Psi Chi hosting annual GRE Review

Psi Chi will be hosting its annual GRE Review at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in 313 Humanities Building.

According to an event flier, students must make reservations at the Psychology Office in 325 Humanities Building.  The cost to reserve a spot is $5 and the deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

“We do it every year and it’s mainly because as a Psychology major, you are probably going to have to go to graduate school and take the GRE, so it’s something helpful we like to do mainly for our majors, but for everybody who really wants to come because most places [require] you to take the GRE,” said Psi Chi secretary Hallie Butler.

Dr. Angie MacKewn, faculty adviser for Psi Chi, said that October is a great time to take the GRE because scores are then compared with others who take the exam at the same time.

“It started as a little fundraiser, then we saw the need for more than just practice tests, including refreshing math skills,” MacKewn said.

“Most people who are going to go into Ph.D. programs would take this in the summer or if they’re going into master’s (programs) they will take it later,” she said.

MacKewn added that a representative from the UTM Testing Center will attend the review to inform students on what to expect, how to sign up, and what to bring the day of the test (including forms of identification).  She said that faculty representing the Math and English departments typically attend the event to review basic math formulas, verbal skills and analytical writing.

“We also do practice problems since no one is allowed to bring calculators to take the GRE,” MacKewn said.

The GRE computerized test costs $205.  Students with financial need may go to the Financial Aid Office in 205 Hall-Moody Administration Building to apply for a GRE fee reduction certificate.  The cost after the fee reduction certificate is applied is $102.50.

Corrine Wells, coordinator of Pell/TSAC at Financial Aid and Scholarships, said that eligibility for the fee reduction certificate is the completion of the 2017-18 FAFSA.

“The EFC number, which is calculated off of the FAFSA for a dependent student, must be below $2,500; for an independent student it must be no more than $3,000; if one is currently unemployed while enrolled or previously graduated, they can use the EFC of $3,000 as well,” Wells said.

MacKewn said that students who are unable to attend the review, but still plan to take the GRE, will be provided a package of materials.

Wells is encouraging students who are applying for a fee reduction waiver to plan ahead.

“Get the fee reduction waiver several weeks before planning to take it because it has to be mailed off and it does take some time for processing,” she said.

“What we do is decrease the stress of taking the test and increase the knowledge of what the information is going to be like,” MacKewn said.

Students interested in taking the GRE must pay and register at www.ets.org/gre/.

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