Help I have to take the GRE!

  1. HI all..

    I recently transferred schools into an MN program and turns out I will have to take the GRE (orig. I they didnt think id have to but since I technically havent finished all my prereqs they decided I have to take the GRE). Im really worried since Ive been to the website and it mostly seems like a lot of writing....help...anyone who has taken it can you give me some advice....the school admitted me on the conditions that I take the GRE, pass a nutrition placement test AND take the rest of my prereqs and get a C or above...the bad thing is I start really soon and i'll have to go to my MN program at one school then go finish my prereqs at another school....i feel like this is an opportunity of a lifetime and i dont want to pass it up;...ive already been in school so long...my entrance counselor is soo nice but i can tell she has doubts on whether i can do it or not..I know it will be hard but im willing to do whatever it takes, i mean ill study from the time i wake up till the time i go to sleep if i have to, ill do whatever it takes, i just want to be a nurse its my dream!...any advice?...i dont know what to do...if i start and i cant do it ill be devastated...my ADN program has a waitlist that is almost 2 yrs long (as most around here do) the BSN programs wont give me fin aid (and i know i cant afford to put myself through school)im just frustrated and kinda worried...any advice is welcome
    Last edit by galaxy781 on Apr 29, '05
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  3. by   HealthyRN
    I'm a little confused...are you talking about a grad entry program? You're saying MN, but talking about BSN, so I'm not quite clear on that. The GRE is required for entry into most graduate programs. It is similar to the SAT or ACT, except at a higher level, of course. It is a computer-adaptive test (like the NCLEX) so your performance on previous questions determines the level of difficulty of the question that you are given next. When taking the GRE, remember that your answers to the first 10 questions or so are given more weight than questions further along. There are 3 sections- verbal, math, and analytic writing. The writing sextion consists of 2 essays. I would recommend buying a GRE review book. Also, there is a free practice test at www.gre.org
    Good luck!
    Katy
  4. by   galaxy781
    Quote from katyosu2006
    I'm a little confused...are you talking about a grad entry program? You're saying MN, but talking about BSN, so I'm not quite clear on that. The GRE is required for entry into most graduate programs. It is similar to the SAT or ACT, except at a higher level, of course. It is a computer-adaptive test (like the NCLEX) so your performance on previous questions determines the level of difficulty of the question that you are given next. When taking the GRE, remember that your answers to the first 10 questions or so are given more weight than questions further along. There are 3 sections- verbal, math, and analytic writing. The writing sextion consists of 2 essays. I would recommend buying a GRE review book. Also, there is a free practice test at www.gre.org
    Good luck!
    Katy
    Thanks for the advice, Ive been to the website and looked at the practice tests...My program is a masters program not a BSN, i already have a bachelors degree...My program is a relatively new idea, a masters degree that is between an MSN and a BSN, its a masters program but it doesnt give you the qualifications that an MSN would, like for example I wont be qualified to be an NP but further down the road I can teach and go into management...the reason I chose the program is bc there was no waitlist and its a really good program, its accelerated and is 15 months long or 5 semesters (no breaks..)...oh and i get to start this month...

    Im not sure I understand what you are saying about the GRE, is it all computerized? Depending on how I answer one question determines the questions that follow? This is going to sound weird probably but my entrance counselor said that as long as I take it it doesnt matter my score they just need to have a score to keep on record. My program doesnt require a GRE from every student but since im still working on some pre reqs for nursing school they want me to take it. Ive looked into some of the review programs but they are a bit costly...by the way are you an OSU alum? I graduated last year!!!go bucks
  5. by   thn5625
    On the GRE its an advantage if you get the first five answers right because they count more. This is a strategy some people dont know. The reason is each question you answer determines the difficulty of the next to some degree. Getting one right will make the next question somewhat more difficult but tougher to answer. In the end you will have a higher percentile. This is on the computerized test. I took mine two years ago and scored 80th percentile.
    Also I suggest getting used to prefixes and suffixes at the grad level, it will help if you start memorizing now since their are so many words. The verbal section will test you on words youll never see however parts of the words will give you a clue in the meaning.

    It always helps if you take as many simulated GRE test. What you get on the simulated test will be very close to what you will score. In fact, if you get jitters then practice on your own computer so during test day you will be so used to it that it will just feel like you are taking a practice test. Thats my experience.
  6. by   Tony35NYC
    Get the Kaplan GRE review book. Thats all you need.
  7. by   galaxy781
    thanks guys....

    when i applied to my program originally they told me that I might not have to take the GRE, she said the board would discuss it and let me know, well I have to...Ive done some research but that was back when I was thinking about doing a masters in psych, so i did that practice test...ive looked over the gre practice test on the website, im really not worried about the verbal or math but more so the writing... what kind of topics do you write on? I had no idea the GRE was computerized, i figured it was paper and pencil like the SAT and ACT....hm thanks for the advice guys..
  8. by   thn5625
    I cant help you there. I wasnt required to take the writing. You can check on that on your side.
  9. by   LilPeanut
    Do the practice test on the GRE program. The thing that helped me on my writing was just looking at the examples and seeing what was graded a 3,4,5 and 6. I ended up with a 5 in writing. Don't stress, I didn't think it was too bad.
  10. by   galaxy781
    Quote from LilPeanut
    Do the practice test on the GRE program. The thing that helped me on my writing was just looking at the examples and seeing what was graded a 3,4,5 and 6. I ended up with a 5 in writing. Don't stress, I didn't think it was too bad.

    thanks guys! I just took the practice GRE and after I scored it, my math was somewhere in the 700's and my verbal about 500ish...obviously i know where I am lacking, but after comparing my scores to w hat they had listed for the ave 500 was pretty comprable...so i dont feel as bad now...that was my first try too...i really want to do a bit of reviewing and i should be ready to go...maybe ill even be as lucky as thn and I wont have to take the analytical writing portion!
  11. by   thn5625
    I think thats a great score for your first time. YOu can get even better with practice. Is it an official GRE practice test? They are the most accurate. I read that is usually the case. Also Kaplan and Princeton practice test are good simulations.
  12. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from thn5625
    I think thats a great score for your first time. YOu can get even better with practice. Is it an official GRE practice test? They are the most accurate. I read that is usually the case. Also Kaplan and Princeton practice test are good simulations.
    i took one on the website www.gre.org...it helps alot
  13. by   galaxy781
    Quote from thn5625
    I think thats a great score for your first time. YOu can get even better with practice. Is it an official GRE practice test? They are the most accurate. I read that is usually the case. Also Kaplan and Princeton practice test are good simulations.

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    Last edit by galaxy781 on Apr 30, '05
  14. by   thn5625
    Maybe you can do just as well if it was timed. From my experience once it is timed then things get tougher so you may not score as well initially. I started practicing on timed simulated test that had the look and feel of a real GRE. If you can go to a bookstore to get a Kaplan, Princeton, or Cliff Notes GRE with simulated test CDs. These test must be timed to be accurate. I used cliff notes and just practiced on the computer, eventually I got used to the speed and started scoring better. Verbal questions are tough! Oh yeah the GRE website may have actually simulated GRE test that are timed on their website and its FREE!

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