PNC Offers GRE Prep Program Beginning in May 2015

PNCThe Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, in partnership with the PNC Mathematics/Statistics/Physics Department and Department of English and Modern Languages, will offer a preparation program for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States.

Classes will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from May 5 through June 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

The course will be taught by Jerry DeGroot, a continuing lecturer of mathematics at PNC for 12 years who has more than 20 years’ experience as a middle and high school mathematics teacher and Dr. Paul Hecht, PNC associate professor of English, who has been with PNC since 2006 and whose training in classical and modern languages enables him to help students with vocabulary and reading skills.

The math portion of the course will include four main areas of concentration: arithmetic and number properties, real world math, geometry and selected math topics that are frequently found on the GRE.

The English portion will help students with vocabulary and reading skills needed for the exam. Students will learn all material through lecture and extensive use of practice problems and practice examinations. Practice exams will look and feel similar to the actual GRE, so that students familiarize themselves with test and question formatting, the pace at which they will need to answer questions and the techniques that they will need to use to earn higher scores on the exam.

The program cost is $399 and includes a textbook and all other materials. There are discounted rates for Purdue University Calumet and PNC alumni, employees and students. The registration deadline is May 4, by 4 p.m.

For more information, to register, or to receive information on other programs and courses, call the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or visit

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.