The Success of GRE Prep
Black Student Achievement provides free three week Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Preparation Workshops taught by instructors trained by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization that administers the GRE, for Georgia State University students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree, MBA or doctoral degree. These workshops have been very successful. Last year, 278 students registered for these workshops and represented the diversity of university in terms race, gender and culture. More importantly, based on our evaluation, students who participated in the workshop scored above the mean percentile rankings set by ETS for individuals taking the GRE test between August 1, 2011 and April 30, 2014. Participants improved their scores from before to after the workshop. The average verbal/quantitative score for all participants before the workshop was 135.7 and after the workshop it was 153.1. The average analytical writing score before the workshop was 3.3 for all participants and after it was 4.5.
Our primary motivation for offering these workshops is that obtaining an advanced degree can provide many opportunities for students. The preparation workshop includes test taking strategies, critical thinking and problem solving techniques from both the older form of the GRE (prior to 2011) and the revised version launched in 2011. The GRE tests the students’ ability to think in the ways expected by graduate students. It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in the United States. ETS administers more than 50 million achievement and admission tests each year at more than 9,000 locations and offers a wide range of educational products for post-secondary institutions and government.
Promoting quality services and programs related to retention, progression and graduation of African Americans attending Georgia State University is Black Student Achievement’s core mission. The free GRE Preparation Workshops support our goals of providing access, integrity and inclusion. A new staff of dedicated and talented student affairs professionals have taken the lead and will continue to promote the program with an enhanced online and social media presence. The free GRE Preparation Workshops are poised to reach more students across campus encouraging them to take advantage of this tremendous free resource. For more information about free GRE Preparation Workshops offered by the Black Student Achievement, please stop by the office in Student Center East, Suite 300, email or register online for an upcoming free GRE Preparation Workshop.