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11 August 2011 @ 09:21 pm
Friends, Americans, countrymen, lend me your ears!  
GRE!

This is some crazy shit right here. How on earth do you study for it? How do you pass it, holy cow that maths is hard. HELP?

oh, London >:(((
 
 
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Dr Leezardlizardspots on August 11th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
S'up, you applying for specialty training in mah city? 8D
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 11th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
America, actually! Why, is it for England too OH I AM SO CONFUSED.

OMG how has your first week+ been?! Our interns started on July 10, so they've been at it awhile. Have you started using the expressions 'query X' and 'plus minus' excessively yet? :P
Dr Leezardlizardspots on August 11th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
America, actually! Why, is it for England too OH I AM SO CONFUSED.

I have no idea, you mentioned London so I ~~assumed.

Omg my first couple of weeks haven't been too bad :D! My team are lovely thus far. Although rather unwisely I have agreed to do some locum AAU shifts *gulp*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 14th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, no, that was just a general shout-out about 'riots, waahhh'.

Man, your system must be so much more flexible if you can do locum as well as a full-time job! Our AMU (acute medical unit) is a pit of hell and filth where dreams go to die. Plus you have to cover A&E from there too. It was my first day on Friday. I regularly want to quit but never so much as when I'm there! I trust yours is better though. The NHS generally is. :D
Dr Leezard: Sherlock: deduce his caselizardspots on August 14th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, no, that was just a general shout-out about 'riots, waahhh'.

Inorite!!! What are these crazy bastards doing to my city D::::: it makes me so sad. Luckily no one I know has been hurt/personally affected by the rioting, but god... D:

But wow, America eh? I wish you miles of good luck! How exciting :D I don't know much about the exam/training process, but it looks bloody hard. *cheers you on*

Man, your system must be so much more flexible if you can do locum as well as a full-time job!

Most district general hospitals in the UK have locum shifts in AAU/AMU/whatever which are taken on a first come, first serve basis. They pay rather nicely, although I regret doing an AAU shift so soon after just qualifying - I was sooooo not ready! No more locuming for me until I actually know my shit. xD
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 14th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm taking professional medical exams in September and doing online MCQs; I'm pretty much hoping there might be something like that for the GREs. Bearing in mind, too, that our exit exams in school don't have anything like this, aughh!
oops: [jared] dimples!oddishly on August 11th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD RACH WHAT IS THIS ABOUT AMERICA


WHAT IS THIS


IS THERE A CHANCE WE WILL BE IN THE SAME COUNTRY IN A YEAR OR TWO


EVEN IF IT IS NEITHER OF OUR ACTUAL COUNTRIES????
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 14th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
AUGHSDFJHASKLFJDHA I WILL EMAIL DIRECTLY!!!!!!
dreamerneva on August 11th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked at the materials for the updated GRE, but the old format was really quite simple. The majority scores higher on math than English, but percentile-wise, my English blew my math out of the water (without any study for the former).

If you're planning on taking it, I'd get your hands on the Kaplan series of study books. Ultimately, it's an upgraded version of the American standardized college exams (SAT) and will only take you a few weeks of review/study to prepare unless you've truly forgotten everything you've learned about writing essays, understanding English and doing algebra.

Good luck!
cordelia_v: College the Magic Placecordelia_v on August 12th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
*points to Dreamerneva's comment above*

What this person said. You can't really study for it, unfortunately, in terms of content. You will do very well, I predict, on the verbal/reading section, and pretty well on the rest anyway. But hte Kaplan book (or the Princeton Review book) and their online practice test will help you become familiar with the test format, which is really all you can do for it (or need for it, actually).
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 14th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
That's the joy of standardised testing, I'm discovering; once you break the tricks, all the questions are essentially the same. And equally unrelated to reality (like in the MRCP exam I'm doing in September, you just assume ALL pharmacists abuse insulin, all the time. Seriously, wtf.)

My other big hurdle is finding three LoR ... it's weird to think the only person in a position of authority who actually knew anything about 'me' was my high school art teacher, whom I haven't seen in six years. This ... may prove problematic. :P
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 14th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely and totally forgotten anything I knew about algebra. I harbour significant doubts that I ever knew anything about algebra IN THE FIRST PLACE. Um. Study, yes! :P
Jaximadra_blue on August 12th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Grab one of the books with a practice test CD. Go through the book and do every practice section. Take the CD practice tests. Buy a book with more practice tests, try those, too. Practice really does make perfect. I promise. I owned the GRE by doing practice tests.

ETA The test is really not so much about your actual writing or math skills, but how quickly you can eliminate the wrong answers and fit into their very narrow guidelines of what an argument or whatnot should be and how it should be structured. It's really about following the rules, so definitely check those out, if nothing else.

Edited at 2011-08-12 02:34 am (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 14th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Haha, all exams are like that! I keep ranting at work about how in reality not every third person with mouth ulcers has Bechet's disease, although the exam I'm taking would suggest otherwise.

Thanks for the tip, I will deffo be checking stuff out when I'm done with the exams I'm already signed up for. :O