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If you’re seriously considering graduate school, you’re probably getting geared up to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
There are three prep options for GRE candidates:
1) Devise your own study plan and prepare by yourself
2) Enroll in a GRE course
3) Purchase private GRE tutoring sessions
Obviously, these three paths come with significantly different price points! And make no mistake, you can’t necessarily “buy” your way to a better GRE score.
However, not all students are cut out for self-study. It takes serious discipline, and considerably more time, to plot out your own GRE study plan.
You’ve got to hunt down the most reliable materials, identify (and learn) the most effective problem-solving strategies, and figure out how to accurately track your progress toward your score goal.
There are plenty of free resources online to help you along the way, but again, it will take additional time to sort through all the blog posts and GRE forums to find the answers you need.
Over the years, we’ve found that busy, working candidates—and certainly those with families—usually opt for a GRE course to expedite the whole study process.
But there are tons of test prep companies out there, and many, many GRE courses to choose from. What should you be looking to gain from a quality program?
These are the 4 key skills and competitive advantages you’ll walk away with after comprehensive, professional GRE prep.
1. Proven Problem-solving Steps for Every Topic & Question-type
A really good GRE course leaves no stone unturned. You will study each of the three main content areas on the exam (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing), and every single topic/question-type presented in those sections.
You will learn proven, step-by-step techniques for solving every type of problem—standardized approaches the instructor has tested and vetted, and knows will work every single time.
By the end of the course, you will have seen and worked through every kind of problem the GRE can throw at you.
2. Access to Hundreds of Authentic GRE Practice Questions
Once you’ve learned the theory and problem-solving strategies for each GRE topic, you’ll need to practice applying those steps, over and over again, right up to the exam.
This means you’ll need authentic GRE sample questions and practice tests to refine your skills and track your progress.
A quality course will include hundreds of genuine GRE questions, numerous practice tests, and all the other materials you’ll need to keep on prepping after training has ended.
You shouldn’t have to invest more of your own time hunting down study guides or practice questions. Everything should be included in the cost of your course.
3. How to Cope with Questions You Don’t Know at the Exam
Most students suffer from some degree of exam anxiety. With the stress of test day, it’s normal to “blank out” and forget a problem-solving step you learned in class. But it’s crucial to have a plan in place for dealing with questions you can’t solve, and those inevitable moments of panic.
A good GRE course will teach you how to deal with unknowns on test day. You’ll learn how to guess strategically, when to flag a question for later, and when it makes sense to just move on.
These tips will be invaluable for remaining calm, and managing your time well during the exam.
4. Additional academic support, even after the GRE course is over
One of the biggest advantages a good GRE course will offer you is the option to take the class again, as many times as you need, before the exam.
Look for a test prep company with a robust course repeat policy. At Quantum, we give GRE students 6 months to repeat their entire course—or any individual module—after their date of enrollment.
This is a real game-changer for students who require additional academic support in weak topic areas. Access to the instructor doesn’t just end once the weekend course or bootcamp is over; you can keep coming back for assistance until your practice scores improve.
The option to keep repeating the class also grants you access to a GRE community—fellow test-takers you can connect with during the study process. This is a major confidence booster for many GRE candidates.
Your best first step is to explore free GRE workshops happening in the GTA. Click below for a schedule of events.
Or, we welcome you to explore Quantum’s comprehensive 30-hr GRE course, delivered at our training centre in downtown Toronto. Click here to learn more about the course.