GRE Tutoring & Test Preparation
Given your goal is to further your career by attending graduate school, the GRE is probably the most important exam of your life. The GRE (Graduate Records Examinations) is a standardized test used in graduate and business school admissions. Because the GRE is a standardized exam, your performance is only as good as other students perform in comparison. Therefore your performance on the GRE has a huge impact on your admissions competitiveness, as well as your financial aid options. If you aspire to attend the best graduate school possible, then you must take your GRE preparation seriously.
The test consists of six sections:
- Analytical Writing
- Verbal Reasoning (2 sections)
- Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections)
- Experimental or Research Section (Only on the computer-based version of the exam)
The exam always begins with an Analytical Writing section. In two parts, you will need to “Analyze an Issue” and “Analyze an Argument.” In the first, you will be presented with some relevant issue and must respond to it; in the second, you must critique a written argument. Each section is 30 minutes and, fortunately, the topics are published in advance here.
The remaining sections may appear in any order.
The Verbal Reasoning section tests your English language skills and reading comprehension.
The Quantitative Reasoning section is essentially a math section, with questions pertaining to data analysis, geometry, algebra, and arithmetic.
Both the Verbal and Quantitative sections occur over two sections each (four total).
There is one unscored extra experimental section in the latter 5. This section allows ETS (Educational Testing Services) to gather data regarding new exam questions. This section will not be labeled as “experimental”. Alternatively, you may have a separate “Research” section as a conclusion to the exam, and in this case the section will be labeled as such. Neither section, however, is included in the paper-based version of the exam. The entire exam is about 3 hours and 45 minutes in duration. Your scores on individual sections will be considered in addition to your total score, so any weak areas will be exposed. Don’t rely on your strengths in one area to make up for weaknesses in another.
Personalized Studying Strategies
With such a broad and comprehensive test, you need to strategically approach your preparation. Begin with an GRE practice test, preferably one provided by the ETS. This will serve as a diagnostic baseline. The section in which you scored the lowest should be your first priority. The question then becomes, if you had difficulty with one or more section, do you feel confident in your ability to improve those weak areas? Preparation books are certainly helpful, but they cannot assess the specific skills you need to improve. They’re written to provide preparation for everyone. However no two students are exactly the same in needs nor in learning style.
A TutorNerds expert can specifically tailor your GRE preparation in order to efficiently and effectively produce results. Our GRE tutors can outline an organized approach to the GRE that fits with your needs as well as your schedule. Together, you will work through the concepts covered by the GRE in order to ensure you have a solid understanding of the material from the start. From there, you will cover hundreds, even thousands, of GRE questions. This will provide an opportunity for your tutor to explain typical types of questions and test-taking strategies while at the same time increasing your knowledge. This combination of total immersion with learning strategies designed specifically for you creates the optimal test preparation environment.
The GRE is a very significant building block of your application to graduate school. It’s one thing to work with a generic test preparation book, or even a GRE class. But to really optimize your admissions potential, you need to work with an expert who understands how the GRE fits into your entire application. Given your goals, what score is necessary? And how close are you to achieving that score? Are your goals realistic? TutorNerds GRE tutors and consultants will be able to provide you with the answers you need to put together a strong application. He or she will help you establish a list of goals with deadlines. Most importantly, you will have a supportive expert to provide feedback along the way.
GRE preparation is certainly intensive given the volume of material covered by the exam. But students consistently show increased scores with adequate preparation. We recommend students begin their preparation 12 to 24 weeks prior to their exam. We offer a free consultation with one of our graduate school admissions experts if you have any questions.
Benefits of TutorNerds GRE Test Prep
- One-on-one Instruction from Experts
- Personalized Approach
- Convenient Scheduling
- Distraction-free Learning
- Holistic Admissions Approach
Give TutorNerds a call today to begin your graduate school application preparation with a GRE expert and your application process with our Graduate School Admissions Consultants.
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