Following Revised GRE Experience was shared by Sanketh.
I finished my GRE today and got a score of 310. I wanted share my experience till this stage. Not because mine is a good score, but its was my minimal goal score and i didn’t go below it. 🙂
There are many factors that contribute to scoring in GRE, some of my factors were:
Motivation and GRE
You need to have strong motivation and inspiration derived from any source to confidently attempt GRE.
Maybe from your friends, cousins, siblings or just monetary motivation.
I derived my inspiration from the value given to an Engineer if he completes his masters in the US. And of-course the encouragement from my cousins who live in the US.
This encouragement made me choose US to do my masters, not that India isn’t good.
Scheduling and GRE
After preparing mentally to attempt GRE and get into US universities, I read lots of blogs, posts and related articles about the pros and cons of studying abroad.
“Happyschoolsblog helped me immensely in these aspects.
I understood the timeline of taking GRE and applying to universities and made a rough schedule of time i had to follow till my admission.
This made me apply for GRE in my 6th semester itself, so that i can have a continuity in my studies after my BE.
I joined coaching classes in order to prepare for GRE.
Benefits got by attending classes is totally dependent on each individual.
I felt that coaching classes won’t give you the magical way to 340 on 340. But they definitely will help you figure out your weakness and how to approach the questions.
Not that books won’t help you with this, but a more one to one sessions in classes surely does lot more than books.
I prepared for almost 3 months. But most serious preparation began 3 weeks prior to the exams. Due to my other academic engagements, I couldn’t concentrate on studying after coming home at 8pm.
So not much went into the brain, even though it did go through the eye.
Preparation is all about improving your vocabulary. Not to discourage anyone, but what I felt was, you will only remember 10% of words you learn on the day of exam.
So guys, find a way around it.
For quants, I have no tips as I felt it to be easy from the beginning, although I would like to say that more time should be spent on getting basics and formulae of math right.
P.S: Spending more time on percentages will not do any bad. 🙂
For AWA, all you gotta do is read lots of English novels and newspaper to understanding the structuring of English language.
Reading comprehension requires lots of practice. This is what i observed from my preparation and GRE actual exam.
On the DAY of GRE Exam
Believe me, no matter how many practice tests you have taken while preparing, the actual test will be way harder than all those combined.
But do lots of practice tests as it helps you gain confidence.
Now, coming to the day of exam, I was really nervous as all my planning and future dependent on this exam.
I reached the center 2 hours before my appointment. And I was invited inside hour and half early to write!
By the time I went in, all the nails of my fingers were chewed out of nervousness!!
And surprising part was that the practice tests I had done were nowhere near the standards of actual test. Especially quants.
Verbal maybe pretty similar, but quants, Never! I started doubting whether my scores will cross 300 or not. Thankfully, it did.
I managed to do quite well and once I picked up the rhythm, it went smooth. 4 arduous hours of testing and it was all over!!
So guys that’s my whole GRE experience.
Believe me, once you get your scores and if that what you have expected all along, you will have a great sense of satisfaction and when you are sending scores 4 universities for free, that when you know that you have started on a JOURNEY INTO YOUR DREAMS and you will do anything to achieve it.!! 🙂