I am considering going back to school and am scheduled to take the GRE next month. I took the GRE...gulp...eleven years ago and my scores are no longer valid.
I'm not so worried about the verbal/writing. I've taught the Kaplan prep course, taught (and graded) for AP, and I write press releases, email campaigns, and newsletters in my job. The entire PI forum will be useful for the argue and issue essays (I'm not being facetious, I really think it will be helpful ) Not to brag or anything :brag: :brag: :brag: but my essay for the then-writing requirement received a six AND was used as an example of what to do in the official ETS prep book. I'm still going to study for the verbal aspect as my Big Word vocabulary is not what it once was.
I am SWEATING the math. I didn't think it would be easy, but I didn't think it would be that haaa-aaard (whine). My verbal was a little bit lower than I hoped, but my math was A LOT lower. I thought it would be more like ACT math--find the X, interpret some data from a table, struggle a bit with do I multiply or divide for this ratio, but noooooo. Now the Y has run off with the X and the 4 is trying to find them. The answer is somehow 22.67 and I have no idea why. There are parabolas and slopes and all sorts of other normal words with other, sinister math meanings.
But the absolute WORST is L has invited A,B,C,D, and Q are invited to a horribly boring party where people argue about seating arrangements the entire time. A can't sit next to D and Q can only sit next to B when the moon is in the house of Saturn an C told Q she would cut B. Given the above information, which one is currently dating Tessa's sister?
I did find a book at B&N just for GRE math, but I'm assuming it was written for recent grads and not people with better things to do with their time "non-traditional grad students." The very first question, the explanation confused me more than the question. I need something much more basic than an explanation starting with "We know that..." or "Assuming that..." because I do not know that. I know how to find the circumference and area of a circle and I know the X and Y are always hanging out together on a damn slope and sometimes m joins them for a three-way. The explanations for the logic questions with conditions were even more
I could piss and moan about math having no bearing on my degree and how unfair it is, but I have to take it regardless.
Any techniques, study guides, tricks for quantitative crappy fake business meetings would be appreciated. I don't know where to begin since at this point, the GRE study guides are above my level!
For those of you wondering, I still want to teach abroad, but my mom's knee surgery was put off. It was supposed to be in January and was moved to June and I'm not comfortable leaving the country till I know she can get around on her own, and someone needs to watch my dad while she's recovering. I've been pleasantly surprised at the volume of openings and queries I've gotten; some of them don't begin until January anyway! I've been meaning to take the GRE anyway--regardless of where I end up next year, I'd like to take some graduate level distance-education classes.