Post # 1
I am having a panic attack, like a number of panic attacks every time i open the GRE practice book. Has anyone taken it- Compared to practice tests in GRE practice books would you say the questions on the General GRE are of equal difficulty, harder, or easier? How did you ladies do??
Post # 3
Full disclosure, I have a weird talent for taking standardized tests and it’s been a few years since I took it… but in my opinion the actual GRE was pretty comparable to the practice tests.
I know there were a few questions that still totally threw me for a loop but I’m pretty sure that would have been the case no matter how hard I studied, and from what I remember I scored about the same on the practice tests and on the actual GRE.
You will be fine! Just do your best to stay calm and focus on one question at a time.
Post # 4
I’m about to take it this month, but just so you know, the test has been revised as recently as last year. I would take older examinees’ word with a grain of salt.
Good luck! FWIW, my best friend has taken it recently and told me I wouldnt have any problems because she knows my educational background. So I guess it’s not really a hands-down strenuous exam.
Post # 5
I found taking the actual test to be harder than the practice one just because of the time constraint.
I ended up doing ok on the quant but not as well as I would have liked (I basically needed perfect because the quant was so easy at the time).
I did stupidly well on the verbal which was annoying because it basically didn’t matter at all for the program I was applying to.
Post # 6
I took it three years ago. I’d say the test was comparable to the practice tests. I did better than I thought I would, though.
Post # 7
Not to freak you out more, but the exam questions were harder for me. However, the test is made so that if you get questions right, you get harder higher point questions after that (or at least when I took it in 2008 that’s how it was!). I scored almost the exact same score that I got on the SAT (used to be on a 1600 point scale too). I would just memorize as many vocab words as possible and do all the examples in the book. That’s all you can do! It’s not that bad!
Post # 8
It totally sucked for me. I couldnt get myself to study and ended up stumped on simple stuff I should have know. Guess that’s what I get for trying to take it without studying… did good enough for the school I was trying into though, so I didnt really care. There was no way I was going to do well on the English, but I was pissed I did soo poorly on the math, if I had to do it over again, I’d definitely try to do a lot of practice tests for that.
Post # 9
Did you download the free power prep software?
Using that was the best preparation, I think. It also gave me the most reliable indicator of what my actual score turned out to be.
I found that what was being tested was not difficult but that the way the questions were asked was what made it hard. For me, the quant was the hardest part while the Verbal was easy peasy – I’m in the humanities – upping my score was not really a case of learning more stuff but about learning to decode the questions quickly and then knowing the shortcuts to get to the correct answer (rather than working things out correctly but very time consumingly).
Post # 10
I just decided today that I was to take the GMAT and then freaked out about the thought of working a 10hr day (I write policies and procedures for my company all day) and then going home to study. Ugh. Good luck!
Post # 11
I took it almost 7 years ago so take my opinion with a grain of salt but I honestly don’t remember it being that hard. I bought a test prep book from Princeton Review (or some such company) and followed the recommended schedule to study in the weeks leading up to the test. I got the score I needed. I think I remember the test prep and practice questions being pretty comparable.
I do believe you can take it again if you don’t like your score.
Post # 12
I took the new version of the gres You will do fine, get the Kaplan or prinstion review practice books, they tell you how to do well since its not a ” what do you know ” test, but rather a how well do you test. I suck at math.SUCK at it. I didn’t get a single question on the first math section correct. I am awesome at verbal and writing and I did freakishly well on that. So that helped and because I did so poorly on the first math section, the second section was really easy math.
Study vocab, and analogies. And the books tell you how to do the math.
Eta: dispite failing the first math section I sill make out with a really good score. So don’t worry
Eata: I applied to a psych program and got in.
Post # 13
What are you taking it for? If it’s for entrance into any graduate program that is NOT math/science, you don’t have to do particularly well. If it’s for math/science, you basically need a perfect math score. Unless they’ve drastically changed the test, the way I understand it is that they assume people who take the GRE have studied some form of English in college, and should therefore have developed their vocabulary. Then the math is high school — it was described to me as ninth grade math — because they assume you did not take math in college.
Now that I wrote that I feel like it does not make sense. Ha.
Post # 14
i took it in 2003, so quite likely things have changed. But i am with those who thought it was similar to the practice tests. I remember at the time i studied, it was recommended to use the Princeton or Kaplan books. I used Kaplan and i remember liking them. I did better on the math section and ok on verbal, which was consistent with my practice tests. The whole thing was super annoying to study for though since i didn’t find it helped in any way to prepare me for grad school or that my perfornance on it was any sort of indicator to how i’ve done in grad school. i mean for the GRE, i basically had to memorize a bunch of words i never used before and haven’t really used since. And i had to relearn high school math, but with methods to solve the problems faster so i could finish on time!
good luck though, i see it as one of those necessary evils to get where you want to go.
Post # 15
@peachacid: My understanding is that they didn’t change the content much (if at all), but they changed grading because too many people were getting perfect scores. I think I saw a conversion chart where a former perfect score is equivaent to 96th percentile now… something along those lines. I think you’re still right about the level of experience they expect you to have.
EDIT: OP, if you’re really interested, look up forums specifically for these tests. When I was taking the MCAT, I spent some time on their forums where people who have scored really highly shared their resources and study strategies. I think it was helpful.
Post # 16
@Taeyers: Okay, cause I was thinking it was maybe inaccurate. I took it in 2005, so it’s definitely changed since then. I know there were “voluntary” questions at the end of the exam (I took it on the computer) that were wicked hard math questions…I got up and asked if I had to actually answer them and if they counted, because i was like, ummmm yeah I haven’t even taken pre-calculus!!! That makes me sound stupid, I realize, but my high school offered other math classes like statistics and trigonometry (separate from algebra 2), so I had a lot of math…just so calculus. Ta da! Oh so the point of sharing that is that they were questions that were going to be on the new test, or so the woman there told me.