The Princeton Review

March 01, 2007 11:40 ET

7 Months and Counting: The Princeton Review Urges Grad-School Bound Students to take Current GRE Before New Version Debuts this September

NEW YORK--(Collegiate Presswire - March 1, 2007) - Procrastination rarely pays off, and for those considering going to graduate school, there's a strong rationale not to put off taking the GRE. The exam is undergoing a dramatic overhaul in September of this year and will now be longer, less convenient, more expensive, and contain new question types unfamiliar to most students. While the changes themselves are nothing to fear, The Princeton Review strongly advises the more than 350,000 students who plan to take the GRE to take the current version if they're considering grad school in the next couple of years - and we recommend students register early. The final administration of the current GRE will be July 31st, 2007, and the test will not be offered again until it is released in the revised format on September 10th.

Why take the GRE now?

* Length: The length of the GRE is increasing dramatically from 2.5 hours to 4 hours.

* Availability: Currently the GRE is offered around 300 days a year. Test administrations will severely decline to only 30 days a year with the new exam, making it much less convenient.

* Question types: Untested and exotic question types will be unveiled on the new exam. The current GRE contains problems that are recognizable to most college students.

* Scoring Scale: A new scoring scale will be introduced on the revamped exam, one with which both admissions officers and students alike will be unfamiliar.

* Scoring Delay: ETS won't finalize the scoring scale until after three administrations have passed, thus delaying the release of scores to grad school admission offices.

* Price: The test will become more expensive. Today the GRE costs $115.

For information on the changes to the GRE, how they will affect potential grad students, and The Princeton Review's position on the new test, Jeffrey Meanza, National Director of Graduate Programs, is available for interviews and commentary.

The Princeton Review is here to help

Despite the changes, there's no need for students to stress. We successfully prepare thousands of students each year for the current version of the GRE, and we'll do the same for the new test. To help students understand the new GRE, The Princeton Review has developed a free No-Stress Guide to the New GRE. It's now available at www.PrincetonReview.com/GREchanges. The No-Stress Guide provides detailed information about the changes and helps students with the decision about which version of the GRE will best showcase their abilities and cause the least amount of anxiety.

The Princeton Review is also offering free Strategy Sessions for the GRE that walk students through questions from both the current GRE and the new GRE debuting in September. This gives students the opportunity to determine which test is best suited for them. Students should call 800-2Review (800-273-8439) or visit PrincetonReview.com to register.

Why is the GRE even changing?

The Princeton Review believes that the changes are financially motivated. The current GRE is expensive to develop and deliver and we believe ETS only makes changes when their pocketbook is affected.

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