GRE

How to prepare GRE

How to prepare GRE or How to crack GRE is the first thought that waves before writing the test. Many test-takers also start calculating how to score high in GRE even they ideating how to score 165 in verbal in GRE or how to improve GRE verbal score. Honestly speaking, It is not tough, if you have a road map. Here you are with the full-fledge sketch. Just follow religiously, you can score high. Trust me; under my guidance, many test-takers got proven success, 90% grade improvement, and 75% higher test score as I have been mentoring for more than 10 years.

VerbalHub suggests these strategies.

  1. Evaluation: where should GRE preparation starts from if you don’t know your ongoing level of knowledge. Many test-takers hesitate to give the mock test, thinking that they are weak so there is no use thinking about any mock test. I will recommend changing such a habit if you have. Remember, mock is to mark the current level and to keep track. How much you are studying GRE books or courses is not a matter of discussion instead how much your scoring in GMAT Verbal, GRE Quant, is a matter of concern. This can be justified only by looking at a performance report or report card. The test is only a measuring pole that will keep on torching you. After the test, make a note: question-wise, score-wise, and test-wise then strengthen yourself for the next step.
  2. Material: social media and its experts suggest the same study materials to everyone, but the fact is that books vary from student to student’s requirement and their status of knowledge. Select study material as per your score and need. These are the study materials for GRE but only for GRE Verbal.

1. If your score is below 150 in GRE Verbal, you can go through these three books:

i.i CRACKING THE NEW GRE, specially for Text Completion (TC) and Sentence Equivalence (SE), all the basic concepts are in detail,
i.ii NOVA GRE PREP COURSE, for Vocabulary Building, and for foundation of reading.
i.iii Aristotle Grail, for grammatical understanding

2. If your score is below 160 in GRE Verbal, you can go through these books: 

ii.i     KAPLAN GRE PREMIER/ NEW GRE, Tips, Tricks and Strategies.
ii.ii    VERBAL WORKOUT FOR NEW GRE, best for practice and brushing up the concept.

iii. If you score 160 plus in GRE Verbal and your target is 165 or above, just go with the mock test and make an error log and cover your weak area.

You can follow these books:

iii.i MANHATTAN, a complete guide
iii.ii ETS OFFICIAL GRE GUIDE

3. Mock Test:If you have done your foundation strategically, you should get ready for mock tests. Remember, the testing phase should be more planned than the foundation and the intention of the testing phase is not to check the level but to recollect and refresh the strategy. You should begin with sectional mock tests based on a particular topic or concept. Once you find that you are well-versed in concept, go for a full-length test.

Your next step will be to go for a full-length testing phase. Divide your full-length testing phase into three parts.

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  1. Pick any three free mock tests, make an error log after attempting the test, and average your score then cover your loophole with the help of an official guide.
  2. Pick the second round of three mock tests. Make an error log after attempting the test. Now check which one is still the weakest area. Either clear your concept with your mentor or find out the relevant sources to justify.
  3. Now, this is the final round of mock tests to get familiar with the test. In the third round, there is no fixed number of mock tests. Attempt as per your need.

Now you are ready to crack your GRE.

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What is GRE?

GRE is one of the world’s largest assessment programs for graduate admissions. GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam though there is paper-based too that is called the Paper-delivered GRE General Test. GRE is offered up to two times a year in areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available on the other hand a computer-delivered test is offered year-round. GRE scores are accepted at thousands of graduate programs as well as master and doctorate degrees globally. Students who are seeking admission in Computer Science & Engineering colleges abroad for admissions can go for GRE, even many top Business schools and various law schools outside of Indian accept GRE scores.

Types of GRE Tests

There are two typesof GREtests GRE Subject Test and GRE General Test. GRE Subject Test evaluates the candidates’ ability on a particular subject such as Mathematics, Literature (English), Physics and Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology). Generally, the GRE Subject Test is required to get admission to specialized courses. GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary sections. There is no age limit set for candidates wanting to appear for their GRE, even the official body has not announced any official statement regarding qualification required to appear for GRE. However, candidates are expected to possess a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university. There must be a valid passport. GRE is a Multi-Stage Test. Performance of the first section determines next level difficulty in both Verbal and Quant. The score depends on the number of correct answers to the questions. The score ranges from 130 to 170 in both VR and QR. The Final score is averaged, but it does not include AW. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored from 0 to 6. The score is valid for five years.

Course Overview

Duration: 4 hours (approximately)

 Number of sections: 6

 AW (analytical writing): number of the task: 1, 30 minutes

 VR (verbal reasoning): number of sections: 2, 30 minutes each section

 QR (quantitative reasoning): number of sections: 2, 35 minutes each section

 Experimental or Un-scored: number of the task: 1, 30, or 35 minutes

 Optional Break: 12 Minutes

Let us have a short Note topic wise:

GRE Analytical Writing (AW)

VARC is the first section that is given with a duration of 60 minutes. It has two parts: VA (verbal ability) + RC (reading comprehension). VA consists of 10 questions in which Para-Jumbles, Para-Summary, Sentence Completion & Correction, Odd Sentences, and few others are tested. The RC consists of 24 questions based on passages that range from 600 to 900 words. The questions of the passages are based on three types: Fact-based, Inference-based, and Vocabulary-based. The topics are from science, history, politics, environment, society to literature, mythology, etc. the number of passages is 6 in which average 3-4 long passages and 2-3 short passages. Short passage contains 4 questions and long passage contains 6 questions on average.

Argument Task

It is an argument that is a series of facts and considerations leading to a conclusion and the test taker is asked to write an essay that critiques the argument. The test expects to consider the argument's logic and to make suggestions about how to improve the logic of the argument. It is also hoped to address the logical flaws of the argument and not provide a personal opinion on the subject in 30 minutes.

GRE Verbal Reasoning (VR)

GRE VR is a test of the ability to analyze written material, as well as relationships among parts of sentences, including words and concepts. The questions appear in several formats. It assesses reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. Each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. The section consists of about 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, and 10 critical reading questions.

Text CompletionIt asks to fill in the blank to complete sentences. Variations include 1-, 2-, and 3-blank questions. The time per question is given about 1–1.5 minutes. Knowledge of vocabulary helps to solve such questions.

​Sentence Equivalence: It requires filling in a single blank with two choices that create two coherent sentences that are logically similar in meaning. The time per question is given about 1 minute.

Reading Comprehension: it is based on passages of one or more paragraphs that develop an explanation or argument on a topic. It expects to get central ideas presented in the text and the structure of a text, research details in the passage, and draw valid inferences from it. The questions require strategic reading and paraphrasing skills. The average of 1–3 minutes on reading a passage and 1 minute per question is given.

GRE Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

GRE Quantitative Reasoning section tests basic quantitative skills, as well as the ability to reason and solve problems with quantitative methods. The questions cover basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. It assesses basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. Each quantitative section consists of 20 questions. Each quantitative section consists of about 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem-solving items, and 3 data interpretation questions.

Quantitative Comparison: This section expects to compare two quantities—Quantity A and Quantity B—and to identify the relationship between the two. Problem Solving

Problem Solving: The questions are standard multiple-choice questions, with five choices and one correct answer. Variants include questions that ask to select one or more answers from a list of choices (multiple-choice all-that-apply) and questions that ask to enter the answer in a box.

GRE Experimental section

GRE Experimental section can be either verbal or quantitative and contains new questions that are considered to be used in the future. The score is not added to the main score. This section is unidentified means test takers have no definite way of knowing which section is experimental, therefore it is advised that test takers try their best and be focused on every section.