Advantage Education GRE Exam Cram

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GRE Exam Cram

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Prepare for the GRE® with proven tools that bring learning into focus and provide exam practice for exam success. The GRE® Exam Cram includes:

  • A topical review.
  • A section on writing skills with model answers.
  • A diagnostic exam that will identify your areas of weakness.
  • Two full-length practice exams.
  • Test-taking strategies.
  • The "Cram Sheet" tearcard for last minute exam review.

The GRE® Exam Cram provides the most targeted, concise method of studying for the GRE® exam. Our proven exam training and preparation tools can help you be better prepared for your GRE® exam.


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About the Author:

Steve Dulan is founder and president of Advantage Education, a company offering courses on PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, Law School and Bar Review. Steve's background in teaching standardized testing classes is extensive, dating back to 1989 when he was an area director and master instructor for Kaplan, Inc. He has taught at various colleges on topics including all of the standardized tests taken by high school and college students. In addition to teaching, Steve has developed course material for Kaplan, Renaissance Learning, and Thomson-Peterson.

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Introduction: Getting Started

Introduction: Getting Started

This book includes general information about the GRE General Test and chapters with specific information on each of the test sections, as well as paper versions of two simulated tests.

In an ideal situation, you will be reading this at least 3 to 4 weeks before you take the actual GRE General Test. If that is not the case, even just a few hours of study and practice can have a positive impact on your GRE score.

The practice exams found in this book are reasonably accurate simulations written by GRE experts. They contain basically the same mix of question types as a real GRE. If you work through all the material provided, you can rest assured that there won't be any surprises on test day. The biggest difference between these exams and your real GRE is the fact that these are paper exams and you will take your GRE using a computer. We've tried to mimic the computer exam as much as possible. But, you should definitely plan to do some practicing with POWERPREP®, the free software from the author of the GRE that is made available at Generally, students tend to score a little better on each successive practice exam. But, GRE tests are sensitive to individual conditions, such as fatigue and stress. Therefore, the time of day that you take your practice exams, your environment, and other things that might be going on in your life can have an impact on your scores. Don't get worried if you see some score fluctuation because of a bad day or because the practice exam reveals weaknesses in your knowledge or skills. Simply use this information to help you improve.

In our experience, the students who see the largest increases in their scores are those who put in consistent effort over several weeks. Try to keep your frustration to a minimum if you are struggling. In addition, try to keep from becoming overconfident when everything is going your way.

What This Book Will Not Do

This book will not prepare you for the GRE Subject Tests. This book is not a substitute for regular textbooks or course work. It will not teach you everything you need to know about the subject matter tested on the GRE General Test. Although the GRE is primarily considered a skills-based test, you will be required to have a basic understanding of certain mathematical concepts and standard written English. This book introduces you to some of those concepts, but it does not provide an in-depth review.

The focus of this book is on helping you to maximize your GRE General Test score. Each chapter includes specific test-taking strategies, some content area review, and practice questions.

About the GRE General Test

The GRE General Test is required by most institutions and programs granting Masters or Doctorate degrees (Ph.D.). It is not required by all programs. More competitive programs generally have higher score requirements. Some programs also require Subject Tests, which are beyond the scope of this volume. The GRE General Test is a computer-based test in four sections, including an experimental section, called the "pretest" section, which will be mixed in with the other sections as you take your test. It will appear as either a Verbal or Quantitative section. There might also be a "research" section, which will always be the final section presented if you have one included in your test. The answers on the pretest and research sections will not count toward your GRE score. The questions are meant to help ETS (Educational Testing Service) refine their methods and try out new material that may be included in future GRE tests. The pretest is not identified. It will seem like just another test section as you work through it. So, you have to do your best on all sections. The research section, if you have one on your test, will be identified as such.

The whole testing process will take at least 3 hours, and might be a bit longer if you have a research section. The first section is always the Analytical Writing Section, which consists of two tasks: the Issue task and the Argument task. On the Issue task, you get to choose one of two topics on which to write. On the Argument task, you do not get a choice. There is only one argument presented and you must respond to it in writing using the word processor that is built in to the GRE software.

The basic time breakdown is as follows (note that all sections after Analytical Writing can appear in any order on your test):

Analytical Writing:

Issue Task—45 minutes


Argument Task—30 minutes

Verbal Section:

30 Questions—30 minutes

Quantitative (Math) Section:

28 Questions—45 minutes

    Pretest (experimental Verbal or Quantitative): Time and number of questions vary, but you will be told both as you begin the section.

    Research: Time and number of questions vary. Your GRE might not include this section.

Caution - Your GRE may include questions that are the same or similar to released GRE questions that appear on POWERPREP® or in official GRE publications, such as Practicing to Take the General Test, 10th Edition (ETS, 2002). Be very careful when responding to these questions because they might be slightly different from the questions that you may remember. There might be different facts in the stimuli and there might be different answer choices.

The GRE is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). The software starts you off with a medium-difficulty question and then adapts to you for the second and all subsequent questions. Essentially, the exam chooses an easier question, which is worth fewer points, if you get the first question wrong. If you get the first one right, the second question will be harder and worth more points, and so on. If you keep answering questions correctly, the software will continue to present questions that are in the more difficult range and your score will reflect that fact.

Because the computer program chooses questions based on your previous responses, you have to answer each question as it is presented before you are allowed to move on. You cannot skip around through the section, or change answers after you have left a question.

The questions are very well documented, in terms of their difficulty level, before they are included in your test. For this reason, GRE feels confident in assigning scores to students that can be compared to one another even though the students answered different questions on their respective tests. In fact, ETS reports that scores for students taking the computer-based test and the paper-based test are comparable to one another.

Our experience has shown that test takers need a bit of time to get used to answering the questions in order. Many test takers are used to other standardized tests, such as the ACT and SAT, which allow the test taker to skip around and come back to answer more difficult questions if time allows. As mentioned previously, the GRE General Test requires that you answer a question before you are allowed to move on to the next question. Therefore, we strongly recommend practicing with POWERPREP® before taking your actual GRE.

Although there is still a paper-based GRE test, it is generally not available to students within the United States. If you are going to be taking the GRE General Test outside the United States, visit the GRE website at

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