The GRE is a standardized, computer-based exam, testing on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.
- Verbal: Evaluation of written work, analysis of information obtained, and relationships among words and concepts.
- Quantitative: Measures problem-solving skills; focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
- Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills; Ability to articulate and support complex ideas effectively.
The GRE can be registered for through their list of testing centers and taken at a nearby testing centers in Huntsville. The GRE is offered multiple times of year. Register for the GRE test here.
The strongest way to increase your score is to take practice tests. In between each test, assess strengths and weaknesses, focus on improving weaknesses, and re-assess with another practice test. Many of the GRE Prep books and verbal flashcards on the most commonly used words on the exam may also be of assistance. Visit the GRE website for recommendations on preparation.
Timing and Organization
Take the exam after preparing. Most people do so around the Spring semester of the year they are planning to apply to professional school. Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with the Pre-Health Advisor to discuss timeline of the exam with the application process.
Many programs have "rolling admission" deadlines; meaning seats at their school begin to be filled as soon as their application cycle opens. It becomes crucial to apply early.
Many programs have "rolling admission" deadlines, or "early decision"; meaning they begin to fill spots as soon as their application cycle opens. This means, the longer you wait, the less spots available for you to claim. So, apply early.