How do I prepare for the GRE exam?

Most genetic counseling programs require you to take the GRE, or Graduate Record Examination as a part of their application process. The GRE is a standardized test that measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytic writing, and critical thinking skills. The GRE is similar to the SAT: The SAT tests what you learn in high school, while the GRE tests what you learn in college.

There are two GRE tests, the General Test and the Subject Test. The General Test measures general knowledge. The GRE Subject Tests are designed to test knowledge in a specific area. The GRE has subject tests in: Biochemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Math; Physics; and Psychology.

Start preparing for the GRE during your college degree. Many students start to prepare early enough to take the exam in their senior year. Take practice tests, study GRE vocabulary words, and get tutoring or register for a prep course if you think you could benefit from some guided help.

Some students also give themselves time to take the exam multiple times before they apply to graduate school. This give you some extra time to study and take the exam again if you're not happy with your score the first time you take the GRE.

Kaplan and The Princeton Review are two publishers that have a lot of printed resources for students preparing to take the GRE. They offer study guides, flash cards, practice tests, and other resources. There are also smartphone apps available to study vocabulary flashcards or test your knowledge too.


Our Tip:

When you start researching graduate programs make two lists. One list of schools that require GRE scores and another that do not require. Some schools also want you to take the Subject GRE, while others need only the General one. These lists will help you to stay organized during the application process and when deciding which schools to apply to, and which GRE to take.


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