Tech Writers and the GRE

Subject: Tech Writers and the GRE
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 15:49:19 -0500

I've been curious for several months now (ever since I took the test
actually) about how other tech writers have scored on the different areas of
the GRE -- and whether you took it before or after you worked as a tw. My
highest score was on the logic section (a frustrating 790), followed by the
math section with the verbal coming in last.

I think that my profession actually worked against me on the verbal portion
of the test because it focused on vocabulary and your command of big words.
Most of the words on the test are words that I would probably never use in a
technical document.

As for the logic portion, I had recently finished a 2 1/2 year stint writing
mostly troubleshooting procedures for the military so I had been using my
problem solving skills constantly during that time.

For the math, I did a crash review before the test. Not much way I could
have done that for the vocab, short of memorizing the dictionary.


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