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

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Create Your GRE Study Schedule

The Overall Structure

SectionNumber of QuestionsTime
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 section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning

·         Two sections

20 questions per section35 minutes per section
Unscored or Research SectionDepends on whether Verbal or Quant section was assignedDepends on whether Verbal or Quant section was assigned

GRE Scoring

  • Quantitative Range: 130-170
    Average Scores= 153 is 51st Percentile
  • Verbal Reasoning 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 Scholar 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, such as renting study books. 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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Suggested Assignment

Assignment #33

Create Your GRE Study Schedule

Purpose: Scholars will create their own study schedule to prepare for the GRE. For assistance schedule a visit with AAP Peer Advisors.
Time: 1 hour
Instructions: 5c_activity_three

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