RE: Tech Writers and the GRE

Subject: RE: Tech Writers and the GRE
From: "Ehr, Meg" <Meg -dot- Ehr -at- smartworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 18:46:42 -0400

Bryan Westbrook wrote:

>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 did well. Like Brian, I did better on the math than on the verbal. Not
really surprising, considering that the math on the GRE is no more advanced
than that on the SAT (or so say the folks at Princeton Review, whose GRE
book I used to prep). I did very well on the logic, but I expected to: at
the time, I was really into logic puzzles (the kind you find in word game
magazines), and the analytical questions were just like the logic puzzles I
did for fun. The best part: my scores qualified me for a partial tuition
waiver from my university, so I only had to pay in-state tuition.

BTW, this was looong before I decided to be a TW. I actually went to grad
school for museum studies, and now have not one, but TWO degrees in history.
I actually was a curator in a historical museum for a bit. It was so awful
that I quit the job -- and the profession -- within nine months. (Never
tried to get another museum job - it was too hard to go back when I could
make more money temping.)

Meg Ehr


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