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Graduate School Preparation

GRE Information

So you're ready to take the plunge into graduate school, and you know you need to register for the GRE and get ready to take it, but how?  For information about the GRE, free GRE prep software, and samples of test questions, go to

GRE Prep Sessions

The ARC offers a free GRE prep course for current students and selected prospective graduate students. The full course meets eight consecutive weeks and covers a different topic each week, but participants are not required to attend all eight meetings. ARC tutors or ARC staff lead each session.

The first half of the course covers GRE logistics and one different topic each week for the verbal & writing portions:

  • January 9: What is the GRE? & Mini-Lesson on Approaching “Sentence Equivalence” Questions
  • January 16: You Fill-In the Blank(s): Approaching “Text Completion” Questions
  • January 23: Did You Get the Gist?: Approaching “Reading Comprehension” Questions
  • January 30: The Write Way?: Approaching the Writing Sections  

The second half of the course covers one topic each week for the quantitative (math) portions:

  • February 6: Properties of Numbers (fractions, percents, proportions)
  • February 13: Algebra (solving equations, systems of equations, charts)
  • February 20: Geometry
  • February 27: Statistics & General Strategies for quantitative questions

For each date, the course meets 11 a.m.- noon and 5:30-6:30 p.m. covering the same topic.

Space is limited. To request your space, go here.

If you encounter any problems or have any questions, email Cassie Book at with GRE in the subject line. 

Graduate School Application Essays

When writing graduate school application essays and personal statements, it is always important to seek out advice. Although there are many resources you can use to get feedback (friends, family, co-workers, advisors, and peers), visiting the Writing Center is an important way to get the perspective of an experienced writer.

2011 GRE Update

In August of 2011, there were massive changes to the GRE. If you are unfamiliar with the new GRE, you should review the changes and new test-prep materials before scheduling a test. 



Currently, the ARC does not offer group prep sessions for these tests, but has study materials available for use in the library. Walk in the ARC (Library B-level) to inquire.


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