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.
  4. Check out Sample Questions, tips for answering and general advice for each section available now:
  5. Download FREE test prep materials to start practicing:
  6. Purchase additional test prep for even more practice:



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How GRE is Scored

How is the GRE scored? – GRE Percentile Scores

GRE is a CAT (computer Adaptive Test). ie. if you perform well, then you will get harder questions and that will fetch you more marks. But, if you perform badly, then you will get easy questions that will fetch you lesser marks. So, it is always advisable that you pay a lot of attention to the firt 15 questions in the test.

Both of the Verbal and Quantitative Sections are scored on a scale of 200 to 800, in 10-point increments (it means that you may get a score of 610, but not 605). The total score ranges from 400 to 1600.

The Writing Section is scored separately in a different scale of 0 to 6.
How important are my GRE scores?

The GRE score is one of most important factors in the admission process because it is the common platform of evaluating you against the pool of applicants for the seats that you eye for. However, different schools have the different recruiting philosophy. Some schools consider it as a requirement only and weight GPA very heavily instead. The other schools regard the GRE scores as the single most important factor. Its advisable that you go to the individual college’s (the college that you wish to target) website and then check out the importance given to GRE.

GRE Score and Graduate School Admissions – Average GRE Scores

GRE scores matter. The weight placed on your GRE score in relation to the other factors that admissions committees consider (e.g. undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, relevant experience in your chosen field, etc) will vary from school to school and from program to program, but GREs are a necessary part of your application package. In addition, GRE scores are an important factor in the awarding of teaching and research assistantships and merit-based financial aid.

Can I cancel my scores?

You  can surely cancel your GRE scores. But it is only effective right after the test on the test day. If you feel thta you ddi not perform well, you can cancel accepting the score and retake the exam. Most schools will consider the most recent three scores if you took the GRE more than three times.


List of B-Schools that accept GRE Scores


United States and U.S. Territories


  • Troy University Dothan
  • Troy University Montgomery
  • Troy University Phenix City
  • Troy University Troy
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
  • University of Alabama Huntsville (EMBA)
  • University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
  • University of Montevallo
  • University of North Alabama


  • Alaska Pacific University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks


  • Argosy Universiy Phoenix
  • DeVry University Arizona
  • Troy University Davis Monthan AFB


  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • John Brown University


  • Alliant International University
  • American Jewish University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Brandman University
  • California Baptist University
  • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
  • California South Bay University
  • California State University Bakersfield
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • California State University Chico
  • California State University San Marcos
  • California State University Stanislaus
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • DeVry University California
  • Dominican University of California
  • Drexel University Sacramento
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Humboldt State University
  • La Sierra University
  • Lincoln University Oakland
  • Loma Linda University
  • National University California
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Pacific States University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California Los Angeles (EMBA Program)
  • University of California Riverside
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands Burbank
  • University of Redlands Orange County
  • University of Redlands Rancho Cucamonga
  • University of Redlands Redlands
  • University of Redlands Riverside
  • University of Redlands San Diego
  • University of Redlands Temecula
  • University of Redlands Torrance


  • Adams State College
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado State University Ft Collins
  • Humboldt State University
  • Keller Graduate School of Management Westminster
  • Mesa State College
  • Troy University Western Region
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Denver


  • Quinnipiac University
  • University of New Haven
  • Yale University


  • Goldey Beacom College

District of Columbia

  • Georgetown University (EMBA program)
  • George Washington University
  • Strayer University


  • Argosy University Tampa
  • Barry University
  • DeVry University Florida
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Everglades University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Jacksonville University
  • Keiser University
  • National-Louis University
  • Northwood University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Rollins College
  • St. Thomas University
  • Troy University Fort Walton Beach
  • Troy University Orlando
  • Troy University Pensacola
  • Troy University Tampa
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida at Sarasota
  • University of South Florida at St. Petersburg
  • University of Tampa
  • University of West Florida


  • Argosy University Atlanta
  • Augusta State University
  • Brenau University
  • Columbus State University
  • DeVry University Georgia
  • Georgia College and State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • North Georgia College and State University
  • Piedmont College
  • Reinhardt College
  • Savannah State University
  • Troy University Albany
  • Troy University Atlanta
  • Troy University Brunswick
  • Troy University College Covington
  • Troy University Fort Benning
  • University of Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Wesleyan College


  • Argosy University


  • Argosy University Chicago
  • Dominican University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • National-Louis University
  • North Park University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • St. Xavier University
  • University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign


  • DeVry University, Indiana
  • Indiana Institute of Technology
  • Oakland City University
  • Purdue University Main Campus (Part-time MBA)
  • University of Evansville (EMBA Program)
  • University of Notre Dame


  • Iowa State University
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Upper Iowa University


  • Fort Hays State University
  • Kansas Wesleyan University


  • Brescia University
  • Campbellsville University
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville


  • Louisiana State University Shreveport
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • University of Louisiana Monroe


  • Husson University
  • University of Southern Maine


  • Capitol College
  • DeVry University Maryland
  • Frostburg State University
  • University of Baltimore
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Morgan State University


  • American International College
  • Babson College
  • Bay Path College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Clark University
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Framingham State University
  • Harvard Business School
  • Hult International Business School
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Western New England College


  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Northwood University
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan Flint


  • Argosy University Twin Cities
  • Augsburg College
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University


  • Belhaven University
  • University of Mississippi


  • DeVry University Missouri
  • Drury University
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Park University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University


  • Troy University


  • Creighton University
  • University of Nebraska Kearney


  • DeVry University Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Antioch University New England
  • Dartmouth College

New Jersey

  • Monmouth University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University Camden
  • Rutgers University New Brunswick
  • Rutgers University Newark
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. Peters College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

New Mexico

  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • University of New Mexico

New York

  • Adelphi University
  • Clarkson University
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Columbia University
  • DeVry University, New York
  • Hofstra University
  • LIM College
  • Long Island University Brooklyn
  • Medaille College
  • Mount St. Mary’s College
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Institute of Technology
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • TRIUM (Global EMBA)

North Carolina

  • Appalachian State University
  • Elon University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • High Point University
  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston Salem State University

North Dakota

  • University of North Dakota


  • Ashland University
  • Baldwin Wallace College
  • Capital University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Franklin University
  • Keller Graduate School of Management Cleveland
  • Keller Graduate School of Management Columbus
  • Lake Erie College
  • Malone University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Findlay
  • Wright State University
  • Xavier University
  • Youngstown State University


  • DeVry University Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oral Roberts University


  • Concordia University Portland
  • DeVry University Oregon
  • Northwest Christian University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon (EMBA Program)
  • University of Portland (EMBA Program)
  • Willamette University


  • Alvernia University
  • Arcadia University
  • Clarion University
  • Delaware Valley College
  • Drexel University, LeBow
  • Geneva College
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • Kutztown University
  • La Salle University
  • Mercyhurst College
  • Misericordia University
  • Pennsylvania State University Erie (iMBA)
  • Pennsylvania State University Great Valley
  • Pennsylvania State University Smeal
  • Point Park University
  • St. Josephs University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University (Engineering Management)
  • York College

Puerto Rico

  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Salve Regina University
  • University of Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Bob Jones University
  • Charleston Southern University
  • College of Charleston
  • Clemson University
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • University of South Carolina

South Dakota

  • Dakota State University


  • Christian Brothers University
  • Cumberland University
  • Freed-Hardeman University
  • Troy University Clarksville
  • Troy University Shaw Center
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville (EMBA)


  • Argosy University Dallas
  • Baylor University
  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • LeTourneau University
  • Northwood University
  • Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio
  • Rice University (EMBA Program)
  • Southern Methodist University (Professional MBA)
  • Southwestern Adventist University
  • St. Edwards University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • St. Thomas University, Houston
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Tarleton State University Stephenville
  • Texas A&M College Station
  • Texas A&M International University
  • Texas A&M University Commerce
  • Texas Womans University
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Houston Main Campus
  • University of Houston Victoria
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • University of Texas Arlington
  • University of Texas Austin
  • University of Texas Brownsville
  • University of Texas Dallas (Part-time MBA)
  • University of Texas San Antonio
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • West Texas A&M University


  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • Southern Utah University
  • University of Utah (Professional MBA and EMBA)
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University


  • University of Vermont


  • College of William and Mary
  • DeVry University, Virginia
  • Marymount University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Regent University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Troy University Atlantic Region
  • Troy University Fort Myer
  • University of Management & Technology
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia International University


  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bainbridge Graduate Institute
  • City University of Seattle
  • DeVry University, Washington
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitworth University

West Virginia

  • Fairmont State University


  • Carroll University
  • DeVry University, Wisconsin
  • Mount Mary College
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • University of Wisconsin Parkside


  • University of Wyoming


  • Independent University Bangladesh


  • Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
  • United International Business Schools — Antwerp International Business School
  • United International Business Schools — Brussels International Business School


  • Cape Breton University (Community Economic Development)
  • Concordia University
  • Lakehead University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Simon Fraser University (Financial Risk Management)
  • University of Calgary
  • Univ of New Brunswick — Saint John
  • University of Toronto


  • Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • China Europe International Business School
  • Jinan University
  • Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University


  • University of the Andes

Costa Rica

  • INCAE Business School


  • University of Cyprus

Dominican Republic

  • Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE


  • Audencia Nantes School of Management
  • EDHEC Business School
  • IAE Aix-en-Provence Graduate School of Management
  • Reims Management School
  • Toulouse Business School


  • European Business School of Germany
  • European University Center for Management Studies — Munich
  • HHL Graduate School of Management
  • Munich Business School

Hong Kong

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong (EMBA Program)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • University of Hong Kong


  • Aegis School of Business
  • Aryans Business School
  • International School of Management Excellence
  • Lovely Professional University & MBA


  • Tel Aviv University


  • Alma Graduate School
  • Bocconi University
  • European School of Economics
  • MIP Politecnico di Milano
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • University of Trento


  • Doshisha University
  • Sophia University
  • Troy University Pacific Region


  • Seoul National University
  • Yonsei University


  • American University of Central Asia


  • International University of Monaco


  • Tilburg University (EMBA Program)
  • U Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School


  • National University of Computer & Engineering Science


  • AESE Escola de Direcçáo e Negócios
  • Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • ISCTE Business School — Lisbon University Institute
  • Lisbon MBA


  • Nanyang Technological University


  • Barcelona School of Economics
  • Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA)
  • European University Barcelona
  • Instituto de Empresa
  • International University of Southern Europe — Barcelona Business School
  • International University of Southern Europe — Madrid Business School
  • International University of Southern Europe — Valencia Business School


  • Stockholm School of Economics (EMBA)


  • European University Geneva
  • University of Geneva


  • National Chiao Tung University
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • Sun Yat-Sen University


  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Bangkok University


  • Izmir University of Economics
  • Ozyegin University
  • Sabanci University

United Kingdom

  • Leeds University

Books for GRE preparation

The following are the books and links for GRE preparation. I have sorted out the books based on the type of questions asked.

1) Reading comprehension: Its always better to be overprepared than be otherwise. Solve the Reading comprehension from KAPLAN. The passages are tough, but that will help you master the ‘RC” beast!

2) Analogies, antonyms, sentence completion: To be good at these questions, you have to be thorough with the wordlist. I would strongly recommend that you buy the BARRONS for GRE.
almost 90 % of the words come from the wordlist from BARRONS for GRE.

Barrons GRE Flashcards:
Barrons GRE Maths Workbook:

Barrons GRE:

Barrons GRE-with CD ROM:


Sample Plan for GRE preparation


I have come up with a plan, that I followed for GRE in both my attempts (1420 and 1440). 
Everyday before you start with your preparation, repeat the words said by Will Smith in the Movie ‘Pursuit Of Happyness’ –
Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something.
If you have a dream, protect it.
People can’t themselves do something, so they want to tell you that you can’t do it.
If you want something, GO GET IT. PERIOD!!!!!

First things first. I feel that quant in GRE is very simple. The biggest hurdle in GRE preparation is remembering words, having right plan, having right strategies, having right guidance.

Normally you should take your GRE in the month of July or August…see, the sooner you send you application packets to the univs, the better are your chances to get good RA, TA, scholarship…etc…. so to be in a position to take GRE in july or august, you should start preparing 4 to 5 months in advance. Normally people say “3 months are enough”. But I don’t feel so. 4 to 5 months of preparation should suffice. So start your preparation by March 1st .
Second of all, ignore what the world hypes about the difficulty level of GRE… people unnecessarily keep saying that ‘GRE is getting tougher day by day’..i don’t agree with that. It’s your level of preparation that is going to make the exam sound easy or difficult.

Third of all, before you start mugging 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, roots, etc…
Understood??? So, DON’T EVER jump directly to the wordlist. Firstly create a good foundation upon which you can build your vocab.
Fourth of all, after you are done with the “prefixes, suffixes and roots” from Barrons, its time for you to start with the wordlist. Normally GRE takers get frightened by the number of wordlists – “50”!!!!… So the first thing that you need to do is do a psychological check! At least I used to use this kind of thinking — Do five wordlists at a time.
5 wordlist = 1 WORDLIST.
So at one go you should read 5 wordlists!
so if you see, as per normal maths, you would have to do just 50/5 = 10 WORDLISTS!… Getting my point??? When I started with the first WORDLIST, I had a consolation at the back of my mind that ‘there are only 9 more to go’!!…. I know this is kind of fooling yourself, but believe me this technique helps!… it helped a normal person like me.. it might help you too… once you conquer the fear of the number of wordlists, you will have a lot of confidence…. REVISION is the key to remembering the words.

Take a look at the link below for techniques on remembering wordlists.

Here is the timetable:
(4 hrs of preparation per day should suffice.)
March 1st – 15th March —- fully understand the “prefixes, suffixes and roots” from barrons.
March 16th – May 30th —- fully understand all the wordlists… you should know the meaning of any damn word given in Barron’s wordlist!

Along with the wordlist, also start preparing for Reading comprehensions. The basics need to be strong. So for that you should be able to understand any article on any damn subject under the sun… And as I said you can get anything under the sun, its important that you go to net and surf the web for any damn subject topic you can think of .. eg : importance of algae in the animal kingdom, why Florence nightingale is so famous, the colonization of a few colonies in America, the internal structure of proton, feminism in the 16th century, the strategy used by Google to be the number one search engine, how to electricity is produced….!!!!!!!!! Any damn article will help you familiarize with the content THAT YOU NORMALLY DON’T LIKE TO READ!

From March 1st up to April 15th you have time to READ DIVERSE material. After that .ie. till may 31st its time for you to start solving the 1000 RC document. You will find it on the net… for tips on RC please go thru this link..

Also, from March1st upto May 31st, solve with maths. Do maths half an hour a day. (the assumption is that you are already OK in maths.)

So, by May 30th you will have built a good foundation for verbal.
Now its time for you to know whether you are ready for the big battle in july/august.
Start practising vocab exercises with guru.exe, voca.exe, antonym.exe….

Practice these till june 10th. 10 days shld be sufficient for you to practice these.
LEARN from the mistakes you make here.
Its time to take a practice test from ETS POWER PREP (the CD which you get when you register). Take the test. Don’t get depressed if you get lower than you expected; because you are yet to polish your mind. Make sure ANALYSE your performance very thoroughly. Spend 2.5 hours on what went wrong, why it went wrong, what you will do to make sure it doesn’t go wrong.

Now, spend time from june 11th till june 20th just to go thru the barrons wordlist again.
And make sure you prepare for maths steadily…. STEADY PREPARATION OF MATHS IS VERY IMPORTANT!…
From June 21st up to july 5th solve the GRE Bigbook. There are 27 tests. Solve the first 10 tests just for practice. I mean don’t time them.

The later 17 tests should be solved in a timed’s ok if you don’t get time to solve all 17…
From 6th July up to 10th July focus on AWA. From the ETS site, you will get a pool of topics (issues and arguments) that might be asked in the exam.
Now its time to take the 2nd test from ETS POWER PREP.
In the actual exam you will get + or – 60 of what whatever score u get in the second test of ETS POWER PREP….
Now, uninstall and install again… again take 2 tests…
Now, uninstall and install again.. and again take 1 test.. by now you should have exhausted the database of the ETS POWER PREP….

Work for a week on your weaknesses… and then you should be good to crack the actual exam..!! ie. july 3rd week should be when you would come out with flying colours!!
Just to reword what Will Smith has said in the Movie ‘Pursuit Of Happyness’ –

Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t score 1600 in GRE.
If you have a dream of scoring 1600 in GRE, protect that dream.
People themselves can’t score well, so they want to tell you that you can’t score well.
If you want 1600, GO GET IT. PERIOD!!!!!”

Give your best shot so that if ever someone googles “ the person who scored 1600/1600 in GRE”, the results should show up YOUR name!!!…
Happy GREing!!…
DISCLAIMER : pls dont sue me if this plan doesnt work for u :).. this is just a logical plan to help u score what you deserve..!

How I scored 1440 in GRE

First of all, ignore what the world hypes about the difficulty level of GRE… people unnecessarily keep saying that ‘GRE is getting tougher day by day’..i don’t agree with that. Its your level of preparation that is going to make the exam sound easy or difficult.

There are 4 types of questions that are asked in verbal section :
1) Antonyms (around 8questions)
2) sentence correction (around 7 questions)
3) analogies (around 7 questions)
4) Reading comprehension. (around 8-9 questions)

The first 3 types of questions can be very well handled if your vocab is good.
Of course I m not expecting you to know the whole dictionary! :)..just make sure that you are thorough with the word list given in BARRONS GRE. I really feel that BARRONS GRE is the bible for preparation for GRE!.. you would find many people who would say “ dump that barrons first”.. I wonder what makes them feel that!… I scored 640 2 times by using only barrons!
The wordlist in barrons is of 3500 words!… words like – discombobulated, recidivism, appurtenance, hiatus! WHO ON EARTH USES THOSE WORDS!! …someone tell me!

Anyways, there is no shortcut to learn the word list. You have to spend time to remember the words. You do anything to keep the words in your mind – write the words , use flash cards, make silly associations of words and some pictures in your mind, read out the words loud, start using the words in your day-to-day speaking. Discombobulate ur friends!!
I will give you one example. There is a word –stickler. It means a person who is particular about everything, someone who wants everything to be at its own place.! In engineering college, I had a room partner named Yogesh More who was very particular about cleanliness, neatness!… so I created a mental association of STICKLER and Yogesh More! So next time I see the word stickler, I know what it means!!!…understood?

Create ANY DAMN pattern to remember words. Don’t worry about what the stupidity or foolishness of the pattern. Its only till the time you take the GRE, that you need to remember those patterns!..right? J
Once you are done with the wordlist, you start reading a thesaurus. Thesaurus is mainly to give u an idea about the different shades of any word.

Softwares for helping you improve your vocab for Verbal section:

(this zip file contains very important softwares for GRE (pls change the etxn of this .ppt to zip and then extract the contents and then change the extension .xyz to .exe)


Vocab Tester



Like, the the example of the word – application.
The normal meaning we know is that of a formal letter to get some work done.
But there is one meaning of ‘application’ that normally all don’t know.
So, thesaurus will give u all the synonyms of a word.
After you are done with the barrons wordlist, you can directly jump into solving questions. Seriously, once you know how a word is used in different contexts, the above first 3 types of questions would be easy for you.
Reading comprehension has been haunting me since 2003!… I still haven’t been able to figure out what the passage said and what I understood! :)… kidding! There are many ways to tackle RC. I would tell you what I did to handle RC.
First read the passage slowly! Believe me, you will save a lot of time by solving Antonyms and Analogies quickly. So you can use that time in RC. I m not trying to blow my own trumpet, but really I could solve antonyms in just 5-6 seconds. Btw, there are 30 questions to be solved in 30 mins in verbal section. i.e a min a question. I used to save 55 * 8 seconds and I used to use that time in RC…get my point?

Use you strength to save time on easy questions and use that time wisely on the tougher questions. I used to spend arnd 4 mins to read a 70 line passage!.. I know you must be feeling that I was very slowly. But, I took time to comprehend! This is what happens when you don’t have a good reading habit!
When you read the first paragraph, try to judge what the next content is going to be. If the author is disgruntled about something, then be sure that he is going to propose something that is better than the previously mentioned method. And subsequently he will propose why he thinks the other method is good…etc. GRE passages normally follow a pattern. After solving some 50-60 passages , you will come to know the structure of the passage. You will even be able to anticipate what can be asked!…practice is very very important here.

this is the link for 1000 RC:


It’s a sea of RCs. But be sure that you understand what is going wrong after each RC. The NUMBER of ‘RCs solved’ is not important, it’s ‘what you learned’ is important.
After you are done with all this preparation, solve GRE BIG Book. It’s the bible of GRE exams. I had solved some 8 tests and I can surely say that the second question in the main exam came verbatim from the GRE BIG Book.!
And after that don’t forget to solve the tests given in the ETS GRE Powerprep (CD that you get on registering for exam)

This is the link for the GRE-big book:

GRE – Big Book

Happy GREing!!