GRE Guide

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I know that lots of people are interested in going to graduate school. Many programs accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admissions. Your entire application will include your transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and other activities such as volunteering, organizations you are involved in and leadership positions. The GRE is also an important part of your application. It is a standard test all applicants must take.


What does it test?

Do not be afraid. The GRE tests:
  • verbal reasoning
  • quantitative reasoning
  • analytical writing
You can get more information about the test from the official website here. I suggest you read everything here before getting started with your studying. You will learn about specific topics as well as time constraints.

How I Studied

I studied over one summer using a Princeton Review GRE Book. I studied for maybe 3 hours a day and I took a day off each week because I was doing research. The most important thing is to stay consistent and get through the entire book. I took the tests that came with the book as well. In addition to this, there are many free resources out there. I suggest playing word games to help increase your vocabulary knowledge.

After taking the test you will get a range so no need to stress about how you did. With this preparation and making sure that I went over problem areas instead of focusing on what I do well with (which is the analytical portion), I got a good score and only took the test once. I got into many Public Health graduate school programs using this score including two that are ranked top 10 according to US News rankings.

Good luck with your future endeavors.


-XOXO

8 comments:

  1. that's cool that you try to help people to crack their GRE test. Not all the people are good at preparing GRE and i believe that they really appreciate to you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback. It is so important to share what helped you with others!

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  2. Interesting to see how this will shape up in the future. At the moment, most people applying to B-school with the GRE are those who are also using their GRE scores to apply to specialized master's programs in other business areas


    U.S MBA schools

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    1. I agree; I saw that Harvard Law is doing a pilot where they will accept the GRE or the LSAT.

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  3. I do agree with your point that GRE score is becoming essential nowadays in the admission process of abroad universities. The GRE Exam getting started now. Thanks for your guide.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it! Hopefully, it was helpful.

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  4. GRE is not only the score to get admission in the university of abroad. Most of the Universities need GRE, TOEFL, GMAT score for admission. In addition to the GRE score, your academic score and achievements will be judged. (i.e, Projects, LORs, SOP, previous work experience, patents, Internships, Social work, charity work etc) Also the good GRE score. So go ahead with your Gre preparation now.

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    1. Thank you for reiterating the information in the post. The GRE is a very important part of the application, but not the only one. Hopefully this will be helpful to anyone preparing for the GRE in the future as that day has come and gone for me. Thank you for reading and providing insight for other readers.

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