GRE Exam: Graduate Record Examination


What is GRE? : The GRE or Graduate Record Exam is required for admission to most U.S., Canadian, and UK graduate schools. Most students attend graduate business school for pursuing an Master degree. In addition, GRE can also be used for admission to PhD program.

What does GRE test? :  The GRE general test does not test specific knowledge in any subject. It measures the ability to respond to questions in limited time.The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a multiple-choice exam designed to measure verbal, analytical, and quantitative skills. The GRE General Test is considered a good predictor of your success in a graduate program. Your preparation for the GRE General Test should be similar to that for the MCAT . . . no last minute cramming, etc. There are many good self-help books at local bookstores with sample exams. You should at least review such a publication before you take the GRE.

There are seven sections to the GRE General Test: Two Verbal Sections (38 questions and 30 min each) Two Quantitative Sections (30 questions and 30 min each) Two Analytical Sections (25 questions and 30 min each) One Experimental Section (30 min) The Experimental section is not scored, nor is it identified in the exam booklet. It may be of a verbal, quantitative, or analytical nature.

There are some important facts to remember when taking the GRE General Test :

1) each question is worth the same number of points, no matter how hard or easy it is.

2) in each section except the reading comprehension questions (in the Verbal Section), the questions tend to go from easy to difficult. Therefore, it is foolhardy to spend too much time on early questions when you know that later ones will probably take even longer. You have somewhere around one minute or less to answer each question (on the average), so budget your time effectively. 3)If you are in doubt, dont hesitate to guess. Do not leave a question unanswered. There are no penalties on the General Test for wrong answers.

The GRE is offered 5 times a year at test centers throughout the world. Your raw score (number of correct answers) is converted to a score on a scale of 200-800. If you miss all the questions, you still score 200. An 800 score can be achieved even if you miss one or two questions. The Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical scores are reported separately as scaled scores – you will also receive a percentile rank (indicating the percent of total examinees scoring below your score). Scores are mailed to you about six weeks after the test date.

Format of computer-based GRE exam is as follows:

1) Essay Analysis of Issue  – 45 min

2) Analysis of Argument  – 30 min

Break 5 min

Maths- 45 min 

 Break 5 min

Verbal –  30 min 

Total testing time is up to 3 hours and 45 minutes, not including the research section.

Antonyms in GRE

Antonyms are the most easiest questions on the GRE. you will get around 8-9 questions on antonyms. Antonyms, i feel, are like maths Either you know the answer or you dont. There will be a very few cases when u will have a dilemma as to which of the 2 most probables one to pick!.. the assumption is that the remaining 3 are a clear-cut NO.
My point is – when you are thorough with the wordlist, you wont have any confusion about the right answer. Just by a glance (i am not even saying a perusal) , you will be able to identify the answer. The best thing about Antonyms is that they are real TIME-SAVERs!… i m not boasting, but i really could answer the antonym questions in just 5-6 seconds. so i used to save 9 * 55 seconds ( i have simple maths here – 30 questions in 30 mins. so a question/min). The thta i saved in Antonyms, i used in RC.

OK, OK, let me tell you how i tackled Antonyms.
In Antonym questions, out of the 5 options, 3 will be a clear-cut NO -NO.
Let me take an example :
find the antonym of DIVULGE :
a) keep secret
b) evaluate by onself
c) refine
d) restore
e) copy.

look at the question first. DIVULGE. divulge bascially means give out some information, not keep back the information.
so you need to look for an answer which says “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. After having an idea as to what you want from the answer options, now take a look at the answer options:
a) keep secret – hmmmmm…seems pretty good… give it a mental rating of 8/10…
move ahead to see if other options are as good.
b) evaluate by oneself – “evaluating by onself” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
c) refine – “refine” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
d) restore – “restore” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10
e) copy – “copy” is no way close to “hold back, dont share, keep secret, dont tell anyone”. ….. give it a raing of 0/10

so, now after going thru all the options, you know that the only option that came close to what you thought was the option a) keep secret…. so you can be sure that you have marked the right answer and move ahead confidently.
believe me friends, having a good grip on antonyms is very important…becuase the time that you save here will be used in RC… RCs are very tough. topics on feminism, humanitarianism, some old damn painting, some cultural revolution of 1400 BC….god !! RCs are damn tough and need to time for that… thank the ETS guys for having introduced antonyms!!!


Wordlist GRE

Wordlists are a nightmare to many GREtakers…
Here’s a simple way to remember the words. It’s not a shortcut though.

See, almost every word in English can be broken into 2 or 3 parts or can be traced to some Greek or latin or some root.

Eg: DISINTER —–à disinter means to dig out.
DISINTER = dis + inter.
‘Dis’ gives a negative connotation to the word “inter”.

To ‘inter’ means ‘to bury something or someone’.

So when u combine dis + inter , you get the opposite of burying ie. exhuming something or someone ….ie. you take someone or something from the ground. And so now you know ‘disinter’ is to ‘dig out’!

Another example: MISOGYNY = mis + gynos
‘mis’ has a negative connotation…. ‘Mis’ means ‘hatred’ and ‘gynos’ has a Greek meaning – ‘females’. So Misogyny means hatred of women.

Try to break the word. Try to trace the roots. Try to feel the connotation ie. whether it is negative or positive.

So, before you start the wordlist, go to the end of the word list of Barrons. There you will find the roots, prefixes, suffixes, etc.

Once you are familiar with that, you can easily remember the words from the wordlist.
Half of the words can be split or can be FELT by their prefixes, suffixes, etc…

Understood??? So, don’t ever directly jump to the wordlist. First create a good foundation upon which you can build your vocab.

Other techniques to remember the words:

1) Create flash cards or use the flash cards available in the market.
Flash cards are basically small chits of paper with one side having the difficult word and the other side having its meaning. So while traveling, it is very convenient to take flash cards with you.
2) Write down. Just like you used to mug up the answers in school, just mug up the words. But after mugging up, make sure that you know what context that word was used in. I would surely advise you to keep note of the sentence too i.e every word in the wordlist would be followed by a sentence. So even if you remember the sentence in which the word was used, you will be able to remember the meaning of the word.
3) Read aloud. Didn’t you mug up the answers in school by reading aloud the answers??
4) Use the words in your day to day life. As I said, DISCOMBOBULATE your friends by using very ABSTRUSE words. And then CONDESENDINGLY APPRISE them of the meaning of the word that you used!
5) Create associations or patterns to remember the words.

Eg: while I was in VJTI, I had a frnd who was very particular about cleanliness, and was very organized. While I was reading the wordlist, I came across a word “STICKLER” which means “someone who is very particular about things”. So I quickly associated the word STICKLER to YOGESH!…. so next time I read the word STICKLER, I know what it means!

Another eg: use human qualities or attributes to remember the words.
Like I have a frnd XYZ who is very arrogant. So while I was reading the words “haughty”, “conceited”, “stuffed shirt”, “presumptuous”, I could easily visualize my frnd XYZ!!!!…get my point?… so in one-go, I now know that “haughty”, “conceited”, “stuffed shirt”, “presumptuous” mean ARROGANT!!!

As simple as that!

Give sufficient time to remember and understand the wordlist. if you don’t know the wordlist, I would advise you to not take the exam…because, seriously, 20 questions out of 30 are going to be based on difficult words… If you are some millionaire, then its ok, go and get low scores as many times as possible!!… Remember that the GRE costs $180!!…

Read Barrons wordlist. It would be great if you got time to read Thesaurus too.
I hope I was able to help u in tackling the wordlists….

Happy WORDLISTing!!


Maths GRE

Maths is the easiest section in GRE… you can easily score 800/800….. here’s what u can do for maths : first of all, develop the mental attidute that “maths is easy and i m surely going to score 800/800”.

Second of all,when u install the PowerPrep by ETS, when u start the session, u will find a link for “maths review”. that will open a link for MATHSREV.pdf (i think this is the name of the PDF. its of some 69 pages).this PDF is a very good document to start with. follow each page very religiously.

Whenever u see a formula, try to put values for varibles in the formula. Try to create your own questions. Try to look at the formula from different angles. like, for example : suppose i see the formula—> area of square is aa and perimeter of a square is 4a, then what i do is, i draw a square and then try to think of various questions like 1) what if i am given just the perimter and i m asked to find the area or 2) what if i am told that the perimter of square A is 4 times the perimter of square B then i am asked to find out the area of square A. Are you getting my point?…whatever formula you see, keep that in mind, think of examples… this is how u will increase marks in maths. One more thing, it is quite possible that you know everything abt maths, but you must be making silly mistakes.

For the first 18-20 questions, be doubly sure to mark the right answer. if the computer knows that u gave right answers for the first 18-20 questions, then the computer will understand that you are very good at math and the last 8 questions wont matter much!…

you can buy Barrons Maths or Kaplan Maths or Princeton Maths for practising maths examples and building maths fundas…

I hope this blog helps…


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Revised GRE Scoring pattern

What Is Changing About Scoring

A New Score Scale that Makes It Easier for Schools to Compare Your Scores with the Scores of Other Candidates

If you’ve seen an official score report for the current test, or have friends who have taken the current test, then you know that the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections have a score scale of 200 – 800, reported in 10-point increments.

However, scores will look much different on the new score scale for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the GRE® revised General Test. The Analytical Writing section score scale will remain the same.

What you need to know about the new score scale

  • Verbal Reasoning scores will be reported on a new 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
  • Quantitative Reasoning scores will be reported on a new 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
  • Analytical Writing scores will continue to be reported on the same 0 – 6 score level, in half-point increments.

What does the new score scale mean to you? It means that institutions will find it easier to compare your scores with the scores of other candidates. Here’s why:

  • If you and another candidate have GRE revised General Test scores that differ by one or two score points, for example, then you and the other candidate performed similarly on the revised test.
  • With the current test’s broader score scale, that same difference looks like a 10- or 20-point difference in score — which could look like a big difference.

Now small differences in scoring will look like small differences, while bigger differences will continue to stand out. That’s good news for you, and for the schools considering you.

Keep in mind that scores will continue to be valid for five years. If you need your scores by November 2011, early planning will be important.


Revised GRE General test

The GRE® revised General Test is Coming
in August 2011

The GRE® General Test is Changing. Find Out What You Need to Know — and Why It’s Good News for You.

Starting August 1, 2011, the GRE® revised General Test will replace the current GRE General Test, giving the students the advantage of a better test experience — and new types of questions that help show their readiness for graduate-level work.

Here’s What You Can Expect from the GRE revised
General Test

  • A new test-taker friendly design for the computer-based test that lets you edit or change your answers, skip questions and more, all within a section — giving you the freedom to use more of your own test-taking strategies. Another new feature: an on-screen calculator.* Learn more about the new test-taker friendly design.
  • New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Learn more about the new types of questions.
  • Special savings of 50% when you take the GRE revised General Test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. The 50% discount means big savings for you — and another big advantage to taking the GRE revised General Test. Learn more about saving 50% on your test fee.
  • Important score reporting information you need to know: If you take the GRE revised General Test during our special discount period of August – September 2011, your scores will be sent by mid-November. However, if you need your scores before November 2011, take the current test before August 2011. See the detailed score reporting schedule.

Something else to keep in mind when you receive your scores: The GRE revised General Test features a new score scale that can make it easier for schools to compare your GRE scores with the scores of other candidates. Learn more about the new score scale.

*For those taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center for use during the test.

Choosing Between the Current Test and the Revised Test

To help you decide which of the two tests to take, start by selecting which schools you’re most interested in, then find out when they need your scores. Different schools have different admissions deadlines, so knowing when your prospective schools need your scores is an important part of making the decision between the GRE General Test and the GRE revised General Test.

If you need scores before November 2011, start planning now. You will need to take the current test. You will want to register early to ensure you get a seat for your preferred date and location. If you take the current test in either a split-test administration or paper-based test location early planning is especially important.

If you don’t need scores until after November 2011, taking the GRE revised General Test is a smart move. With these new changes in place, the revised test will give you a better test experience — and offer an even better way to show schools that you’re ready for graduate-level work.

Make Sure You’re Ready for the GRE revised General Test.
Here Are Important Dates You Need to Know:

Table with important dates about the GRE revised General Test
  • August 1: First day of testing for the GRE revised General Test
  • August 1 – September 30: Save 50% on your test fee; if you test during this period, your scores will be sent by mid-November
  • Normal score reporting resumes. Your score report will be sent 10 – 15 days after your test date


What You Can Do to Start Preparing Now

Even though the GRE revised General Test is coming August 1, 2011, there are a few ways you can start getting ready for it right now:

  1. Sign up now to get all the details you need to know about the GRE revised General Test with special test-taker news and information. Don’t miss out. Sign up today!
  2. Find out when you need your scores to decide which test is best for your timing:
    If you need your scores before November 2011, register now to take the current test before August 1, 2011. If not, register for the GRE revised General Test starting on March 15, 2011 — and save 50% if you test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. Sign up to get important information about the launch of the revised test.
  3. Learn about the GRE revised General Test — what’s changing, and what those changes mean to you. Find out.
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