Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This is sweet!

Fiona is good at finding things. Check out all this free GRE-related stuff she turned up. I know I shouldn't be afraid of the GRE, since I tend to test well, but I am. I'm terrified of it.

I don't know why. Maybe because they average your scores, so if you screw it up the first time, it will haunt you forever? Or maybe because I just feel so much pressure on the whole topic of grad school?

I don't know. But I'm really glad that there are all these free resources!

Update: There is a ton of stuff on the ETS site as well. I had no idea you could just download all these things.

On the downside, Kaplan's free tests don't include the writing section, rendering them somewhat useless. I mean, I can see how it'd be good to take a practice test under actual test conditions... but then how do I prepare for the writing test??* My life is pain.

*By reading all the free tutorials, you say? Details, details.


Flourish said...

Don't worry! It's way easier than the SAT, I promise.

Megan said...

I did well on the GRE purely by taking practice math tests over and over and over - I devoted 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. They also say to study the vocab list, but I bet you'll need one study session to brush up and be off with flying colors.

The writing section, on the other hand, was COMPLETELY STUPID AND TOTALLY ARBITRARY. I did "average," but felt that there was no way to study for it without the direct feedback of the readers (impossible), because it is entirely up to their personal taste to score you. Yargh.