Program helps prepare students for GRE

By Drew Teague

One campus resource is aiming to help students get into graduate school.

Academic Enhancement is offering courses for students, especially seniors, to take to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam in both the math and verbal sections.

A math section workshop will be held on May 14 and a verbal section workshop on May 21. Both workshops are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jessalyn Ubellacker, a GRE/GMAT instructor at Academic Enhancement, said both courses are $100 to register.

According to a news release, students who attend will get two full-length practice exams, a pizza lunch and four hours of instruction, which includes test-taking strategies and content review.

The workshops are a place for students to learn about the graduate school admissions exam and to get to know what will be presented on the exam, Ubellacker said.

“What these workshops are is an opportunity for students to get that head start on prepping for the GRE, for admission to graduate school,” Ubellacker said.

Ubellacker urged students who need to take the exam to take it prior to the changes that will occur to the test later in the year.

“The GRE is changing forms August 1,” said Ubellacker. “This is the last opportunity for students to take a prep course here at the University of Kentucky in order to prepare for the GRE before it changes.”

Megan Beach, the assistant director of Academic Enhancement, said Academic Enhancement has and continues to offer a course through the semester for GRE prep, but the one-time course has been in the works for several months.

“We wanted to offer something to students and citizens thinking about going back to school and preparing for the GRE in a fast quick way,” Beach said.

The one-time course will help others from outside the UK community to be able to take the course, including people from Eastern Kentucky University and beyond, Beach said.

“They may not have time to come in and take the full course, but they may be able to come in on a Saturday and get the skills needed for math and verbal (sections) to succeed on the GRE,” she said.

The courses are capped at 25 people, but Academic Enhancement is be willing to add other courses if enough people show interest, both Ubellacker and Beach said.

For more information or to register, visit Any questions can be directed to Ubellacker or Amanda Smith at 859-257-1356.