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GRE Preparation 1: Verbal and Analytical

GRE Preparation 1: Verbal and Analytical

$99.00 (USD)

Offered in partnership with Portland Community College



A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week 1
Lesson 01 - Introducing the GRE® Revised General Test
You may have heard that you can’t study for the GRE. But that’s not true!  There are a bunch of things you can do to prepare for the GRE, and the more time you spend preparing the better your scores will be. This lesson tells you what you’ll need to know about the general makeup of the GRE so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into come test day. You’ll learn how to relax if you start feeling panicky, how to eliminate the wrong answers the tests try to entice you to choose, how to guess when you’re not sure of the right answer, and how to manage your time during the test.
Lesson 02 - Overview of GRE Verbal and Analytical Sections
If you're not familiar with the kinds of GRE questions that test your verbal skills, you'll know exactly what to expect once you've completed this lesson. We'll give you a taste of the reading comprehension, sentence equivalence, and text completion questions and fill you in on what’s in store for you in the analytical writing section. Then we'll cover the information in much more detail in upcoming lessons.
Week 2
Lesson 03 - Approaching the Analytical Writing Section
The first section you'll see on the GRE is the analytical writing section. You'll write two essays in 60 minutes, so you need to be well prepared. This lesson gives you the essentials to be your best on exam day.
Lesson 04 - Writing Style Review for the Analytical Writing Section
Grammar and punctuation count on the analytical writing section. If it's been awhile since you've opened a grammar book, we have a treat for you. This lesson covers tips for improving your writing style and reviews the important rules of Standard English so that you can perform your best.
Week 3
Lesson 05 - Practice for the Analytical Writing Section
If the thought of writing a complete analysis of an issue or argument within a half an hour has you running for the hills, don't despair. Here's a specific plan for making the most of your time so you can prove to the admissions committee of your favorite graduate program that you can create a cohesive, interesting essay. Before you impress the GRE essay readers, you'll get a chance to wow your peers by composing sample essays and sharing them with your instructor and classmates for review. You'll also get the chance to read what others have written and provide them with your enlightened commentary!
Lesson 06 - How to Interpret a Reading Passage
About half of the questions in the verbal reasoning sections require you to answer questions based on reading passages. The GRE reading passages come in all sizes and topics. In this lesson we'll walk through the process of examining passages efficiently so you can quickly soar through the reading questions.
Week 4
Lesson 07 - How to Answer Reading Questions
The reading questions on the GRE revised General Test come in a variety of formats with several objectives. You'll learn unique approaches to various reading question formats that will maximize your performance on exam day.
Lesson 08 - Practicing Reading Questions
The best way to improve your performance on the GRE reading questions is to practice them. This lesson gives you that opportunity. You'll take a mini reading practice exam and then carefully examine the strategy for answering each question correctly.
Week 5
Lesson 09 - How to Answer Text Completion Questions
The fill-in-the-blank GRE text completion questions test your reading ability and knowledge of vocabulary. You'll learn the tactics for dissecting each sentence to extract its exact meaning so you'll know which answer choice makes it complete.
Lesson 10 - Practice Answering Text Completion Questions
Take a mini practice exam and become familiar with text completion questions. Then we'll explore how best to answer each question.
Week 6
Lesson 11 - How to Answer Sentence Equivalence Questions
In this lesson you'll discover what to expect from the third question type in the verbal reasoning section, the sentence equivalence question. This question requires you to evaluate sentences and recognize synonyms. We'll show you how to accomplish both tasks.
Lesson 12 - Practice Answering Sentence Equivalence Questions 
Test your prowess on sentence equivalence questions by taking a mini practice exam. We'll follow with detailed explanations on how to answer each question.  





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