Tips/Advice for taking GRE

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It is ridiculously hard.  I took it once, bombed the verbal… studied for another month, took it again, and got the exact same score.  Just study what you can and do your best.

Also, depending on your program and school, GREs may not count for much even though they’re required.  When I applied for programs, I actually had below the minimum cumulative score listed on the department website for the program I’m currently in.  When I was emailing a faculty member about it, the next day the minimum score was immediately removed from the site.  But in my field, experience, letters of recommendation, and connecting with a potential advisor are all things that matter significantly more than that stupid expensive test.

Good luck!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

But as far as tips for study, work completely through a math book.  If you still don’t feel comfortable with it, work through it again and again.  Also do practice tests online/through software.

For verbal, I was told to study the most commonly used words AND study prefixes/suffixes – but nothing really did me any good.

For written, go over the writing samples provided in the books, as well as their critiques.  Break down what they’re looking for/what you should avoid.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I didn’t think it was bad. I didn’t do too hot on the writing, although I’ve always done great on papers, just didn’t feel like reading over it too much. Study the math a lot from Kaplan books or any book, and study the words like crazy. They have frequently used words in most books that I found pretty helpful. Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Atalanta:  What kind of program is it? Like a previous post said, it may not matter so much what your score is when it actually comes down to it. When I spoke to my program director prior to applying to my program (mine is a PhD program in Biology) he said that those numbers didn’t really matter, that they were more of a formality, even though they had minimum scores listed. It was much more important to them that I had hands on experience and did well in undergrad.

As far as the actual GRE goes, I took the older version right before they changed it a few years ago. I didn’t think that the math was very hard (though I heard it has gotten harder in the newer version) but the verbal section was actually kind of difficult. I would recommend GRE word flashcards for that. I also got a general Kaplan practice book and took practice tests online with princeton review.

The writing section is really hit or miss, since you have to write a persuasive essay on a topic that they give you. If you know about that topic, you should be good. I didn’t really know much about my topic and didn’t do as well as I thought I should have, as I think that I’m a decent writer.

Practice is my only advice. And talking to the program director where you want to apply to see how lienent their policies are with regards to the GRE.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Atalanta:  My biggest A-HA when studying for it was–it’s not like school. In school showing your work or doing the process right is more important. But on standardized tests, it’s all about the ‘right answer’ doesnt matter how you come up with it. So on the math section if you can guesstimate without fulling doing all the work–do it!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Atalanta:  Like ShhhItsaSecret: said, it’s a lot about what kind of program you are in.  I’m in a Geology program.  I think the sciences are less strict.  You can probably get a better feel for them by talking to someone in the department you’re applying for.

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