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  1. I couldn't say for sure which schools require it for admission. Cornell maybe? Keep in mind that the GRE Subject tests award large amounts of undergrad credit at three schools in the U.S., and that there may have been several people at your exam using it for credit-by-examination. I was awarded 30 undergrad credits from Excelsior College for passing the GRE Psychology subject exam above the 80th percentile. Interestingly, when I took the exam this past Saturday, there were only two of us there for the Literature in English test. Everyone else was there for Biology, Mathematics, and Comp. Sci.
  2. Did anyone else take the exam Saturday? I thought it was tough. I about died of laughter over one particular passage.
  3. Anyone else taking the GRE Literature tomorrow? I took the second test out of the ETS practice book last night and got a 124 raw score. That put me at about the 58th percentile for that test. Good luck to anyone taking the test tomorrow! Check out this article about an English professor who took the practice GRE: Testing the Test - ChronicleReview.com
  4. Update: My practice test scores are around the 120 mark, raw score, between 50-60th percentile. The REA book gives me lower scores. I dislike the REA book. Has anyone else been taking practice tests? How's it going? I hope to score above the 40th percentile on the real exam. I think I may just squeak by with the score I want. I'm feeling better about it now than I was after my first REA practice test. My raw score was only a 69 on that first one. Thankfully it has been steadily improving over the past few weeks! Good luck everyone!
  5. Me again! The thread on Instantcert has been closed to members only, but I still highly recommend joining to anyone preparing for any DSST or CLEP exams, as well as for review for the GRE Psychology. I consolidated all my posts here where anyone can read them though: GRE Psychology - Distance Learning Discussion Forums Plus, I made a Listmania book list for this exam, rate it helpful if it is! Amazon.com: "Books to prepare for the GRE Psychology Test"
  6. I think your plan sounds excellent, I wish I had such a great plan. Have you bought any books for the GRE Lit.? Or do you mainly plan to do your studying online?
  7. Well, hello from degreeinfo! Great forum, isn't it? Well, if that's the only school approved, at least it made the decision easy. I have no idea. Grad school choices are going to be stressing me out for months, I can tell. I briefly considered a MLS, because I love looking stuff up and helping others, so it seemed a good match. Then I studied a bit of Cultural Anthropology, and decided that I needed to head more in that direction. I'm still a bit lost, though, and it's not unlikely that I will change my mind again. You are inspiring me to come up with a solid plan like you have. I need something more concrete to work towards.
  8. Oh, I almost forgot, grad schools! Your plan sounds great, I have never been out of the U.S. That would be amazing to teach in Germany (or any part of Europe), I would love to go there someday. Here's some of my grad school thoughts: University of Wales, Lampeter: University of Wales Lampeter | Archaeology and Anthropology Athabasca-Culteral Studies: Program Concentrations - Areas of Specialization - MAIS - Athabasca University Humanities, California State University, Dominguez Hills:HUX Home Salve Regina, Humanities:Salve Regina University - Graduate Studies - Humanities: Master of Arts Dantes Online Catalog I am having troubles narrowing it down, er...how did you narrow it down to one school? That's probably my biggest problem!
  9. Charter Oak is a good choice. I almost went with them, but the oral communication requirement scared me away. There are a lot of resources out there for anyone studying literature. It was such a relief when I started researching! Looking for psychology stuff was a nightmare. The Vade Mecum site is a very good place to start, but I see you have discovered that already. I haven't fully made it through the practice test ETS sent me, but I have gotten about half the answers correct that I have done so far. I feel good about it anyway, because I am an optimist! A friend of mine (she passed) sent me some links for this: http://www.dailylit.com/home--Daily Lit site, have bite-sized chunks of classic literature sent to you daily via email Quotes Quotations a classic poem sent daily to your inbox as well! And here's a link I found in an older thread in this forum:GRE Subject Exam--Literature in English--Approach and Resources (originally posted by phinlit) I read all the posts in this section, plus you can glean some good advice by reading all the GRE Literature books reviews you can find. People drop hints by saying, "This prep book was good, but there was more Chauncer/Literary Theory/Bible as Lit. on this exam than this book said there would be." Then you know to study more of those things. I predict that you will do well regardless, simply because you have a relatively decent level of prior knowledge, and because of the sheer amount of time you plan to spend studying. I only plan to study for half the time as you, and my study has been half-hearted thus far. Thankfully the good advice from my friend will make my remaining study a bit more efficient, with the GRE Psych I was rather awkwardly trying to study too many things, more than half of what I studied wasn't on the test. As for poetry, I hate it too! I am going to use the Yale lectures for that one. I have ordered the Norton Poetry, I expect it any time, and I will just go along with that class as though I were taking it. Hopefully I will have more to contribute after next week. I plan to take my first practice test by the end of this month. I will report to you my scores, no matter how terrible. I have no shame.
  10. Where are you enrolled? I'm at Excelsior, and they award all thirty credits for the major with a score above the 80th percentile on the GRE subject exams. I tested out of a psychology major this way, so yes it can be done! All I have left is a one credit research and writing requirement. If you are at Charter Oak, you need to score above the 40th percentile, if you are at Empire State, you will be awarded credits on a scale between 20th percentile and 96th percentile, with six credits toward the lower end going up to 36 credits at 96th percentile. Anyways, I am taking this exam April 2009, and I would be happy to share resources and discuss it as much as you like. I work full-time and I am a single mother to a one-year-old son, so I know what it's like to busily cram steady for months to pass! I'm so happy to find someone else preparing! I've only just begun my studying, and I haven't taken any practice exams yet. I've ordered nearly every book off the recommended reading list, or swapped for them on paperbackswap.com, and swapped for dvd versions on swapadvd.com. All I've really done so far is watch the dvds, my son's been keeping my hands too full to look at books. I have started making flashcards out of the Vade Mecum site, also. I think your plan sounds very doable, I wish I were as organized as you are. I have piles of books all over, and I still have two other exams to complete in completely different subjects, but I went ahead and scheduled those so I will be able to focus solely on literature after January 8th. Do you have any plans for grad school as of yet? I'd love to hear your plans. I am looking for something in humanities that I can do via distance learning.
  11. Still no replies, looks like I'll be going it alone for a bit. Perhaps as we get closer to the day of the test there will be others who will join me in my worrying. Until then, I will study hard on my own! I suppose I can update my progress here for future test takers who stumble on this page looking for info. Oh man, I feel so lonely! lmao, when I post this, it will be like I can hear the crickets chirping in response.
  12. I plan to start studying in earnest for the GRE Literature beginning January 1st. I was hoping to find others who will be taking the exam on the same day so we could share resources and support. So...anyone else out there want to join a GRE Literature study/support group? I will be taking it for undergraduate credit, and my goal is to achieve a scaled score of 630 or better. So far, I have ordered all the prep books out there, as well as some on learning Ye Olde and Middle English, the Bible as Literature, and as many Masterplots as I can get my hands on. What other books would be good for this? I would really love to find some good online lectures, as they were instrumental in another GRE subject exam I passed, so if anyone knows of any, please steer me in that direction. Well, I hope to round up some people! If you have taken this exam recently, please share all you can about your study methods to help encourage and inspire us! Thank you in advance for any replies!
  13. I still think you are going to end up with a better score than you expect. It sounds like you studied really hard. So just hold off on registering for the April test until you have your Nov. scores. I bet you knocked it out of the park. I will plan my study time around the ETS outline. Thanks for reminding me of that! I plan to study for the next five months until the exam. I only have one book on the Bible as Literature, and one book on literary theory and criticism. I also have all the exam specific preparatory books, and I have been making flashcards out of the Vade Mecum site. I haven't gotten into the Hapax Legomena site yet, but I will likely turn that into flashcards as well. I have ordered Longman, Oxford, and Norton anthologies. Not all of them! Too expensive, I've been ordering the cheap ones as I find them on amazon. Do you think this will be sufficient? I have a couple other smaller exams to complete before I can dive in to Literature studying completely. I can't wait to really get into it! I'll be very interested to hear how you do, and if you decide to retake this test. Good luck and keep me updated!
  14. I haven't taken this test yet, but I am registered to take it April 2009. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the heads up about studying the Bible as Literature and Middle/Old English. I will shift my focus more toward literary criticism and theory as well. Also, I just called yesterday and received my GRE Psychology score early by phone. They do give you your scaled score, followed by your percentile ranking. It's worth noting that I called two days before the site says scores would be available, so you may want to call a day or two early as well, just to see. Don't make yourself sick with worry, either. I was absolutely positive my score would be in the 500s, with a 50th percentile, if not worse. Your score will likely be much better than you expect, as mine was. It sounds like you really put your heart into it. I think your efforts will pay off! Good luck to you!
  15. I just thought I would come back here and update on the GRE Psychology test I took Oct. 18th, 2008. I called and received my score by phone yesterday. I earned a 720 scaled score, 87th percentile. I am really, really pleased with this, since I just needed 80th percentile or above. Hopefully my book reviews and advice prove helpful to someone out there. Good luck to all future GRE Psych test takers!
  16. I am too lazy to type it all out again. Even copying and pasting it would be too much trouble, so here's the link to where I talk all about my GRE Psychology experience:"CLEP discussion forum for CLEP Study Secrets and Strategies for the CLEP Exam to help you earn college credit by acing the CLEP test. Hopefully this helps someone out there!
  17. Harvard Extension School sounds a lot like what you are looking for. I am not in the program, but I know someone on another forum who is. Here's the link to Harvard:Harvard University Extension School and here's the link where she talks about her experience:Harvard Extension School I think the program requires a 6 week or so residency, which can be completed during summer session. If you have vacation time, this could be a viable option. If the residency turns you off, Cornell offers a certificate program:eCornell | Leadership Development Training - Corporate Management Training , but I don't think they currently offer anything in your discipline of interest. They appear to be more accessible though. However, these options can not be beat if you are looking for comprehensive learning by distance with a credential that will be bankable. If you decide on this one please keep me updated, because I am very, very interested in this one. As a third option, if you are looking to fill some time until you decide on a program, Andrew Jackson University is a DETC accredited program currently offering a radical tuition free program if you sign up with one of their sponsors. Here's the link:Andrew Jackson University || Accredited Online Degrees It looks like they are trying to start a Myspace for education, and if you sign up to be a beta tester for that, you can do the Master's program just with the typical sort of semester fees. Here's the thread where it is discussed in more detail: Go to college for free? Sort of... - Distance Learning Discussion Forums They mistake the semester fee for a per course fee, but that is cleared up in the first few posts. Although price may not be a concern for you, this particular option can be done for less than $550 a semester, so it's interesting for me for that price! And here's another link you might find interesting:Ivy League online degree : Ivy League distance education and online courses | Online College Blog and School Reviews This one includes links to similar programs at Dartmouth and Columbia. You may want to investigate the Columbia program first, I think it sounds most like what you really are looking for. I should have mentioned that one first, really. And just to throw this out there, Rutgers offers professional skill certifications if you just wish to brush up on your knowledge and get a nice Rutgers certificate. These have no real academic value, they are professional certifications only, but there is a high level of interest in them on other forums as a good resume filler. Rutgers Skill Certification Center and here's the thread where it's discussed:Skills Certifications from Rutgers University Well, those are the things I am considering after I finish my undergrad anyway. I hope those sites are helpful to you even if the programs are not to your liking. That Distance Learning Discussion Forum has many, many more options as well, if you do a search within the forum. Good luck to you!
  18. Test is tomorrow! I'm freaking out! Anyway, I thought I should update my book reviews. I have changed my opinion of the ARCO GRE Psychology book. Now that I have gone through it more thoroughly, I think it is equal to either the Princeton Review book or the Kaplan GRE Psychology book. Those three are about the same, so anyone out there preparing--buy at least one of them, they're good. And I gave in and bought the old ETS book. I noticed the price had dropped when I checked again on amazon. Does that happen every year right before GRE time? Regardless, don't waste your money on this one. The one I purchased is very slim. I really just wanted to get my hands on a real ETS practice test. I was disappointed, because the 1993 version in this book was crazy easy. I got a ridiculously high score on it. The 2000 version they send you seems more application/scenario based than the older version. I still don't like the Barron's GRE Psychology book. I still think the REA book is a decent gauge of your progress. I wish ETS would recommend some specific prep books for this. It was frustrating for me to know where to begin my studying. They recommend " a thorough review of your undergraduate courses." Or something similar. I only took one undergrad general psychology class! Anyway, for all the people who come here after me looking for advice, I promise to update here after I actually sit the exam tomorrow. But in the meantime, here's a few things that have helped me so far: I am a member of InstantCert.com: Leader in Online CLEP and Dantes Exam Preparation, and this is a really good site to review many undergrad classes. It's mainly for people who, like me, are testing out of undergrad classes via CLEP and DSST exams. It's only $20 a month, and I have found the flashcards very helpful. There is also a forum connected to this site, where I have shared more about my GRE experience. Here's the link:"CLEP discussion forum for CLEP Study Secrets and Strategies for the CLEP Exam to help you earn college credit by acing the CLEP test. I think there may be many others on this forum who are also members of Instantcert, but if you haven't heard of it, there you are. I suppose it's a bit of a shameless plug, but it's actually very educational. And of course the forum is totally free to join. Also, I have taken to using mnemonic devices for remembering so much information. I have found this site: Episode 72 (video): Memorize the Parts of the Brain | The Psych Files Podcast very helpful for remembering parts of the brain and Erikson's stages of development. Well, that's all for now. I sure hope this helps someone. I have had a really hard time finding meaningful advice for this test on line. This forum was the most relevant, and there's not much here for this test as of this posting. Hopefully more people will contribute their experience in the future. Although it's understandable, after I take this test tomorrow, I hope not to think about it ever again!
  19. I enjoy this forum. I just wanted to contribute to the longest thread ever! Good luck to everyone!
  20. I haven't taken the GRE Psychology yet, though I will on Oct. 18th. I can tell you which books I have liked best, and which ones have helped me pass the practice tests, though. Cracking the GRE Psychology by Princeton Review is the best book by reviews, so it's the one I started with. I do think it's good, but I don't think the sparse section on research methods and statistics will do it for me. I got Statistics for Dummies from the library. I pretty much transcribed this entire book into my notes by hand.(the Princeton one, not statistics) Kaplan GRE Psychology is the next book I would recommend, I think it's "easier" than the Princeton one, and I kinda wish I had started with this one, to ease my way into all this. REA GRE Psychology: 6 full length exams with explanatory answers, no study material. I still think it's worth buying to gauge the progress of your other studying. ARCO Psychology is just OK. Buy it for reinforcement of your learning, save your money if you have none to spare for it. And finally, Barron's Psychology. I hate this book. I think the version I have is too old or something though and whoever owned it before me marked it up so bad that it's distracting. I actually think a lot of material in here is harder than the real exam. Only 39 pages of review material, ridiculously long (380 questions!) diagnostic test. There is one more GRE Psychology specific book that is no longer in print that used to be put out by ETS, but I didn't bother buying it because it is too expensive since everyone jacks the price up on books no longer in publication. Anyway, that's my opinion so far, I'll try and update here if I have time after the test!
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