Tackle the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Prepare for the GRE CBT (computer-based test) by becoming familiar with and understanding each question type. Get to know the exam format and the computer delivery system. Review subject matter — basic math skills, vocabulary, and so on. In addition to study guides, use the GRE POWERPREP Software that the testing company sends when you register for the exam. Practice!

Don't get stuck

Avoid dwelling on a single question — move on to questions you can answer right away. Never spend more than a minute and a half on any question. With practice, you'll know when a problem is taking too long. If that happens, eliminate some choices and then guess.

Eliminate wrong answers

Eliminate answer choices when possible. Because you can't mark on the computer screen, use scratch paper to keep track. List the answer choices and cross them out like this:

A

B

C

D

E

(You'd use markings A, B, C, D, and E only to signify the order of the choices, because no letters are used for choices on the screen.)

You can also place a question mark next to possible answers:

A

B?

C

D?

E

Either method helps you avoid reconsidering those choices you've already eliminated and helps you narrow down possible answers.

Working from multiple-multiple choice answers

The multiple-multiple choice question gives you answers marked with roman numerals (I, II, III) and then asks whether 1, 2, or possibly all 3 of the subsequent choices are correct answers. This type of question can appear as a multiple-choice math, reading comprehension, or logical or analytical reasoning question. For example:

1. Which of the following are equations with the only solution x = 6?

  1. x2 - 36 = 0

  2. x2 - 7x + 6 = 0

  3. x + 5 = 3x - 7

    1. I only

    2. II only

    3. III only

    4. I and III only

    5. I, II, and III

A good strategy is to answer one of the Roman numeral choices quickly. On your scratch paper, write

I
II
III
A
B
C
D
E

Then place a T or F (True or False) next to the numeral by going through the choices and eliminating possibilities. In the example, I is false, because x = 6 and -6. Immediately place an F next to I and eliminate any answer choices that include I.

Now you know the answer must be B or C, because you've eliminated choices A, D, and E. You can now solve just II or III, because only one of them can be true.