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GRE - Graduate Record Examination
Online Prep Course

Your schedule does not allow you to take a class in a classroom setting.  The Live-online classes are very similar to a traditional classroom programs, with many added benefits.  This comprehensive preparation course will give you the skills and confidence you need to maximize your performance.  Sharpen your skills on actual GRE exam questions and follow our proven study plan on your way to success.

You will gain the skills and tools you need to maximize your potential. Our comprehensive program covers each of the three main sections of the GRE revised General exam - Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. We will walk you through each section and prepare you for all of the question types you are likely to encounter on the GRE.

 

Upcoming Sessions and Free Workshops

Spring: February to May

 

        Registration Open

 GRE Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Monday & Wednesday:
 2/19/2014-3/17/2014
 Times: 6:00pm-9:00pm
 Fee: $899.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: Online Class-does not meet in regular classroom.

 

 

        Registration Open

 GRE Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesday & Thursdays
 4/3/2014-4/29/2014
 Times: 6:00pm-9:00pm
 Fee: $899.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: Online Class - does not meet in  regular classroom.

 

       Registration Open

 GRE Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Monday & Wednesdays
 4/23/2014-5/19/2014
 Times: 7:00pm-10:00pm
 Fee: $899.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: Online Class - does not meet in  regular classroom.

Summer: May to August

 

       Registration Open

 GRE Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesday & Thursdays
 05/22/2014-07/01/2014
 Times: 6:00pm-8:00pm
 Fee: $899.00
 Session(s): 12
 Notes: Online Class-does not meet in regular  classroom.

       

       Registration Open

 GRE Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesday & Thursdays
 Times: 6:00pm-8:00pm
 Fee: $899.00
 Session(s): 12
 Notes: Online Class-does not meet in regular
 classroom. 

           

Online Courses - Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do these courses compare to the live face-to-face classes offered on campus?

The Live online classes are very similar to the campus classes. We use the same curriculum and materials, and the same proven strategies to help you succeed on the exam. You are able to interact with your instructor and participate in the class through the use of online technologies.

How does “Live-Online” differ from other online classes?

Most online classes are asynchronous – the sessions are pre-recorded or prepared in advance and there is no actual instructor providing the lesson in real time. In asynchronous classes, students work through the classes individually or are provided with a new module to review at specified time intervals.

The Live-online classes have a live instructor who is there to teach the class and answer questions in real-time; just like in a traditional classroom setting.

How are the classes delivered?

The Live-online Test Prep class is delivered in a virtual classroom using Adobe Connect software. This software allows the student to view and hear the instructor, share documents, and interact with the instructor and other students. While the instructor uses a microphone to deliver the class lessons, students do not need a microphone or camera to participate. Students interact through easy to use chat and quiz tools that are built into the virtual classroom.

What are the software and system requirements?

All you need to participate in the Live-online test prep class is access to high speed internet on a computer with speakers (or headphones) and Adobe Flash Player version 10.01 or higher, which can be downloaded for free. 

How will I be able to participate in the class? 

The Live-online test prep class provides students with multiple opportunities to interact with the instructors and other students. Students are able to ask questions and make comments through the tools that are built into the virtual classroom. In addition, the course utilizes quiz tools, which allow students to answer questions and develop test taking skills. Students also have access to class instructors by phone and email, just as you would in our traditional classroom programs.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes. The sessions are recorded and made available to registered students. The streaming videos are posted shortly after the scheduled meeting date and will remain available for 30 days after the class ends. 

Do I need to order any textbooks or workbooks?

The Live-online test prep class includes the same textbooks and workbooks as our traditional classroom programs.  A copy of the textbook and workbook will be available for students to pick up at the University’s Continuing Education office or will be mailed approximately one week prior to the course begins or upon registration.


 (GRE) Graduate Record Examination
Exam and Course Information Sheet 

What is the GRE revised General? 

The GRE revised General is a standardized test that is used by many graduate programs and business schools as part of the application process.  The test is administered by computer, but the GRE revised not computer adaptive.  The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

The GRE revised General is now the standard format of the “GRE”. As of August 1, 2011 the GRE revised General replaced the GRE General. The test may also be referred to as the “GRE” or “GRE General”.

Who should take the GRE?

The GRE is used by programs in a variety of areas of study, including most social sciences, education, and some business schools. Check with the programs you are considering and find out whether or not they require or accept the GRE.

The GRE revised is increasingly being accepted by business schools for entry into MBA and related programs.

 Do I need to take the GRE General, or one of the GRE Subject tests?

Most programs require the GRE General. In addition to the GRE General, there are also subject-specific GRE exams.  These subject tests are used by specific areas of study. These tests are sometimes required IN ADDITION to the GRE General. These tests are intended for students that have extensive backgrounds in an area of study.  Tests include: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. We do not offer preparation for the subject-specific tests. Find out more information online at: http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about.

What is tested on the GRE?

  • Analytical Writing – 2 questions answered in essay format:
    • 1 Analysis of an Issue
    • 1 Analysis of an Argument
  • Verbal – Focuses on the your ability to analyze and evaluate written material
    • Reading Comprehension – read a short passage and answer questions
      • Multiple choice – select ONE correct answer
      • Multiple choice – select ONE OR MORE correct answers (multiple right answers)
      • Select in passage – select a portion of the passage that answers a certain question or meets a requested criteria.
    • Text Completion – fill in omitted words or phrases for given passages
      • Each sentence may have multiple blanks.
    • Sentence Equivalence – single sentence, select the 2 best answers that complete the sentence and are alike in meaning.
  • Quantitative - Tests problem-solving ability using general mathematics skills – arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
    • Quantitative Comparison – reason about relative sizes or perceive that not enough information is available
    • Problem Solving – Standard Multiple Choice questions – Select ONE answer choice
    • Multiple Choice Questions – Select ONE or MORE answer choices
    • Numeric Entry (Gridded Answer) Questions – Require completion by filling in a box instead of selecting a multiple-choice answer.
    • Data Interpretation – Given information you must interpret, usually using charts or graphs

How is the GRE revised scored?

  • The scale for the GRE is 130 – 170 per section for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections.
  • An additional score of 0-6 will be given for the Analytical Writing.

What is a good score?

It depends.  A good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not by a number.  Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and an average for everyone in the program to get a better idea of what a good score will be for you. A 150 on each section will be the 50th percentile.

How much does it cost to take the GRE?

GRE Registration…...          $175, but the price changes frequently.*
Rescheduling Fee              $ 50 (within 3 days of appointment date)
Changing Test Center        $ 50
Cancellation                      Partial refund of half the test fee, if cancelled at least 3 days in advance.

No refund if cancelled within 3 days of the test appointment.
*Current as of 01/01/2013. These figures change frequently. Encourage students to check website.


How do I contact GRE? 
                                

General Inquiries:   1-866-473-4373   8am – 7:45pm Eastern Time
www.ets.org/gre

Can I take a practice test?

Yes. Practice tests are available free from ETS, the writers of the GRE.  Download the Powerprep2 software from the GRE website:http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/powerprep2

Note: A computer with Microsoft Windows is required (The software is not compatible with Mac.)

How do I register for the GRE?

Register online at www.ets.org/gre or http://www.ets.org/gre/general/register. Register for the computer-based test.