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If you have been searching for a comprehensive GRE Literature Test course to help you study for the exam, Varsity Tutors can set you up with a private GRE Subject Test in Literature class. The GRE Subject Tests are required to get into certain graduate school programs, and others may give a little boost to applicants with a relevant test score on their application. The GRE Literature Test covers material written in English from the United States, British Isles, and around the globe. Major works such as the Bible may also appear even though they were not originally written in English. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of taking a GRE Literature Test prep course, you've found the right page!

Many GRE Subject Test in Literature prep courses begin by examining the structure and content of the exam. The test consists of one testing session lasting two hours and 50 minutes. Students have approximately 230 multiple-choice questions to answer, so time management techniques such as knowing when to guess and move on are often emphasized during GRE Subject Tests in Literature classes. The exam is administered through a traditional test booklet, like other standardized tests you may have taken in the past.

The following table breaks down the sections you'll see on the exam:

GRE Subject Test in Literature Content Areas Percentage of Exam
Literary Analysis 40-55
Identification 15-20
Cultural and Historical Contexts 20-25
History and Theory of Literary Criticism 10-15

Obviously, Literary Analysis is the single most important subject area as it accounts for roughly half of the total test. Many GRE Literature Test prep classes concentrate heavily for this reason. Yet, what if you feel that you would be better served by studying literary criticism or historical context? A private GRE Literature Test class provides the flexibility to focus on your unique areas of opportunity to improve study efficiency. You also don't need to worry about running out of time, as there are no time restrictions on your independent study.

The bulleted list below highlights some of the topics you might look over during a GRE Subject Test in Literature course:

GRE Subject Test in Literature Topics (non-comprehensive)

  • Literary theory
  • Criticism
  • History of the English language
  • Poetry
  • Form and structure
  • Literary techniques
  • Identifying characteristics of literary or critical movements

Again, working with a private instructor allows you to concentrate on any of these concepts. If you're considerably more comfortable with prose than poetry, your instructor may review several poems with you to help you feel more comfortable. You might also practice active reading techniques such as note-taking to help you identify the most important pieces of information in a reading passage. In addition, many students look into how to leverage the exam against itself to deduce the correct answer when they don't know it.

Varsity Tutors also makes taking a GRE Subject Test in Literature prep class as easy as possible. Our Live Learning Platform facilitates digital study sessions, allowing you to meet with your instructor anywhere with a stable internet connection. We also try to match every student with an instructor who suits their schedule, as you shouldn't need to rearrange your whole life just to study for a test.

If you would like to learn more about the GRE Literature Test courses available through Varsity Tutors, please reach out to an Educational Consultant today for more information. We look forward to working with you!

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