Kanwar posted the following comment at Alert: Take GRE Now in Current Pattern.
“My answer is the same as above. I don’t care if you are scared and fear GRE test. Change your mindset and take your GRE NOW!”,
You cant be Nazist in approach, and cant ignore students problems, you definitely have to care for others fears.
Also, revised GRE is one thousand times better than current GRE pattern, problem lies only in the initial beginning, for first three to five months, after which it will be stream lined, I strongly oppose students of 2nd year taking GRE exam, their total attention is distracted and they cannot make up with their %ages,
Kanwar – Thanks for your comment and all other comments in this blog. I would like to add my thoughts and clarifications to your comment. Also, I expect other to chime in their thoughts.
Current vs Revised GRE
One of the biggest advantage of being a blogger is that you can write what you feel is right and not worry about what others call it. I really don’t see anything in my statement to be called as Nazist.
Did you really attend college in India? Do you think spending 2 to 4 months in GRE Prep is going to lower the percentage say from 90% to 60%? Do you think every students studying GRE, spend 4 to 6 hours preparing for semester exams to improve percentage all through the year? That’s the biggest joke I have heard.
I did my bachelors in India and I have first class with distinction. So, I know what I’m talkng about and I have stayed with top rank holders of the state and I know how long they study per day and how much they can score in semester exams and GRE.
High school students in USA have to take SAT, PSAT or ACT to get into college. If they think GPA is only important criteria, they are not getting into college and this is while in High school. We are talking about 2 to 3 years older students.
Did you know when there is major changes to test a test pattern, scores drop for next few years (not 3 to 5 months)? I suggest, you looks into stats and major
Universities don’t care if your score is from current GRE or Revised GRE, they have their minimum requirements and they admit based on that. When ETS provides the mapping of scores, that’s what it will be used for comparison.
Did you take practice test in Powerprep II? Did you come across verbals words that you don’t use in day to day conversations? Even though antonyms and analogies sections will not be offered, RC’s are not the easiest to score. If a student memorized Barrons wordlists and if same words appeared in Antonyms, it would be easy to get it right. Thats not the case with RC’s.
On any given day, RC’s are not easy to solve. If RC’s are littered with tough vocabulary words that you don’t understand, you are going to flunk in Verbal section. Even though you don’t have to memorize words for Antonyms, you have to put extra effort to learn the words, so you can use them in the passage context.
Now, in what way do you think new GRE is thousand times better than current GRE? ETS is changing the pattern, you like it or not, you have to live with that. When there is an opportunity, you go for it. Students taking GRE in second year or final year is going to get the same percentage in their semester despite their GRE preparation.
If you fear the test (GRE), you have no place in USA. Seriously, if you have fear just to take GRE, why are you considering studying in USA after traveling half way around the world? If you have fear, you are not getting anything accomplished in life.
Which GRE Test?
I got the following screen shot from Kaplan GRE 2011 Premier with CD-ROM (page xiii)
I know you will certainly agree that Kaplan is better expert that you and I. Along with that, I spent 2 hours taking Powerprep II practice test. Certainly, I know what I’m talking about.
Your perspective is something that applies to a student who is spoon feed and trained to just one thing and one thing only. That’s total crap and if a student cannot take GRE and still get the desired percentage, they are not going to survive Grad School in USA.
I request any Fall 2010 student, who just started first semester to add a comment about the education standard and amount of work to be done while in schools in USA. Also, other students can contribute to this article. Just keep your comments clean.