About GRE

Applying to Graduate School?

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The GRE is required for admission to many graduate and PhD. programs in the arts and sciences. In addition, many business schools now accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT.

Our course will cover vocabulary, reading, essay writing, and math. Students will have the opportunity to take multiple, full length, computer-based GRE practice tests prior to their actual exam date.

Course Features:

  • An initial diagnostic test scheduled upon request
  • 18 hours of strategy instruction in six weekly sessions
  • Access to six full-length, computer-based practice GRE exams
  • Book of actual GRE questions from past tests for homework and practice
  • Weekly drop-in study hall
  • Class size is limited to 16 students

Additional Course Information:

GRE students are encouraged to take computer-based practice tests once they have completed the course lessons.  Practice tests can be taken on your own or in our office.  Practice tests are included in the price of the course.

If you take a GRE course with us and don't get the score you want, you have the option to repeat the course lessons one time, within a year of your initial registration, for a small repeat fee of $100.


GRE - Frequently asked Questions

Sandweiss Test Prep realizes you have many questions before deciding whether to take the GRE and how test results fit into your academic plan. We've compiled the following frequently asked questions to address your concerns. Please call us if you need further information.

What is the GRE?

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a computerized multiple-choice exam required for admission to most graduate programs. The GRE tests math and language skills and includes a graded essay portion. The multiple-choice sections of the test are computer adaptive--meaning that the test reacts to your performance and adjusts question difficulty accordingly. The GRE is offered year-round at computer-based testing centers.

The GRE does not test how smart you are, how good a college student you were, or how good a grad student you will be. The GRE tests some basic knowledge and reasoning abilities, but most of all, it tests how good a test taker you are. So whatever your strengths, it makes sense to maximize your ability to take the test.

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How is the GRE structured?

The GRE consists of four sections, an Analytical Writing section with two essays, followed by a Quantitative (Math) section, a Verbal section, and an unscored Experimental section. The three multiple-choice sections are presented randomly and there is no indication which section is unscored.

Issue Task: Essay - 30 minutes

Argument Task: Essay - 30 minutes

Quantitative: Two sections of 20 questions each - 35 minutes per section

Verbal: Two sections of 20 questions each - 30 minutes per section

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What's a good score on the GRE?

Students will receive separate scores for the Verbal and the Quantitative sections. Both sections are scored on a scale of 130 to 170, with a median score of approximately 150.

A good score depends entirely on the programs to which you are applying and your overall strength as a candidate. In addition to GRE scores, graduate programs consider your undergraduate performance, references, application essays, and work experience.

Very few programs will publish required GRE scores, but many make available median scores of their most recent entering class. Note that most universities have multiple graduate programs, each with their own individual expectations for GRE scores. An astrophysics program will have very different priorities from an English program.

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How do I register for the GRE?

The easiest way to register for the GRE is online at www.gre.org. The current cost of the test is $205.

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