Studying for the GRE should be a marathon, not a race.
Start your GRE prep early, ideally the spring/summer before you intend to apply; your normal coursework plus the grad school applications are a lot of work, so don’t add studying for the GRE to your burden. Try to take the GRE over the summer or early in the fall semester for applications that are due in December/January.
The GRE is split into three content sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.
The School of Continuing Education offers noncredit, online test prep courses for the GRE and other entrance exams. Take either GRE Preparation 1 (Verbal and Analytical), GRE Preparation 2 (Quantitative), or both for a reduced cost.
These classes are offered in six-week sessions several times throughout the year. Study materials are included in the enrollment cost and are available online.
Many students choose to study independently, instead of going through a course. Numerous study books are available for under $25. The Learning Center also has some study books that students can reference in person and from which they can scan or copy excerpts. However, Learning Center and Einstein Corner staff have also prepared the following materials for Purchase students at no cost.
This sheet breaks down the types of questions in the Analytical Writing section of the GRE, the best ways to answer each, and how to study effectively.
This sheet breaks down the types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE, the best ways to answer each, and how to study effectively.
For more information about preparing for graduate school, see the Career Development Center’s graduate school resource page.