How to Pass the GRE

How to Pass the GRE

Most students wishing to attend graduate school will need to know how to pass the GRE. The GRE, or Graduate Records Examination, consists of three domains of evaluation administered via computer or paper test: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes are allotted for a total of 82 questions (including two analytical essays and one unscored section of new questions). The cost of registering for the GRE is $205.

Approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes are allotted for a total of 82 questions (including two analytical essays and one unscored section of new questions). The cost of registering for the GRE is $205.

gre coverThe GRE test was founded and is now still administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use of the GRE test is widespread throughout the United States and is even used in applications for international schools, including Canadian and European schools. Thousands of graduate schools and business schools in the United States and around the world require undergraduate students and college-educated adults to take the GRE test in order to apply to their programs. Admissions departments at educational institutions as well as fellowship panels use a potential student’s GRE test scores as part of the required admissions package, alongside school records and recommendations. ETS has a list of schools that are approved to receive your GRE test scores.

The GRE test will help you attain your goal, whether it is to attend graduate school, business school, or just to take the GRE test to find out your strengths and educational options. The GRE test will allow you to demonstrate general skills and knowledge that are important to and are used in all areas of study.

The computerized version of the GRE test is adaptive meaning each time you give a right answer the computer moves on to a harder question. It also means each time you give a wrong answer the computer will give you an easier question. Most computerized tests are very inflexible when it comes to moving back and forth throughout a test. The GRE test, however, allows you to go back and make changes to previously-answered questions. It will even allow you to skip a question and then go back later to answer it.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides a listing of test centers for American and International test sites for both the computerized and written versions of the GRE test. There is also a written version of the test; however, there are fewer dates and locations available for students to choose from.

If you need to retake the GRE test, you can take the computerized version a minimum of once every 21 days within a one-year period. You can  take the written version as often as it is offered. The GRE test does revise its questions over time, so you may not get the exact same test every time. Therefore, read each question carefully every time you take the test. Also, if you want to remove previous poor scores and replace them with newer and better scores, you can.

How to Prepare for the GRE

Diligent preparation is a prerequisite for taking the GRE test. Let Mometrix help you study and strengthen your analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning skills. Visit where you can find many different tools that will help you practice for your GRE test. These tools include a GRE study guide, a GRE practice test, and GRE flashcards. You can also visit the Mometrix Academy for free GRE video tutorials.
GRE Online Course

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers help to potential students wanting to take the GRE test. There is also a web-based app . They can also answer any questions you may have about the test.

The GRE test is made up of three main areas: analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Only verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning are multiple-choice. Analytical writing requires written passages.

GRE Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section of the GRE test will ask you to demonstrate your ability in identifying and analyzing an issue and an argument. You must provide your interpretation with clear, comprehensive, and succinct writing. You must also provide supportive detail and examples for your position. And your use of written English must show knowledge of standard usage.

Here is a hint to help you with analytical writing. Find and read articles from the news or in magazines and practice writing analytical summaries. Always try to be as clear and concise as possible and come up with data and examples to support your position.

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE test allows you to prove your ability to analyze, interpret and solve mathematical problems. The test will cover basic operations of fractions and decimals, solving and graphing equations, and solving word problems. You will be tested on your knowledge of geometry including angles, circles and volume. Also included are questions regarding statistics, probability and proportions. When you reach the quantitative reasoning section of the GRE test, you will be provided with a calculator.

A hint to hone your math skills for the quantitative reasoning section of the GRE test. Practice. Mometrix has lots of GRE practice tests that will help you strengthen your math skills.

GRE Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning portion of the GRE test will give you the opportunity to showcase your skills in understanding written passages including words, sentences and concepts. You will be tested on your ability draw your own conclusions from unfinished written work and on your assumptions of the author’s intent.

A hint to help you with verbal reasoning is to brush up on your vocabulary. Study word lists to increase and improve your understanding of word meanings, synonyms, root words and related words.

Your final score is divided into two sections: verbal and quantitative. Mometrix GRE practice test can help you hone your skills and uncover any weaknesses that need further attention in these two areas.

Mometrix has a number of other tools to help you study for your GRE test including our Mometrix GRE study guide, GRE flashcards and GRE video tutorials so you are better-prepared to take your GRE test and get into your chosen graduate program.


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