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The GRE® revised General Test is now in effect. And you’ll find FREE GRE test prep materials  to help you prepare.

As always, you will want to know about the Best GRE Prep books and courses.

Our   Toronto GRE Prep Course for  the “Revised GRE” continues to run monthly.

You will be interested in reading comments and experiences with the Revised GRE.

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GRE “Score Select” is the most dangerous shot yet fired by GRE at GMAT!

Let’s see, if you are applying to an MBA program and are considering the GMAT vs. GRE question , you consider the facts that:

– the GRE is less expensive

– the GRE can be used for all graduate (and not just MBA programs)

– the GRE can is administered in more places

– and now you are able to select which of your scores you want the schools to see! The GMAT score report includes all of your GMAT scores for five years. The GRE “Score Select” allows you to send the schools only the scores you want them to see.

Prediction: If GMAT does not do the same, the GMAT vs. GRE wars will end on terms that are not favorable to GMAT.

What possible reason is there to take the GMAT instead of the GRE?


GRE Test Updates 2012 – April 24, 2012

As a provider of GRE Preparation Courses we were invited to a webinar which was called:

What’s Ahead for the GRE Program 2012 – Special Updates

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Highlights included:

– largest testing year in GRE  history with more than 700,000 test takers. What is noteworthy is an increase of 25% outside of the United States with an increases in China (28%) and India (43%);

– more than 800 MBA programs now accept the GMAT. These (according to GRE) include 80 of the top 100 MBA programs in the world. (In our GMAT Preparation Courses we find that more and more people are also taking the GRE.);

“Score Select” option introduced in July 2012. Apparently this will allow test takers to send the scores that reflect their personal best. This is huge! In the past schools have seen all GRE scores. Now, the test taker can decide which scores they want to send to the schools. Unless the GMAT does the same thing, I predict the end of GMAT. Under the existing rules when a GMAT score is reported to a school, the score report includes all GMAT scores for the last five years;

– Effective July 2012, test takers will be able to take the GRE once every 30 days and no more than 5 times in a 12 month period;

– Revised GRE prep materials: New PowerPrep software will be available in July 2012. New “Official Guide To The Revised GRE” available August 2012.

That’s all folks!

Severe consequences to employing someone to take the GRE on your behalf!

Just received the following email with instructions to share:

 Dear Members of the Higher Education Community,

I am writing today to share news of a recent event where ETS’s test security measures played a vital role in identifying and stopping individuals who attempted to take the TOEFL® and GRE® tests dishonestly. On February 25, three individuals in Hong Kong who were attempting to take the TOEFL test on behalf of others were arrested. ETS’s Office of Testing Integrity identified these individuals and their planned impersonation in advance and alerted test center personnel and local law enforcement. Continue reading

New GRE Scores are out!

Just received the following from GRE:

"Score reporting for the GRE® revised General Test has started!

One of the key changes introduced with the launch of the GRE revised General Test is the transition to the new score scales: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores will be reported on new 130–170 score scales, in one-point increments. These new score scales are designed to provide more simplicity in distinguishing performance differences between your applicants. Now that score reporting has started, you will see these new scores on official GRE® score reports.

To become familiar with the new score scales and begin successfully using them, you can draw on these helpful resources:

The new score report that includes concordance information, percentile ranks and more. Whether you receive paper reports or electronic files, this information is included.
A new Scores section of the GRE website with the information you need at your fingertips, such as:
Concordance tables and percentile ranks to help you gain familiarity with the new score scales and compare applicants
Guidelines for the Use of GRE Scores adopted by the GRE Board to encourage appropriate use of GRE scores and help you make the best admissions decisions
GRE Guide to the Use of Scores, which provides more in-depth information, including reliability and Standard Error of Measurement
An all-new webinar, Understanding and Using the New Score Scales, including live Q&A with GRE assessment experts. Learn more and register to attend your preferred session.
And for Business Schools, we've updated the GRE Comparison Tool.

Keep in mind that the special score reporting schedule for the computer-based GRE revised General Test will remain in place until early December. At that time, score reporting returns to the regular reporting period of 10–15 days after the test date. Scores for paper-based test administrations continue to be reported within six weeks after the test date.

At ETS, we are committed to providing you with ongoing support to help you understand and use the new score scales. You can always find the latest materials in the GRE Information Center as well as previous resources created to help the graduate community get ready for the launch of the GRE revised General Test. If you have additional questions, you can also contact us at the GREhelpline@ets.org or 1-609-683-2002.


The GRE revised General Test Team"


The Revised GRE and the Old 200 – 800 Score Format

As you know, the Revised GRE has a new scoring scale.  For:

GRE Verbal: 130 – 170

GRE Quantitative: 130 – 170

GRE Writing: 0 – 6

The scores on the new scale  will not  be released  until  November of 2011.

It is interesting that those  who are taking the Revised GRE are receiving instant score approximations based on the old 200 – 800 scale.

In the words of GRE:

“Viewing unofficial scores:

At the test center, from August through November, you will see score ranges on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections based on the prior 200 – 800 score scale. Because of the essay scoring process, you won’t be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at that time.

Starting in December, you will see your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center. Scores will be based on the 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments.”

GRE Insurance – take the GRE while you are still in school!

On Sunday July 24, 2011 the New  York Times published a story about the GRE Preparation experience for those who have been away from academia and are intending to return to graduate school. The article began with the following comment:

“On the first day of test prep, after we had tackled a mini-G.R.E., the instructor assured our class that though she was 30 years old, she was still up on the latest test-taking trends. Finally, I thought, a problem I could easily solve. Answer: the last math class I had taken was three years before she was born.”

(I invite you to read the complete article here.)

Peak Performance on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and other admission tests is partly a function of being in “top test taking shape”.  When you are in school, you are taking tests all the time. Once you leave school you will lose your “test taking conditioning”. In addition, don’t forget that the longer you wait the harder it will be to relearn and use important skills (particularly in the area of math). This point is underscored in the article where the author states that:

“Mean GMAT scores decline with age: 26- and 27-year-olds score on average a 572; 28- to 30-year-olds, 565; 40- to 49-year-olds, 501; and 50-plus, 486, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the test.”

Our advice: In order to make future graduate school admission easier, take the appropriate admission test while you are still in school. GMAT test scores, LSAT test scores  and GRE test scores are good for a number of years. Take the test now!