The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is used to by graduate schools to compare the qualifications of applicants. The results of the GRE are usually an indicator of how well an individual will perform in graduate school and acts as a cutoff point in the number of applicants. Financial aid, merit based grants, fellowships and other financial opportunities are heavily dependent upon the GRE score.
The GRE takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and is offered year-round at most test centers. The test is divided into three separate sections, each testing different skills. The first section is Verbal Reasoning which covers analytical ability as well as reading comprehension. The next section is Quantitative Reasoning which covers basic math abilities. The last section is two essay questions in which students write a formal response.
Scores on the GRE are represented as a scaled number from 200-800. Each section is scored individually, which is taken into account for which types of programs and schools students are applying to.
The Health Professions Office has information about test strategies and preparation. On site seminars about the exams are offered during the fall semester. The Office of Health Professions has practice exam books that students may look through in order to become more familiar with the material and types of questions that are asked. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to enroll in a preparation course if they feel that it is necessary.
For more information about the GRE please visit: www.ets.org/gre