What is it?
The GRE exists as both a paper-based and computer-based test – candidates can choose which form of the test to take depending on convenience. It is a prerequisite for acceptance into many Masters and PhD degree programs around the world. There are three parts to the test – the Analytical Writing, Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Verbal Reasoning (VR) – and the QR and VR are computer-adaptive – the level of difficulty of each subsequent section depends on the candidate’s performance on the previous section.
How is it scored?
The Analytical Writing is scored from 0 to 6 in half-point increments. The QR and VR are each scored on a scale from 130 to 170. To achieve higher scores in QR and VR, test-takers must answer questions of higher difficulty.
What is a good score?
What is considered a good score usually varies from school to school. You can get an idea of what to aim for by checking out your prospective schools’ websites for information on the average GRE scores for the most recent matriculating class.
How can I prepare for it?
The GRE tests mental endurance and problem solving ability. Students must learn the concepts and develop their pattern-recognition skills to quickly identify which concepts are being tested in a question and which solution is best suited to answer it. Preparing for it requires not only a lot of practice but also seasoned guidance on how to approach different question types using effective, time-saving strategies.
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