New GRE Experience – Reached my Target Score

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

New GRE Preparation

I started by learning in parallel 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.

GRE Scores

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.

Best part

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.

Good Luck!.

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89 Comments

  1. Ishan on May 28, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Hi,
    It was nice to read about your experience since mine is the same case (i am also working full time) and your post gave me confidence. But i have few questions: 1.Did you joined any coaching. 2. If not joined any coaching then which materials were really helpful in preparation.
    3. How is the new GRE. Hope you will reply soon.
    Thanks in advance

  2. Mohona on March 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    hi..i want to practice CAT test on revised GRE like the test facilities offered by GRE bible.So if u have any download link of GRE bible(based on revised GRE) or similiar software,please share it. I will be very grateful to you.

  3. M.K.APARNA on November 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    hello guys,
    i need to apply for fall-2012.
    im from an engg college from hyderabad and doing final year in ECE branch.. i have gpa=8.2
    so i want to choose either electrical engg and MIS
    i have no idead about MIS
    can u ppl tell me about mis…what is it about, job prospecspects, how is it suitable for electronics and communication engg girls?
    and also any couses to be done here before moving to US???

  4. Chetna on August 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Hey shak, Congrats for a descent score and that too in 3 weeks prep. I want to know the preparation formula(:P i mean how to prepare in ur own way.. :)) for English. could u plz guide me in this. it will be really great Shak.. πŸ™‚

    Regards,
    Chetna

  5. Sri Harsha Guduri on August 25, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    In each section there were around 2-5 RC’s … some RC’s contains 1 questions few 2 and few 3..!!

  6. Anupam on August 17, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    Hey Friends,
    To those who have given the New Pattern , can u tell me what was the average length of the RC that came or how many RCs came nd what was their sizes(in lines)???

    • Olwen1987 on September 14, 2011 at 9:40 AM

      One RC is a Big one around 30-50 lines. remaining will be less than 15 lines.

  7. ketki on August 15, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    thanks molly !!
    plz tel ..can the same problem create trouble during my gre exam?

    • molly on August 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      well, i gave my gre just today, and they compared my name and my father’s name in my id card and passport and the one registered in ets. i think u should call your testing centre and tell them about this.

      • Riad on August 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM

        pls post ur experience. Thank u.

  8. molly on August 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    i just gave princeton free test and my score is verbal is 149 and quant is 153. is it reallly bad?????? and one more thing, princeton test has some incorrect problems too. like in one comaprison quest they said that a+b+1=3 and a>0 and b>=0 so
    column A: a+b and
    column B : 4
    so i marked column B
    but it got wrong and in the explaination box it was that since ab+1=3 and ……. but in the actual quest a+b+1=3 is written, similarly more mistakes were there!!!!!! and whats a good score in new gre score range?

    • z on August 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Hey Molly,

      Yes there are certain mistakes in the test which i had seen while taking it up. Dont worry you still have time to improve. Keep the positive attitude up.

      Cheers,

      • molly on August 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        dude my test is tomorow, i dont have time to improve! hope i do good.

        • Riad on August 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

          Pls after appearing for the exam share ur experience…it will greatly help us. Thank u.

          • molly on August 15, 2011 at 6:12 AM

            i have shared my experience but guess its still not published. i got 740-800 in quant and 510-610 verbal. what i would like to know is this score okay to apply to stanford or ucla electrical engg??



    • VB on August 15, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      Hey Molly,

      How was ur test?I gave the priceton test too and my score was almost similar to urs 148V and 157Q.I gave the power prep yesterday and scored 410-510V and 730-800Q.How close is the power prep score to actual gre?.I am appearing for the exam on 5th sept.How much can i improve?

      Thanks,
      VB

      • molly on August 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        well my power prep scores arent anything close to the actual score, kaplan score are kind of close. my kaplan score was 760-800 quant and 460-510 verbal. u have a lot of time to improve, u should start learning more vocab, because no matter how much vocab u learn its not sufficient. and more thing that quant section wasnt as easy as power prep and kaplan tests are, there were many confusing things especially in the algebra part, u not only have to solve them mathematically but also keep in mind the logic. DI part was totally easy. rc was compartively easy but text completion was extreamly tough so i made a guess here and there πŸ˜€
        best of luck!!!!

        • VB on August 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM

          thank u so much Molly.Was great help.My kaplan scores are better than princeton and power prep so its kinda gud i guess.From where did u study quant?Any suggestions? Currently I am solving quant from the old gre power prep and novas.

          • molly on August 16, 2011 at 8:57 AM

            i practised quant from barron’s 18th edition ( its for old gre) , its really good. and i solved practise tests from kaplans 2009 and princeton 2009 softwares. princetons practise tests are quite easy but kaplan’s tests are pretty good and helps u alot. also http://www.majortests.com is a good source, but start using majortests.com 10 12 days before ur exam because they have a limited number of tests, so practise them just few days before ur exam.



        • Riad on August 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

          Did you mean that Barrons 50 word list isnt enough for the revised GRE? pls reply.

  9. ketki on August 14, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    hey 1st of all congratulations
    i have genuine doubt it may sound silly though .
    my name is β€œketki” i have also registered my gre with the same name ..however my passport name says β€œketaki”..
    will ths tiny mistake create any big trouble ?
    plzz reply as per

    • molly on August 14, 2011 at 7:52 AM

      yes ketki its a problem and i know someone whose immigration visa got rejected due to similiar reason, but he again applied and got in in 9 months . dont knw abt student visa thing

  10. hhhh on August 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    am doing my final year btech n planin fa masters for this fall ie. 2011 so am in a great dilema wen to write gre toefl as i wl b havn my sem exams in november.plz guide me.thanku

  11. jigar shah on August 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    hi friends!! I am appear GRE on 29 august.I have doubts regarding verbal section.can anyone who appeared in exam can tell me that approx y number of RC in exam?Also,Is there penalty for not attended question?

  12. Ayush on August 12, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    worth reading..thanks a lot..please answer my one query..i want to know about the experimental section of gre . Does everyone gets an experimental section or any random person gets that?

  13. Shak on August 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Hi guys,
    I wanted to bring something to the attention of all those prospective GRE test takers. I started preparing for my GRE about three weeks before the exam. And, I was scheduled for the new Revised test. I’ve also been preparing for this on-and-off for about a year. And, turns out, I did a pretty good job ( Quantitative-750-800; Verbal-510-610). My observation is that, it doesn’t matter if you know all the words from the various books. It all comes down to one thing: putting the knowledge in hand to use. The new GRE is more analytical and quantitative and makes you engage your proficiency in the language to solve the puzzle. This is unlike the old format, wherein the antonyms and analogies were pretty much no-brainers if you’re well versed with the word lists. Caution: I’m not alleging that one need not study the words; I’m just stating that the words alone would not suffice. To all those out there who want to score decently in the new format, please familiarize yourselves with the sentence equivalence and text completion questions, and you’re bound to come out with flying colors! Good luck!

    • Aishwarya Janarthanan on August 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      You sound so lucid. Do i get to talk to you or something? Can i have your mail id please?

    • Z on August 12, 2011 at 11:13 PM

      Heyy Shak,

      Superb mann.. Danke for your experience. Hope to know more in – depth soon. Hope you can elaborate it even more.

    • VB on August 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      hi there,

      I am appearing for the gre on 5th of sept.I took up the power prep today and scored 75-800 in quant and 410-510 in verbal.How accurate is this score? How much improvement can be expected in 15days time.

      Thanks,
      VB

  14. saviola on August 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    @MMM, Pls from where do i have to go and practice the real exam . i need to know and which of the exams did you write, is it the new one or the revised one. again, this wque is not only direvted to MMM.

    • MMM on August 13, 2011 at 6:59 AM

      Hi ,
      I am not sure if I got your question right , but anyhow , there are some hardcopy books for old exams maybe until 2006 . For the revised exam , you’d better check ETS website for further information.

  15. raj on August 11, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    how many words should we need to study for new gre. plz anyone tell me plz…

  16. satwik on August 11, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Hi You mentioned that there is a 7 day free course by Magoosh.Could you please pass on the links please.This would help me greatly to boost my gre prep

    • HSB on August 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM

      Refer to GRE discounts page at the top. You can links to magoosh and discount coupon.

  17. HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Thank You guys!!..

  18. Siddarth on August 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    I have signed up for the NEW GRE course (free 5 day course).
    When will I start receiving updates.

    • HSB on August 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      Automatic email should have already delivered to your inbox, unless you gave incorrect email id. Sign-up again with correct id.

      • trubulu on August 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

        i did it twice bit i dint got any message or reply!
        pls look into the matter sir, πŸ™

    • Ater on August 11, 2011 at 3:14 AM

      Hi all,

      how to sign up free New GRE course? Thanks

  19. Katalin on August 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    That all sounds good except for the fact that the new gre is scored on a different scale of 130-170!

    • jayanti on August 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      The computer based tests is giving score range for the new pattern till september, i guess, which is a scaled version of old scores. the exact score will be given in november

  20. Hassan Raza on August 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Thank you for sharing. I am giving GRE this August

  21. jimmy on August 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    congrats buddy for ur good score…
    magoosh gre prep..???? from where to get ???
    please help if any one knows..
    thank you

    • jayanti on August 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      magoosh.com

      • Ater on August 11, 2011 at 3:15 AM

        Hi,

        How to get free 1 week course? thanks

  22. trubulu on August 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Just comparable 2 a gr8 job! dude u gonna hit an oosum uni. good luck fr future bro !

  23. Jay on August 10, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I’ve a CGPA of 8.59
    class 12: 84%
    class 10: 85%
    I’ve passed out in 2011,I’ve a good final year project which was also published as a paper.
    I’m currently employed with a reputed IT firm in India. My question is will my work experience help in doing MS. What kind of universities can I expect to get admission in US?I’m a B.Tech in computer science, will like to go for an MS in computer science in US . What score should I look for?Please help.

    • Aman on August 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      Hi Jay,
      From what you’ve mentioned in your post, you seem to have a good profile. To answer your questions:
      1. Whether or not your work experience help you in doing your MS will really depend upon what your experience is and what your focus will be during your MS. Ofcourse if you will specialize in (during your MS) in something that lets you build up on what you are currently doing/learning in your job. So your SOP (statements of purpose) to various universities when you submit your applications will need to reflect that too for you to make your case.
      If you meant to ask whether your work experience will be a +ve factor or a -ve factor when you go for your student visa interview, its hard to say, for how your interview goes and whether you are issued an F1 visa or not depends on a variety of other factors. But , most of all, if you are able to get a very good score, and acceptances from some very good schools in the US, your case for an F1 visa is more or less made.
      2. You should look for Q:800 and V:800 ofcourse. What I mean is that shoot for the best score. Moreover, if you wish to go to really good schools then you will need to get a very good score, say, Q:800 and upwards of V:600. So my suggestion to you would be that you try to find out what sort of scores the universities that you are interested in accept, and then you’ll have a goal in mind for your score.
      – aman

      • Jay on August 12, 2011 at 8:10 AM

        thank you so much for the reply,exactly what I was looking for…I’m not yet sure about the type of scoring the new GRE is giving…but I’ve seen a lot of comments with verbal marks 550-610 and similar…m hoping for something similar…once again thank you for the reply! πŸ™‚

  24. anshul on August 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    hey hjust to let u know i got same exACT SCORE ….ACCORDING TO YOU WHAT SCORE WE WILL GET ANY WHICH UNIVERSITIES WE SHOULD LOO FORWARD TO???

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM

      Oh!..thats interesting…
      We will have to wait for the official conversion factor!!..Still, I would say it might be something like 167(Q)+153(V) in 170 scale..

  25. molly on August 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    how was the reading comprehension????

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 12:52 AM

      It was time consuming…I would say, you should complete the non-RC question taking 1 minute per Q and then go for the RCs (if you are very particular about attempting all questions)..

  26. Mayur on August 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Just had a question …. How much did u score when you solved ETS exam ??? Was it similar to the one you received ???

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 12:54 AM

      Yes, Similar..If you take a few, say 4, tests and average out your score, it will be the score you are going to get in actual exam…

  27. Edumen on August 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience. it is really inspiring. I also do full time job now with little or no time to study. However, i will surely make out time because there is no substitute for hardwork. And if you can make it, i believe i can too. But can you assist me to narrow down the books that helped you most as what i saw here are many. Thank you for your anticipatory response.

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 12:58 AM

      Let me list the books/materials in the order of imp(according to what I felt) :
      1. ETS official guide
      2. Hit Parades in Princeton Review
      3. Vocaboly (its a software tool which you can install in your PC)
      4. Princeton Review Quant & Verbal and Barrons Essential words
      5. Word Power Made Easy
      6. Magoosh

      Please do remember that I have not evaluated any other materials….

  28. Arun Prasad on August 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    This post is good as its written by someone who is a working professional. Being professionals, we hardly get time to prepare for competitive exams. Job is important and at the same time we have a desire to chase our MS dreams. Seeing this post, I think, its a inspiration for all working guys. Spending one hour is of course possible. Requires dedication.

    I was wondering if some websites are available to browse and learn a few words in day while at work. Do u guys think Magoosh GRE is worth enough ?

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 12:59 AM

      I did not pay for Magoosh..I just took the 1 week course…
      You can install Vocaboly in your PC and learn during the day..

  29. Ravi on August 10, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Thanks for your valuable feedback buddy. Hope it will encourage me a lot as I am also working and not getting enough time to study.

  30. Ronak on August 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Hey I’m also preparing Barron’s wordlist. I’m first completing wordlist and will ltr take all the tests. Any suggestion on quant side. Pleasee…

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 1:01 AM

      ETS book has a good Quant section..if you get time, go for Princeton Review also..(I have not checked with any other materials..)

  31. sandeep on August 10, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    hi can any one tell me the total mark for revised pattern of gre

    • Riad on August 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Verbal-170 and Quantitative-170 …Total 340.

  32. Vishal on August 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Hey,
    Congratulations on your scores & good luck for the admission process as well.

  33. MMM on August 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Sorry , I forgot to tell u that my target is PhD / MSc in Electrical / Electronic Engineering
    with financial aid

  34. MMM on August 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Hi ,
    I’ve got Q : 800 & V : 320 . My preparation was just 4 weeks for math & nothing for verbal . I know previously that it doesn’t make any difference whether you prepared for the verbal or not. If anyone know good universities suitable for my score pls tell me .
    thnx

    • Edumen on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Pls which textbook and materials did u use to score 800 in QUAT? Thank u.

      • anshul on August 11, 2011 at 12:53 AM

        refer kaplans quant. workbook

      • MMM on August 11, 2011 at 6:54 AM

        Hi anshul ,
        Actually I prepared for quantitative from real exams . Just go on & find some real exams & try to solve them all correctly in 30 minutes not 45 minutes . You’ll feel so comfortable inside the exam. I used to solve 5 exams per day .
        good luck

    • VB on August 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Hi MMM,

      I have been taking power prep and kaplan tests.My score is in the range of 730-800Q and 410-510 V.Please can u tell me what do u mean by real tests.Dis u take the old power prep quant section?Please do let me know what material u exactly referred for quant.

      Thanks,
      VB

  35. fiza on August 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    All the best for your visa and admission…

  36. raki on August 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    which endall university did u apply….

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 1:02 AM

      I am yet to apply..

  37. vishal on August 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Nice and informative ! Good luck for ur future prospectus..

  38. ..Gowda on August 10, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Good to see positive post.All the best for your visa and admission’s.

  39. Riad on August 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Congrats, it really helped. i have just started preparing for GRE and planning to take in November. i am little bit confused how to start and how should i use this 3 month properly. To be frank i have the dedication to get a great score because my undergrad grades are poor and thats why i haven’t applied for any JOB. pls help me how shud i prepare to get a brilliant score, i badly need it. Thanks for sharing ur experience.

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 1:04 AM

      I think, I also took the same duration to prepare..So, you can refer my original post..but, you should be able to make a plan according to your strenghts/weaknesses…

      • Riad on August 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        Thank you very much for ur kind response…pls help me with that which test i shud take to measure my standings…i mean the gradual development….like as i have just started preparing so, right now to measure my standing and ..and after some prep then …and after some prep then and finally before that test …..pls help with that if possible with details.

    • raki on August 11, 2011 at 10:51 PM

      Anyways all the best dude…even i am planning to take on november…but currently i am working and not able to concentrate more….but expecting to get good score….

  40. Pranav on August 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Really Awesome !!! Best luck for admissions !!! πŸ™‚

  41. Pranav on August 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Really Awesome !!! Best luck in admissions !!! πŸ™‚

    • Ravi on August 14, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Hey .. Nice to hear read ur experience with GRE .. I would like to know ,when are u planning apply for admissions with new GRE scores …??Official score will be out only in November r8 ??

  42. Rohan on August 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Hey thanx for sharing your experience. And congrats for good score.

  43. Aishwarya Janarthanan on August 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Hey there! I’m glad that some one came out with a positive experience in the revised GRE for the first time( as far as i’ve known). I would like to discuss many more details regarding the revised GRE . Let me know the means to do so.

    Good luck for your score and admissions!

    • HighHopes on August 11, 2011 at 1:09 AM

      I would like to share a few more points here:
      1. Please be open for new materials only for 2-4 weeks(if you have a total duration of 100 days). So, you should find and gather the materials you require in first 2-4 weeks and then dont think of adding to your collection; rather, concentrate on extracting the max from the available materials..
      2. If you take practice tests, make sure that you analyse your mistakes after you complete the test. In fact, thats the more important part of it.

  44. Kabir on August 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Great experience! Well done, reading your experience here is highly motivating.

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