Testbuster for the GRE CAT
Research & Education Associates
Maureen Connolly,  Elmhurst College,IL
ou have terrific grades, a high class ranking, and glowing
recommendations. You're ready for graduate school except
for one last hurdle - the Graduate Record Examination.
The GRE is the last rite of passage for entrance to many
graduate programs. You can prepare for this exam in a couple
of ways. If you have $800 to $1200, you can register for a
GRE Prep course. For $10 to $60, you can purchase a study
guide. If you choose the latter, look at REA's Testbuster
for the GRE CAT.
Testbuster offers tips, drills, planning schedules, and
practice tests. Students are encouraged to "outsmart the
GRE CAT." After opening testimonials, the text begins with
the background of the GRE. What's on the test? How is it
scored? How does the CAT (computer adapted test) differ
from traditional paper/pencil? Sample computer screens are
even shown. A two-month study plan is also provided.
Of course, there is a GRE practice test complete with
explanation of answers. There is also a "Vocabulary
Enhancer" which includes the most frequently tested words,
word structure, and word drills. More importantly are test
taking tips designed specifically for the CAT. Why so
important? CAT tips are needed since traditional strategies
will not work on the computer version.
Finally, there are eight "attacking" chapters. Each attacking
chapter concentrates on one type of question followed by
specific suggestions and a sample drill. For example,
"Attacking Analogy Questions" offers tips for each of eight
analogy patterns. Logic puzzles are even made easy by
categorizing the question types as sequence, group, or map.
Can the practice book make the GRE fun? Well, maybe not,
but it can take the edge off the unknown. Give it a try!