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# Niken's Story

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Niken's Story [#permalink]  24 May 2014, 15:18
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Niken is from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently, she’s a final year master student in the Netherlands, majoring in molecular medicine. Niken loves travelling and cooking, and plans to pursue a PhD in cancer biology or cancer immunology.
Here’s what Niken has learned about the GRE:
2. There’s no harm in retaking the test. So, I planned to do my second GRE test. I needed help. I purchased The Official Guide to the GRE, Second Edition. I installed a vocabulary flash card app and a thesaurus app on my mobile phone. Then I took my second test. My scores did improve a little, however I knew that I still encountered the same problems. At that moment, I realized I needed more help (like a teacher) because I needed to know the concepts and strategies involved in each question type. But I didn’t have the time to sit in a GRE class, and I wasn’t even sure a class would be effective.
3. Great prep materials are necessary. Soon, my mom told me that she found several GRE applications for Android—one of these was Magoosh. I downloaded the app and followed the free tutorials. I became addicted to the step-by-step guides and the conceptual explanations! It felt like I had a real teacher in front of me. Two weeks before my third (yes, third!) GRE test date, I purchased the full Magoosh subscription. Initially, I thought it was expensive. But, then I realized it was the best money I’d ever spent! I had goosebumps when I read my third GRE score results because it was exactly within the range of Magoosh’s score estimate. After only two weeks of studying with Magoosh, I improved my score from 300 to 310
4. Don’t give up! My 4th test date will be in 2 months. It’ll be awesome!
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Re: Niken's Story [#permalink]  27 May 2015, 04:14
Your story really inspires me, I have planed to follow the steps you did. Thanks for sharing this here. Could you please also state the best practice to get pass in this?
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Re: Niken's Story [#permalink]  30 Jun 2015, 22:20
Agreed that Magoosh is a great preparation source. And if Niken is applying grad school in US, the fact that she is from Indonesia will greatly help because there isn't too many Indonesian at all in the application pool!
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Re: Niken's Story [#permalink]  15 Oct 2015, 01:52
Good luck Niken
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Re: Niken's Story [#permalink]  23 Oct 2015, 00:13
This is a great lesson for us to know about GRE.
Re: Niken's Story   [#permalink] 23 Oct 2015, 00:13
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