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Continue to Study and Register for Admission Tests

Purpose: Scholars will learn about the GRE and how they can best prepare for it.

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The Overall Structure


Number of Questions


Analytical Writing

  • One section with two separately timed tasks
  • One “Analyze an Issue” task
  • One “Analyze an Argument” task

30 minutes per essay

Verbal Reasoning

  • Two Sections

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning

  • Two Sections

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Unscored or Research Section

Depends on whether Verbal or Quant section was assigned

Depends on whether Verbal or Quant section was assigned

GRE Scoring


Range: 130-170

Average Scores = 153 is 51st Percentile


Range: 130-170

Average Scores = 151 is 52nd Percentile

Analytical Writing

Range: 0-6

Average Score = 3.5 is 42nd Percentile and 4.0 is 60th Percentile

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Determining Your Dream GRE Score

Determine your top three graduate schools and programs. Look at their average GRE scores through their admissions page. Take a practice GRE to determine how much work you need to invest to achieve that dream score that will give you a chance at admissions. Prep Scholar2 an online GRE prep resource provides the following estimates of approximately how many hours you need to study to raise your GRE score across BOTH sections. Note that AAP at UCF offers scholars many free study materials. For more information contact us here.

5 points = 40 hours
10 points = 80 hours
20 points = 160 hours
30 points = 240 hours

Please note that the weight of the GRE score for admissions varies by field and departments. There exist some departments that do not require the GRE for admissions. For more information consult the websites and/or graduate program coordinators for each program you are interested in.

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Determining Your Dream GRE Score and Setting a Schedule

Here McNair Scholar, Lianne Brito, provides tips on how to determine your study schedule to get you closer to your dream GRE score. This video is the third of a three-part video series. To see the first two videos visit Module 3G. Identify Admissions Test Timeline.

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Suggested Assignment

Assignment #28

Create Your GRE Study Schedule

Purpose: Scholars will assess what material they need to study and set a timeline for their studying routine. For assistance schedule a visit with AAP Peer Advisors.

Instructions: 4f_activity_five

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