Revised GRE Experience at Prometric Test Center shared by Susmit.
First my question: For a moment lets assume that the scoring system is continued to be out of 1600 and the range of score as shown in the end of my test is 1260-1460, then does 1260 HAVE to be my minimum score out of 1600?
Or is there is a further probability of some statistical skullduggery that can reduce it further! (Mind you… I am not talking about the adjustments that will be made when adapting scores to 130-170 scale).
My Revised GRE Experience
Prometric India test centres are just too professional. But some of their rules are awkward to say the least.
For example, you can’t even take your handkerchief into the testing room! Not even pens!
They give you two pencils and 6 pages of scratch paper which are replenished upon request.
One more important fact : Ctrl + V and Ctrl + C does NOT work. Since I am used to it (and I guess most people are); be wary of this when writing your Analytical Writing section.
I was really unlucky to get the experimental quantitative section in the beginning itself. I surmised so because the level of questions in it was just far too high to be given to a candidate in the first go.
As a result I was freaked out before I began the verbal section.
No matter how much ETS harp about the “exciting” changes in Verbal part, one thing is clear.
It is tougher than before. At least earlier one could mug up words for antonyms and that guaranteed solid marks, but now the whole ‘contextual’ spin in the questions leaves us wondering about the right answer.
And whoever feels that’s better because emphasis on learning on rote has diminished, think again.
The words continue to be obscure to say the least, words like ‘sepulchur’, ‘exiguous’, enigmatic’, ‘hardwired’ not just require you to know their exact meanings but also analyse them contextually. The options are confusing. Mere analysing them contextually may leave one befuddled and mind you – it takes one a lot of time to read and re-read sentences. Hence, time if of vital essence.
Quant section is fun provided one uses the calculator intelligently. As I had experienced in the practice papers, ‘hard’ sums are not at all hard. They just require more thinking. Questions where an abstract symbol describes relation between two quantities (example of which is given nowhere in ETS’ Official Guide) is there too.
The DI questions appeared simple although atleast one of the three questions in each set of DI questions was tough.
That’s it friends. I hope I get into the univ of my choice. Wish me luck !!!
- Prometric – It’s good that prometic is being strict. We have seen so many examples and comments for agents taking TOEFL exam. ETS must do better job on controlling that.
- Score Ranges – I’m still not sure why ETS can give better score range, with so many years of testing experience, ETS can narrow down the scores to 200 point range.
- Revised GRE Format – When I posted Revised GRE will be tough nut to crack, there were group of folks arguing that Revised GRE is better. If you had chance to take GRE in old format, but missed it just because your reasoning “New GRE is Better” is BS.