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Books and Strategies That Helped Me Score 1410 in Revised GRE

Revised GRE Strategies and Books That Helped Me Score 1410 in Revised GRE – Shared by Molly.

I gave my GRE Exam on 13th august 2011.

I scored 740-800 in quantitative section and 510-610 in verbal.

Revised GRE Strategies – Quantitative Section

New GRE Quantitative section, contrary to what everyone keeps posting, wasn’t too easy.

There were certain questions which required logical as well as mathematical working.

There were few questions which seemed exactly like the one I practiced , but once I started solving, it was much tougher.


Concentrate because there are certain intricate details which we can miss.

I got three quant sections.

Data interpretation was totally easy, geometric part and probability part was okay too, but algebraic part required whole lot of calculations and logic.

Overall it was okay, not too difficult not too easy.

Revised GRE Strategies – Verbal Section

  • Reading comprehension weren’t that difficult, it doesn’t mean they were easy, but they were a whole lot easier than and
  • Sentence equivalence was normal too, but text completion was tough!!! and im pretty sure i lost my marks in it.

Analytical writing  section was easy 🙂

Overall test was average  and it wasn’t too tiring as some people posted.

In fact I’m  still fresh and i just came back 😀 couldn’t wait to share my experience with HSB as it has helped me a lot.

Revised GRE Prep Strategy

Now coming towards Revised GRE Strategies – from where  I prepared and how much time I spent on it.

Well I registered for GRE in first week of April and then forgot about it.

  • I studied quant for like 9 to 10 days in june then went on a vacation, came back in July, and started gre from 20 July.
  • I studied approx 1 hour or half hour daily till 30th July.
  • From 1st august to 14th august i studied like mad, 3 to 4 hours or sometimes 5 hours daily.

I stressed more on verbal since I’m was already good in quants, but still I never get good score in practice tests, in I used to get only 3 or 4 out of 8 correct in verbal section.

I couldn’t get the new GRE Revised book, so I studied from Barron’s 18th edition, the quant is really good in it, but for verbal I suggest practicing from online sites.

  • I downloaded Kaplan and Princeton’s softwares and practiced on them.  Solve tests daily.
  • 2 days before Revised GRE I gave Kaplan free online new GRE test and got my quants range 750-800 and verbal 460-560.

One day before solved Princeton’s test got score 153 quant and 149 verbal ( God knows what it means 😀 )

For vocabulary I did Barron’s high frequency list and 2 randomly selected lists from major test. Apart from it some other words which were frequently used in the tests i used to solve.

I was expecting more in quant section, but still its okay, my advice would be don’t panic too much.

The test had average difficulty level and if i would’ve practiced more, I could have scored much better.


  1. dheeraj on March 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Hi i registered my test for may 2012, will i be able to make it for this spring …

  2. obembe on February 3, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Good job guys! I took mine in june with a total score of 1080, 760 in quant and 320 in verbal. Am planning †?? write d revised edition this year but am really scared of D????? verbal. Pls guys, I need your advice.

  3. murali on January 27, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Hi,my exam is on March 12th 2012 and my old score is 930.and how to get a good score in new pattern plz suggest me to which books is good for new gre and some practise sites .Because my visa is rejected by 2 times due to my low gre and thats why this exam is very imp for me to get a good score.plz help me,

  4. v on January 7, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    tahnks 4 sharing ur experience ,, it will greatly help me

  5. Vamsi on October 24, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Hi Friends,

    The old pattern is for 1600 and not for 1800.

    For people who want to know when you get the scores, pls check the below link. As per your exam date you’ll get the scores:

    From the last week of November 2011, students will get the scores with in couple of weeks.


  6. raghu on October 23, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    great job.. can you get me with the online practice links.
    how many months it took for your preparation????
    let me know..

  7. Mahmood on October 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM


    Thanx for sharing, what is the other site you mention in your post? you mention!!! but i found that it is a chines machine manufacturer website.

  8. srikanth on October 23, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    from dec 1. GRE scores will be given out of 340.until then due to some processing delay they are giving the old format scores. hey buddy can u temme websites or practice materials for verbal……….:)

  9. Siddarth on October 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Hey I have also given GRE. My score was
    Math 750-800
    Have you started the application process.. If yes can you brief me about your progress or how you are planning.

  10. indu choudhary on October 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Thanx Molly 4 such a nice post. I m also going 4 revised GRE on 31st oct…… :):)

    • Chhatarpal on December 4, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      Hello Indu , How was yur’s exam as it wad held on 31st oct. My exam is on 28 Dec. Can u give tell me some strategies for exam specially for RC and Essay writing ?

  11. Maksudul Hoque on October 23, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Great job buddy. can u please help us about the online practice links you mentioned.
    Thank you very much.

  12. Shreyas on October 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Revised GRE…?
    but Revised GRE now of 340 in all not 1600….
    any comments on this…??
    because title is about Revised GRE and details and scores are according to OLD GRE….

    • bulla on October 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      yeah new GRE is of 340 but if you sit for it before December you will get an approximate score between 800 & 1600 as per the older scoring system just after you finish your test.After 1 month you will get your final score which is of 340.

      • Shreyas on October 24, 2011 at 3:25 AM

        we will get to know the score immediately after the test according to old pattern i.e. out of 1600 but whenever we ll get the actual transcript of GRE score and the score sent to Universities will be out of 340 ….
        m I right….?

    • Anshul Sharma on October 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Although the GRE has been revised, people who have appeared for it after july do not receive a score according to the revised pattern, ie.. out of 340. Instead they are provided with a range for both the sections according to the old pattern which will be scaled accordingly when they receive their actual scores in november.

    • thoko on October 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      scoring is temporarily still out of 1800 for all test takers who write New GRE in 2011, actual scores will be out of 340. Read the instructions on scoring on the GRE website. So u know whats happening from the people who make the test.

  13. sushain on October 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    How many days did u practice till your GRE ?

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