April 19, 2012
I hate standardized tests. I guess everyone does, but I do even more. I’m really good at studying for things like midterms and finals. I take good notes in class, cram the night before, and do well enough. But you can’t cram for the GRE. When I took the SATs in high school, I didn’t bother studying at all. But when it came to apply to grad school, I felt like I had too much at stake to blow it off.
I bought the Princeton Review’s “Cracking the New GRE” study guide months in advance. I chose the Princeton Review book over others because when I skimmed it in the book store, it seemed to be a relatively easy read. Most other versions were too dense and boring for me; I would zone out every other sentence or so. I don’t know about you, but if I can’t manage to study a page of material in less than half an hour, I am probably not going to get much out of it.
Rachael has a B.S. in Geography from the University of Maryland and is currently applying to graduate school for broadcast meteorology.