Ivy Bound’s GRE Program
Thank you for your interest in Ivy Bound’s Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Program. The GRE is a test of acquired skills. Demonstrating basic math, logical reasoning, critical reading and persuasive writing, all on a fast-paced test, takes hard work for most students.
The GRE scale for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections is 130 – 170 with the nationwide median just above 150 on each section. Getting a 160 and having a good undergraduate record typically gives the applicant entrance to a decent program. “Top Tier” Masters and PhD Programs typically want to see 165+ scores, but extensive research experience and very high college grades can offset a mediocre GRE score.
What you can expect as a client:
- Skills for success on the GRE
- Instructors who teach to the test
- Practice testing with simulated GREs
- Scores that impress top-tier admissions committees
The GRE is coachable. Climbing from the 150s to the 165+ range is typically a 3 – 5-month endeavor, but a student who can devote 15 to 20 study hours a week into the prep can greatly improve in less than a month.
The GRE Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections rarely coincide with college coursework. They are very similar to the SAT. We ask students to treat the GRE as a brand new endeavor. Some prep will be review, but most will be learning new skills or relearning old skills.
The GRE’s Analytical Writing section comprises two 30-minute essays, each scored on a 0 – 6 scale by one human and one computerized evaluation. A second human evaluates an essay if the human and the computer disagree significantly on a score.
Many MBA programs accept the GRE instead of the GMAT. If you are targeting an MBA program, make sure your desired program holds the GRE in equal regard as the GMAT.
The rewards for graduating from a top-tier graduate program are high in both prestige and earnings. A high GRE score is a great launch point.
Ivy Bound provides solid tutors, who bring reading skills, math skills, writing skills, and test taking strategies to the tutoring. Ivy Bound does NOT simulate the computerized testing. Students rely mostly on paper tests, but are coached on how to calmly and effectively work on a computer-based test. The GRE’s official site has three current computer-adaptive tests to simulate the actual test logistics.
Ivy Bound tutors have helped students on all levels achieve GRE success.