Student Success Center

GRE Prep Workshop

Welcome to the GRE!

The test's format allows you to edit or change answers within a section; its "mark and review" feature lets you flag questions you want to go back to. The test is computer-based and uses word-processing software that does not include spell-check or grammar-check functions. Scratch paper is available.

The test has three scored parts and one unscored part. The three scored parts are

The unscored part is usually an extra verbal or math section. The Analytical Writing section is always first, but the other five sections may appear in any order. The test time is 3 hrs and 45 minutes, including a 1-minute break between each section and a 10-minute break after the third section.

If a question seems too difficult, mark it and go back to it later. If it is still too difficult, guess and go on: all questions within a section have the same scored rate, and there is no penalty for getting a question wrong. The difficulty (and point value) of your second verbal or quantitative section will, however, depend upon how well you do on the first.

To register for the test, go online to To prepare for the test, try

GRE Preparation Handouts

ISU offers the following GRE preparation handouts:

ETS Resources

GRE review books and computer preparation materials--Educational Testing Service's POWERPREP and POWERPREP MATH -- are available in REND 323, the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center is open 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. You may reserve time to work on these practice materials by calling 282-3662. Check in with the front desk when you arrive, and you will be directed to the appropriate computer.

GRE Website provides information about online registration and sample test questions. PowerPrep can be downloaded for free from this website.

To register for the GRE exam call 208-282-2130 (ISU Counseling and Testing Center) VISA, MasterCard or Discover card accepted.


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