Graduate School Preparation
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? Click here for a compilation of general information about the current GRE, including cost, availability, local testing centers, test section breakdowns, and scoring info.
For (much) more information about the GRE, free GRE prep software, and samples of test questions, go to www.ets.org/gre
In August of 2011, there were massive changes to the GRE, and score returns were delayed until November of 2011. If you are unfamiliar with the new GRE, you should review the changes and new test-prep materials before scheduling a test. For more information about the changes to the GRE, click here.
GRE Prep Sessions
Bellarmine offers free GRE prep sessions for current students, alumni, and incoming graduate applicants. The full course lasts eight weeks and meets for one hour each week, but participants are not required to attend all eight meetings. The sessions are led by undergraduate ARC tutors or ARC staff.
The first four weeks covers general information and strategies for the verbal and writing portions:
- Sentence Equivalence
- Text Completion
- Reading Comprehension
- Analytical Writing
The second four weeks covers strategies for the quantitative (math) section of the test.
- Properties of Numbers ( fractions, percents, proportions)
- Algebra (solving equations, systems of equations, charts)
- Strategies for answering quantitative questions
Dates for Spring 2013*
Verbal: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31
Math: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28
*For each date, students may attend an 11 a.m.- noon session or a 5:30-6:30 session. The course is designed to cover approximately 1/8 of GRE material per week.
Participants are required to purchase The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test 2nd Edition (students do not need the CD-Rom version, but should have the current edition). The book can be purchased through Amazon.com or a local bookstore.
- Go to www.skedge.me/bellarmine.
- Under "select a service" choose either "11 a.m. GRE prep. course" or "5:30 p.m. GRE course."
- Fill out the form. You will receive a confirmation email.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions, email Cassie Book at email@example.com.
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.
GMAT, LSAT, MCAT
Currently, the ARC does not offer group prpe sessions for these tests, but will investigate options should enough interest arise at any time in the future.
The ARC does have limited GMAT and LSAT prep materials available for students upon request.