GRE Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a deadline to sign up for a PowerScore GRE course?
There is no official deadline to sign up for our courses, but classes do close due to size limitations. For classes starting in April, students who enroll in the course by mid-March should be able to reserve a space without a problem. If you know you are going to sign up for a class but you have not yet sent in your payment, you can always give us a call and we will place a courtesy hold on a space for you. The hold will ensure that a space in the class is still available for you when your payment arrives.
Do I have to pay in full for my class when I enroll?
Yes, payment must be made in full to be considered enrolled in the course.
However, PowerScore does offer financing (payment plans) with Affirm* for our Full Length and Live Online courses through our e-commerce check-out online. This payment option is available to our US customers, and will allow our customers to split the price of their purchase into fixed payment amounts that fit their monthly budget. Customers will have the option to pick from 3, 6, and 12 month plan to finance their purchase. If you are interested in financing your purchase with Affirm, just select Affirm at checkout where you will then be redirected to the Affirm website.
For students outside the US, in certain situations we can arrange extended payment plans for those Full Length or Live Online Course students who need more time to complete their payment. For more information, please call our offices at 800-545-1750.
*Subject to credit check and approval. Down payment may be required. For purchases under $395, limited payment options are available. Estimated payment amount excludes taxes and shipping fees. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey State Chartered Commercial Bank, Member FDIC. See https://www.affirm.com/faqsfor details.
What is your refund policy?
No. The payment for our in-person GRE Accelerated Courses and GRE Full Length Courses is fully refundable minus a $50 processing fee if you notify us in writing at least ten (10) business days prior to the start of your course, and you have not yet activated your Online Student Center account.
The payment for our GRE Live Online Accelerated Course is refundable minus a $150 course deposit if you notify us in writing at least ten (10) business days prior to the start of your course, and you have not yet activated your Online Student Center account.
The payment for our GRE Live Online Course is fully refundable minus a $350 course deposit if you notify us in writing at least ten (10) business days prior to the start of your course, and you have not yet activated your Online Student Center account.
Should I buy another study book to use before classes start?
Although our course provides comprehensive preparation for the GRE, you cannot be harmed by exposure to the math and English problems contained in other books. In class you will learn a number of optimal techniques for attacking the GRE, and that will help correct any bad habits you may have developed by studying other materials.
Why does PowerScore require all of their instructors to score in the 90th percentile on an actual administered GRE?
Why should we, or you, settle for less? The GRE is an extremely varied test, requiring knowledge of a broad spectrum of English and mathematical principles. Our instructors, all of whom have scored in the 90th percentile, have proven that they fully understand the test themselves, and thus are able to focus more on teaching and answering questions since they don't have to struggle to understand the concepts that appear on the GRE. Instructor candidates with lower scores usually received those scores because they couldn't fully grasp and apply all of the techniques that effectively attack the GRE. If they couldn't properly use and apply the ideas themselves, it's generally going to be more difficult for them to pass along those same ideas to their students.
Our competitors with lower instructor standards often claim that teachers with high scores do not necessarily make the best instructors. We could not agree more, and that is why we do not hire many of the qualified applicants we interview. When selecting instructors, we look for people who can patiently and effectively explain the ideas of our course, people who can interact well with others in a classroom setting, and those who truly enjoy teaching. Finding instructors like this is not easy, and that is why we offer one of the highest starting salaries in the industry. In addition, we put our instructors through a rigorous training program before they ever set foot in a real class. At PowerScore we demand the best and we expect our students to do the same.
What is the PowerScore class repeat policy?
If classes are available, you can repeat our Full-Length Course with new materials a total of 2 times within 2 years following your course date for an administrative fee of $495 per repeat. Please note that our repeat policy differs from others in that we allow you to repeat our full course, not a shorter refresher course. Also, unlike other courses, we do not require that you attend every class in order to be eligible to repeat the course at the reduced rate.
For the in-person Accelerated GRE Course, re-enrollment is free if you re-use your original material or $200 if you require new material. This policy is valid for 1 repeat in a period of 1 year from the date of your original enrollment.
Do I have to pay a materials fee in addition to the course tuition?
No. Unlike some other courses, there is no additional materials fee or upfront deposit for any of our courses. The course tuition that you pay includes all materials, and of course the materials are yours to keep once the course has ended.
Do you offer a course covering just the Math section of the GRE? Or just the Verbal section?
Yes, we do! We offer a GRE Live Online Course for just the Math and Verbal sections of the exam. It consists of 15 live, online lecture hours taught over a period of 5 weeks by one of our highly trained instructors.
Are your GRE prep materials up-to-date with the most recent version of the GRE?
All of PowerScore's GRE prep materials, including our courses and self-study publications are up-to-date with the revised GRE.
I am interested in enrolling in the GRE course but I already have the ETS book. Is it possible to just get the PowerScore books when I enroll in a course?
The GRE Courses come with course books and the ETS GRE Official Guide book. We provide the most updated GRE Official Guide to students, as we want to ensure they have a fresh copy to complete their coursework with. No discounts are granted for students who opt to not receive the GRE Official Guide.
How long do I have access to the online course resources?
Our GRE course online material is available once you enroll in the course, and you have access for 6 months after your course. Of course, the course books you receive are yours to keep.
Will PowerScore provide me with any help during the graduate school application process?
For students looking for expert, comprehensive assistance as they apply to graduate school, we offer our comprehensive GRADmissions Consultingâ„¢ programs. Our graduate school counselors provide help for our students in all areas of the applications process, and continually counsel students on such issues as writing the application essays, getting recommendations, and deciding which graduate schools to apply to and attend. We extend these services to all of our students both past and present and, in fact, most students take advantage of our help after their GRE course ends. In addition, if you are a current or former PowerScore student*, you will get 10% off admissions counseling services.
*Please note that Admissions consulting is not included in our GRE prep courses.