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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare to take the GRE test with this engaging test prep course. Our self-paced video lessons and assessment quizzes help you review the topics you'll see on the test and measure how well you understand them so you can prepare to earn the best score possible. This Study.com course was last updated in 2018.
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About This Course
Our expertly taught study guide course is a convenient way to get ready to take the GRE test. You'll find short lessons that cover all of the subjects on which you'll be tested, from reading and writing skills to equations and graphing. Along with each lesson, we've included a self-assessment quiz so you can be sure you're ready to move on. Each chapter ends with a test, and the comprehensive exam at the end of the course can help you identify any areas that you need to study further before exam day. An expert is available to answer your questions when you submit them through the Dashboard.
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Syllabus & Course Information
All of the topics that you'll need to know to do well on the GRE Test are included in this test prep course. Work through lessons on factoring, functions exponents, grammar, planning essays and more at your own pace. This course has been designed to assist you in achieving these objectives:
- Utilize reading and vocabulary skills
- Craft an argument effectively
- Plan and start an essay
- Write and edit an essay body
- Use successful writing techniques
- Write strong sentences
- Understand grammar and usage
- Detail operations and numbers
- Explain series and sequences
- Work with expressions and equations
- Factor with FOIL, solve quadratics and graph parabolas
- Solve probability and statistics problems
- Make calculations with plane and coordinate geometry
In 182 lessons grouped by topic into 22 chapters, you'll find a comprehensive study guide you can use to ensure you are prepared for the exam. The lesson quizzes and chapter tests provide a helpful way to assess your readiness to take the GRE.
GRE Exam Information
The GRE revised General Test is taken by people who are applying to graduate school in many fields of study, including the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, and education. It does not measure specific subject knowledge from your college courses. Instead, it measures your general skills in reading comprehension and verbal reasoning, analytical writing, and high school-level quantitative math reasoning.
- Number of Questions: 82 (two in Analytical Writing, 40 in Verbal Reasoning, 40 in Quantitative Reasoning)
- Question Type: Analyze an Issue or Argument (Analytical Writing); Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence (Verbal Reasoning); Quantitative Comparison, Multiple-Choice and Numeric Entry (Quantitative Reasoning)
- Time Limit: 3 hours and 45 minutes (two separately timed 30-minute tasks in Analytical Writing, two 30-minute sessions in Verbal Reasoning and two 35-minute sessions in Quantitative Reasoning
- Exam Cost: $205 for entire General Exam
Registering and Preparing for the GRE
You can take the computer-based GRE revised General Test at testing centers on any day of the year, but you need to schedule an appointment. You can take the GRE five times within each 12 months (rolling), but you must wait 21 days between instances of taking the test. In areas where computer-based testing is unavailable, paper-based testing is offered.
You can register for the GRE online at the website of the Educational Testing Service, the organization that offers the GRE. You can pay for your test fee with a credit card or a debit card.
Our video and text lessons can help you prepare for the GRE. Each bite-sized lesson comes with a short multiple-choice quiz to test your memory and understanding of what you learned.
GRE Scores and Score Reports
Your test fee includes test score reports that will be sent to four graduate programs that you specify. You can choose to send either your most recent score or all your GRE scores from the previous five years. If you want to send score reports to more than four programs, there is an additional fee.
The verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are scored on a scale of 130-170. The analytical writing section is scored on a scale of 0-6, and the writing scores can include half-points. If you take the computer-based test, you can see your preliminary verbal and quantitative scores right away after the test. However, those test-day scores are not official yet, and you won't see your writing score. It will take up to 15 days before your score reports are sent to you or to schools you specify. Getting your test scores will take much longer if you take the paper-based test.
GRE: Analytical Writing
The GRE writing section involves two very different essay questions. One of them presents a statement or issue. Your essay must explain and support your level of agreement or disagreement with the statement. You must analyze and address ideas that contradict your own position. The other GRE writing section presents a written argument. It doesn't matter whether you agree or disagree with this argument; you must write an essay that analyzes the strength of the evidence and logical statements presented in the argument.
This course helps you prepare for both sections with videos about outlining and quickly writing a strong essay. You can learn to brainstorm ideas, craft a strong argument, and determine a thesis statement. We have videos about addressing opposing viewpoints and identifying logical fallacies. Other lessons guide you in organizing your essay and writing strong transitions. Other videos help you brush up on mechanics such as grammar, usage, and sentence clarity.
GRE: Verbal Reasoning
On the GRE verbal sections, you will need to analyze written passages to draw conclusions. You'll need to identify important and minor points, and you'll need to recognize literal vs. figurative language. You'll need to summarize passages, identify authors' perspectives, and assess the quality of an author's argument by considering alternatives.
Our video lessons help you interpret literary passages. Some videos describe tone and mood, writing structure, and inference. You can get strategies for close reading vs. big-picture reading. Other lessons can help you develop vocabulary skills and determine meaning from context.
GRE: Quantitative Reasoning
The quantitative section of the GRE covers arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis (basic statistics). Some questions ask you to interpret data in tables or graphs. A basic calculator will be provided: a computer-based calculator on the computer GRE, or a physical calculator on the paper GRE.
Our quantitative GRE lessons include numbers and operations, sequences and series, and equations and expressions. You'll refresh your memory on factoring, parabolas, exponents, and functions. Other videos address functions, rational equations, and inequalities. We provide videos about plane geometry, coordinate geometry, and sets.
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