GRE Score question

  1. I am looking for information on how difficult the GRE is. I have it blown up in my mind to be a complete nightmare of an exam...and I am wondering if my fears are unfounded.

    I found a RN/MSN program that I would be interested in down the road, but it requires a 1000 score on the GRE's.

    I don't have a true concept on what a "good" GRE score I don't know if that is average, high, very high, or "Not on my best day" high.

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  3. by   RedCell
    Don't worry too much about this test. It is basically similar to the SAT in a computer adaptive format. Scores range from 400-1600. The test consists of a quantitative and verbal reasoning section with a two part essay at the end that is scored seperately from your total score. Most graduate nursing programs do not pay too much attention to your essay. A few people in my program did not even do the essay sections. The math is simple algebra and geometry with no calculus or trigonometry included. The verbal is not too bad, if you are a fan of the Reader's Digest Word Power quizzes you will do fine.

    If I were you I would buy a GRE review book to get started. When you call to schedule the test they will also send you a CD from ETS, the dudes that make up the GRE. If you do an in depth review from these two sources you will easily score a 1000 or above. If not you can always take the test again one month later, but keep in mind it is a $100 bucks a pop. Average scores will very with each program, but anything over a 1000 will put you in good standing provided you have an interesting background, decent grades from undergrad school, and a good interview. Good luck.
  4. by   mvanz9999
    I took it last October. The above poster is correct. I also took the MCAT, and that test is far, far more difficult than the GRE. If you study the available materials, you'll not have much of a problem. In all honesty, it really isn't that bad. There are a limited number of questions that can be asked, which you can become very good at solving with a lot of practice.

    Their website contains sample test software than you can use free of charge:

    I also used Barron's and Princeton review books and felt I was adequately prepared.
  5. by   justme1972
    Thanks for all of the great responses.

    I am wondering if I should start preparing for the exam after this semester...the reason I'm thinking that is that I am currently taking both Nursing Math and Chemistry, so the math part is still very fresh in my mind and I feel that I can work pretty complex equations.

    I would have to study the Geometry...I have never had a class in that.

    Thanks again, this makes me feel alot better.