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GRE Experiences [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2019, 06:49
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I've now taken the GRE 4 times and am still working toward a score that I think truly reflects what I am capable of. I have studied for over a year and a half now, going through book after book of practice questions, and taking every practice test under the sun. Now that I have taken all of the free online reputable practice tests from Kaplan, Manhattan Prep, Princeton, ETS, etc. I am moving on to the paid practice tests aw well (already exhausted all 3 ETS paid practice tests).

Taking the test this many times and putting as much time and effort into it has been a hard journey, especially given the fact that I continue to have scores that waver both on the actual test and on practice exams (sometimes Q:153 V:153 / Q: 165 V: 154 / Q: 154 V: 162, etc.) However, I refuse to give up with a score that will only show schools a poor example of my skills, so I'm continuing to solider on.

I am hoping that the forums, guides, and practice questions here will be of help, and get to to the last test.
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Re: GRE Experiences [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2019, 14:03
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Hi,

you did a lot of work, hands down. However, after so many efforts you should have a highest score.

Forget the tests from prep companies, they are misleading. The only software you should rely upon is the official software and our test :P

here we do have almost countless resources, in primis all the OGs https://greprepclub.com/forum/the-offic ... -8020.html and all the questions explained from the free software from which you might learn a lot: how to attack from a different angle a question, and so forth https://greprepclub.com/forum/gre-power ... -3118.html

If you do post your score report we could assess an analysis similar to this one I made https://greprepclub.com/forum/a-gre-sco ... 15097.html

We are here to help you as much as we can.

Do not give up :)

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Re: GRE Experiences [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2019, 08:37
Agree with post above. The non official books are usually too easy. Stick with official gre book
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All the GRE official books are in this post https://greprepclub.com/forum/the-offic ... tml#p14533

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Re: GRE Experiences [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2019, 23:44
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Hey, first of all, I am glad that you've decided to not settle for a score that doesn't reflect your true potential. I've taken the test thrice, and scored a 320 (first attempt), 312 (second attempt), and a 325 (third attempt), with a gap of two months between each test. I might take the test again for a 330+, since I am much better prepared now.

The one major tip I can share with you is that time management is of the essence, and you can master time management through complete mock tests only. Sit for the designated amount of time (including the AWA) and keep a track of the clock. Assign no more than a minute per question for the Verbal Reasoning section, and about a maximum of 1.5 minutes for the QR section.

I see your QA scores suffer, so give yourself time before the next attempt to master:

1. Algebra (Inequalities, Modulus, Quadratic equations)
2. Arithmetic (Time and Work, Time Speed and Distance, Ratios and Percentages)
3. Statistics (Mean, Median, Standard Deviation, Normal Distribution)
4. Geometry (basics of triangles, circles, and polygons, 3-D and 2-D mensuration)
5. Modern Mathematics (Set Theory, P&C, Probability)
6. Integers (Remainders, HCF, LCM, Divisibility rules, etc.)

1,2,3,4, and 6 are very important. You'll also need to push your Verbal scores to about 164-164, so practice a lot of RCs and learn complex words from Merriam Webster, Magoosh's Flashcards, and the Economist's GRE Flashcards.

Take about 4 more mock tests (at least 2 of those need to be the official ETS mocks) and evaluate them thoroughly. Space the 4 tests out in such a manner that your last mock test should be taken about 3 days prior to your exam.

Mock scores may not always be good, and they do not reflect your true potential. I scored a 312 in my previous attempt and also in the last mock test I took before my latest attempt (Manhattan). I ended up with a 163 (VA) and 162 (QA) after a 156 (VA) and 156 (QA).

Also, GRE is very unpredictable, in that the difficulty varies significantly after each attempt. So, be quick to assess the difficulty of the paper, DO NOT LEAVE OUT ANY QUESTION, and ensure that you aren't stuck on any question. Never ego-solve questions.

Also, try to get about 18-20 questions right each in the first two sections, and about 15-16 in the next two sections (each). That'll ensure a brilliant score of 323+.
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