GRE exam-Do all good MSN programs require.....

  1. Hello everyone,

    Has anyone out there taken the GRE or even the Miller's Analogies exam?? I want to go to grad. school next year, but the thought of the GRE frightens me:-). It looks so difficult. It seems that just about all reputable MSN programs require it. I was hoping there was a way around it. I know some programs will waive it if you have a 3.0 gpa. But, wouldn't you know it, I have a 2.91. That's always been my type of luck:-). Has anyone take any review classes? Did you find them helpful? I thought about taking one but they are so expensive. Any input would be greatly appreciated.....
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    WIDENER UNIVERSITY, CHESTER PA has waived the GRE to see if it will allow more varied student...Last class was fuller!
  4. by   kittyw
    Take a sample test... see what you score.... compare that to what you need. I teach GRE prep... I've seen score increases go high- to 600 points +. PM me if you want some hints and such.... too tired right now to type them out right now and I can't find the thread where I did that before.

    Good luck!
  5. by   joenp
    I think that many more grad schools are omitting the requirement for GRE's. I went to Concordia university in Wisconsin. They have a distance learning model where you can study at home and do clinical placement for NP in your hometown. They grant an MSN. You can check out their website at:
    www.cuw.edu or call the department of graduate nursing. General number is 262-243-5700. Give them a call, you may be very pleased. joenp
  6. by   spineCNOR
    My school, Samford University in Alabama, required either the GRE or MAT--I'm sure other schools will also accept either exam.

    If you are able to take the MAT it is basically like a word puzzle- figuring out A is to B as C is to D, or A is to C as B is to D. Some of the analogies are "backwards" - C completes A.

    I did not take a review course or really study, but I did look through one of the review books.
    The advice in the book that I really found helpful is plan to make 3 passes of the test.
    Make one pass and fill in every answer that you are sure about.

    Then make a second pass and spend some time on the questions that you weren't sure about the first time- also, the second pass you will see some answers you didn't the first time.

    The third pass - when the proctor announces there is 5 minutes left (or maybe it was 10--can't remember) go thorough and fill in circles on any question you can't answer-you can just fill in your favorite letter-the test counts only the correct answers, so there is nothing to lose by guessing.

    Good luck!
  7. by   Glad2behere
    NRSKarenRN,

    Wouldn't happen to have a web address for Widener would you?

    Thank you if you do!
  8. by   kittyw
    The pass-by approach wouldn't work for the GRE ... it's on the computer.

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