# GRE Test Prep - Overview

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GRE - Overview
G–R–E
Purpose
   Compare the preparation and ability of
applicants from different backgrounds who
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Test includes
   Analytical writing essays
   Verbal ability questions
   Math ability questions
Administered in the form of CAT
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All graduate schools require the GRE
except
   Law Schools – LSAT
   Medical Schools
Uses
   Student eligibility for certain scholarships
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   Combines the GPA and test scores into one
number
   200-800 GRE point scales has a special
relation to the 0-4 grading system used by
   800 = 200 times 4
   Typical formula
INDEX = (average GRE) + (200*GPA)
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   Displays one question at a time
   First question is always at medium difficulty
GRE CAT adjust to each examinee’s ability
level
   An answer for each question must be entered
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Structure of the GRE CAT
   Analytical Writing – 1 Essay – 45 minutes
   Analytical Writing – 1 Essay – 30 minutes
   Verbal – 30 questions – 30 minutes
   Quantitative – 28 questions – 45 minutes
   Additional Pre-test Section – Verbal or
Quantitative
   Identified Research Section10 minute break
between sections 2 & 3
   1 minute break between sections 3 & 4
   1 minute break between sections 4 & 5
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Analytical Writing Sections
   Requirement is to write an essay
 45 minute Issue Essay
   Two Topics – choose one topic
   States an opinion about the topic
   Examinees takes a position on the topic
   Writes a defending position, providing relevant reasons
and examples to explain & support their views
 30 minute Argument Essay
   No topic choice
   Examinees critique an argument based on how logically
sound they find the argument
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GRE CAT Test Scored
   Difficulty level of the questions answered both
correctly and incorrectly
 Difficult questions answered correctly count more
 Difficult questions answered incorrectly penalize less
 Unanswered questions reduce the score
   Question types
   Coverage of the material
   Viewing Scores
   Canceling Scores
   Designated institutions to receive scores
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Scoring the Analytical Writing Essays
   Separate score on a scale of 0 – 6
   Average of two independent ratings of the
response on two analytical writing topics
   Final Score is the average of the two essay
scores
   Scorers are college and university faculty
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GRE Dates and Locations
   GRE CAT offered three weeks per month
   At various colleges and universities
   Sylvan Technology Centers
   Educational Testing Services Centers

http://www. gre.org
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Registration for the GRE
   GRE Bulletin of Information
http://www.gre.org
609-771-7670
Sylvan Testing Centers 1-800-GRE-CALL
   GRE CAT can be retaken – waiting period
is 60 days
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Computer Skills ?
   Minimal computer skills are required
 Typing on a keyboard
 Using a mouse
 Entering a response
 Using a word processor
 Accessing help function
 Moving to the next question
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Test Day
   Everything you need is provided for the
CAT
   Time is given to become familiar with the
testing tools and word processing tools
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Rules for the GRE
   Test takers will be assigned seats.
   The test administrator will provide examinees with
scratch paper that may be replaced as needed
during the exam. No scratch paper may be
brought to or removed from the test center.
   Eating and drinking are not allowed in the testing
room.
   No testing aids are permitted in the testing room.
   Examinees may be photographed or videotaped at
the center.
   Photo Id is required
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the testing center
   Dismissed from the session for:
 Attempting to take the test for someone else
 Failing to provide acceptable identification
 Creating a disturbance
 Giving or receiving unauthorized help
 Eating or drinking during the test
 Using Notes
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   Report to the test center 30 minutes prior
to test time for check-in procedures
   Bring the following with you to the test
center
 The authorization voucher from ETS
 Valid Photo Identification
 Score Recipient information
GRE Review Course
Provide Students with a review of
important concepts and strategies in
preparation for the GRE
In-class sessions
   Combination of review of tested skills and
concepts
   Easy-to-difficult problem-solving
   Timed quizzes
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The Course Textbook
Course CD-Rom
Homework Progress Report Forms –
Appendix B
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Instructor
Vickie Booth
Email : GREPREP@attbi.com
Class Sessions Feb. 3rd , 10th, 17th, 24th
   Week 1 – Overview / Analogies
   Week 2 – Antonyms / Reading Comprehension /
Sentence Completions
   Week 3 – Graphs / Discrete Quantitative
   Week 4 – Analytical Writing / Quantitative
Comparisons
Final Exam – March 10th
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Typical Class
   6:00   pm   –   7:00   pm Session I
   7:00   pm   –   7:15   Practice Quiz I
   7:15   pm   –   7:30   Break
   7:30   pm   –   8:30   pm Session II
   8:30   pm   –   9:00   pm Practice Quiz II
   9:00   pm   -
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