Prepare for the GRE this fall

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores heavily influence your ability to get into the graduate school of your choice. To prepare future students, Mark Mattson (M.A., Northern Illinois University), will guide you through a review of verbal reasoning, analytical writing and mathematical skills in preparation for the GRE. The fee for this program includes instruction, comprehensive workbook, several actual previous exams and Scorebooster online access. Review segments for the fall sessions are on Saturdays at Graham Hall and are as follows:

Fall Session I

Sept. 23: Reading Comprehension, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GH 340
Sept. 23: Verbal Reasoning and Essay, 2-6 p.m., GH 340
Sept. 30: Discrete Quantitative I, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GH 340
Sept. 30: Discrete Quantitative II, 2-6 p.m., GH 340
Oct. 14: Quantitative Comparisons/Data, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GH 340

Fall Session II

Nov. 4: Reading Comprehension, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GH 340
Nov. 4: Verbal Reasoning and Essay, 2-6 p.m., GH 340
Nov. 11: Discrete Quantitative I, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GH 340
Nov. 11: Discrete Quantitative II, 2-6 p.m., GH 340
Nov. 18: Quantitative Comparisons/Data, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GH 340

Review Segments

The verbal reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and concepts. Your GRE instructor will guide you through the various types of questions you will encounter, teach you strategies for finding the best answer and provide tips on developing your vocabulary.

The GRE requires the writing of two analytical essays: one developing an issue, and one developing an argument. Your instructor will explain the difference between these two essay types, discuss how these essays are scored, and present strategies for approaching and composing each essay.

The mathematical skills section tests your knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, weighted averages, proportions, factoring polynomials and more. The GRE instructor will teach you strategies so you can apply these concepts to the various problem types you will encounter on the test.

The cost for the GRE test prep is $545 ($495 if registered one week before the first class) and there is a discounted rate of $445 for NIU students, alumni and employees ($395 if registered one week before the first class). Registrations cannot be confirmed without payment. To register go to niu.edu/clasep/testprep/gre.

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