GRE crash course?

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: Is this possible?
    You'll be fine, it's not that hard! : (6 votes)
    86 %
    There is no way you will learn it all in time. : (1 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    It’s pretty hard – especially the math, in my case. And I killed the SAT without really studying!

    I’d say if you have time to just work through practice exams for the next few days, go for it.

    Also, read through how the computer assesses your answers and gives you questions accordingly – definitely different than the SAT.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @MeiFrancis:  Hey, I teach test prep myself!

    If you teach the SAT, I’d say it’s not insane for you to score in the 90th percentile, but the GRE is definitely harder. Some big differences:

    (1) The vocabulary on the GRE is extremely challenging, and half of the questions are vocab questions. It’s not esoteric vocab or jargon, but it is very high level. If you have a good vocabulary already, some cramming should put you over the edge, I’d think.

    (2) The math is like a slightly roided-out version of the SAT. The math doesn’t get much harder–there’s not much past Algebra II on the GRE, just like the SAT. However, you don’t get to use a graphing calculator, only an on-screen basic one. Also, there are a few concepts that aren’t tested on the SAT that do appear on the GRE (factorials, standard deviation, combinations and permutations are the ones I can think of off the top of my head). Basically, the content isn’t all that different, but the problems are harder. Again, if you already teach SAT, you’re probably teaching hard math Qs already to your smarties, so there’s a good chance you’ll be fine. Brush up on your geometry facts, as there’s no fact sheet like there is on the SAT.

    With my company, if you’re already a teacher, they will give you a bit of flexibility re: the 90th percentile.

    Also, don’t they, like, train you to teach the test? Are you going to go through a training on the GRE before this class starts in 5 days? If they DON’T do a training, I’d be happy to suggest a better test prep company for you to work for, lol!

    Feel free to ask further questions! I’ve been teaching test prep for 7 years, and I teach SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT Verbal, plus a few other less common tests as well.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @MeiFrancis:  I love it! It’s not my career–I’m a grad student, so I do this for supplementary income. But I just find it really rewarding, and it’s nice to use my brain in a way that’s different from being a grad student. I am actually also certified to do our college admissions consulting as well, which I absolutely adore. For our company, there aren’t as many opportunities to do that, so I do a mix of both.

    The best thing about working for the company for such a long time is that I’m certified in a ton of test types, and I’ve also been promoted a few times, so I get to pretty much pick and choose what students I want to take on. I enjoy having a ton of flexibility also, since it’s not my main focus right now.

    Re: permutations and combinations–for us, at least, what we teach for the SAT is super basic (like, “There are 3 meals that need to be cooked, and 5 chefs available to cook them. If each chef can only cook 1 meal…”) On the GRE, they’re quite a bit more elaborate–as in, you actually need to know the formulas for each, using factorials, to solve them. But that’s a super minor area, really, anyway.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @MeiFrancis:  No, no calc and I don’t think any trig.  It’s kind of embarassing, cause I’m not a stupid person by any means, but the geometry kicked my butt when I first took it.  (I took it immediately after graduating college but I didn’t study.  I’d had calc, stats, etc in college but hadn’t thought about geometry since high school.  I aced the other two sections but bombed the math, haha.  Then actually studied before retaking it…)  

    Anyway, I would just brush up on basic math and vocab in the next few days.  (Maybe all that stuff is relatively fresh in your mind because of the SAT courses?)  Good luck!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    It really depends on your background with verbal, in my opinion.

    THe math isn’t really that much harder, in my opinion, but I’m semi-good with math.

    Verbal is hit or miss- there’s just so much content for it.

    I’m concerned with the timeline.  You would have to start teaching the class Sunday?  But when would you need to pass the test?

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    i found the writing section to be the hardest in terms of scoring in a certain percentile, – if you teach SAT writing you will probably be great on that portion, i wasn’t organized and had never taken a writing test on a computer so I scored below the 90th percentile 🙁

    i used manhattan prep books for math and found the geometry the toughest but overall nothing too bad,  you can skip questions and go back so it’s easier to do well on this version as compared to the old GRE (scored 170)

    i didn’t really study for verbal since i was applying to math programs for grad school. i downloaded a flashcard app to practice vocab and flipped through when i took the bus or subway. for me the RC portion was trickier than i’s expected but all of the same SAT strategies should apply so I doubt you’ll have trouble, i scored 97% here

    good luck! I think you can do it 🙂 Will you have to take the real test or a practice test? My scores were significantly lower on practice tests as compared to the real thing…

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