Revised New Experience Shared by HighHopes.
I have been an HSB reader for some time; but, admittedly, this is my first post. I guess, this is a good time to start!..
I took my New GRE on Aug 9th 2011.
New GRE Registration
I booked my seat on May 1st.
I had started looking at the content some 1 week prior to that. I was spending time as and when I get it, still I would say I ensured that I spend atleast 1 hour on weekdays and 4 hours on weekends. There had been quite a few instances where I exceeded these limits.
New GRE Books Used
- ETS official guide, Materials given in ETS site,
- Princeton Review – Cracking the New GRE
- Barrons Essential words for GRE (80 sections of words; not the ROOT part of it),
- Word Power Made Easy (I liked this)
- Magoosh GRE 1-week course (thats what comes free of cost)
New GRE Preparation
I started by learning parallely from Word Power Made Easy & Essential Words.
Once I completed that I shifted my focus to actual GRE questions(both Quant & Verbal)..
During the last one month leading to the test, I took 8 practice tests(2 were repeats though).
I feel that, one should practice thoroughly the ETS official guide and don’t mind taking the tests (1 in the book & another one in the CD) repeatedly.
I always took ‘timed tests’ although there were options to take Untimed tests also. I used to have discussions with one of my friends who is preparing for GRE, on the published AW topics. I would say we discussed some 30-40 topics.
On GRE Test day
It took almost 4 hours and it was an arduous task, no doubt!..I was able to complete the Quant sessions on time but I could not attempt 2-3 questions from each Verbal(I blindly chose 1 option though) session. I had 2 Quants & 3 Verbal. AW was easy as others were also mentioning.
New GRE Summary
I feel that 100 days of preparation is good enough (provided you spend 2 hours per day on an avg). 90 days for learning and 10 days for refreshing the entire learning you had in those 90 days. Practice tests & ETS guide hold the key.
I was a bit anxious while screen was about to show the scores.
It read: 750-800 for Quant & 510 – 610 for Verbal.
To be frank, my target score was 800+500. Now I am waiting to see the official score report.
I have a full time job and I did not avail a single leave for GRE preparation(Obviously, I was on leave on the test day). You guys should be encouraged from this, esp those who study for GRE on a full time basis.
Old GRE History
I took GRE previously in Aug 2010 and my score was 760+330. I thought, I should improve it and gave an attempt again. I think, I can target Fall2012 admission now.
Note: I was just sharing my experience and you should possess discernment to absorb the points that is fit for you. Hope this helps you guys.