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The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is required for admission to most graduate schools in the United States as well as to graduate programs taught in English in universities throughout the world. The test is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and is now available in two forms: the paper-based test and the computer-based test.  If there is a computer-based test available near you (find computer-test centers on the ETS web page), then there will most likely be a variety of dates and times to choose from.  Registering online will give you a variety of options for the test site you choose. 

Both of these options test identical critical, computational, and lexical abilities, and are structured similar to the SAT in verbal, math, and writing sections.  Scoring is similar as well, with the two essays being graded on a six-point scale, and the verbal and math sections being graded on an 800-point scale.

The paper-based test center sites can be found in pdf form.  Any of these may be called to register for a test, chosen from the times provided on the chart below.  In addition to the Saturday test dates listed, Monday test dates are available at certain locations for those whose religious convictions do not allow them to take tests on Saturday. If you live more than 125 miles from one of the test sites on the list, you can request a supplementary test site. The registration deadlines for alternate testing dates and locations are earlier than those for regularly scheduled tests.  More information about these and other special accommodations can be found on the ETS website.

2013 PAPER-BASED GRE REVISED GENERAL TEST DATES AT THE ACC

Paper-based GRE revised General Test Dates
September 28, 2013
October 19, 2013
April 5, 2014

NB: 8:30 a.m. is examinees report time to test center (American Cultural Center)

Math Practice Quizzes

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Averages & Rounding
Basic Operations
Exponents
Fractions
Geometry
Interpreting Graphs
Measurements
Percents and Ratios
Quantity Comparison
Sequences
Word Problems

In addition, there are a number of subject tests available, much like the SAT.  These are offered in October, November, and April of every year.  More information is available on the ETS website, subject test section.

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

Section 1: Quantitative Comparison

Directions: Compare Quantity A and Quantity B, using additional information centered above the two quantities if such information is given, and select one of the following four answer choices:

  1. Quantity A is greater
  2. Quantity B is greater
  3. The two quantities are equal
  4. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

A symbol that appears more than once in a question has the same meaning throughout the question.

1.

Quantity A

x

Quantity B

12

2.

Line A is represented by the following equation:

Quantity A

The y-intercept of Line A

Quantity B

The slope of line A

3.

Figure is not drawn to scale

Quantity A

Quantity B

3

4.

The following table displays the income Jane's business earned and the percentage of that income she paid in taxes for the first half of the year.

Month

Income earned ($)

Percentage paid in taxes (%)

January

10,000

10

February

50,000

30

March

20,000

20

April

10,000

10

May

30,000

20

June

90,000

40

Quantity A

The average of the income tax Jane paid.

Quantity B

22% of Jane's average income

Section 2: Multiple-choice - Select only one answer choice

5. If q is the smallest composite number greater than 2 and p is the smallest prime number less than 10, what is p/q?

  1. 0.5
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 4

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

The following questions are based on this passage.

The divide between the Christian churches of the East and those of the West went beyond a mere theological break and had broad social, political, and cultural effects. The event known as the Great Schism occurred in 1054, although some historians argue that it had been building for many years before this date and the final straw proved to be the addition of two words–et filioque–to the Nicene Creed. The expression was added to the Creed in the Western churches, and under the authority of the pope, but it was widely rebuked by the Eastern churches as lacking theological foundation. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church in the West demanded that the Eastern Orthodox Church acknowledge the superior authority of Rome and the pope’s infallibility. The Eastern leaders refused, and the schism was in effect.

It might seem that theological disputes have their place only in the church, but it is essential to consider the wide influence of the Christian church in medieval Europe. The church was the center of life and governed most aspects of it. Kings and emperors turned to the church for guidance. They ruled with the support of the church, and the church had only to remove that support to create a foundational weakness in the ruler’s power. In the West, the pope was recognized as the infallible head of the church. The pope operated essentially as the mouthpiece of God for those under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church, which operated under a recognizably fallible patriarch and a more regional system of bishops, rejected this outright. In breaking communion with the West, the East also broke the sense of accountability that each church had traditionally held toward the other. Broken communion also meant less cultural influence upon one another. Thus, the East and the West developed largely in isolation, and the divide between them spanned far more than geography and continues even to the modern day.

1. Based on the information in the passage, why did the church in the East object to the inclusion of the expression et filioque?

  1. The expression, which is in Latin, did not reflect the liturgical language of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  2. The request from the pope for the title of supreme head of the church offended the Eastern Church and led them to reject the expression within the creed.
  3. The church in the East was concerned that the church in the West was updating an ancient creed with the theological understanding of the day.
  4. The church in the East believed that the expression altered the acknowledged understanding of scripture and thus was not acceptable.
  5. The addition of et filioque to the Nicene Creed was simply the last in a long line of differences between the Eastern and Western churches and represented the final break.

Consider each of the three choices separately, and select all that apply.

2. Taking the information from the passage into account, why did the church in the East object to the pope in Rome being named supreme head of the Christian church?

  1. The patriarch of the church in the East believed that he should hold the title of supreme head of the church.
  2. Naming the pope as supreme head of the church would consolidate the Eastern churches under Western authority and undermine their own traditions.
  3. The church in the East could not agree to acknowledge the pope as infallible.

3. Which of the following statements best describes the role of the Christian church in medieval Europe?

  1. The Christian church offered citizens moral guidance for everyday life.
  2. The Christian church provided moral direction to leaders and influenced their decision.
  3. The Christian church was responsible for governing the people through its leaders.

For each of the following questions, select only one answer choice.

4. Based on the information in the passage, why might the church in the East object to acknowledging the infallibility of the pope in Rome?

  1. The theological teachings of the church in the East claimed that no man could be infallible, thus nullifying the pope’s own claim to infallibility.
  2. As supreme head of the church, the pope would have the right to name and appoint all bishops to the churches in the East.
  3. The relationship between the two churches provided accountability, but the pope’s claim of infallibility would remove any need for accountability between East and West.
  4. Based on the pope’s claim of infallibility, the patriarch in the East felt obligated to excommunicate the pope in Rome and thus break off all communion between the churches.
  5. The widening theological divide between the two churches meant that the East defined infallibility differently than the West, and the two could not agree on the correct definition.

5. Which of the following best summarizes the main point of the passage?

  1. The Great Schism that occurred in 1054 had wide-ranging effects that were not limited to theological differences between East and West.
  2. The Great Schism resulted after decades of conflict between the Eastern and Western churches and can still be felt today in theological differences between the churches.
  3. The Great Schism isolated the East from the West and led to vast cultural differences between the two parts of Europe.
  4. The Great Schism resulted in significant differences between the churches of the East and West but was probably inevitable given the distinctions already in place at the time.
  5. The Great Schism had such an impact on the differences between the churches of the East and the West that leaders of each church have continued to excommunicate one another.

GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions

The following questions are based on this passage.

The divide between the Christian churches of the East and those of the West went beyond a mere theological break and had broad social, political, and cultural effects. The event known as the Great Schism occurred in 1054, although some historians argue that it had been building for many years before this date and the final straw proved to be the addition of two words–et filioque–to the Nicene Creed. The expression was added to the Creed in the Western churches, and under the authority of the pope, but it was widely rebuked by the Eastern churches as lacking theological foundation. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church in the West demanded that the Eastern Orthodox Church acknowledge the superior authority of Rome and the pope’s infallibility. The Eastern leaders refused, and the schism was in effect.

It might seem that theological disputes have their place only in the church, but it is essential to consider the wide influence of the Christian church in medieval Europe. The church was the center of life and governed most aspects of it. Kings and emperors turned to the church for guidance. They ruled with the support of the church, and the church had only to remove that support to create a foundational weakness in the ruler’s power. In the West, the pope was recognized as the infallible head of the church. The pope operated essentially as the mouthpiece of God for those under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church, which operated under a recognizably fallible patriarch and a more regional system of bishops, rejected this outright. In breaking communion with the West, the East also broke the sense of accountability that each church had traditionally held toward the other. Broken communion also meant less cultural influence upon one another. Thus, the East and the West developed largely in isolation, and the divide between them spanned far more than geography and continues even to the modern day.

1. Based on the information in the passage, why did the church in the East object to the inclusion of the expression et filioque?

  1. The expression, which is in Latin, did not reflect the liturgical language of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  2. The request from the pope for the title of supreme head of the church offended the Eastern Church and led them to reject the expression within the creed.
  3. The church in the East was concerned that the church in the West was updating an ancient creed with the theological understanding of the day.
  4. The church in the East believed that the expression altered the acknowledged understanding of scripture and thus was not acceptable.
  5. The addition of et filioque to the Nicene Creed was simply the last in a long line of differences between the Eastern and Western churches and represented the final break.

Consider each of the three choices separately, and select all that apply.

2. Taking the information from the passage into account, why did the church in the East object to the pope in Rome being named supreme head of the Christian church?

  1. The patriarch of the church in the East believed that he should hold the title of supreme head of the church.
  2. Naming the pope as supreme head of the church would consolidate the Eastern churches under Western authority and undermine their own traditions.
  3. The church in the East could not agree to acknowledge the pope as infallible.

3. Which of the following statements best describes the role of the Christian church in medieval Europe?

  1. The Christian church offered citizens moral guidance for everyday life.
  2. The Christian church provided moral direction to leaders and influenced their decision.
  3. The Christian church was responsible for governing the people through its leaders.

For each of the following questions, select only one answer choice.

4. Based on the information in the passage, why might the church in the East object to acknowledging the infallibility of the pope in Rome?

  1. The theological teachings of the church in the East claimed that no man could be infallible, thus nullifying the pope’s own claim to infallibility.
  2. As supreme head of the church, the pope would have the right to name and appoint all bishops to the churches in the East.
  3. The relationship between the two churches provided accountability, but the pope’s claim of infallibility would remove any need for accountability between East and West.
  4. Based on the pope’s claim of infallibility, the patriarch in the East felt obligated to excommunicate the pope in Rome and thus break off all communion between the churches.
  5. The widening theological divide between the two churches meant that the East defined infallibility differently than the West, and the two could not agree on the correct definition.

5. Which of the following best summarizes the main point of the passage?

  1. The Great Schism that occurred in 1054 had wide-ranging effects that were not limited to theological differences between East and West.
  2. The Great Schism resulted after decades of conflict between the Eastern and Western churches and can still be felt today in theological differences between the churches.
  3. The Great Schism isolated the East from the West and led to vast cultural differences between the two parts of Europe.
  4. The Great Schism resulted in significant differences between the churches of the East and West but was probably inevitable given the distinctions already in place at the time.
  5. The Great Schism had such an impact on the differences between the churches of the East and the West that leaders of each church have continued to excommunicate one another.

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