Halloween is rounding the corner, so in the spirit of the evening before All Hallows Day, here are a few things about the GRE that scare me.
1. Reading Passages
Giant blocks of text without equations in them make me a little nervous. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to read long passages about obscure, boring topics in which I have absolutely no interest. Will I understand the passage? Will I understand the questions? Will I be able to stay awake? It’s scary. College certainly hasn’t made me dumber, but it has changed my way of thinking — I’m a little out of shape when it comes to GRE-type critical reading.
2. The Computer-Adaptive Test
I’ve taken a lot of paper-and-pencil tests in my day, but, if memory serves, the GRE will be my first computer-adaptive test. I did take a computerized driver’s license test six years ago, but somehow I don’t think that will help. The idea of not being able to skip or change an answer is pretty intimidating — it flies right in the face of every test taking strategy I’ve ever been taught. Fortunately, the ETS provides practice CATs on their website for us to download and practice with. I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend my Halloween.