Following experience with New GRE Math and Verbal strategies shared by Atins.
I took the NEW GRE on 31st Aug at Gurgaon and got the expected score as Verbal: 610-710 and Quant : 750-800.
I had taken no tutions or special classes and prepared on my own with some guidance from my friends. I hope i would be able to guide you people as well!
The exam was not that lengthy and exhausting as i had expected it to be (i had read experiences of some people beforehand) or perhaps the excitement of the test didn’t let me feel exhausted.
If you have prepared well then the duration hardly matters because the intelligently designed exam is so engrossing that you won’t feel tired.
I got two verbal sections and three quantitative sections. The AWA was very easy and I was able to get through it within time though I had a tough time typing!
I guess higher studies is the favorite topic among the GRE test makers.
GRE Quantitative Section
The quantitative sections were easy as well (for me atleast! though i m not a maths’ student).
However, one of the later sections was quite tough and time consuming and I could not answer 2 questions, probably it was difficult coz I had performed well in the first one.
The quantitative section tests you thoroughly and just a surface knowledge of the basic mathematics wont help you getting through the quantitative comparison questions as you’ll find the D option correct in almost all the questions!!
GRE Verbal Section
The verbal sections are indeed very intelligently prepared. They have the ability to test your true analytical ability and to think the right way!
There were about 3 long passages and 4-5 short passages in all.
The first VERBAL section was quite difficult as it had a lot of questions concerning the boring, verbose and obscure english literary facts and authors and movements.
(indeed very boring!!!) I guess i cudn’t do well in that section as the next section was quite easy! The sentence completion questions were very time consuming and in the some of the questions it was difficult to make out a sense. so be careful.
New GRE Tips for You
Mugging up the words is important but not the only thing to do.. A good deal of reading exercise and regular practice is required.
I was unlucky that I could not find any time for practice and took only two practice tests and that too a day before the actual exam!
I took one old BARRONS GRE book (for the master list) and NOVAs mathematics for quant.
The books are really good and I would like to mention here that the level of mathematics in NOVA is quite appropriate. There are numerous books available but I took this book and concentrated only on this book.
The book has all the topics covered in ample detail and with good level of difficulty (some VERY DIFFICULT questions in fact, are too difficult to appear on the GRE) but the best thing about the book is that it is comprehensive and you need not go for any more books after this.
Try practicing typing on a desktop keyboard rather than the keyboard of your laptop. I had a very tough time hitting the right keys as my fingers occasionally struck the area between the two keys making me spend more time in editing later on.
Take time while planning out to write your AWA. there will be enough time for typing if you know what to type and that too corresponding to the topic.
The power prep test IS MUST!! I took the test a day before the exam and got the expected score that was only a bit lower than my actual score.
However, I would advice you to take the test once you go through all the things and are ready for the revision. Once you take the test and get the score, you ll find your trouble areas and that would help you immensely in giving your revision a right direction.
THE LEVEL OF POWERPREP TEST IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS ACTUAL GRE AND EVEN THE GUI AS WELL.
It will help you to familiarize yourself with the GRE.
Take the TIMED test for better results.
GRE Verbal Strategies
When you start with your verbal section, look out for the RCs first and finish them off! they are highly demanding as reading and comprehending the passage, understanding the questions and differentiating the answer choices from each other take a lot of mental ability and time.
You wont want such a demanding task to be done at the end when you are in a haste!
Sentence completion questions also take some time and you’ll have to read it VERY carefully and even multiple times to grasp it.
In the questions where you are required to put two words that complete a sentence, DON’T JUST LOOK OUT FOR SYNONYMS! becoz there are questions with two sets of synonyms and questions with no set of synonyms!! do it very carefully.
Concentrate on words with multiple meanings and it would be very good if you have time to read newspapers like THE HINDU and listen to the news on TIMES NOW! you’ll be able to know new connotations of the same words.
I didn’t have the time to do this exercise and this is well reflected by my score.
I hope this experience of mine and the junks of advice would help you in preparing for your GRE exam.
I would be happy if you have any queries that I can address.
BEST OF LUCK to all the aspirants !!
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