Welcome to the ultimate GRE tips blog brought to you exclusively by the 700+Club! In this insightful interview, we sit down with the creators of the GRE, ETS, to unlock all the secrets, updates, and insider tips you need to conquer the GRE and pave your way to success in graduate programs, including Masters, PhD, MBA, and scholarship applications.

Did you know that over half a million prospective graduate and business school applicants worldwide take the GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, annually? It’s the most widely accepted test for graduate admissions, assessing critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. Join us as we delve into the nuances of this essential exam and uncover the strategies for achieving your highest score yet!

GRE advice straight from the experts

Tip #1: Understand the GRE Structure 

The GRE, short for Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test widely used for admission into graduate programs and scholarships. It consists of three macro sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.

Tip #2: Know the Adaptive Nature of the GRE 

While the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are adaptive, meaning the difficulty level adjusts based on your performance, the questions within each section are not adaptive. This allows you to navigate through the questions and maximize your performance.

Tip #3: Simple Test Interface

The GRE test interface is user-friendly, with easy navigation and features like a customizable timer.

Tip #4: Aim for a Competitive Score 

A competitive score on the GRE typically falls above 320, but remember, the higher, the better! Even if you lack a solid quantitative background, performing well in the Quantitative Reasoning section can still showcase your suitability for your desired program.

Tip #5: Prepare Strategically

Prepare in advance and create a clear study plan tailored to your schedule and preparation needs. Whether you’re fresh out of college or returning after years of work, allocate the necessary time to brush up on skills and concepts.

Tip #6: Utilize Available Resources 

Take advantage of the resources provided by ETS, including free sample tests, guidelines, and study materials. Familiarize yourself with the test format, practice with sample questions, and gauge your progress.

Tip #7: Ask for Accommodations If Needed 

ETS accommodates students with disabilities, including extra time or specialized tools. Requests should be submitted well in advance of the test date.

Tip #8: Prepare Documents Required Beforehand

Students must complete a form and create an ETS GRE account for test registration. If necessary, medical documentation for accommodation requests and certified English translations may also be required.

Tip #9: Online Registration Process

Students can register for the GRE on the ETS website by selecting their preferred test date and time. Proper identification is essential, and there are options for rescheduling or canceling tests with additional fees.

Read more: How to register for the GRE exam?

Tip #8: GRE vs. GMAT

The GRE is widely accepted for various graduate programs and scholarships, making it a versatile option for students. 

Tip #9: Test Cost

The GRE test cost varies depending on location and other factors.

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