Dr. Lloyd Stires presented the following information on the GRE General and Psychology Subject Tests at a Psi Chi Colloquium session in Spring 2001.
Obtain the GRE Information and Registration Bulletins - you can pick them up in Stright or at the Department of Disability Access and Advising In Pratt.
Hint: Take the General Test in the summer. That way, if you do poorly you may have time to study more and retake it. Also, it is better to send your graduate school applications in early.
4 types of questions:
2 types of math problems:
Hint: If you have not had a math class in a while, taking one may improve your grade in this area.
If you go back and review old textbooks, take a class or two in one of these areas for a refresher, and talk to professors who may be able to help, you can increase your score. Old knowledge you forgot may come back to you when you review.
Note: Calculators are not permitted on the GRE test unlike the SAT. Make sure you can do math by hand!!
From the Information Bulletin:
This section tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills.
In total there are 7 sections on the GRE General Test
Today, all GRE General Tests are given on the computer.
Hint: Try and whittle down the questions to two or three answers and then guess even if you do not know the actual answer. You play better odds when you cut out one or two obviously incorrect answers.
Hint: Make a list like so on the scrap paper provided to you at the testing site:
This will help to you make eliminations on the test when using the computer and help you to not lose your place.
The Subject Test is given in November, December, and April at IUP.
The subject test that psychology majors take is the Advanced Psychology Subject Test.
Hint: Wait as long as possible to take the subject test. You want to have enough class experience to do well on all parts of the subject test. For example, there is a large portion of the test that pertains to Physiological Psychology. If you have not had that class or others that are on the test, then you may score much lower.