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The GRE is basically the grad school version of the SAT and is required for most PA programs
I am not the biggest fan of this test because, just like the SAT, it tests your ability to take the GRE more than it tests your knowledge. But regardless, it's often a necessary part of applying to PA school
☁️ When you register, do so well enough in advance to give yourself ample study time.
☁️ Use the ETS practice books! ETS writes the actual test and these books include a CD with multiple full length practice tests so you can get used to the program. I did not use them, but I have also heard good things about Magoosh for vocab and Kaplan practice books.
☁️ Generally speaking, a combined score of 300 with a writing score of 4.0 is considered competitive. That said, check your programs because they may have individual section or percentile requirements. Some schools have a firm minimum while others have a recommended score.
☁️ Use your freebies! When you take the test, you can send your scores to a set number of schools for free. Research the codes for your schools to take advantage of these freebies (you can send scores regardless of when CASPA opens). After this, it costs $27/school to send your scores, which adds up quickly.
☁️ Bring snacks. This is a long test so eat a good breakfast, but also bring snacks to eat quickly during your breaks.
☁️ Dress in layers. You never know what the temperature may be in the testing room and you don't want to be distracted because you're freezing.
☁️ Take a break and SLEEP! While it may be tempting to study up until the last possible second, it's just not worth it. Do not study the night before your test and focus on getting some good sleep
I know those last few tips are generic testing tips, but they can be easy to forget. Just remember that the GRE is just one part of your application and you can do it
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