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GRE Prep Course Syllabus

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Our GRE course is a comprehensive course that provides thorough preparation for all areas of the GRE exam. It covers content reviews to promote content mastery and teaches students the most dynamic and updated strategy and methods available. We have completely deconstructed the GRE and our students learn to think like the testmakers. Students build their skills each week and increase their confidence level over the span of the course. Our GRE course requires students to work hard and exhibit effort and diligence in their studies.

Our GRE course is an in person, classroom based course offered nationally in 23 cities in 9 states. Our convenient course schedules are uniform across the nation and all GRE classes meet on the same dates and at the same times in every city. We have seven session start dates per year and new courses are offered about every six weeks. New GRE courses begin in January, March, April, June, July, August, and October of each year.

Xceptional Prep GRE Course Highlights:

6 Week Course
Conveniently meets on Sundays from 12 noon – 3pm
Total of 18 Hours of Instruction
6 – 7 Hours of homework including a practice test each week

Our NEXT GRE Course begins on August 30th.

Our course syllabus is continually updated, and incorporates the most recent test changes to provide students with a competitive edge. Below, our syllabus outlines the topics and homework assignments covered each week of class, so students know exactly what to expect. Topics covered begin at the introductory level and then progress into the most advanced and difficult topics of the exam. You can trust Xceptional to provide the best possible GRE Course which yields maximum score improvement.

Course Structure and Format

Our GRE course is structured much like a senior level university classroom course. There are lectures given, interactive use of problems to illustrate ideas, question and answer sessions, content reviews, and student collaboration. Math, data analysis, and statistics are reviewed to promote content mastery. The writing component is reviewed where instructors teach writing to the test and the class works interactively to build top scoring GRE essays. Instructors present a psychology lecture during the first week that provides an understanding of the foundations of the test, fosters student motivation and addresses students’ anxiety and stress. Instructors teach students how to look at problems, how to break them down, which methods, strategies, and techniques to apply, and how to derive the quickest solution. They go through problems step-by-step and show students what to look for and what tools are necessary. Time management is addressed to ensure students’ test day performance is streamlined and efficient. Mastery is facilitated by strategy lectures and question and answer sessions.

Our class meets once per week and covers a specific area of the GRE during each week of class. The course format allows students to spread out the work so that they understand it thoroughly before taking the actual exam. The course is an immersion experience, so students will spend 3 hours in class each week and then between 6 – 7 hours on homework and practice tests. The outside work is an important component to the class and is essential to reaching your potential. While we have a structured syllabus and curriculum, instructors will adapt the course to best reflect student needs and performance.

Instructors are accessible throughout the course and keep an open dialogue with their students. They are available to meet with briefly before or after class and every student has access to their instructor via e-mail. You’ll get to know your instructor with our small class sizes. Instructors are leaders and facilitate peer relationships within the classroom to build camaraderie within the cohort group.

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Course Materials

All course materials are included in the course fee. There are no additional materials to purchase and you will be provided with everything you need to effectively prepare for the GRE Exam. Students receive all of their course materials at the first day of class.

Our GRE Course materials include:

A Textbook of Official Test Questions
4 Official GRE Practice Tests, including the Computer-delivered Format
A Comprehensive Math and Statistics Review
The Xceptional Prep GRE Coursebook
A 970+ Word GRE Vocabulary List

Our course materials are expertly integrated into every class and are utilized for directed homework topics and practice tests. They have been selected for the most effective learning experience available.

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Homework Assignments and Practice Tests

Students are assigned structured homework assignments practice tests. Students learn new topics, strategy, and content in class, solidifying this knowledge through homework assignments, and then integrating this knowledge with a practice test. The completion time of these assignments can vary from student to student, but in general, students should budget about 6 – 7 hours for outside class work in addition to the class time each week. This estimate does not include the time spent studying our vocabulary list. Overall, Xceptional Prep students commit about 9 – 10 hours of time each week to their GRE studies.

Each lesson plan is accompanied by homework that integrates lecture topics and reinforces the strategy and content taught that week. Homework is required each week and gives students practice in the areas that were covered in class. Practicing methods and strategy skills taught in class in a non-timed format is important to timed test day performance. The key is to first understand the content, structure, and plans of attack for each problem in an untimed, stress-free practice format. Then once this knowledge is solidified and integrated students can incorporate it under the constraints of a timed test. After completion of each week’s homework assignments students will have a toolkit of methods and strategies available to apply to problems on their practice tests. Homework reinforces what students have learned, and will also provide instructors an assessment on areas where students need additional help.

Students complete timed practice tests to integrate all of their knowledge and to assess their performance. Structured practice, in the form of a timed practice test, is fundamental to increasing your test score. Instructors collect test information and use it to adapt the class to students’ deficiencies and areas of needed improvement; the first test is used as a pre-test to gauge the initial level of the class.

Homework assignments and practice tests solidify strategy and content into long-term memory so that students will perform to their potential on test day. Completing all homework assignments and practice tests helps students get the most out of the course. Outside class work is an important component to the course, and will help students achieve their personal best score on the GRE exam.

GRE Course Syllabus
Class 1:  3 Hours  
Test Introduction
Admissions Discussion
Test Psychology: Motivational Theory, Cognitive Systems, Stress
Feet-Wet Problems
General Techniques
Course Homework and Practice Test Assignments
(Immersion Week)
Math Review
Class 2:  3 Hours  

Math Review
Multiple-Choice (One Answer) Math
Multiple-Choice (One or More Answer) Math
Numeric Entry Math


Mathematical Conventions

Math Review

Class 3:  3 Hours  

Statistics Review
Multiple-Choice (One Answer) Statistics
Multiple-Choice (One or More Answer) Statistics
Numeric Entry Statistics
Quantitative Comparison Math


Statistics Review

Class 4:  3 Hours  

Data Interpretation Math
Text Completion
Sentence Equivalence


Data Analysis

GRE Vocabulary

Class 5:  3 Hours  

Reading Comprehension


Reading Comprehension

Class 6:  3 Hours  

Analytical Writing: Analyze an Issue and Analyze an Argument
Course Review: Summary Quantitative Techniques, Summary
Verbal Techniques
Psychology: Test Day Performance and Class Wrap Up


Issue and Argument Essays

Course Review


Proctored Tests At Home

Taking real practice tests is the single best way to improve your test score. Students in our courses proctor their tests at home. Our instructors teach proper proctoring procedures and provide students with the necessary tools and information to proctor their tests effectively. Students will need to find a consistent place to take their practice tests free from distraction and in an environment which is similar to the testing center. This allows students to mimic the real world test examination format. While some companies provide proctoring services as an additional component to their courses, this increases course costs as room charges and proctor salaries quickly add up. As the best test prep value, our goal is to reduce student costs.

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