Inspirica’s Approach ToGRE Test Preparation


GRE students flock to Inspirica for one key reason: they want a dedicated one-on-one tutor who knows every nuance of the GRE. You may be a current college student taking the test for a specific graduate program, you may be undecided about grad school but know the test scores are good for five years and want to have them just in case, or you may be going back to school at a much later time. Since no two graduate school applicants are ever the same, we completely customize the tutoring to mitigate your specific difficulties, shore up your strengths, and focus on the unique challenge of the GRE as a computer-based test. Our programs are often one-fourth of the length of a commercial course, with better results. And we can work whenever you want to work—day, night, weekends. We understand that your goal is to gain admission to the best graduate school, and we do everything possible to get you the scores you need to get there.

GRE tutoring can happen literally anywhere: in person at our offices, online via Inspirica Anywhere, or anywhere else you’d like. We work with students all over the world every day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my score improve through tutoring?
Inspirica’s tutors are experts at helping students achieve their maximum potential on the GRE. With the guidance, support, and strategies we offer, our students will be in the best possible position to succeed on the test. Specific score improvement goals will vary from student to student. Once we get to know you, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
How much tutoring do I need?
The number of sessions any given student needs depends on many factors: how much time the student has until the test date, what his or her goals are, and how much work needs to be done to achieve those goals. Some students require only a few hours of tutoring, while others meet frequently over the course of months or longer. Every student is unique, and Inspirica's Educational Consultants and expert tutors will evaluate each student's circumstances in order to uniquely tailor a tutoring program to fit any situation. For a typical GRE preparation program, most students are able to achieve their goals by meeting with their Inspirica tutor once per week for two hours until the test date.
My target school accepts both the GRE and the GMAT. Which should I take?
The GRE and the GMAT are very different tests. Most students perform better on one than on the other. The best way to find out which test is more suited to you is to take a diagnostic practice test of each kind. Once we have an understanding of your skills and strengths, we can help you decide which test is a better fit and should be the focus of your preparation efforts.
When should I begin preparing for the GRE?
The GRE is offered year-round, so the best time to start preparing is as soon as you know you’re going to take the test. Once you take a diagnostic test with us, your Educational Consultant can help you determine how much preparation is needed.
What is a good score on the GRE?
The GRE has a score range of 130–170 in each of two categories: verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. Additionally, there is an analytical writing score with a range of 0–6. The GRE score report also includes a percentile rank for each category. A good score on the GRE depends on the goals of an individual student, target schools, and the rest of a student’s application. Once we get to know you, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
Does Inspirica offer mock tests?
Inspirica uses full-length practice test material to administer mock tests under realistic conditions. These tests are used to help gauge a student’s progress at different points during the tutoring program. In analyzing the results, our expert tutors go beyond the numbers, talking with the student and looking at what he or she has written on the test booklet to get a full picture of the improvement level and what else needs to be done to complete test preparation.

GRE Test Preparation 101

The Graduate Record Evaluation (or GRE) is a standardized test for application to graduate programs. A GRE score has three components: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The quantitative section measures the student’s ability with arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. The verbal section measures the student’s ability to identify and correct grammatical and syntactical errors and comprehend and analyze written material. The analytical writing section score measures the student’s ability to write clearly and support ideas logically. The whole test is administered on a computer and is an adaptive test. This means is that if, for example, you are excellent at math, the math questions in the second quantitative section will be more difficult than those in the first. A firm understanding of the nature of the content and construction of the adaptive test is paramount to achieving score goals on the GRE. Inspirica’s GRE tutors have studied this test inside and out and can help you navigate the challenges of this test. Many GRE takers, for example, have not had a geometry lesson in four years or more, and noticing a bit of rust in these areas is completely natural! Your expert Inspirica tutor will help you brush up in areas that need it and lay a foundation for new material. Your tutor will also teach you how to best allocate your time and efforts to put yourself in a position to get the score you need!