Dr. Lin Ge conducts workshop session at last year's GRE Workshop at Mississippi State University-Meridian campus.

    Anyone preparing to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may benefit from a workshop being held at Mississippi State University-Meridian.

    The GRE is a standardized test required for acceptance into graduate programs at most universities and colleges in the United States. The workshop is sponsored by the MSU Meridian Psychology Club.

    According to Dr. Vicki Gier, assistant professor of psychology at MSU Meridian and coordinator of the workshop, the test is meant to measure a student’s potential to succeed in graduate school.

    “The purpose of this workshop,” stressed Gier, “is to review the Verbal/Writing and Quantitative portions of the GRE and to discuss 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.

    “Taking the GRE, which is a computer-based test, can be extremely stressful,” said Gier. “The test format is often considered rigid, so it is important that anyone planning to take the exam should familiarize themselves with the format, time constraints and the specific focuses of each section.”

    “Last year’s workshop was such a success, with well over 50 people participating, so we encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible,” she added.

    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 Gier at (601) 484- 0298 or e-mail her at

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