(Closed) GRE revised

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World

I took it. It depends on what you call “hard.” I found the math difficult, but I’m an English major so that was no surprise. If you study using something like the Princeton study guide and the materials on the ETS website then you should be prepared and the questions will feel more familiar. I found studying with flashcards (especially for the math and vocab words) very helpful. Good luck!

Post # 4
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I took it last year when it came out. I suck at math so I like that you now get to use a calculator! As for the verbal section, I thought I would need to learn all the millions of vocab words so I learned several hundred of them but very very few were on the test. It mostly focused on comprehension.

There’s a practice program you can download from ETS website that is the exact format as the actual test.

Post # 6
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just took it and thought it was easier than I expected it to be.

I used to be REALLY good at math and writing (AP calculus and AP English in high school), but my vocabulary has always been a little shaky (those damn analogies messed up my SAT scores!)

Even so…. I was REALLY worried about the GREs! The last math course I took was AP Calculus in 2004, the last algebra course I took was in 2002. I graduated undegrad in 2008 and hadn’t done any sort of English/writing/reading/vocab building at all since then. PLUS, I had only 7 days to study for the GREs (had no idea I needed them for the grad program I applied to, till they e-mailed me to say they were waiting on my GRE scores, so I signed up for the earliest possible date, which gave me ONE WEEK to study!).

I borrowed a friend’s GRE book and glanced through the math section only, to try to brush up on formulas and shortcuts, and figured I’d hope for the best on the verbal and writing. Work was crazy busy that week, so all-in-all, I probably only spent a grand total of 12 hours or so studying.

I’m pretty sure I did really well, but the program I applied to doesn’t have a “minimum” score yet for the revised GRE so I don’t know what a “good” score is yet.. I scored 164 on verbal and 156 on math, and I think both are out of 170. I did not get a writing score back yet.




The words used in the verbal section seemed a lot easier than I expected. But the math was tricky (one section I ran out of time and had to guess on the last two questions).   BEST of luck to you!

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