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TOPIC: Testing Help!

Testing Help! 4 years 7 months ago #10

I don't do well on standardized tests, are the GREs much harder than the SATs? What is a good way to prep for them?
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Testing Help! 11 months 3 weeks ago #1

I am currently preparing for the LSATs and I wanted to ask what the best study material for that is. I am thinking that I should enroll into one of the LSAT Prep Courses online. Can anyone suggest some good options for that as well?
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Testing Help! 4 years 6 months ago #4

I used GRE test prep books by Kaplan and The Princeton Review and I found them both useful. The most helpful thing for me was to first take a practice GRE test provided in the books before I even started studying for the test to see where my strengths and weaknesses were. From there, I was able to focus my study time in the areas where I knew I needed the most practice. I also made sure to take multiple timed practice tests so that I became accustomed to the type of questions asked on the GRE in a timed setting. My other bit of advice would be to make sure you sign up to take the GRE early enough that if your score isn't as high as you would like it to be that you give yourself enough time to take it again if need be. Good luck!
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Testing Help! 4 years 3 weeks ago #3

I have a question as well. But also to help answer even though I have not taken the test yet I am useing Kaplan's books: looked at several and prefered the style of their better.
However, my question is:
I just started studing about three weeks ago (off and on but going at it) and feel if I took the test right now I could get just below average scores. So I am really hoping to apply to grad school by January 15th (yes, in just alittle over a month away) but I was wondering should I try taking the test sooner in a few weeks that was if I dont do so good I still can retake it and get better scores by the deadline of applications?

So to reword, either take the test lets say late december, 1 time and hope I do good to submit my applications and scores. OR take it early december and then if my scores arent good I still have JUST enough time to take it again in late december before deadlines. It's a lot of money but if that's what people suggest then I'm game for it.
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Testing Help! 4 years 2 weeks ago #2

One thing that might be a small issue with your plan is that it takes six weeks for you to see your test results and even longer for them to be mailed to your destinations. You might be cutting it too close to take it with the January deadline.
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Testing Help! 4 years 7 months ago #5

Yes, I'm also looking for advice about the GRE. I've done a little research, but I think hearing from other students will help rather than just websites and advertisements. I found this list of the best GRE Prep books, but I wanted to get others' opinions on them, too: gradschool.about.com/od/gre/tp/topgrebooks.htm.

Did any of you use any of these books? If so, which ones? And how helpful were they?

Any comments/advice will help, thanks!
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Testing Help! 4 years 7 months ago #6

Yes like the other people said, get the books and take the practice tests and you should be ok. Just make sure the books are up to date, especially in libraries because some test formats changed in the past couple years or so.
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Testing Help! 4 years 7 months ago #7

I didn't take the GREs, but I had to take the Praxis exam as part of my master's program in education. The same company that makes the Praxis makes the GRE, and they have preparation help on their website: www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare. You can buy books to help you, too, but I like to find free help wherever possible. :)
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Testing Help! 4 years 7 months ago #8

There's also a lot of sites online that provide free multiple choice practice tests (GRE, MCAT, whatever) that you can take... I've found them helpful when you're studying for multiple choice tests!
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Testing Help! 4 years 7 months ago #9

Welcome to PhDStudent, clindsay!

In regards to your question, you could take a GRE (or GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) prep course; however, these courses can sometimes be costly. They are designed to teach you the test and how to identify trick questions. They tend to have great results because I've heard that the people who work there have bought old exams; their employees also take all of the various exams numerous times in order to see the most current questions. There may be at least a subset of questions that are the same on every exam just with different words or numbers. Make sure to master those so that you can spend more time focusing on the more unfamiliar questions provided.

Hope that helps! Good luck in your studies.
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