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I'm thinking of applying for a Masters degree program at a university near my home. Does anyone here have experience with the GRE? Will I need to study/prepare for it, or is it general knowledge questions that anyone with a basic university education can answer? 

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3 hours ago, notme said:

I'm thinking of applying for a Masters degree program at a university near my home. Does anyone here have experience with the GRE? Will I need to study/prepare for it, or is it general knowledge questions that anyone with a basic university education can answer? 

With any of these standardized tests its always best to prepare for them. You don't have to necessarily take a review class. There are many great review books out there that you can use. 

Both the GMAT & GRE are exams which cover a lot of stuff. Here's a link to some sample questions.

Sample GRE Questions

Best of luck to you !!! I'm sure you'll do fine !!!

BTW...read these duas before taking the exam. http://www.duas.org/student.htm

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Everything depends on what score does the university require and the time you are willing to invest.

If you have time I would recommend you start by downloading gre verbal app preferably Magoosh if you want the free or one manhattan prep if you are willing to pay for it.

Download the gre official guide book check out the problems.Again if you have more time use Manhattan Prep guide for all your prep as I tried most of other books and founding them wanting.

If you need more help send me pm.

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You can get all the books you want online.If you do not have much time just stick to official gre guide book which includes few tests and answers.

Also if possible use the two tests which you get free from gre website when you learned most of the stuff.

Test will be easier for you if your math is ok and if I am not you are a native english speaker.

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3 hours ago, notme said:

I'm thinking of applying for a Masters degree program at a university near my home. Does anyone here have experience with the GRE? Will I need to study/prepare for it, or is it general knowledge questions that anyone with a basic university education can answer? 

Salam. The test is two parts, verbal and math. Your Masters Degree program will probably be looking at your composite score, not whether you are high in one section or the other. I highly doubt you will be low on either one, so don't worry, Sister. 

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1 hour ago, Hameedeh said:

Salam. The test is two parts, verbal and math. Your Masters Degree program will probably be looking at your composite score, not whether you are high in one section or the other. I highly doubt you will be low on either one, so don't worry, Sister. 

I am far from expert on grammar, but I read a lot so I know lots of words. My degree is in engineering so I have studied plenty of math, but I really haven't used much recently. 

I'll have to look more closely into the requirements of the program. It's science, not engineering, and like Bill Nye (the science guy) I've been called "not a real scientist" because of my engineering degree, in spite of my years of work experience. 

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4 hours ago, notme said:

Salam

I'm thinking of applying for a Masters degree program at a university near my home. Does anyone here have experience with the GRE? Will I need to study/prepare for it, or is it general knowledge questions that anyone with a basic university education can answer? 

I think some part of it is general and major part is subjective.  

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I did GRE almost 30 years ago, so i do not know whether the test was changed or not. I think you should take a look a web, book of exercise for GRE exam.

It consists of :

a. Mathemathics

Common math for high school graduate. 

b. Verbal

Mostly about vocabulary.

c. Analytic

Mostly about logic.

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Salam. I took the GRE very recently, so I think I can share a few tips:

Since you have an engineering background, math should be quite easy for you. Indeed, only high school level math is tested on the GRE. Still, it will help if you refresh basic math skills.

For the verbal section, build your vocabulary. GRE vocabulary app by Magoosh is helpful. Also, increase your reading speed; read articles daily from magazines like The Economist etc. 

You can use the ETS official GRE book and Manhattan strategy guides for practice and useful tips. And do as many practice tests as you can. Especially those on the ETS website (you get two free practice tests)

Good luck! 

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