies
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) Test Prep Workshop

Instructors: Sheri Gietzen and Richard Nathanael Olszewski
       The best way to contact us is through email: or
      or by calling the Office of Continued Studies: 253-692-4618

Required Text: Cracking the GRE (with or without CD-Rom),
Princeton, NJ: Princeton Review, 2009 Edition.

Schedule: Three consecutive Saturdays: 10:00am - 2:00pm. Feel free to bring a snack,
drinks and/or sack lunch to class.

Course Description: The purpose of this test prep workshop is to introduce the graduate
school applicant to the structure, content, and logic of the Graduate Records Exam.

Course Overview: We will share test-process analysis, content review, and practice
questions. We will also discuss anxiety reduction and study techniques in order to
empower the student to aim to perform competitively on the GRE. Emphasis will be
placed on learning appropriate timing and strategies designed to account for the adaptive
nature of the computerized exam.

Classroom Conduct: Be on time and turn off your cell phone. Be prepared to participate
in class discussion and in small group interaction.

Course Format: We will address each section of the test and give you techniques to
crack the testing-process. We believe that people learn differently: some are visual
learners, some are auditory learners, and some are kinesthetic (hands-on) learners. Some
people learn best through mathematical organization while others learn better through
social interaction. Most of us learn best when multiple methods are available to us when
we are learning something new. Moreover, we expect that our class will be filled with
students from different backgrounds, skills, learning styles, and confidence levels.
Because of these differences, we will not only have a content review through lecture, but
also do practice questions or essays together or in small groups and show you how to
study using different modalities so that you understand the test and how to apply the
study techniques that work best for you.

GRE Test Prep Motto: “Learn to run the mile; then learn to run the six mile.”
                              GRE Workshop Schedule

                 Day 1: How to Crack the Verbal and Writing GRE

10:00 – 10:30 – Intro to GRE, Sylvan Learning Center, and FAQs

10:30 – 12:00 – Analogies and Sentence Completion, pp. 35-80

12:00 – 12:20 – BREAK

12:20 – 2:00 – Antonyms and Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary pp. 81-116

Homework: Review the Math Section (Part III as much as you can).

* We do not have time to “teach math” in this workshop. We will review math with the
aim of familiarizing you with the techniques you need to crack the GRE. Emphasis will
be placed on learning specific strategies for studying GRE math. The more you
familiarize yourself with this section this week, the better you’ll do next Saturday!

                         Day 2: How to Crack the Math GRE

10:00 – 10:30 – Strategies for GRE Math

10:30 – 12:00 – Numbers and Algebra into Arithmetic: pp. 171-214

12:00 – 12:20 – BREAK

12:20 – 2:00 – Math Applications: pp. 215-252

                Day 3: More GRE Math and GRE Analytical Writing

10:00 – 12:00 - Geometry: pp. 253-279

12:00 – 12:20 – BREAK

12:20 – 2:00 - Analytical Writing Section: Part IV, pp. 281-345