Kaplan holds workshop to help students prepare for GRE

Florida A&M University students planning to attend graduate school can take advantage of a free Graduate Record Examination workshop provided by Kaplan Testing Centers. The seminar will be held Feb. 22, in the Dyson Pharmacy Building, room 102.

Kaplan’s free workshop will be sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Research.

Preparing for graduate school entrance exams can be a daunting experience for many students.

“I am really excited about the idea of going to graduate school, but not the idea of taking the GRE,” said Shaytavia Hinson, a senior healthcare management student from Avon Park. 

Carla Grubb, Kaplan’s Tallahassee test center’s manager, said the workshop will help students.

“This is a really great way for students to get a feel for what the GRE will be like as well as show them what Kaplan testing advantages has to offer students in conjunction with FAMU,” Grubb said.

Kaplan is one of the best-known test preparation centers for students who are planning to take entrance exams such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT.

Test prep classes by Kaplan range from $500 to nearly $2000.

“I know how expensive Kaplan is, so a free graduate test prep seminar is something that I am very interested in,” said La’Dennia Holley, a senior political science and secondary education student from Plant City.

Not only does the School of Graduate Studies offer students ways to study and prepare for graduate school, but there are many different programs for prospective graduate students that the school has to offer, one is the Graduate Feeder Scholar Program.

“The GFSP was arranged by FAMU to give students the opportunity to receive advanced study in graduate programs not available at FAMU,” said Linda Knight, director of recruitment for the GFSP.

Knight said that more than 40 schools were chosen throughout the United States.

Accepting any students who qualify, the program gives students the opportunity to access many other graduate degree options. From fully paid scholarships, to graduate school payment deferments, the “goal is to get students not to have to pay any of their graduate studies out of pocket,” she said.

GFSP is one of the many different and innovative programs the school has to offer for students planning on obtaining a master’s degree.

All of the programs the School of Graduate Studies provides for students “act as a gateway to graduate education,” Knight said.

As well as having workshops provided by Kaplan, there is a Feeder Conference. The conference is held every year with various schools and workshops to help students prepare for a career in graduate school, the next conference will be held Sept. 28-29.

Students are advised to go to the School of Graduate studies for a packet on how to become accepted in the GFSP if they are interested.

With the many different graduate programs and workshops that FAMU has to offer, students can take advantage of the extra help.

“If FAMU has any kind of program to help me better prepare for a career in graduate school, I am all for it,” said Mylinda Garrett, a political science student from Atlanta.

“Any opportunity for me to learn as much as I can for continuing my education is a must, as long as FAMU offers programs like these, I will gladly attend them.”

Students who would like to know more on the GRE preparation programs, or want additional graduate school and continuing education guidance, are urged to go the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Office in Tucker Hall, room 400, or http://www.famu.edu area of graduate studies.

For more information on Kaplan’s test prep workshops and testing centers visit http://www.kaplan.com.

Contact Eboni Randolph at famuannews@hotmail.com