Has anyone out there taken the GRE test?  I am currently studying for it and need a good score on it, as the graduate program I really want to get into has an 18% acceptance rate.  I just completed the essays on the Score it Now program….and got a 4 out of 6 on both essays.  A FOUR!!!!! I’M SORRY, BUT I KNOW I WRITE BETTER THAN THAT!!!!!!!!!!  I am a writer.  It’s what I do!  Now, I am out to beat the system because I am outraged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If you have taken the GRE, what were your thoughts on it?  Any studying tips?  Thanks in advance!


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  1. Well…. I took the GRE, but I actually didn’t study ^^; they have free materials on their website though, that’s the first place I would look.
    The ‘quantitative reasoning’ is no more than maybe 11th grade math, so anything you would’ve used for the ACT/SAT in high school probably has you covered on that front, too.
    Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the advice! I was going to go into it without studying, but figured I should probably study just to prepare myself. I am using the ETS materials, as well as some Princeton Review materials. I don’t take it until the end of the month, so I have time. And I sort of figure that my master’s thesis and GPA would weigh more on my admission than this test. Who knows! Thanks for the wish of luck! 🙂

  2. I took the GRE, but that was like five years back. The pattern has changed since then if I’m not wrong. The quantitative part was not very difficult. Basic high school mathematics. My verbal section was weaker, but that was mainly because English is not my first language. I don’t think that will be much of a problem for you. The analytical writing section mostly depends on practice, in my opinion. The more you practice, the easier it becomes to find flaws in arguments (for the argument analysis task), and form opinions for the issue task.
    The ETS materials are good, but you can consult some online forums too (although I can’t seem to recall a good one off the top of my head). Princeton Review isn’t bad either.
    Anyway, coming to the exam part, one of the issues I faced with the writing task was the lack of spell check. They give you a basic text editor, and while typing fast, there is a possibility of typographical errors creeping in.
    I don’t know how things are these days. Five years is a long time haha.
    Anyway, good luck for the exam!

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