There is a ton of information about the GRE available online. Much of it is unclear, outdated, or expensive. As a tutor I found a lot of students lost and intimidated by this. I would constantly be referring them to resources I found useful. This page lists all those resources and will provide you with links to answer the questions you may have concerning the GRE.
Taking the test
- How much time does the test take?
- What does the test consist of?
The analytical writing sections will be the first two sections of the test. They will be followed by alternating verbal and quantitative sections (in no particular order). If you receive a third section in either the verbal or quantitative measure it will be unscored as explained below.
The unscored or experimental section may appear randomly (don't try to guess wich section this is) in any order after the two writing sections. This section will not count towards (for/against) your score. It will consist of either the verbal/quantitatve reasoning section.
The research section will be the last section of the test. Like the unscored section it will not count towards your score. The difference is that you will be informed it is the research section. Make sure you read the text before starting each section.
- Unofficial scores will be shown at the end of the test
- Official scores will be reported 10-15 days after your test date
- Test scores are valid for 5 years
- You can take the test once every 21 days up to 5 times in a 12-month period
- At the end of the test you will be allowed to send your scores to 4 institutions (included in test fee)
- Make sure you know the 4 schools by the time you take the test
- Sending any additional scores will cost $27 per institution
- ScoreSelect Option
- At the end of the test you can decide if you want to send your scores
- If you have taken the test multiple times, you can choose to send any scores you have on record
This is a rather difficult question to answer as everyone has their own goals, but here is a great explanation from Magoosh to this question.
Preparing for the test
- PDF Reviews and Guides
- Math review from ETS
- Math conventions including notation, terminology and assumptions from ETS
- Magoosh Math Formulas
- Magoosh Vocabulary Guide
- Magoosh Vocabulary Flashcards
- Online Resources
- Study Plans from Magoosh ranging between 1 week to 6 months.
- Quizlet - create your own flashcards or get flashcards already made by others for the GRE
- Pool of all argument topics for the Analytical Writing section
- Pool of all issue topics for the Analytical Writing section
- Calculator tips - Description of the calculator and tips from ETS.
- Test Prep Services