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GRE Prep

Winter 2023 GRE Prep

This series of six workshops will help you understand how to identify what a question is expecting you to do and which part of each skill set you will need to apply to successfully answer that question. You will also learn specific activities you can do to build up each skill as you prepare for the GRE. Registration is not required. For updates, like us on Facebook. Due to new campus policy, we will host Summer sessions virtually via Zoom. 

HPA is planning to host GRE Prep Winter 2023.

Unable to attend a session? Sessions are independent of each other, so please feel free to continue to attend the other sessions!

Winter 2023 Schedule
  • Thursday GRE Prep Sessions *Updated Dates*
  • Test Prep 102: GRE Session 1 – Verbal Reasoning: Reading Comprehension Techniques
    Thursday, Jan 19th | 12:10 - 1 pm PDT | Zoom Link


    The reading comprehension passages on the GRE range from one sentence to 3 or 4 paragraphs so they are not difficult to read in detail. The problem? The answers are often right in front of you, but they are tweaked just enough that you will fall for things like recycled language and slightly altered language. In this session, you will learn strategies to recognize and approach the five reading comprehension question types on the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE. We will focus on elimination tactics over finding the “correct” answer. Critical reasoning skills, as well as speed reading/scanning techniques, are both required to be successful on reading comprehension questions.

    Test Prep 102: GRE Session 2 – Quantitative Reasoning: Plugging In Techniques
    Thursday, Jan 26th | 12:10 - 1 pm PDT | Zoom Link


    There is no “right” way to do algebra on the GRE like there is in a math class and the GRE often makes the answers difficult to analyze even if you do it the “right” way. It doesn’t matter how you do the problems; it only matters whether you are getting the correct answer. In this session, we will introduce plugging in techniques that will allow you to approach algebra problems in a faster way. If fact, many times you will be able to solve an algebra problem you don’t even understand with plugging in successfully.

    Test Prep 102: GRE Session 3 – Quantitative Reasoning: Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Circles
    Thursday, Feb 2nd | 12:10 - 1 pm PDT | Zoom Link

    The GRE has a habit of misrepresenting geometric figures, so lengths and angles look completely wrong compared to actual measurements given in the question. This is done to test your understanding of the rules of geometry rather than your ability to interpret a figure. In this session we will review many of the geometric rules the GRE uses most often and how the GRE makes the figures misleading.

    Test Prep 102: GRE Session 4 – Quantitative Reasoning: Graph and Table Analysis
    Thursday, Feb 16th | 12:10 - 1 pm PDT | Zoom Link

    The math section on the GRE has sets of questions all based on either a graphs, a table, or both. These sets of questions require you to use the infographics to find information necessary to do the calculations to answer these questions. In this session, we will investigate how the GRE plays with the labels to make it less clear what information you need compared to the information given in the infographics. In addition, you will learn techniques to annotate figures and tables on your scratch board for use on these question sets.

    Test Prep 102: GRE Session 5 – Quantitative Reasoning: Quantitative Comparison Questions
    Thursday, Feb 23rd | 12:10 - 1 pm PDT | Zoom Link

    It is likely you don’t clearly remember things like simplifying fractions, finding least common multiples, order of operations, etc. These are concepts most haven’t touched upon directly since middle school, and you are expected to be fluent with them. In this session, we will investigate how these basic concepts are tested in quantitative comparison questions and you will learn techniques to tackle them successfully. We will also build up your math vocabulary and basic mathematical techniques most required for the GRE.

    Test Prep 102: GRE Session 6 – Quantitative Reasoning: Combinations, Permutations, & Probability
    Thursday, Mar 9th | 12:10 - 1 pm PDT | Zoom Link


    The math on the GRE includes many mathematical concepts that don’t get used on a daily basis. Combinations, permutations, and probability and the statistics that are associate with them are fair game, especially if you are trending towards a higher score. In this session, you will learn several strategies to approach these obscure topics and organize your work on these types of questions. We will be sure to clarify many of the obscure rules that complicate these types of questions.

This is a part of our Test Prep 102 series. For more details on all of our different test prep services, please visit the main page here.