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      08-21-2012, 04:24 AM   #1
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Well I figured I'd ask some of you fellow successful forum members. Want to go to graduate school for my masters or phd in either pharmacology or biotechnology.. still undecided. Number or programs that caught my interest at various campuses in the state of California, which is what I prefer, would love to stay in socal- UCLA, USC, UCI, UCR, UCSD etc etc.

Horrible test taker, especially when it comes to these kind of exams. My GPA is on the lower end 3.2-3.3 so I need to kill this GRE. I searched on amazon, found a few useful things, however wanted to get some more input on a good source or how to approach preparation for this exam.

I appreciate all help. Thanks guys
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I studied for many boards throughout my humble career and I'm actually preparing for one right now. Nothing, I figured, beats solving board style questions after reading, and I mean just reading, the text in a board review book. Forget about all those cheesy Kaplan crap. I found that they are useless. Good luck buddy. You'll do great.
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Stop posting here and get to work!
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Just get a few books and go though them, and do a lot of practice test!

I used this website and found it useful, after going though a GRE I used it to do a ton of practice questions and improve my timing.
http://gre.magoosh.com
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I didn't spend as much time studying as I probably should have, but getting a feel for the types of questions on the test helped me the most.

If I remember right, answering the questions correctly at the beginning of the test carries more weight than correct answers at the end.

Keep calm, take your time (w/o laboring over any one question too much), and don't let yourself get frustrated. It's a long test, so keep yourself focused and plowing through it.

I thought I did terribly on it when I finished, but ended up with 590 verbal 730 quant...
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When I took the GMATs years ago I was in a similar situation so I took a class and studied my ass off, taking every practice test I could find. It paid off for me and I got a great score.
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Seriously though, I took a board review course. It was a couple days and several hundred dollars but worth every penny.
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You could take the class if you are not a good test taker. They will give you tips/hints as well as prepare you for the exam. If you're going to be studying on your own i would suggest that you start early and take them on in small chunks. This means that if there are 200 math questions dont go over all of them at once. Instead break them down to sets of 20-25 and know them well. Also find out whether you're better at math or verbal and spend more time on the subject that you're weaker at. For me I didnt bother studying for verbal because I knew I'd be okay on it. I spent virtually all the time studying for math because I didnt remember all the old stuff (like high school/ beginning of college stuff). Those are the only tips I have. Good luck!!
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if you are fairly disciplined, you can probably buy a few princeton or kaplan books w/ sample questions, and just work through them.


on the plus side, i don't think any of the campuses you mentioned (including the UCs) would have overly difficult GRE requirements. remember, personal statement and letters of recommendation also go into the admissions equation (the relative weight of each may vary by department, field)
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