What’s The GRE Test?
The GRE test is a graduate admission test for universities to gauge your analytical writing, quantitative reasoning skills, and verbal reasoning. The GRE is similar to the SAT and ACT and is a common examination in the United States.
As of March 2018, there are no known age restrictions or qualifications to taking the GRE test. The GRE is part of your entire graduate school application. However, depending on the university or universities you decide to apply to, you must also fulfill their qualifications in addition to passing the GRE.
The exam is available electronically and on paper. According to a blog post by Careers 360, an electronic version of the test is not available at test centres.
There are many free and paid GRE resources available. If you’re already learning English using a type of resource, you may or may not need to evaluate if its appropriate for preparing for the GRE.
The analytical writing section tests your ability to provide concise responses while providing relevant examples to support your claim. It requires you to analyze the issue, consider the different sides of the argument and develop your own with reasons and examples. Rather than disagreeing or agreeing with the argument, you’re required to build your own stance.
The quantitative reasoning section tests your ability to understand and analyze quantitative information. You will also be evaluated on your ability to solve problems using models. To do well, it’s recommended you have a basic understanding of arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and data analysis.
The verbal reasoning tests your ability to analyze and recognize relationships among words and concepts. It’s a lot like reading comprehension. Half of this section requires you to read a passage and answer questions based on what you’ve read. The other half requires you to read, interpret, and complete sentences or a paragraph or passage.
Helpful GRE Test Resources
The GRE test has many resources available if you’re interested in taking the examination. Here are some of the best ones we’ve come across.
- ETS.org – ETS.org provides you with a more in-depth knowledge of what the GRE exam is and how you can prepare for it. They provide sample questions and exams for each section.
- Sachin Joshi’s ZEEF page on English Grammar also provides a helpful list of GRE words to know. You can also strengthen your English grammar skills as his page also provides general English resources.
- If you have a bit of money to spare, Kaplan Test Prep provides an inexpensive GRE preparation book for 2019.
You may not be thinking to take the GRE now or in the near future. However, it’s definitely something to keep in mind as you may find yourself coming back to it when you’re looking for a promotion or to take a different career path.
Do you plan on taking the GRE?