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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 Session

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.

Fall 2014

The first half of the course (weeks 1-4) covers GRE logistics and one different topic each week for the verbal and writing portions. The second half (weeks 5-8) covers one topic each week for the quantitative (math) portions.

  1. August 28: What is the GRE? & Mini-Lesson on “Sentence Equivalence” Questions
  2. September 4: You Fill-In the Blank(s): “Text Completion” Questions
  3. September 11: Did You Get the Gist?: “Reading Comprehension” Questions
  4. September 18: The Write Way?: The Essay Sections  
  5. September 25: Properties of Numbers (fractions, percents, proportions)
  6. October 2: Algebra (solving equations, systems of equations, charts)
  7. October 9: Geometry
  8. October 16: Statistics & General Strategies for quantitative questions

For each date, the course meets 11 a.m.- noon and 4:30-5:30 p.m. covering the same topic. Space is limited.


If you encounter problems or have 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.

GRE Practice Tests

Kaplan Learning will offers free sample tests of the GRE on campus. Take the practice test to see where you stand and to learn how you can improve your scores and chances of admission.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Location: Library B10
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register at this link.

Date: Saturday, November 15      
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location and Registration TBA      

Contact or 502-272-8242 for more information.


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

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