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# Retaking the GRE Is Harder than Taking the GRE

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Retaking the GRE Is Harder than Taking the GRE [#permalink]  08 Sep 2018, 11:19
I recently took the GRE and scored 160Q, 157V and 4.5AW. My background is in engineering and software and I am applying for data science grad programs around the country. I was pretty bummed about my score because I thought I was good at math. Most engineers think this way until they take this test ? My primary source of studying was Magoosh and Manhattan Prep.

My weaknesses in quant are speed, quant comparisons with huge exponents or big numbers or multiple variables, number properties (i.e. x > y^2 which of the following can be true), and data interpretation. It's not that I can't work through the problem, I freak out because these take me a long time to solve and I end up panicking through the rest of the section.

My weakness in verbal is reading comp. I get overwhelmed and lost in the passage, end up rereading the sentences and it's a big mess in my head. I guess I also get a bit angry because who would read these types of arcane articles on the regular in grad school in under 2 minutes? Sigh. I have read my share of journals and science articles and I always had time to digest them. Anyways, I digress.

After my exam, I took 2 weeks off and I am back to studying for a retake happening in 3 weeks. I would love to get my quant score up to 165 and my verbal to 160. I am focusing on number properties and quick tricks to solve those problems. I am also going to try and take 12 practice exams before my test date. I am so overwhelmed by what I need to do, and what it means if I can't raise my scores up.

If you guys have any advice on GRE retakes as well as on my weaknesses in either section, or for GRE life in general, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
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Re: Retaking the GRE Is Harder than Taking the GRE [#permalink]  08 Sep 2018, 12:37
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Hi,

This might be a good starting point.

https://greprepclub.com/forum/gre-study-plan-2018-edition-8885.html

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Re: Retaking the GRE Is Harder than Taking the GRE [#permalink]  21 Sep 2018, 05:58
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Hi bossy302,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, a 160Q/157V is a great starting point. That being said, it may take longer than just 3 weeks to improve your GRE score by 8 points. Are you able to take your exam at a later date? Either way, I’m happy to provide some advice on how to improve your score.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GRE quant skills.

When studying verbal, as your vocabulary improves, your GRE verbal score very likely will improve. With that said, vocabulary on the GRE is a beast, and learning such a vast number of GRE vocab words will take many hours. Thus, you will want to find a large, reputable vocab list and study the heck out of it. Yes, the process of memorizing thousands of words is tedious and boring, but if your competition is memorizing 2,000 to 3,000 vocab words, then you must do the same or more! However, memorizing vocab words is just a part of the battle. After improving your vocab, you need to improve your skills at answering Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions.

Accurately answering Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions is not as simple as knowing your vocab. When answering a single-sentence Text Completion question, for instance, you need to understand what the sentence is trying to say. In other words, you need to understand the logic of the sentence, the important clues that indicate what word or words are needed to complete the sentence. In problems that involve two or three sentences, you also need to understand the relationships between the sentences. There are always important clues to guide you in the existing sentences. Understanding the context around the blanks is the most important thing you can do. Likewise when answering Sentence Equivalence questions, focus on the BIG PICTURE or context clues that are provided in the sentence. If you can accurately assess the context of what you are reading, you will have a better shot at selecting the appropriate vocab word to complete the sentence.

To correctly answer single-paragraph passages, as mentioned above, you will need to be able to analyze the relationship between sentences. Furthermore, you need to ensure that you you fully understand the essence of the various single-paragraph question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack these types of Reading Comprehension questions.

Finally, keep in mind that GRE Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read, so to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar challenging content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

To follow the approach outlined above, you may consider using an online self-study course. [GRE Prep Club](https://greprepclub.com/forum/) has reviews of the best online GRE prep courses.

Please reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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Re: Retaking the GRE Is Harder than Taking the GRE [#permalink]  25 Nov 2018, 10:29
great advices here..im also retaking it.. im very concern about my grades and my time is really limited! hope i can get the score i want/need
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Re: Retaking the GRE Is Harder than Taking the GRE [#permalink]  30 Nov 2018, 17:13
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My pleasure! Keep me updated.
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