Got a 680 verbal, 640 quantitative, I was pretty pleased considering I did not study nearly as much as I should have (famous last words, I know!). But considering that you want the hardest test possible because that is the only way to get a high score, it was not nearly the negative experience I expected. After so many hours of sitting there, I could not imagine cancelling the test; I felt like I deserved an "I survived the GRE" commemorative tee shirt! If the GRE is in your future, be encouraged--you will survive!

Thanks, guys. I am ultimately looking at shifting my academic status at U of Chicago from graduate student "at large" to enrollment in a degree program. A maximum of three "at large" classes can be applied to any degree, so I want to be accepted to a program before I finish three classes in one field.

I will eventually take the GRE and am dreading it. I have not had math since high shool. Your experience is reassuring! What did you use to study? Congratulations!

Barron's give the best step-level training, but real testing (from published books of) GREs proves whether or not you're improving your score! Kaplan's is more junior-level, with Princeton Review bringing up the rear - or bottom! If math is weak and important, I'd start with Kaplan's GRe math - but be apprised: GRE math requires surprisingly low High School level (no more than college algebra) math skill, but higher level analytical problem solving skills. That's how they make GRE math difficult probs "difficult." In general, the best approach to verbal GRE is to cram new words into your head. Barron's willl help to be sure it will go somewhere into the exam. -Orson

Miller Analogies Test I'm glad your GRE experience was positive, but for those who are dreading taking the GRE and whose target schools accept the Miller Analogies Test, I strongly urge you to consider the MAT. It's one section of sixty minutes consisting solely of analogies. For example: Okay, they're harder than that. But still, it's fast, inexpensive, and there's no math section. http://www.milleranalogies.com -=Steve=-

Re: Miller Analogies Test Steve, as a COSC alumni, do you know if COSC accepts this test? If so, how many credits do they grant? Thanks, Abner

I proudly reply that I used Suzee Vlk's GRE for Dummies! A joke with every question makes it go down a lot easier! And remember that all the math the GRE tests is freshman year stuff--algebra, geometry, and arithmetic calculations. The questions will be as difficult as they were when you were 14 years old, but at least they will be the same questions!

Re: Re: Miller Analogies Test No, they don't. I'm not sure what credit they would give you for it if they did. Critical thinking perhaps? -=Steve=-