It is extremely important for test takers to become familiar with the expectations of their chosen program before taking the GRE. Score requirements can vary significantly between disciplines although the majority of programs are most interested in the combined score of the verbal and quantitative sections. The verbal section score becomes a particularly important tie-breaker in math, science, and engineering graduate programs where most students will have very high quantitative scores.
How scores are used
In addition toor instead ofadmissions regulations, some schools use GRE scores to award funding and scholarships to students, so youll not only secure a solid education, but you will save money by referencing your programs average GRE scores (usually published on the schools Web site). Set up an interview with an admissions officer who can provide you with a good frame of reference before you take the test.
About the GRE Subject Test
Depending on the program you choose, you may be required to complete a GRE Subject Test which tests knowledge in any of eight specific fields: biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science; literature in English; mathematics; physics; and psychology. The subjects tests typically have 70200 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 170 minutes. In general, graduate schools weigh subjects scores more heavily than general scores since the information reviewed is particularly vital to that graduate program.
Preparing for the test
Much like the law school admissions test (LSAT) and examination for entry into medical school (MCAT), the GRE comes equipped with a multitude of practice tools. Set your goals a bit higher than the average scores; that way if your scores come up slightly short of your goal, youll still be in an excellent position to enter the program of your choice. While the GRElike its undergrad counterparts, the ACT and SATis not considered a test that one can study for, many test takers have shown to produce higher scores by familiarizing themselves with the tests organization, timing, focuses, and answer-elimination strategies.
By Hannah Roberts