GRE Quantitative Reasoning: A Glossary of Math Terms
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23
Nov 2022

GRE Quantitative Reasoning: A Glossary of Math Terms

Have you begun studying for the GRE quantitative reasoning sections? Are you being held up by the recurring appearance of math terms whose definitions you don’t fully understand? We are here to help! Read through our glossary of math terms to know for GRE quantitative reasoning.

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GRE Geometry Terms

Acute angle – an angle of less than 90 degrees

Area – a measure of the two-dimensional space enclosed by a circle or polygon

Bisect – to divide into two equal lengths or areas

Complementary – of two angles with a sum of 90 degrees

Congruent – having the same shape and size (for polygons, sides, or angles)

Coordinate plane – the two-dimensional grid network formed by the X and Y axes

Cube – a regular rectangular prism (each of the six sides is a square)

Cylinder – a prism with circular ends

Equidistant – of two points, being the same distance from another point or line

Interior angle – an angle inside a polygon formed by two sides meeting at a vertex

Intersect(ion) – of two lines, to meet and cross, or the point at which two lines meet and cross

Obtuse angle – and angle more than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees

Parallel – lines, segments, or sides that run exactly the same direction

Perimeter – the distance around a polygon, the sum of the lengths of its sides

Perpendicular –  lines, segments, or sides that meet or would meet at a 90-degree angle

Polygon – an enclosed shape of line segments (sides) meeting at angles

Prism – a solid made by adding height/depth to a circle or polygon

Regular – of a polygon, having sides of equal length and angles of equal measure

Rectangular prism – a box of six rectangular sides

Reflex angle – an angle greater than 180 degrees and less than 360 degrees

Right angle – a 90-degree angle

Similar – having the same shape but not necessarily the same size (for polygons)

Slope – the “steepness” of a line, its ratio of upward “motion” to rightward “motion”

Solid – a three-dimensional shape

Supplementary – of two angles with a sum of 180 degrees

Vertex – a point on a polygon where two sides meet

Volume – a measure of the three-dimensional space enclosed by or taken up by a solid

X-axis – the horizontal axis of the coordinate plane

X-intercept – a point at which a line or graph crosses the x-axis

Y-axis– the vertical axis of the coordinate plane

Y-intercept – a point at which a line or graph crosses the y-axis

Circles

Arc – a segment of a circle’s circumference

Central angle – an angle formed between a circle’s center and two points on its edge

Circumference – the distance around a circle

Diameter – the longest distance across a circle (through the center)

Radius –  the distance from a circle’s center to its edge

Sector – a “pie slice” of a circle created by a central angle

Quadrilaterals

Parallelogram – opposite sides parallel and of equal length

Rectangle – angles each 90 degrees, opposite sides of equal length

Square – angles each 90 degrees, sides of equal length

Trapezoid – one set of parallel sides

Triangles

30-60-90 – a right triangle with angle measures of 30, 60, and 90 degrees

45-45-90 – a right isosceles triangle (with angle measures of 45, 45, and 90 degrees)

Base – the length of a side perpendicular to a height

Equilateral – all sides are the same length

Height – the measure of perpendicular distance from a side designated as a base to the vertex opposite

Hypotenuse – the longest side of a right triangle, across from the 90-degree angle

Isosceles – two sides are the same length, and the third side is a different length

Legs – the two shorter sides of a right triangle, meeting at the 90-degree angle

Right – one angle is 90 degrees

Scalene – no sides are the same length

GRE Arithmetic/Algebra Terms

Absolute value – a value’s distance from zero (always positive)

Base – a value or variable being raised to a power by a notated exponent

Coefficient – in an expression or equation, a value in multiplication with a variable

Constant – in an expression or equation, a value not in multiplication or division with any variable

Denominator – the lower part of a fraction

Equation – a mathematical “statement” of the equivalent value of two expressions

Exponent – a superscripted value or variable indicating the power to which a given base is to be raised

Expression – mathematical notation of operations to be performed between values and variables

Index – a value or variable used in conjunction with a radical to indicate the root to be taken from a given value or variable

Inequality – a mathematical “statement” of the comparative values of two or more expressions

Numerator – the upper part of a fraction

Power – a number of times for a given value to be multiplied by itself

Radical – a symbol used to indicate a specified root of a given value or variable

Reciprocal – the “flip” of a fraction, or the fraction resulting when a value or variable is made the denominator of a fraction with a numerator of 1

Root – a value that, when raised to a specified power, equals a given value

Units digit – the digit in the “ones place,” the digit immediately to the left of the decimal

Variable – an “unknown” or “replaceable” value, represented by an italicized English or, sometimes, Greek letter

GRE Number Properties Terms

Arithmetic sequence – a sequence of values differing from one to the next by the same amount, equidistant on a number line (6, 8, 10, 12, 14) (27, 35, 43, 51, 59)

Divisible – able to be divided evenly into a given number of groups or pieces

Divisor – in integer by which a given integer is divisible (interchangeable with factor)

Even – an integer divisible by 2 (a multiple of 2, but 0 is also even)

Factor – an integer that, when multiplied by some integer, produces a given value (interchangeable with divisor)

Geometric sequence – a series of values changing by the same factor from one to the next (5, 15, 45, 135, 405) (8, 32, 128, 512, 2048)

Greatest common factor – the largest integer that is a factor of each integer in a given set

Integer – a whole number (whether positive, negative or 0)

Multiple – an integer that is divisible by a given integer (15, 84, and 321 are multiples of 3)

Least common multiple – the smallest integer that is a multiple of each integer in a given set

Odd – an integer nor divisible by 2 (not a multiple of 2)

Prime number – a number with no factors besides 1 and itself

Remainder – the number left over or left out when an integer does not divide evenly into a given number of groups (17 / 5 has remainder 2 because if 17 things are split into 5 equal groups (of 3), 2 things will be left over)

GRE Statistics Terms

Mean – the value that results from dividing the sum of the values in a data set by the number of values in the set (sometimes “arithmetic mean”)

Median – the “middle value” in a data set, or, in the case of an even number of values, the mean of the two middle values (1, 1, 2, 3, 5 has median 2;   1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 has median 4)

Mode – the value with the most instances or occurrences in a data set

Percentile – a measure of the percentage of values in a data set that are equal to or less than a given value (in a data set comprising the integers from 1 through 100, inclusive, 34 is at the 34th percentile, 79 is at the 79th percentile)

Quartiles – the values at the 25th, 50th, 75, and 100th percentiles: Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, respectively (in a data set comprising the integers from 1 through 100, inclusive, Q1 is 25, Q2 is 50, Q3 is 75, and Q4 is 100)

Range – the difference between the highest and lowest values in a data set

Standard deviation – the average (positive) amount by which a value in a data set differs from the mean of the set.

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Contributor: Elijah Mize (Apex GRE Instructor)

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Posted on
09
Nov 2022

GRE Structure, Scoring, and Strategy Tips

If you are at the beginning of your GRE prep journey, it’s important to understand the structure of the test and to be equipped with the right strategies for navigating each section. In this article, we’ll overview the delivery structure of the exam and provide powerful GRE tips to help you earn your best possible score on test day.

GRE Structure and Scoring

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) comprises six sections.

Analytical Writing

The first section, the Analytical Writing measure, has two tasks timed at thirty minutes each. The first task asks you to “analyze and issue” by taking a position on a brief statement. For this task, you will have to construct your own argument in support of your position. The second task asks you to “analyze an argument,” providing you with a short paragraph in which an author supports their own position on an issue. For this task, you will not construct your own argument but critique the argument in the prompt, identifying the assumptions and facts upon which it relies for strength and validity.

Each writing task will be scored on a range from 0 to 6 in half-point increments, both by a person and by a program, with the two scores being averaged. If the scores given by the person and by the program are significantly different, another person will take the place of the program, and the two human-generated scores will be averaged. (This person/program scoring approach is the same as on the GMAT). Once each of the two tasks has its averaged score, those two scores are in turn averaged into your final Analytical Writing score.

Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning

Sections two through six are the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning measures. Each section has twenty questions, but the Quant sections are timed at thirty-five minutes each, while the Verbal sections are timed at just thirty minutes each.

While ETS (Educational Testing Service, the administrators of the GRE) maintains that the sections can appear in any order, the official practice tests on their website and the experience of thousands of test-takers indicate that these sections will always alternate types (Q-V-Q-V-Q or V-Q-V-Q-V). Only two sections of each type (two Quant and two Verbal) count towards your score.

For whichever type has three sections, one of those sections is experimental and unscored. This section exists for ETS to check the validity of new content for future administrations of the GRE. There is no safe way to recognize or distinguish the experimental section from its scored counterparts; you need to treat every section as if it counts.

Like the GMAT, the GRE is adaptive, but on a much lower-resolution scale. While the GMAT adapts on a question-by-question basis, the GRE only adapts the difficulty of the second (scored) section of each type (Quant and Verbal) based on your performance on the first (scored) section of that type, which is always of medium difficulty. ETS has not released information on how many different degrees of difficulty exist for the second sections, but the official practice tests provided on the ETS website have three possibilities for each second section: an easier one, a medium one, and a harder one.

Both the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning measures are scored on a scale from 130 to 170. Unlike the GMAT, the GRE does not combine the Quant and Verbal scores into some overall score or report percentiles for test-takers’ combined scores out of 340 (the sum of the scores for the Quant and Verbal sections). Percentiles are only provided for the independent Quant and Verbal scores out of 170, as well as for the Analytical Writing measure.

GRE scoring percentiles:

Here are up-to-date GRE scoring percentiles:

GRE Score Percentiles for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning

Scaled Score Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning
170 99 96
169 99 93
168 98 90
167 98 87
166 97 84
165 95 81
164 94 78
163 92 76
162 90 73
161 87 70
160 85 67
159 81 64
158 78 61
157 74 57
156 66 54
155 67 51
154 58 47
153 58 43
152 52 40
151 48 37
150 43 33
149 38 30
148 34 27
147 30 23
146 27 20
145 24 17

GRE Score Percentiles for Analytical Writing

Score Percentile Rank
6.0 99
5.5 97
5.0 91
4.5 79
4.0 54
3.5 37
3.0 13
2.5 6
2.0 2
1.5 1
1.0
0.5
0.0

GRE Strategy Tips

A main structural difference between the GMAT and the GRE is the GRE’s feature of section navigation. While the GMAT does not allow test-takers to navigate a section or return to any previously-encountered questions on the section, the GRE has a navigation screen for each Quant and Verbal section, accessible via a “review” button in the top-right corner of the test.

This screen shows you the status of each question in the section. If you haven’t seen a question yet, it will be labeled “not encountered.” If you have seen a question but not answered it, it will be labeled “not answered.” As you can see on question 4 of this section (highlighted above), a question may also be labeled “incomplete” if it has multiple parts and only some of these parts are completed (this is possible on most of the vocabulary-based questions on Verbal sections).

You should never actually leave a question “incomplete” or altogether “unanswered” before moving on, even if you mark it for review. When you toggle the “mark” button (right next to the “review” button in the top right), always fully answer the question before moving on. Even a random answer is better than no answer at all.

[Note: the label “Section 2 of 5” indicates a total of five sections rather than six because the practice tests do not include an experimental section. Also, you can toggle between showing and hiding the time remaining for the section. This feature is on the real GRE as well.]

The navigation feature represents an exploitable opportunity for GRE-takers. Since both the Quant and Verbal sections have consistent internal structures, you can choose which questions to work through first and which questions to leave until the end. For more info on these “internal structures,” stay tuned for upcoming articles.

On the Verbal sections, you can choose whether to do reading comprehension questions or vocabulary questions first. In the Quant sections, you can begin with all the quantitative comparison questions or leave them until the end. You can also specifically target the data interpretation questions early on if that suits you.

Some test-takers will benefit from getting their least favorite questions out of the way and then speeding through the easy stuff. Other test-takers might like to knock out the easy questions first in order to know exactly how much time they’ll have to complete the harder ones. You can figure out what’s best for you personally on your way through the GRE prep process, and the insights of a private GRE tutor can be of great value here.

Thanks for reading our GRE tips regarding structure, scoring, and strategy. As this series of articles continues, we’ll break down the Quant and Verbal sections independently to help you understand the structure and content of each section type.

If you are interested in speaking with one of our GRE tutors, you can sign-up for a complimentary, 30-minute, consultation call. You can also learn more from our past clients who were able to achieve their cumulative 325+ score with us!

Contributor: Elijah Mize (Apex GRE Instructor)

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Taking the GRE in New York: Everything You Need to Know
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26
Oct 2022

Taking the GRE in New York: Everything You Need to Know

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GRE prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GRE in New York.

Who administers the GRE in New York?

The GRE is administered by Prometric. They have many test centers located throughout New York, so you should have no problem finding a convenient location.

What does the test center look like in New York?

The GRE is a computer-based test, so you will be taking the test on a computer. The test center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each taker.

Where are the test centers located in new york?

Center 1:

1250 Broadway, #2500

New York, NY 10001

+1 646-690-0303

Directions to the test center

Center 2:

80 Broad St #3400

New York, NY 10004

+1 212-785-0359

Directions to the test center

Center 3:

384 Bridge St

Brooklyn, NY 11201

+1 718-797-4061

Directions to the test center

Top MBA programs in new york

There are many top MBA programs in New York. Some of the most popular programs include: 

Tips

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the GRE: 

  • Get started early – give yourself time to prepare and increase your chances of success.
  • Create a study plan and stick to it for the most effective preparation.
  • Familiarize yourself with the GRE format.
  • Hire a personal GRE tutor who will guide you through the exam. You will get one-on-one attention and they can help guide your studies according to what’s needed for success.

GRE test Day FAQs

Here are some answers to common questions about taking the GRE

How long is the GRE?

The GRE is a 3-hour 45-minute computer adaptive test that has three sections: an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative section, and a verbal one.

Am I allowed to bring a calculator?

You will not be able to bring your personal calculator to the GRE exam. You should also leave any unnecessary electronic devices at home.

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GRE Test Dates 2022-2023
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12
Oct 2022

GRE Test Dates 2022-2023

If you’re thinking about taking the GRE, it’s important to know when the test is offered. The GRE is offered throughout the year, so there are plenty of test dates to choose from. 

GRE Test Dates: How often is the GRE offered?

The GRE has two testing options – at home or in a test center.

if you decide to take the GRE at home, 24/7 with testing dates available around the clock.

Things to consider:

  • The GRE at-home test option is not available in China and Iran.
  • You can take the GRE every 21 days if you need to. If you’re not happy with your GRE score, you can always retake the test.
  • The GRE at-home exam is identical to an exam that you would sit for at a testing center.

if you decide to take the GRE at a testing center, you can choose to take a paper-based exam or a computer-based one, which most people do. For computer-based exams, testing dates are widely available at your convenience, except on national holidays and weekends.

For a paper-based exam, there are select testing dates for 2022-2023. The registration started on July 1, 2022. All the dates are listed below.

Keep in mind that paper-based exam is not available in all test centers.

All dates shown are (MM/DD/YYYY).

For Paper-Based Testing in the United States and Puerto Rico:

Test Date Regular Deadline Late Deadline *
09/17/2022 08/12/2022 08/19/2022
10/29/2022 09/23/2022 09/30/2022
04/08/2023 03/03/2023 03/10/2023

*Late registration is available for online registration only for a fee of US$25.

For Paper-Based Testing in All Other Locations, Including U.S. Territories:

Test Date Regular Deadline Late Deadline *
09/17/2022 08/05/2022 08/12/2022
10/29/2022 09/16/2022 09/23/2022
04/08/2023 02/24/2023 03/03/2023

*Late registration is available for online registration only for a fee of US$25.

To register for the GRE you need to create an ETS account, and you need to provide a method of payment and a passport or an ID. You can choose to request ETS disability services.

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Contributor: Cynthia Addoumieh

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GMAT or GRE
Posted on
28
Sep 2022

GMAT or GRE: What’s the difference?

If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree, you will likely need to take either the GMAT or GRE exam. While both exams are used for admission into graduate programs, there are some key differences between the two.

Both the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are standardized tests that have a lot in common in terms of their purpose.  But GMAT is required for admission to most business schools while GRE is accepted by most graduate schools.  But how do they differ?

GMAT or GRE: How are they different?

GMAT GRE
What are they? A standardized test required by most business schools. A standardized test required by most graduate schools, including many business schools.
Format The GMAT has four sections. A 31-minute Quantitative Reasoning section, a 65-minute Verbal Reasoning section, a 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section, and a 30-minute Analytical Writing section.  The GRE has four sections. Two 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning sections, Two 35-minute Verbal Reasoning sections,  a 60- minute Analytical Writing, and one unscored section that could be verbal or quantitative.
Testing time 3.5 hrs 3.75 hrs
Scoring GMAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 in increments of 10.  GRE is scored on a scale of 130-170 in increments of 1. 
Cost The GMAT costs $250 with a $35 fee for each score report sent after the first five free reports. The GRE costs $205 with a $50 fee for each score report sent after the first four free reports.
Validity 5 years 5 years

GMAT or GRE: Which exam to take?

That depends on your future plans after you complete your degree. Most people choose to take the GMAT because it’s tailored specifically for business school applicants. But if you’re interested in other graduate programs as well, or you want a more comprehensive test that covers more topics, then the GRE might be a better option for you.

Also, it’s always best to check with the schools that you intend to attend and see which test they prefer. 

GMAT or GRE: Bottom line

Both tests are designed to measure a person’s ability to think critically and solve problems. The GMAT is specifically geared towards students who want to pursue a career in business, while the GRE is more general and can be used for admission into a variety of graduate programs.

If you need help deciding which exam to take or preparing for either of them, reach out to our tutors at ApexGRE or ApexGMAT for private personalized tutoring sessions. We offer 30-minute complimentary consultations with one of the top-scoring instructors.

Contributor: Cynthia Addoumieh

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10
Aug 2022

Tips to Skyrocket Your GRE Performance

Hundreds of thousands of hopeful students take the GRE exam every year. Getting an excellent score on the test is one of the biggest reasons students get into top ranked b-schools.  Moreover, boosting someone’s GRE performance is about more than just the quantity of study time, and more about studying and preparing effectively. Getting a high GRE score may seem like something reserved for those Ivy league type students, but it’s something that anyone has the capability of doing. We’ve prepared some tips for you that we think will help skyrocket your GRE performance!

Pace Yourself 

This is one of the largest factors when earning a great GRE score. Absolutely pace yourself, both studying for the GRE and while taking the GRE itself. Give yourself months beforehand to study, and space out your studying for a short time everyday. Do not cram in the last few days for the exam, giving yourself time will let your brain absorb more information, while also relieving much of the stress that will be put on you right before the exam. You want to go into the GRE relaxed, prepared, and confident. 

However, it is equally important not to rush through the exam and try to remain focused and consistent in your pacing. If a question is taking you too long, skip over it. If a question seems way too easy, make sure you take a moment to read it once more. The last thing you want to do is make a simple mistake just because you weren’t paying enough attention. 

Performing Under Pressure 

Being prepared and taking your time are very good ways at reducing stress during the GRE exam. But it is important to be able to think on your feet. No matter how much you study, you cannot predict and know every single question on the test . In this sense, it becomes paramount to try and develop strategies and skills for dealing with the pressure of GRE. 

Make sure that your GRE prep involves materials that you are unfamiliar with, make sure you are studying a variety of questions. Address reading, writing, and quantitative materials. If you feel weak in one area, spend more time with it, but do not completely ignore the other ones. Read complex texts that will help train your brain to essentially think critically, analyze, and problem solve, as you try and decipher some of these more difficult readings. Choose math problems that challenge you, that you struggle to comprehend. If you need help, turn to a colleague or friend, or even better, a private tutor.

Get a Private Tutor 

Here at Apex GRE we believe private tutoring sets many applicants apart during the GRE exam, and any other standardized tests. What we at Apex offer is a highly personalized approach to tutoring, in which a tutor essentially acts as a personal guide and mentor for testing success. Private tutoring has helped boost the scores of many, and it’s a great advantage over others who are studying alone or in a group setting.

Also it is important to not be afraid of the price point. Hiring an expensive private tutor is a worthy investment, and is an investment for the long run. Trusting and buying into your tutors philosophy and time can really benefit you, as your private tutor will embrace you, your education, and your potential. Here at Apex  GREwe offer top of the line private tutoring. Don’t hesitate to sign up for a free 30 minute consultation with one of our tutors!

In Review 

A GRE score can become something that can define you, the stress and anxiety caused by the ever looming test day can become a cripple for many. While it may be a crucial test, something that could change your life, it is best to approach it in a calm and composed manner. With proper preparation, anyone can boost their potential on the exam and their score.

 

Contributor: Lukas Duncan

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03
Aug 2022

GRE Prep: Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re planning to take the GRE exam, getting a high score on it is definitely one of your goals that will lead you to your dream school. Nevertheless, it’s not the easiest task to do, especially when one doesn’t spend enough time studying and/or understanding what the do’s and don’ts are when it comes to the exam. In this article, you will be walked through what can help you succeed in your GRE prep and what will most likely distract you. Read on to find out more!

GRE Prep Do’s

1. Do Spend More Time Working on Your Weaknesses

Before you even start your GRE prep, it is a good idea to take a practice test to identify your weaknesses and strengths and have an understanding about what you need to work on more. Afterwards, you can go ahead and find materials about the specific section(s) you need more time with, and start mastering your skills. While it is important that you spend appropriate time on each and every section of the exam, you need to be able to differentiate between the ones you’re good at and the ones you’re not very familiar with yet. After some time, make sure you take another practice test to make sure you’re on the right track and you’re actually improving your skills.

2. Do Keep Track of Your Time

Time management is one of the most important skills you need to have when preparing for any kind of exam. During your GRE prep, you need to constantly keep an eye on the amount of time you’re spending on each section, practice tests, reading materials, etc. While it’s crucial not to rush and really deep dive into each concept of the exam, you don’t want to spend your valuable time on things that could have been done quicker. So, before you start preparing, be sure that you’ve chosen the right materials and that the time you’re spending on the GRE topics reflect your skills and knowledge in those. 

3. Do Take Breaks

For every test taker, taking breaks occasionally is helpful and necessary. Studying as much as needed and taking your exam seriously will always benefit you, but you need to make sure that you’re not over-doing anything. Your brain needs to rest to be able to serve you well, so take breaks as needed to improve your overall performance. Those breaks can be in the form of listening to music or watching a movie. Whatever it is, take the time to do what makes you feel relaxed and “escape” from the GRE prep for some little time!

GRE Prep Don’ts

1. Don’t Mess Up Your Sleep Schedule

Depending on one’s busyness and study schedule, they can study at different times during the day. Some prefer studying in the morning, others would like to read some materials in the evening. However, one thing you should never do is mess up your sleep schedule by staying up all night and studying. Not only is it not effective in terms of you understanding the concepts,  but it is also bad for you in terms of your health. Moreover, studying at night can easily become a habit, too, making you feel tired all the time and drastically affecting your whole preparation process. So, make sure you sleep properly to rest and make your GRE prep more effective. 

2. Don’t Take Practice Tests Too Often

As we mentioned earlier, taking practice tests will help you identify what you’re good at and help you design your study schedule accordingly. However, it is equally important for you to know that taking practice tests too often is not the right thing to do, as it will not show any progress, giving you biased information about your performance. There should be some time gap between your practice tests during which you will work on your weaknesses and spend appropriate time mastering your skills. Hence, taking practice exams too often will make you feel as if you’re making no progress. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, as you’re preparing for your GRE exam, there are some do’s and don’ts to it you might want to consider.  To begin with the do’s, first of all, make sure you spend relatively more time on your weaknesses to perform better on your test day.  Secondly, always keep track of your time and do your best to use it as optimally as possible. Finally, make sure you take breaks as often as you need it, in order for your mind to rest. When it comes to the don’ts, don’t stay up all night reading and writing, messing up your sleep schedule which can cause problems not only in terms of your exam, but also your overall health in general. Finally, do not take practice tests too often. Make sure you actually learn/revise topics for some time before you take your next practice test!

Finally, here at Apex, we are more than happy to support you on your GMAT journey and assist you in every step of the process. You can sign-up for a 30-minute complimentary consultation call with one of our instructors who can help you develop your personalized GMAT prep schedule!

 

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20
Jul 2022

How to Get the Most Out of Private GRE Tutoring

Working with a private tutor is one of the best ways to prepare for standardized tests. The success of this journey is heavily dependent on both the tutor and the student. They should work collaboratively the whole time and do their best to get the most out of it. Here are some GRE tutoring tips to make this happen.

1. Hire the Right Tutor

Obviously, before even starting anything, you need to hire a professional. This is the first and one of the most important steps because they will be the person you’ll work with and rely on during your GRE prep. Make sure that you conduct research appropriately and choose an experienced and qualified professional. Also, check if you can find some testimonials about them, as well as their background information. You might want to find a few options and then filter them out according to some factors that are important for you, such as price, qualifications, etc.

2. Build the Relationship with the Tutor Right

Another useful GRE tutoring tip for you is having a good relationship with your tutor. Once you’ve already hired a tutor, it is time to get the communication with them right. As you will be working closely with the whole team, it is important for you two to have mutual trust and respect towards each other. Another important step is for you to be fully transparent and honest with your background, target score, weaknesses and strengths. A professional tutor will never judge you based on how much knowledge you have, and this is something you always need to remember. You need to be understanding towards each other and also have some flexibility when working.

3. Constantly Ask for Feedback

Being open to feedback is another important thing you need during the whole preparation process. Do not be limited to how often you will usually be provided with feedback from your tutor – ask for it yourself as needed. The best way to learn and progress is to constantly be aware of your weaknesses and work on them. Moreover, although receiving positive feedback is also important and it feels very nice, you should be even more open to the negative ones. Those are the types of feedback that will indicate your weaknesses and make you concentrate on them.

4. Allocate Enough Time to Your GRE Prep

Last but not least, our last GRE tutoring tip for you is to spend as much time as needed on your materials. Make sure you talk to your tutor and form a study schedule that will reflect your busyness, and then follow it regularly. You might skip some lessons sometimes, but you need to make sure that it doesn’t happen too often. Concentrate on the preparation fully, as this is one of the most important steps towards getting the education that you want to get so much. Challenge yourself and unleash the hardworking persona that’s inside you and get the most of this journey!

Conclusion

To conclude, we discussed some GRE tutoring tips that can help you get the most out of your GRE prep. First of all, you need to choose the right tutor to work with. Secondly, you need to build a strong and honest relationship with your tutor to make the preparation process effective. Another tip is to ask for feedback frequently and learn from your mistakes. Finally, you need to work as much as needed. The feedback and practice test results will also help you understand how much time you need.

Finally, here at Apex, we are more than happy to support you on your GMAT journey and assist you in every step of the process. You can sign-up for a 30-minute complimentary consultation call with one of our instructors who can help you develop your personalized GMAT prep schedule!

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Average GRE Scores for Top Business Schools 2022

For top graduate schools in 2022, having a GRE score is a massive advantage, even if they don’t necessarily require it. For those looking to get into the most prestigious schools globally, an excellent GRE score is of utmost importance to make sure you don’t fall behind the crowd. 

Taking the GMAT may also be a preferable option in case you want to go to a top b-school and potentially get an MBA. Although it can be a difficult decision to make, finding out which test is the best option for your application is salient. And, taking either test is a difficult process but getting any advantage you can is imperative.

GRE Scoring 

GRE scores in the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections vary from 130 to 170, while the analytical writing assessment ranges from 0 to 6 with half-point increments. The mean GRE score for verbal reasoning is 150.37, while the mean for quantitative reasoning is 153.66. While the average may be your aim, in order to get into a top b-school, your GRE scores may have to be a bit higher. Below are the average GRE scores for those admitted to some of the best business schools in the world.

Business students have the option to take the GMAT, the GRE, or even the Executive Assessment (EA) to get into business schools. Below are the average GRE scores for some of the top b-schools in the world. 

Business School Average GRE Score Average Verbal Score Average Quant Score  Average AWA Score 
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 324 162 162 4.6
University of Chicago (Booth) 325 162 163
Harvard University 327 163 164
London School of Business  320 160 160
University of Oxford (Said)  320 160 160
Imperial Business School  314 156 158
HEC Paris 310 155 155
Northwestern University (Kellog) 327 162 165
Yale University  328 164 164 4.6

Here you can also take a look at the average GRE scores for some of the top law schools in the United States. 

Law School Average GRE Score Average Verbal Score Average Quant Score  Average AWA Score 
Yale Law School 334 168 166 5.5
Columbia University 330 167 163 5.5
Harvard Law School 332 167 165 5.5
Northwestern University (Pritzker) 322 163 159 5.0
New York University 329 167 162 5.5
USC Gould School of Law  319 162 157
University of Chicago  328 165 163
Stanford University 328 162 165
Georgetown 322 169 153 5.0

What might be noticeable is the lack of scores for the analytical writing assessment. The AWA section for many schools is not required, and may not even be regarded. It is critical to pay attention to your GRE score while looking at which schools you want to apply to. Your GPA and coursework can take you far, but taking the GRE can take you even further. A GRE or GMAT score is still a requirement for the majority of business schools, while the GRE is required in the majority of graduate schools across all disciplines. 

GRE Study strategies and an excellent pre-plan are almost required to do well on the GRE. Also, a GRE private tutor can be the best way to put yourself over the top. One-on-one tutoring from world-class educators can keep you on track to a great GRE score and business school success. Here at Apex GMAT, we offer top-of-the-line tutors both online and offline with some of the best courses in the world. Click here now for a free consultation with one of our educators and click here to see our top 50 b-schools.

 

Contributor: Lukas Duncan

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How Does GRE Scoring Work?

You’ve booked to take your GRE or you have already taken it, you have quite the number of questions that you would like to get the answer to. More specifically, you’re probably concerned about how GRE scoring works. 

If that is the case, then this article is just the one for you.

We will touch bases on the following topics: 

-The GRE Exam
-The GRE Scores
-The GRE Score Calculation
-The GRE Percentiles
-Top MBA Universities and their Average GRE Scores

1. What is the GRE

The GRE, also known as  the Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test created and is still administered by the Educational Testing Service (the ETS). Just like any exam needed for graduate school admissions, the GRE is there to test and assess the level of readiness, academically and intellectually, for grad school.

Along with undergraduate transcripts, recommendation letters, and other requirements, the admissions will be able to estimate whether or not you will be capable of doing well in the program you applied to. Your GRE score is used as a common tool to compare your application to the other applicants’ applying as well. 

Some of the GRE test takers are worldwide applicants that are looking to pursue a master’s in business, MBA JD, or doctoral degree. Your GRE test score is required in thousands of schools. Schools like

    • Business Schools
    • Law Schools
    • Institutions and fellowship sponsors. 

The GRE takes exactly three hours and 45 minutes to finalize. These three hours and 45 minutes are divided between 3 main sections. Between these different sections, you are given a 10-minute break. The different sections in your exam will appear in the following order:

Section Number of Questions Time Needed
Analytical Writing  “Analyze an Issue” task, and “Analyze an Argument” task. 30 Minutes/task
Verbal Reasoning 20 questions per section  30 minutes/section
Quantitative Reasoning  20 questions per section 35 minutes/section

2. GRE Score

The GRE total score ranges between a minimum of 260, a maximum of 340, and a midpoint score of  150. Let’s break it down even further. Each of these three different sections has a certain minimum and maximum score, which is as follows: 

Section  Score Scale
Verbal Section 130-170, 1-point increments*
Quantitative Section 130- 170, 1 point increments
Analytical Writing  0-6, in half-point increments**

* In one-point increments: This means that there are 41 possible scores. In other words, you are receiving one point for each question you get right in both the Verbal or Quant sections. These points will be added up to get your raw score (0-40) for each section.

** In half-point increments: Suppose you got a 4/6 on the Issues essay and a 5/9 on your Argument essay. This then means that your total GRE Analytical Writing score would be 4.5.

After 10-15 days from your test date, your GRE test scores should be available. These same test scores will still be reportable after five years following your test date. You have the choice to pick which test scores you want to send out to your desired institution(s). For that, you have two options:

    • On Test Day: You can either send your Most Recent GRE score or All your GRE scores. (For four FREE GRE score reports
    • After Test Day: In that case, you have three choices you can pick from 
      • Most Recent GRE score
      • All GRE Scores
      • Any GRE Score. (For a FEE of US$27 per score recipient)

3. GRE Score Calculation 

Now that the basics are covered, it’s time to look into the different sections of the GRE and their grading system. 

    • GRE Verbal and Quant Score System: The more questions you get right, the higher your raw score is. You will not be penalized for the questions you got wrong. This raw score you ended up getting will, later on, be converted into a scale score. This means that GRE uses equating. What is meant by this term is that the GRE ensures that the different versions of the exam and their difficulty level do not affect your score. The process of equating makes sure that your score isn’t lower than that of previous GRE test takers.
    • Analytical Writing Score System: Upon the quality of your writing, a trained reader and an e-rater (which is defined by ETS as a “computerized program developed by ETS that is capable of identifying essay features related to writing proficiency”) will be able to score your essays. You will have to focus on bettering your critical thinking and analytical writing skills to ensure a higher score in your AW Section.

In other words, your Total GRE Score is not the summation of all the scores you got on its three sections. Each section in the exam is scored separately.

4. GRE Percentile

The percentile is there to give you an overview of how well you’ve done. Through your percentile, you will be able to see the percentage of test-takers that scored lower or higher than you. The higher your total GRE score is, the higher your percentile is, which means the more impressive your score is. In the GRE however, there are different percentile ranks. Unlike the GMAT, the GRE is ranked upon its sections, and not its overall score. The percentiles are distributed on its three sections. 

For example, if your scaled score was that of a 152, then that means that you’re ranked at a 54 percentile on your verbal section and a 45 percentile on your quant section. In other words, this shows that your verbal section score was 54% higher than the other test-takers, and your quant section score was 45% higher than the other test-takers. 

Here is a list of officially published GRE Percentiles 2022:  

Scaled Score  Verbal Reasoning Percentile Ranks Quantitative Reasoning Percentile Ranks 
170 99 96
165 96 84
160 85 70
155 67 54
150 44 35
149 39 35

Here is a list of officially published GRE Percentiles 2018: 

Score Analytical Writing Percentile Ranking
6.0 99
5.0 93
4.0 60
3.0 18
2.0 2

5. Top MBA Universities and their average GRE Scores

The following table includes a list of Top MBA universities and the average GRE scores of their applicants. Get a glimpse of how the GRE scores range from one university to the other.

Business School  Verbal Score Quant Score Writing Score
Yale SOM 165 164 4.7
Stanford GSB 165 164 4.9
Harvard  164 164 NA
UCLA (Anderson) 164 164 4.5
UC-Berkeley (Haas)  164 161 5.0
NYU (Stern)  162 161 4.4

To Conclude

To ensure a groundbreaking GRE score, take your prep journey one day at a time. Make time to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and prepare the perfect study schedule tailored just for your needs. Once everything is set and ready, your prep journey starts with confidence and hard work and ends with victory and rejoice.  

ApexGMAT offers private one-on-one GRE tutoring with one of the top instructors. Reach out and book your complimentary 30 minutes assessment session, now!

Contributor: Lilas Al-Sammak

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