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AP & IB, Graduate, and Professional Exams

According to the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, grades in college prep courses such as AP and IB classes were listed as being of considerable importance by nearly three-quarters of admissions officers.

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  • Content-based

  • Rote memorization culminating in one standardized exam at the end of the one-year course

  • College Board offers 38 AP courses and exams across various subject areas

  • Students can take as many subjects as they want either related or unrelated to each other

AP Curriculum

  • Focuses on critical thinking

  • Students select 6 subjects to study over 2 years (3 at higher-level and 3 at standard-level)

  • IB exams are taken after those 2 years of study

  • CAS, TOK and Extended Essay are unique components

IB Curriculum

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The Graduate Record Examination (GRE®)

Other Things
to Know


The GRE is a computer-based exam that adapts to your ability level. The exam is presented in multiple sections. Your performance on the first scored Verbal section will determine the difficulty level of your second scored Verbal section, and your performance on the first scored Quant section will determine the difficulty level of your second scored Quant section. Due to the adaptation between sections, scores are not determined solely by the number of correct answers. Your overall score will reflect a weighting for difficulty. The GRE allows you to skip questions, meaning you can preview all questions within a given section before beginning to answer them (it’s probably not a good idea to actually do this, but you could if you wanted to). You will also have the ability to mark and review your answers before submitting them so long as you stay within the section time limit.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) is a standardized test that graduate programs use to help determine who gets in and who receives grants and fellowships. It assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing. Masters and PhD programs in everything from poetry to mechanical engineering can require the GRE for admission.

Quick Facts


Your GRE score
is valid for 5 years.


The cost to take the GRE is $205.


The test is offered 6 days a week, all year (except holidays).


Verbal and Quant are each scored on a scale of 130-170.


You can take the test once every 21 days.


The writing section is scored on a scale of 0-6.


Immediately after taking the GRE, you will receive separate scores for the Quant and Verbal sections (130-170 scale in 1-point increments). You will also receive a separate score for the essay section (0-6 scale in half-point increments), which will be included on your official score report (mailed roughly 10 days after you take the exam).

The GRE also has a great applicant-friendly feature called ScoreSelect®. Using this option, GRE test takers who sit for the exam multiple times are able to choose which test scores they send to their graduate institutions. Any scores that students choose not to send will not show up on the score report at all; it will be as if those other tests were never taken. Knowing you’ll have control over what scores schools see can give you more confidence on test day.

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