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Niken's Story [#permalink] New post 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:
1. The GRE is NOT the TOEFL. I had no idea how difficult the GRE would be. I thought “Okay, maybe it’s just like TOEFL plus a little bit of math.” I downloaded the free study materials on the ETS website, and because my GRE test date was nearly at the same time as my TOEFL test-date, I thought I only needed to review the math part. But I was WRONG! My TOEFL scores were excellent, while my GRE scores were horrible. The GRE is nothing like the TOEFL, although both have a verbal reasoning and a writing section. “God, what is this?! I’ve never heard this word before”—I repeated this sentence again and again during the test. I immediately realized that my advanced English vocabulary was limited, despite the fact that I speak and write English very fluently. To all you other TOEFL/GRE test takers, you can be a top TOEFL scorer but it doesn’t have any correlation with GRE scores. Especially if you’re a non-native speaker, enrich your advanced vocabulary by reading. I read “heavy” novels these days. If you don’t know a word, don’t look up a translation in your native language. Instead, use an English thesaurus. You should also know your weakness and find a way to improve it. Therefore, prepare months before the test date. Last but not least, don’t underestimate 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 :-D
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] New post 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] New post 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] New post 15 Oct 2015, 01:52
Good luck Niken
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Re: Niken's Story [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2015, 00:13
This is a great lesson for us to know about GRE.
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