GRE – Graduate Record Examination
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Know your enemy and your battle is half own.
So, first and foremost thing is to take the time and understand what GRE wants to test you in.
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The Graduate Record examination is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. It is intended to help the graduate schools (of all fields other than business) assess the potential of applicants for advanced study.
GRE is conducted by educational testing service (ETS). ETS frames the questions, conducts the test and sends each examinee the score report.
Here goes the Exam pattern……
A section called “Analytical Writing Ability” or AWA, which is basically just essay writing.
This section comprises two essays:
- “Analysis of an issue” in which you will be asked to write either for, or against a given topic. For example, the topic could be about how the greatest ideas come from simple observation.
You could either stand by it or talk about how it is true. Or you could disagree, quoting how scientific discovery comes after many years of diligent research.
- “Analysis of an argument” in which you will be given a situation that you need to argue
against. For example, the topic could be about how radio station wanted to change its format by just arriving to conclusion which is hypothetical based that the occupants may not be interested or the elders after seeking retirement might have moved out of the town.
Look! You are here to argue( you are not convinced with the “wrapping up”) that it is vague by the data that is just in front of your eyes.
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2) Two sections of 35 minutes each for Quantitative Reasoning (fancy speak for Maths)
Well, so you are an Indian Engineer!!? You should be great at quant, shouldn’t you?
Wrong! Consider that this is the GRE and not really your friendly neighbourhood math paper where everything can be derived if you just memorize the formulae.
GRE Quant can be tricky.
The four areas in which you will be tested are:
- a) Arithmetic
- b) Geometry
- c) Algebra
- d) Data Analysis
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3) Two sections of 35 minutes each for Verbal Reasoning (nothing but Plain English)
But the GRE is not going to pose you the meaning of words, but is going to fix you in the “context” by asking you questions in the following two ways:
- Text Completion
Here we are given a sentence (or a couple or three) with one, two, or three blanks. From the options specified, we need to pick the word(s) that correctly convey the projected meaning.
2. Sentence Equivalence
We will be given a sentence with one blank and you need to pick two (yes two!) choices from among the six prearranged.
The two words you pick should not only be synonymous, and fit in the blank, but fit into the “content” of the sentence.
So you have another question type:
3. Reading Comprehension:
Here, a passage is followed by a set of questions that you need to answer.
The answer could either be explicitly stated in the passage (easy!) or implied through context (tough!).
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4) The last section of either Maths or English that is unscored.
Thus, in total, you will have five sections in either of the two configurations:
Two Verbal sections of 30 minutes each
Three Quant sections of 35 minutes each
OR Three Verbal sections of 30 minutes each
Two Quant sections of 35 minutes each
The deal is that you will never get to know which section is the “dummy” section.
It could be the first, or the last.
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