What Is the GRE? Expert Guide to the Test

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If you’re just starting to think about grad school, you probably have a lot of questions, so I’m here to answer one of the biggest ones: what is the GRE? Do you need to take the GRE? How important is it for grad school admissions? What does it test? How can you sign up for it?

This in-depth guide will answer all these questions and more. Read on for a complete overview of the GRE that will get you up to speed on everything you need to know about the test and the actions you need to take.

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The Best Strategies for GRE Scratch Paper

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Most people who take the GRE take it on the computer, so you may be wondering if you’re allowed to use scratch paper during the exam. The answer is yes; you can use scratch paper during the GRE.

However, that’s not all you need to know. ETS (the organization which develops and administers the GRE) has specific rules on what scratch paper you can use and how you can use it. Breaking one of these rules can result in you being dismissed from the testing center and your scores thrown out.

Additionally, there are specific ways to use GRE scratch paper that can help you answer questions more quickly and raise your score on each section of the exam. Keep reading to learn all about scratch paper on the GRE, what to do, and what not to do.

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GRE Total Score: What Is It?

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GRE scoring can be confusing. What do the numbers mean? What are they out of? This guide will explain the GRE total score for both the General and Subject Tests, as well as give data on average GRE scores and how well you need to do in order to get a perfect GRE score.

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Expert Guide: What Is on the GRE?

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Let’s face it: there is no way to develop a successful study plan for the GRE without knowing what the exam is actually going to be testing you on. What are the major academic skills that the test covers? What content should you have down cold? What is on the GRE?

In this article, I’ll explain everything the GRE tests. I’ll break down what you need to know for each section of the test and explain the different types of questions, before wrapping up with some general tips on how to prep.

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GRE Exam Pattern: What You Have to Know

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We can’t stress it enough: to beat the GRE, you have to understand how to make the design of its questions and its structure work for you.

In this article, I lay out the overall GRE exam pattern and marking scheme. Then, I go through it section by section, giving you a detailed look at the skills and knowledge that’s tested, and the different types of questions you’ll face. Finally, I have great tips on how you can best use all this info on test day.

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What’s the Lowest Possible, Minimum GRE Score?

feature_minimumGiven that the redesigned GRE test has somewhat of an unusual scoring scale, it can be hard to tell what the lowest possible score actually is. In this guide, we’ll go over the minimum GRE score, how many people get the lowest possible score and whether you need to worry about it. We’ll also discuss what’s the lowest GRE score that will still get you into graduate school.

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What Does GRE Stand For? The Complete Answer

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Everyone talks about “taking the GRE.” But do the letters mean anything? What does GRE stand for? In this article, we’ll provide the answer, along with a brief history of the exam’s name. Finally, we’ll lay out why the name of the test probably won’t change any time soon.

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How Is the GRE Scored, Really? Expert Guide

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The GRE can feel like a mysterious black box: your answers go in and a score comes out. But there must be more to it than that, right? Just how is the GRE scored?

As you might have guessed, the process is much more complicated than just adding up the number of questions you got right. In order to ensure the most accurate scores, processes called adaptive testing and equating are used. Read this guide to learn what these terms mean, how they affect you, and what has to happen before you get your official GRE scores.

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