GRE subject exams: How did you prepare?

Discussion in 'CLEP, DANTES, and Other Exams for Credit' started by BlackLabRat, May 5, 2012.

  1. BlackLabRat

    BlackLabRat New Member

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    If you have ever taken a GRE subject exam how did you prepare?
    I am planning to take the biology exam in the fall. I googled some test prep material and the reviews I have read were not too positives (many mistakes in the material).

    I've decided that I will just use a college biology text + study guide along with online resources. I downloaded the GRE biology practice test from the ETS website.

    FYI about me: Dropped out to excelsior, did not take any CLEPs that I had planned too, have not studied anything, did apply and was accepted to COSC. My major....excuse me, "concentration" lol will be in biology, which I will need by 2013. My short term goal is just to get an associates so I can sit for my med tech certification exam sometime this year. COSC sent me an associates degree plan and I only need 42 more credits.
  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

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    perpetual grad student; sometime ranch hand; somet
    Ottawa County, Ohio
    took the GRE Subject Tests in History and Political Science (that was back in the day) cold turkey and made the 93rd percentile on both.
  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Active Member

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    Took the Sociology one cold, but I had a background in statistics, which really helped. Got 39 s.h.

    Took the Undergraduate Achievement test (no longer offered) in business cold, but I'd taken a couple of business courses, which also really helped. Got 30 s.h.

    If you have some courses in the area you're testing in, that would be best. I don't know about reading alone--it would seem a very hard way to do it and retain enough for the test.
  4. Delta

    Delta Active Member

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    First of all, I don't suggest taking the GRE in Biology "cold turkey" as some of our posters seem to imply! Either that or they are just bragging!

    Although I haven't taken the GRE subject exam in Biology, I took the CLEP in Biology and scored high through studying the Princeton Review Biology, a Biology textbook and the Standard Deviations video series for Biology. The Princeton review has Cracking the Biology GRE exam but I have also enjoyed using the Kaplan review books! As a suggestion, if you haven't taken the CLEP in Biology take it as a prep for the GRE and get a good idea where your current knowledge is in Biology!
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