Revised GRE Experience – Shared by Kishore.
I took the Revised GRE on August 17, 2011 @ Gurgaon center (India)
Link to New GRE Experience collections.
Final Revised Score Breakdown:
- Verbal: 630-730
- Quantitative: 750-800
- AWA: Scores awaited.
About the GRE Center
The exam center is run like a military establishment.. quite intimidating initially. They run a tight ship and take no nonsense from any candidate.
When did I book the test date?
This was in the middle of all the brouhaha about the new GRE being some alien entity, i.e. sometime early this year. More precisely it was somewhere in April 2011. Couldn’t get any dates for July, and the few dates in June were in the middle of my end-semesters.
About My GRE Preparation
Frankly, I do not think my preparation was as exhaustive when compared to many documented here. To train my vocabulary, I used to regularly practice on tyrannosaurusprep.com. They have a neat lil’ online vocab game (with a level indicator and stuff). I guess this is good for repetitive practice.. and frankly seemed a lot better than mugging up a million words straight.
Meanwhile, I used a couple of podcasts, for GRE vocab preparation and a final audiobook-ish thing titled Million Dollar Vocabulary ( I strongly recommend this title to anybody who doesn’t wish to get bored by words).
New GRE Books I used for my prep
- McGraw-HIll New GRE 2012 .. First book i could get my hands on back in April 2011.
- Cracking the New GRE 2011 … Borrowed from a friend.. Awesome book for every section (especially RCs). A must have.
- ETS Official Guide. Ordered the book a month before test day, arrived 2 days later.. unwrapped it the night before. Yup, crazy. But i *think* the AWA notes in there are worthy. But cant really evaluate the book cause i never really used it.
You can buy all the above listed 3 books in India at Flipkart.
New GRE Tips
- Test day isn’t a time to experiment.
- Know your test taking style and your idiosyncrasies well ahead of test day.
- Take as many practice test as possible.. and see what goes thru your mind when answering each type of question.
- Know your weaknesses and most of all, your strengths.
With regards to the new verbal pattern, i’d suggest skip the long RCs(4-5 paras) ones initially and come back to them at the end. I decided to finish up with the rest, and had 10 minutes to face a really irritating RC. The text completion ones, sometimes, have very clear hints to the words they’re alluding to. Look for these clues. Personally, I found sentence equivalence hard.
Onto math, the calculator can be quite an asset, if one knows when to use it. Some questions are designed keeping in mind there’s a calculator available. (I faced one of those). The rest of the math section was fairly simple.
Final Word on New GRE
The new GRE is NOT hard. It’s just old wine in new bottle (or something like that.. but you get the point right?).
Good Luck and don’t forget your dreams and ambition. They light up the road ahead.