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If you're planning to apply to graduate school, you'll likely have to take the GRE. This course is here to help!
Part 1 takes you through all the question types on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks. You'll also gain pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking. Be prepared to excel on exam day to achieve your best potential score!
With GRE Preparation – Part 2 (Quantitative), you'll be prepared for all aspects of the computerized GRE® revised General Test.
Note: This course prepares you for the GRE revised General Test, which replaced the GRE® General Test on August 1, 2011.
A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or
more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons
are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have
to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until
the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each
lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such,
we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final
exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work,
including the final exam.
You may have heard that you can’t study for the GRE. But that’s not true! There are a bunch of things you can do to prepare for the GRE, and the more time you spend preparing the better your scores will be. This lesson tells you what you’ll need to know about the general makeup of the GRE so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into come test day. You’ll learn how to relax if you start feeling panicky, how to eliminate the wrong answers the tests try to entice you to choose, how to guess when you’re not sure of the right answer, and how to manage your time during the test.
If you're not familiar with the kinds of GRE questions that test your verbal skills, you'll know exactly what to expect once you've completed this lesson. We'll give you a taste of the reading comprehension, sentence equivalence, and text completion questions and fill you in on what’s in store for you in the analytical writing section. Then we'll cover the information in much more detail in upcoming lessons.
The first section you'll see on the GRE is the analytical writing section. You'll write two essays in 60 minutes, so you need to be well prepared. This lesson gives you the essentials to be your best on exam day.
Grammar and punctuation count on the analytical writing section. If it's been awhile since you've opened a grammar book, we have a treat for you. This lesson covers tips for improving your writing style and reviews the important rules of Standard English so that you can perform your best.
If the thought of writing a complete analysis of an issue or argument within a half an hour has you running for the hills, don't despair. Here's a specific plan for making the most of your time so you can prove to the admissions committee of your favorite graduate program that you can create a cohesive, interesting essay. Before you impress the GRE essay readers, you'll get a chance to wow your peers by composing sample essays and sharing them with your instructor and classmates for review. You'll also get the chance to read what others have written and provide them with your enlightened commentary!
About half of the questions in the verbal reasoning sections require you to answer questions based on reading passages. The GRE reading passages come in all sizes and topics. In this lesson we'll walk through the process of examining passages efficiently so you can quickly soar through the reading questions.
The reading questions on the GRE revised General Test come in a variety of formats with several objectives. You'll learn unique approaches to various reading question formats that will maximize your performance on exam day.
The best way to improve your performance on the GRE reading questions is to practice them. This lesson gives you that opportunity. You'll take a mini reading practice exam and then carefully examine the strategy for answering each question correctly.
The fill-in-the-blank GRE text completion questions test your reading ability and knowledge of vocabulary. You'll learn the tactics for dissecting each sentence to extract its exact meaning so you'll know which answer choice makes it complete.
Take a mini practice exam and become familiar with text completion questions. Then we'll explore how best to answer each question.
In this lesson you'll discover what to expect from the third question type in the verbal reasoning section, the sentence equivalence question. This question requires you to evaluate sentences and recognize synonyms. We'll show you how to accomplish both tasks.
Test your prowess on sentence equivalence questions by taking a mini practice exam. We'll follow with detailed explanations on how to answer each question.
Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).
This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through
your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor
for this course will be
Laura Davis received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught GRE preparation courses since 2006.
Truly, this course is a big help! I'm taking the exam next Friday, and I have a feeling I'll do much better than I originally would have done had I not taken this online course. The instructor is great and prompt and helpful, and also enthusiastic (always a plus).
I learned much from the course. It gave me just what I needed to prepare for the test. The advice it provided was great.
The instructor is very helpful and responds very quickly with questions. I have gained confidence about myself and the GRE after taking this course. I would strongly recommend this course to others.
I loved this class, it was awesome! I have already recommended this class to others because it has given me hope for my future.
I would encourage anyone preparing to take the GRE test to take this class first. The information provided by the instructor was very insightful and helpful. Thanks!
The course helped me gain 80 points in the verbal section of the GRE General Test over my old scores. This is significant and my 560 score on the Verbal portion is enough to let me apply to the school and the program that I want. Thanks!!
I really liked how the class did not overwhelm one with too much information in such a short period of time but it still managed to provide one with very useful information. I liked how the lessons were spaced apart and everything was at a good pace. I really liked how the instructor was also so helpful and quick at answering everyone's questions.
The Instructors were very helpful in answering questions promptly. The lessons covered in this course were all very helpful in GRE prep Techniques.
The instructor broke things down easily and in addition made me more interested to learn. I truly believe I learned something and it did not make me feel slow. Thanks alot. I will recommend this class to others.
Found the course very helpful, and gave me great pointers for taking the GRE!! Thank you!
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