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September 8, 2013

Workshop to prepare for GRE at MSU-Meridian

MERIDIAN — Anyone preparing to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may benefit from a workshop to be held, Saturday, Sept. 21 at Mississippi State University-Meridian.

    The workshop, which is sponsored by the MSU Meridian Psychology Club, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the College Park campus. The fee, which is $40 for MSU students and $60 for all other participants, will cover the cost of the study guide manual, materials for the workshop and lunch. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept.17th.  

    The GRE is a standardized test required for acceptance into graduate programs at most universities and colleges in the United States. At Mississippi State University the GRE is now, for the first time, also being accepted for those interested in earning their MBA.

    According to Dr. Rod Wilson, assistant professor of psychology at MSU Meridian and coordinator of the workshop, the test is used by many graduate programs for admission purposes as well as in determining grant fellowships or financial aid.

    The purpose of the MSU-Meridian based workshop is to familiarize students with the three major domains of the exam and current test-taking strategies.

    Presenters will be Dr. Lin Ge, instructor, and Dr. James Kelley, associate professor of English. During the workshop, Ge will cover the quantitative portion of the GRE and Kelley will lead discussions on preparing for the verbal/writing portion.

    “As with any standardized test of this magnitude, stress management plays an important role,” said Wilson. “Understanding overall test organization, scoring, and day of testing procedures serves to help reduce stress and aid students in performing to the best of their ability.”

    Individuals interested in taking the GRE are encouraged to register for the seminar as soon as possible.

    In Mississippi, the GRE is given year-round at testing centers on the MSU campus in Starkville and at several other testing centers in the state.  

    For more information on the GRE Workshop, contact the division of Arts and Sciences at 601-484-0140 or Dr. Wilson at 601-484-0173 or email him at

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