Post # 1
I just finished my BSN last December and I am looking at some MSN FNP programs to start next spring or fall (so a year or a year and a half from now).A couple of the schools I am going to apply to I don’t need the GRE because my undergraduate gpa is high enough but the one I really want does require it so I figured I should do some prep before I take it. But I have no idea what is the best way to do that. My gpa was decent but not steller so I really want to do well on the GRE. Any grad school bees have some tips or ideas?
Post # 3
IMHO only the good schools require a GRE or GMAT. You could tell the caliber of programs in my field when I was applying.
I used Barron’s test prep and I ended up doing well. I would recommend getting the flash cards by Kaplan because I ended up making my own which was a total pain in the ass. It definitely comes in handy for the vocabulary.
Post # 4
I checked out a couple of books from my library, which saved me some money. I mostly used The Princeston Review prep book, and I can’t remember any of the other ones that I checked out. Kaplan offered free practice exams at my school, so I took advantage of those, also. I did decently on the test, not amazing, but higher than then cutoff score for the schools that I was looking into.
Post # 5
I did a course but I don’t think it was worth it, I would just study on your own with a book. Princeton Review or Kaplan are good. Memorize as many vocab words as you can and take some practice tests. Most people I know had GRE scores pretty close to their SAT scores (when the SAT was on a 1600 point scale)- mine was within like 40 points.
Post # 6
The only prep I used included the free materials provided on the GRE website, their practice exams, and a free vocab flash card app for my phone. I scored in the 94th and 96th percentiles on the individual sections, so I’d say prep books are pretty unnecessary. Also I studied for less than 10 hours overall, and it wasn’t nearly as intense as the MCAT. It’s a test that primarily targets your ability to stay focused and make logical choices, not your textbook knowledge, and that’s why practice exams were the best prep for me.
Post # 7
@Taeyers: That’s exactly what I did.
The free online material is all you need unless you have no background in the areas.