6 Things High-Scoring GRE Test Takers Have in Common

Raghuram Sukumar GRE 22 Comments

Have you ever wondered what skills those  High-Scoring GRE test takers have that you don’t have?

GRE test takers use certain set of books and software to prepare for the exam. But, not everyone gets top scores (1400+).

Some of you get high GRE scores, while majority test takers end up scoring less than 1400.

Ask those who scored just 1000, they will know how tough it was to get to 1000 and how tough it will be increase GRE score by 200 points.

Both High Scoring and Average to Low scoring  GRE test taker solve same set of problems, read the same set of GRE strategies, but final GRE score is not the same.

Why is that?

Do you know the reason?

Have you ever wondered what additional skills high scoring GRE test takers that you don’t?

High Scoring GRE Strategies

To get a High GRE test score, something more than preparation is required.

After all, most of the top GRE test takers study from books that are available to everyone else.

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There has to be  something special, right?

So, whats that extra set of skills that some of you don’t have?

  • Positive Attitude
  • Self-Confidence
  • Positive thinking.

Now average GRE test taker will argue, “I have positive attitude, self-confidence and positive thinking, but my score is still lower”.

Then there has to be something else too.

What is that?

  • Power of Thinking

Yes, the way you think, while solving the problem is important.  It is possible for both test takers to solve the problem, but how the problem is solved matters.

There is limited time to solve the problem. High GRE Scoring test takers take less time to solve.

Do you agree?

If time in unlimited, both test takers can find the solution.

When time is limited, power of thinking counts.

I know, you are going to ask

“How can I improve or change the way I think?”

You need to have another skill, and personality.

  • Its called “Curiosity

Average GRE Test Takers

When Average GRE test taker solves a problem, there are two possible solution to any problem. You can either solve it or you don’t.

What happens after you solve the problem?

You get the answer right in your first attempt,  what do you do after solving the problem using your “Power of Thinking”?

Average GRE test taker moves on to next problem.

I already got the answer right, why spend more time analyzing the answers. So, Average GRE test taker moves on to next practice question.

High GRE Scoring Test Takers

What happens after High Scoring GRE Test taker solve the problem?

They are Curious.

They are curios to know if there is another efficient way to solve the same problem.

Power of thinking + Curiosity

They explore additional solutions.

Now, Average GRE Test taker says “Even I’m curious. I look at the explanations provided for the problem and learn new techniques”.

That’s good. You are trying to improve your skills. But, that’s when one more quality comes into play.

Come on. One more?

  • Perseverance

Are you curious enough to find efficient solution to all the problems you solve?

You need to put similar effort, day in and day out.

For each problem you solve during practice test, you need to have Curious Power of Thinking, coupled with positive attitude, confidence and positive thinking.

Over To you

  • Do you agree to my argument? (if not what is your counter argument)
  • Do you think being curious thinker will help increase your score?

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  1. thanks for this post, really needed it. Confidence and Positive thinking does great things for your whole system. study hard with all your will, strength and might, pray and and have faith that everything will turn out alright.

  2. Thank you) You are absolutely right! Even if you don’t prepare hard as somebody else, your confidence will play significant role, helping you to choose right answer)Of this I am sure

  3. thank you, I hope this post is going to be a cornerstone for my plans to appear for the GRE test after my final exams of BE.
    hope such posts from you in coming future too

  4. A utile line of thought! The best part is everything just fits in. Exactly in its space. Your clubbing of skills is clearly an upshot of a well-thought-logic. Good one! 🙂

  5. Good article on a whole but not complete. I agree with all the points you have mentioned above especially the one about curiosity(True in my case; 1500 GRE). I would like to add one more thing, Know your question types before hand. Only a few types of questions are asked in GRE. Also a question that cannot be solved with a decent logic will never be asked.

    1. Hi, Pavan! What section of GRE wsa the hardest to you? How much time did it take to prepare for GRE?

  6. Make sure that when you register for the test, you have at least 3 months to study! Anything less than that is educational suicide. There is no such strategy which says that you should start studying from the Verbal section and then move on to Quants or vice-versa. Start with whatever you are comfortable with!

  7. i liked the article. even I did a bad score though I had a good prep. I just lost my heart at the exam hall. i started niggling with a single problem which I didnt do anyhow. I wish I could be more confident about my preparation.
    be optimistic and positive.u ll get ur desired result.

  8. if u want to score high than these all things come in handy…be optimistic..fully consent with hsb,after all we all aim for high scores and are going to any level to achieve it…

  9. I agree with everything HSB has said and hasnt said.

    The scoring of the old GRE pattern was not linear since it was an adaptive test, so breaking down the scoring rules/patterns and preparing accordingly helps supplements perseverance and power of thinking (From what i have seen an average indian student score above 750 for the math section,its the english that we need some real help with)
    Dont think i am just guessing everything/ i myself had done quite a bit of research on the CAT GRE exam and prepared accordingly and scored 1430

    The score also depends on how well you hold yourself together during the exam , Dont Lose heart during the exam.

    During my verbals, i felt i was not really doing that well, i didnt really had the mental make up to read my entire passage(3rd passage) for a moment i just thought to skip reading the passage and guess at the answers, but i pushed myself hard during the exam and came out with a surprising 640

  10. hey!

    This what ya said was pretty tuff to do but obviously to achieve it the conglomeration of these points is very imperative..!
    Then only the xam center will bcome a confidence haven for us..


  11. Very Well written Post. Made me think inside out. Its very true that perseverance is the key thing to succeed. Many average GRE scorers have one thing in common. That is, they complain ! They probably complain about each and everything.

  12. gud post .. m also ready 4 the battle … 🙂 going 2 appear on 31st oct. will see where i stand… :):)

  13. With all due respect,

    You have mentioned nothing unorthodox in this post…..That is totally your thinking and your arguments has very less chance to fit for 5% of the GRE test takers.

    If you have scored above 1500 or whatever then you should tell how you prepared for it rather commenting on those who haven’t made that right( bcoz you are not on their place).

    Try to limit your arguments and conclusions on facts, figures, detailed authentic survey reports about the mentality of different test takers throughout the globe…then ARRIVE at some conclusion.

    Bcoz nobody cares what you think!!!

    Don’t bother about my score!!!!!


    1. well said “psme”.
      Rather than having negative approach try for positive side so tht every body gets good score rather than comparing.

    2. Well Said PSME!!!

      After-all when every test-taker is ready to spend 190$, he/she is optimistic enough about his score or performance… What matters is luck… Yes the new pattern is purely based out of luck… I don’t say 100% luck will do but at least we need lil luck factor too apart from positive thinking, preparation and confidence etc etc…. But this post will be useful to friends who doesn’t have proper plan in place. And the response from PSME is a sort of confident student’s reply to HSB’s post…..


      1. Mr.Vamsi and PSME go and try your luck,u will end up in shit..!!

        HSB is not comparing,he is helping to realize the difference between high and a low scorer,and that bloody difference may land u in great scores…be positive,confident.And dont worry about LUCK,a looser will use it as an excuse.If you prepare well,then u’ll definitely score well.Instead of criticizing,go and study..score and show the world what you are..!!

      2. @all: y is it that when people do well they say i worked hard, i did this, did that blah blah n when they dont, they mention d “luck” factor??? “Luck” is just an excuse! :-/

        @psme: i really didnt find any “commenting” on the underdogs!! a true winner would take this post in the good way n bring about d changes!

        @GReddy7227: *applaud* ur comment!! what a punch! 😀

        @hsb: forget GRE. i think what u have pointed out holds true for every single phase n challange in life. So thanks!! 🙂 m/

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