"I'm really amazed at what a difference this course made -- and how little I was prepared for the GRE by my previous schooling (and I've done really well!).  I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to raise their scores.  Mine went up over 200 points, and I feel like I'm just getting started."
 Junior, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) tests are required for many, if not the vast majority of, graduate school programs.  Your General Test scores are used not only to determine your readiness and competitiveness for graduate level work, but often to determine whether or not you, the student, is eligible for highly competitive grants and fellowships.

The GRE® Subject Tests are, in general, not required by schools -- but help you to get noticed by graduate schools in Science and Math, and English Literature. The Subject Tests are primarily assessments in the same way that you were give EOGs, or EOCs in high school.  

Our courses and preparation primarily address the General Test, although we can certainly help you to get ready for the Subject Tests as well.

What is the GRE® General Test?

Like the SAT I, the GRE® General Test is primarily a test of basic academic skills -- Reading, Writing and Math -- in the same way that playing a game of basketball is primarily a test of dribbling, passing and shooting.  That is, unless you are 'unconsciously competent' with core skills, you have very little chance of playing the game very well.  But likewise, if you already have your basic skills, even to a high degree, that doesn't guarantee that you can play the game very well either.  

Unlike the SAT, the General Test is primarily administered as a CAT, or Computer Administered Test.  That means that students have to learn a slightly different set of skills to accommodate the change in media.  For some students, the change makes very little difference.  But for a number of us, the loss of the physical page on which to work, to dig with the pencil, is loss to our focus.  In our courses, we spend a good deal of time getting you ready for the ACTUAL exam -- which means we spend a good deal of time on the computer, playing the game under game conditions.  

How do we help you to prepare?

This course is made up of four (4) main components:

1) Reviewing and reinforcing basic mathematical and verbal skills, as well as training each student in techniques of reading comprehension and “speed reading”

2) “Cracking the code” for every type of problem, and finding effective “approach routines” for every section

3) Examining and effectively addressing issues of test and performance anxiety

and, one of the most important aspects of any preparation, in any field,

4) Learning how to focus and practice effectively. 

This last may be what makes this course and our approach so effective even for students who have found little success in other preparatory programs: every student learns about the necessities and subtleties of practice, how to put forth the right effort to make skills automatic and effortless, and how to take these very basic, though seldom understood skills of practice into his/her other endeavors. 

Unsurprisingly, a course such as this will help the student “lay the ground” for both solid scores and future improvement. At the very least, students can expect to significantly raise their scores, on the average over 200 points on their next GRE® General Test.