The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Exam is a required test for most American graduate schools except for law schools, which require the LSAT). The GRE consists of three multiple-choice sections, Quantitative, Analytical and Verbal, and an essay section called the Writing Assessment, which is taken separately.
Test Format Changes (as of August 2011)
The GRE is now a "modified CAT test." This means that the first section will be medium difficulty, and the second section will be hard or easy depending on how well you did on the first section.
What Skills Does the GRE Test?
The GRE primarily tests four skill sets:
As for endurance, the first skill, you'll have to stare at a screen intensely and focus for over three hours. Keep this in mind when taking practice tests. Get used to working for hours on end. The physical and mental exhaustion is part of the test's challenge. That's why we offer 5 GRE CAT practice tests. You should take as many practice CAT's as possible so as to learn the test and to get used to the grueling experience.
The second skill set, a basic knowledge of reading comprehension, math, inductive and deductive reasoning, is covered in the later chapters of this online prep guide.
General test-taking skills are covered in this chapter and throughout the online guide. Timing is a major part of test taking, particularly for the GRE CAT. Our Test Pacer system will teach you the pacing interactively.
To improve your problem-solving abilities (the fourth skill set) we have extensive information on reasoning techniques and specific strategies. When you get a question wrong, make sure to review the conceptual error you made by reviewing our explanations for the question. You do not want to repeat the error.
How to Prepare
The GRE is a difficult and unusual test. Budget at least 50 hours to prepare for the GRE so as to get your best possible score.
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