GRE Preparation Sessions

Are you planning on attending graduate school but nervous about having to take the GRE? Unsure of what you need to study to be prepared for the exam? This 6 session GRE test prep course will build your confidence by going over the exam logistics, talking through the different sections of the exam and the format of exam questions in each section, give you the opportunity to take practice exam questions, and provide additional tips for preparing and studying for the GRE. Much of the course will be spent on content and questions similar to those on the actual exam.

  • Additional Details:
    Instructor: Bill Ackerman
    Online sessions will be held via Zoom.
    A flat fee of $100 must be paid upon registering.

  • Interested in registering for a test preparation session but at a later time? Please let us know here: Interest Form

Sessions at a Glance

  • Area of study: GRE Test Preparation
  • Ideal for: Individuals seeking admission to graduate programs.
  • Open to all interested individuals (current students, alumni, and community members)
  • Locations: Camarillo Campus and Online via Zoom video conference
  • Complimentary parking permits are available upon request for non-matriculated registrants. (in person sessions only)
  • Program format: Lecture and quizzes
  • Program length: 6 sessions, 3 hours per session (18 classroom hours)
  • Fees: $100 per 6-session course (Subject to change. Textbooks not included).
  • Financial Assistance: Workshops do not qualify for Financial Aid. This program is currently subsidized to reduce fees.

Recommended Books

*Not included with course fee; books are available for checkout at the Academic Advising Center on a first-come first-serve basis.
1. The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test (2nd ed.) by ETS, ISBN-10: 007179123X
2. 1,007 Questions for the New GRE (4th ed.) by the Princeton Review, ISBN-10: 0307946312

Topics covered in these sessions

Arithmetic, Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence, and Vocabulary

This will include a review of number properties, math vocabulary, and an introduction to problem solving techniques. How to approach the text completion and sentence equivalence problems will be demonstrated and practiced. How to improve one’s vocabulary, short and long term, will be presented and discussed.

Algebra, Quantitative Comparison, and Reading Comprehension

This session will cover a review of algebra and how it can be both used and avoided. How to approach quantitative comparisons will be presented. Also, précis method will be introduced for reading comprehension.

Geometry and Analytical Writing

This will include a review of geometry formulae and concepts as they apply on the GRE. How to approach and structure the analytical essays will be discussed and practiced.

Data Analysis and Verbal Review

This will entail a review of probability, statistic, charts and graphs, and other relevant math topics for the data analysis questions. A review of all types of verbal GRE questions will be undertaken as time permits.

About the Instructor

Bill Ackerman has been helping students prepare for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, CBEST, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests since the Reagan administration. Beginning in 1986 with the Princeton Review Los Angeles office as an SAT verbal instructor, Bill went on to add SAT math and the graduate school entrance exams to his teaching repertoire and also served as the site director of the Palos Verdes and Encino teaching sites. In 1993, he joined the UCLA Extension faculty where he continues to teach preparation courses for the GMAT, GRE and LSAT, as well as serving as an online instructor for the Certificate in College Counseling program. In 2006, Bill received that same certificate from UCLA. Bill also owns and operates an educational consulting service called ACCESS, which he opened in 2002 to provide students with guidance in the college and graduate school application process. He has a master’s degree from UC Irvine and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.

Interested in registering for a test preparation session but at a later time? Please let us know here: Interest Form

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Additional Graduate & Credential Exam Preparation Support:


CBEST, CSET, GRE, MCAT, OAT, LSAT and GMAT test preparation books are available for check-out at the Academic Advising Center.

CBEST Information (See also School of Education website for more information regarding CBEST testing)

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