My name is Scott L. and I am one of the top graduate school entrance exam instructors in the nation. This is because I have a genuine understanding of the tests and how they are constructed. This blog will offer general guidance on how to proceed on a step-by-step basis. If you have any questions or would like to know more about how I can help you prepare for this challenge, please email me directly through WyzAnt.
In this introductory entry, we will discuss the GRE and the GMAT. What are they and what is the purpose behind them.
The GRE and GMAT are used by graduate schools to help sort through the hundreds of applications they receive each application cycle. Since most applicants are relatively equally qualified, the GRE and GMAT can serve as the great divide between applicants. Graduate programs use the score differently. Many programs use the GRE and GMAT score as part of a more holistic approach to application review. Other programs, particularly those which have a less competitive admissions process, are looking for a minimum score for admission. In any event, the score always matters.
The GRE and the GMAT ask students to combine a given set of information with logic and reasoning to find solutions to problems. Before you start complaining about the GRE or the GMAT and its lack of relevance to your proposed field of study, remember that last sentence you read. It happens to be exactly what is required of you in grad school. So your first official GRE/GMAT lesson is: The complaining stops here! Both the GRE and GMAT are much more relevant in forecasting successful grad students than most people think. They are not “math tests.” They are not “English tests.” They are tests which ask students to combine a given set of information with logic and reasoning to find solutions to problems.
(Up next: GRE and GMAT Prep, Step 2: Do's and Don'ts when starting your test prep journey!)