It is currently 22 Apr 2019, 00:23
My Tests


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

GRE re-taker needs help...URGENT REPLY pls

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 04 Jul 2017
Posts: 5
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 4

GRE re-taker needs help...URGENT REPLY pls [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2017, 12:49
I gave GRE in Oct 2013 and ended up with a score of 304 (VA: 147, QA: 157, AW: 3). I am planning to retake in the next 1–2 months. How should I plan and strategize so that I end up with a good score this time? I am basically aiming for an improvement by 20 points at least.

Analysis of previous attempt:

I can remember the test day very well. One of the reasons for my low score was the bad test center. The test center was noisy with people continuously coming in, going out and passing by. All these things distracted me a lot and pulled down my concentration. The keyboard and mouse were horrible.

In Verbal, I normally had difficulty in reading and comprehending texts fast esp. long RCs and the presence of noise in the test center made it all the more difficult. I could not concentrate much while reading long RCs and most of the time, made guess work and moved on to the next question. I didn't know / couldn't recall the meaning of few words which made the Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions more difficult and time consuming.

In Quans, I got stuck in 2-3 difficult questions initially and lost time I could have otherwise spent for the easy ones. I had to hurry towards the end and missed 1-2 questions. I had expected a 165+ for Quans with my preparation and my mocks from Kaplan but distractions took a toll and I had to read few questions repeatedly.

In Analytical Writing, I did take time in understanding the arguments. I faced difficulty in expressing my thoughts in an excellent style. The keyboard was very hard and it was becoming very difficult to type correctly and fast. I could not write my essays to the length I wanted to because I lost a good of time in typing. As a result, I could not even proof read my write-ups.

I had prepared from Kaplan GRE Premier 2011-12 ONLY. Did I trust the wrong book? Should I have followed some additional books as well? These questions bothered me just after the exam then in 2013 and still bothering me now when I am yet to start my preparation.

I got to improve my ability to read and understand difficult and complex RCs fast. How can I do this?

I don't have much time to prepare and want to go with a self-preparation plan. How do I prepare efficiently? Where should I focus? I would request experts to help me out urgently.

Last edited by arijit87 on 04 Jul 2017, 23:33, edited 1 time in total.
GRE Prep Club Legend
GRE Prep Club Legend
User avatar
Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 4857
GRE 1: Q167 V156
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 106

Kudos [?]: 1820 [0], given: 397

Re: GRE re-taker needs help...Urgent reply [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2017, 13:33
Expert's post

Please go through the following:


If you found this post useful, please let me know by pressing the Kudos Button

Try our free Online GRE Test

Re: GRE re-taker needs help...Urgent reply   [#permalink] 04 Jul 2017, 13:33
Display posts from previous: Sort by

GRE re-taker needs help...URGENT REPLY pls

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

GRE Prep Club Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy| GRE Prep Club Rules| Contact

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group

Kindly note that the GRE® test is a registered trademark of the Educational Testing Service®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by ETS®.