The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

What is the GRE?

The GRE is one of the two possible qualifying exams prospective MBA students will be looking to take as they prepare to apply to the Fisher College of Business, the with the GMAT as the other possible exam.  The main difference between the GRE and GMAT is that while the GRE is used as part of admissions for a wide variety of graduate programs, such as business school, law school, or other specialized master’s programs, the GMAT is primarily only accepted by business schools. For the purpose of Fisher, either exam is acceptable.

How the GRE Works

The GRE is broken into three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing, with each section receiving its own score. While the Analytical Writing section does help schools understand a prospective candidates writing abilities and logical thinking, it is the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections that will generally receive the most attention. The Quantitative and Verbal reasoning sections are scored out of a total of 180 points each, with many schools making their composite average score available for prospective candidates to view. For example, the Fisher incoming Full-Time MBA class of 2018, the average composite score was a 312.

How to Study for the GRE

The best advice I can give when preparing to take the GRE is to use books or online resources to practice the types of questions they give in the GRE, and understand what it is the questions are asking. One of the most important skills the GRE tests is the ability to read through entire questions and passages and understand what answer is being sought. There are a number of online resources you can use to find free practice tests and the general questions you can expect to see come test day.

One Last Thing

As you start studying for the GRE, remember that while a high score can definitely help a candidate, business schools will be looking at many aspects of a candidate including work experience and cultural fit. This means a lower-than-expected score does not necessarily place someone out of the running. And if you do receive a score not as high as you wanted, one of the best parts of the GRE is that it can be taken multiple times.

Easiest Lunch Spots

On the days where classes have been getting out at noon providing only a hour lunch break before the next one begins, and there are no job or club info sessions providing the ubiquitous pizza, the Fisher Grad student has been left with a simple question: What the heck am I doing for lunch?

Ignoring the overachievers who choose to pack, the rest of us are left to find our own way into the Fisher campus culinary experience.

Rohr Café

Starting off we have Mason Hall’s own Rohr Café, always good for a Starbucks coffee or espresso to get the caffeine boost one immediately begins to rely upon when Student becomes one’s job description. This quick café is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the crowds generally forming before 8:30 a.m. classes and around lunch. Offering a selection of sandwiches and other baked goods, it is a reliable option for a quick bite.


Only a five-minute walk away from Gerlach Hall, the Lane St. Panera has quickly become one the most popular nearby restaurants for lunch.  Offering a wide range of sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads, this lunch spot provides a nice change of pace for those looking for something a bit healthier than the universal Domino’s pizza.  Along with their Rapid Pickup app, allowing people to preorder and skip the line, it is a speedy and healthy stop for the grad on the go.

Bistro 2110

Located in the nearby and gorgeous Blackwell Hotel, Bistro 2110 offers a high scale experience at an affordable price and easy access.  Their lunch buffet, coming in at $12.95/person, offers a changing rotation of options, ranging from sirloin steak with butternut squash to a seared salmon over rice pilaf.  For those looking for a more specialized option their lunch and dinner menus offers a mix of made order items, the Blackwell Burger and Sriracha Fried Shrimp Tacos are always a solid choice.