The Graduate Record Examinations, or GRE, is a standardized test and general admissions requirement for graduate schools in the United States and Canada. It tests your basic arithmetic, data analysis, algebra, geometry, and vocabulary. Most importantly, it measures your critical thinking skills.
A good GRE score is 155 or above, and that’s almost impossible to achieve without a degree. If you want to pass your final exam on the first try, you have to prepare accordingly.
How to pass your GRE and other final exams
A high score on the GRE (or equivalent graduate exam) will have a direct positive impact on your application to graduate school. Be sure to study hard by following the important tips below.
1. Find a great prep course that fits your learning style
For most students, a preparatory course is required to achieve an incredible score on the GRE. In fact, students score better on the GRE when they take a great prep course. That’s because they provide you with study material and other relevant content that you need to stay on track.
Students should purchase a course at least 3 months before their exam, but check for available prep courses a month beforehand. The best prep course in the world isn’t going to help you if it’s not tailored to your learning style, so take the time to search for one that suits your needs.
2. Use educational technology (EdTech) learning resources.
Educational technology is completely changing the way we learn. EdTech tools like virtual reality classes and teacher-controlled classroom robots help students stay engaged. Students also benefit from enhanced collaboration, 24/7 access to learning content, and personalized experiences.
If you’re already on a self-paced or scheduled prep course, see EdTech in action. But why not further? Why not incorporate gamification into your online classroom?
Gamification can turn any boring task into something fun as it offers rewards every time you reach a milestone. Students can use gamification to stay on track, compare their results, and take back control. As an added benefit, reward systems improve your mood and motivation.
3. Divide your study materials into selected GRE sections
The GRE is divided into three sections: the Analytical Writing Assessment section, the Verbal Reasoning section, and the Quantitative Reasoning section. If you have access to a pre-test, take one and see your lowest score. Start studying the section you are least sure about.
4. Learn how to write persuasively for your writing test
Both analytical writing tests are 30 minutes long, leaving you no time to write creatively. Teachers are looking for a logical essay that gets to the point. We recommend that you start with your thesis and write about a topic that you are familiar with so that you can start writing as quickly as possible.
5. Learn to manage multiple gaps and reading comprehension
In the Verbal Reasoning section, you must answer the Text Competition, Sentence Equivalence, and Reading Compression question types. Here’s a tip: A text completion question about multiple banks provides more context than questions about a single bank, so read each sentence carefully.
When you get to the reading comprehension section, remember that the GRE tests your ability to understand the passage. You should take notes or highlight passages that sound important. You only have one minute to answer each question, so pay attention.
6. Prove your sentence equivalence section by eliminating answers
Sentence equivalence questions in the Verbal Reasoning section are easier to figure out if you eliminate the possible answers. You will read answers that don’t fit, so cross them out and focus on the ones that do. Even if you only have 2 answers left, you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.
7. Most of the Quantitative Thinking section tests critical thinking
In the Quantitative Thinking section, you will find questions about quantitative comparison, problem solving, and proportion. While math skills are important here, you don’t need to do a lot of math. Instead, use your math knowledge to come up with a probable answer.
For example, quantitative comparison questions will show you two sizes. You should find out which one is bigger (or if they are the same). The test won’t give you enough information to know for sure, so you’ll need to use your knowledge of number properties to find the answer.
8. Algebra and geometry questions require math skills
The algebra and geometry questions on the GRE exam almost always require paper math skills. The Algebra section asks you to isolate a variable, which might mean finding its value. Geometry questions require you to solve one side of a shape, e.g. B. a square or a triangle.
It’s important to note that the GRE loves to ask questions about right triangles. These are easy to solve if you are familiar with the Pythagorean theorem (a2 + b2 = c2) and aspect and angle ratios. Remember common aspect ratios like 3:4:5 and 5:12:13 to save time when reviewing.
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