Knowing What to Expect from The GRE Can Help Improve Your Score

If you’re looking to attend graduate school, then you will probably have to take the GRE. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test which is used by graduate schools to assist in the selection process. GRE scores aren’t the only thing that graduate school admissions departments look at, but they are given a fair amount of weight. Since the GRE is such an integral part of graduate school admissions it is important to understand the various parts of the examination. There are three sections to the GRE. There is a verbal section, a quantitative section, and a written assessment section. The verbal and quantitative sections are combined to make a score between 200 and 800, and the written section is graded on a scale from 0 to 6. Verbal Assessment Section Reading Comprehension The verbal section of the exam consists of questions that involve reading comprehension, sentence completion, analogies, and antonyms. Reading comprehension questions generally involve reading a paragraph and then answering questions about the content in the paragraph. This is very similar to reading comprehension sections on other standardized tests. Sentence Completion Sentence completion questions present a sentence with one or more blanks in it. You are given multiple words / word combinations to choose from, and the goal is to create a grammatically correct sentence. Analogies Analogies are commons to standardized tests and they’re the questions in the format “blank is to blank, as blank is to …”. If you’re a little rusty on this type of a question, some analogy practice might be for you. Antonyms Finally, antonym questions involve being supplied with a single word, and a selection of other words. The goal is to pick the word that is the opposite of the supplied word. Quantitative Assessment Section Problem Solving Equations The quantitative section of the GRE consists of three types of questions; problem solving calculations, quantitative comparisons, and data interpretation questions. Problem solving questions involve solving an equation for a variable, or performing some other kind of mathematical calculation. Quantitative Comparisons Quantitative comparison questions involve values or equations in two columns, and you have to choose which column is greater. It is also possible that the two values are equal, or that it cannot be determined which column is greater. Data Interpretation Finally, data interpretation questions involve a set of number and a series of questions about the supplied information. These questions can be involve determining which values where greater during a period of time, or figuring out whether there is enough information to make certain calculations. Practice Makes Perfect! If you think of yourself as more of a right brained person than a left brained person, then it would probably be best to spend some time on GRE quantitative practice. This can help you improve your quantitative score on the GRE. It’s Never Too Early to Start Studying Hopefully this will give you some insight into what questions are on the GRE. By preparing yourself for these questions through practice exams you can get a better score on the GRE. If you’re planning on taking the GRE, then there’s no time like the present to start studying!