GRE Biology Subject Test
GRE Biology Subject Test Continued..
Most students prefer to overview their own text books in the initial stages of their preparation. It is ideal to get hold of the text books which you studied in school. Once you have brushed up the concepts which you were familiar with before then you must take up other books which cover the remaining topics. You must look for a book in which all the remaining topics are covered. It is ideal to stick to one such book, but you might require two in order to cover all the topics in details. While selecting the books make sure that you are not leaving out any topic. Going through the sample papers will give you a better idea of how much weightage is given to each topic and you can accordingly select the books.
The Biology subject test is objective. Hence you have to make it a point to study accordingly. Do not ignore the small details while studying. If you do not read carefully and do not memorize with concentration then you shall certainly get confused in the test. A slight difference in spelling or meaning can lead to a wrong answer in the exam. Biology as a subject involves a lot of learning. The terms and names used in biology can be very confusing. So keep aside separate time every day for learning drills. You can firstly understand the concepts and then learn the details separately after taking a break. This will also help you in quick recall during the test.
The questions towards the end of the Biology subject test shall be based on interpretation of results from graphs, labeling diagrams, comparison of two or more graphs, identification of different stages of a process shown in diagrams, interpretation of results of experiments from given data etc. Here you might be given diagrams, graphs, tables, charts etc which you haven't studied before. Thus it becomes important for you to know how diagrams represent processes, how data is interpreted from charts, graphs, tables etc. and how inferences are drawn from the information given. Be mindful about going through the diagrams, graphs and figures in the books while revising all the related concepts. Many a times we tend to ignore the diagrams if we have a clear understanding of the concept, here you can not afford to do that.
In case you are not confident about your ability to prepare on your own you can seek professional help. A large number of coaching institutes run classes for the preparation of the Biology subject test. You shall get guidance from experts in the subject in such institutes. Also they will monitor your performance and give special attention to the topics you need to revise better. Moreover you can choose to hire a private tutor or study online from the coaching institutes' teachers. You shall have 3-4 options to choose from depending on how much of your time and money you are ready to spend in an institute like this.
The Biology subject test is in the paper format and thus it is easy for you to navigate through the paper. You can start with the questions which are easy and then take up the difficult questions. Read every question with full concentration, ponder over it, mark the answer confidently and then forget about it. Deliberate on each question so that you don't have to get back to it again. This will save you time. Further, all the questions in the test are of equal weightage, so you must endeavor to answer the ones which you know carefully and correctly.
On the day of the test you must have prior of the requirements and the rules followed at the test center. Go through the guidelines well in advance in order to avoid confusion at the test center.
Your scores in this subject test are calculated in a two stages. The raw scores are calculated first and then the scaled scores. One fourth of the total number of questions answered incorrectly is calculated. This number is subtracted from the total number of questions answered correctly. This gives the raw score. This raw score is then converted into scaled score. The scaled scores are within limits of 200 and 990. On an average, a student scores between 490 and 790. Correspondingly, you are given subscores in the three subject areas of Biology subject test. Each of these scores ranges from 20 to 99. These raw subscores are also calculated in the same manner, in which the total raw score is calculated. The raw subscores are then converted into scaled subscores. If a student performs equally well in all the three sections, and then his subscores are roughly one tenth of his total scores. Apart form all these scores the percentiles are also reported. A percentile score indicates the percentage of students who score less than the corresponding scaled score. Say your percentile in the test is 89. It means that 89% of the total examinees scored lesser than you. The percentile scores are very important for admission authorities to determine how capable a student is in comparison with others who appear for the same test. Thus it becomes a better indicator of your performance.
Register for the Biology subject test as soon as you make up your mind. This will give you sufficient time to plan your strategies and study accordingly. Remember to download the free PDF form the official website. This will give you the latest and the most reliable information about the test syllabus, pattern, types of questions etc. Also you must see the practice test questions before preparing for the test. There is no substitute to hard work and timely preparation, so start right away.
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