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Graduate School Exams

GRE and Other Graduate School Exams

What is the GRE?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a test that measures skills considered essential to graduate school success and is a valid predictor of grad school performance.

Look out for GRE Prep workshops during the semester!

Question Types

Analytical Writing

Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

  • Scoring: 0-6
  • Scored by computer + reader
  • You will not be held accountable for "factual" knowledge
  • Can you write a well thought out essay while answering the prompt?
  • No spell check/grammar check
  • There is no "right answer"

Helpful tips:

  • Prepare an outline to keep your thoughts in order
  • Try to write on the opposite side. You'll be more analytical and less passionate/personal.
  • Write clearly, explain key points and omit humor.
  • Read newspapers and magazine articles (Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Economist, etc.)

Verbal Reasoning

Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Scoring: 130-170

Reading Comprehension Sets

Helpful tips:

  • Quick scan the questions so you know what you're looking for
  • Do NOT apply outside knowledge
  • Answer the question, don't select an answer because it's a true statement

Text Completion Questions

Helpful tips:

  • Try to fill the blanks with their own words and find answer choices that match
  • One is usually very easy; answer that one first

Sentence Equivalence Questions

Helpful tips:

  • It IS possible to pick more than the allotted amount of answers
  • The two correct choices do not always have the same meaning
  • Focus on understanding what the sentence means

Quantitative Reasoning

Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

Score: 130-170

Question Types

  1. Multiple choice w/ 1 answer
  2. Multiple choice w/multiple answers
  3. Quantitative Comparison
  4. Numeric Entry
  5. Data interpretation

Helpful tips:

  • Simplify problems when possible
  • Plug in numbers
  • Always enter the exact answer unless asked to do something else
  • Remember to change calculations (.33333 = 33%)
  • The calculator respects order of operations (MDAS)
  • Use Math Review

Graduate School Exam Resources

Flagler College is now offering SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT test preparation through our Adult and Continuing Education Program.

GRE Graduate Record Exam

PowerPrep II software

GRE page on Facebook

Math Review

GMAT Graduate Management Admission Test

LSAT Law School Admission Test

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language

Additional Resources