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This subreddit is for discussion of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). If you're studying for the GRE, or can help people who are studying for the GRE, you're in the right place!

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First GRE coming up: GRE veterans, how do you prevent choking in the testing environment? In practice, I find myself correctly approaching & recognizing verbal/vocab/quant, but as soon as that timer appears (that blinking!), I find myself struggling to hold onto the logical, calm approach.

I just took a PowerPrep after weeks of focused, dedicated studying (moving beyond memorization and taking concept quizzes to make sure I'm tracking!), but phew, as I'm reviewing the practice test, I'm correctly identifying the correct answers and most are because I changed my answer under pressure. If I hadn't, I'm confident I'd have scored higher!

I know it's easier than done, but any advice for someone who's about to take their first GRE a little over a week from now at a test center? TIA!!

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2024/06/12
23:12 UTC

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Is GregMat Im Overwhelmed enough?

I’m paying for a subscription with Gregmat + Prepswift and am currently starting to make my way through the I’m Overwhelmed study plan.

My test date is late July/early August and this study plan with the vocab mountain is all I have planned before taking my test.

To clarify, I have not studied for the GRE in any other way until now. For anyone who’s more knowledgeable about what it takes to get through the GRE should I add anything else from the Gregmat website to my study plan or will completing the I’m overwhelmed plan with the Vocab mountain be enough?

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2024/06/12
22:31 UTC

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326 (158V, 168Q, 4 AWA) - Tired but glad it's over

As the title suggests, finally done with the exam after ~3 months of prep. A huge shout to u/gregmat, his material is extremely thorough and I got through all my fundamentals primarily through his site at nominal rates. Completely worth the money in my opinion. I went through the two month plan but couldn't complete as I'm working full time and had to give the exam so that I had enough time to apply in the first round. Noting down my exam prep as well as I can below:

Videos (Gregmat) :-

Quantitative

  • Concept series
  • Quant strategies
  • Tips, tricks and shortcuts

Verbal

  • TC and SE strategy
  • Dedicated reading
  • Dedicated critical reasoning

Vocabulary :-

  • 30 words every alternate day, and then using Greg's strategy of quick revising all words I memorised everyday.

Practice :-

  • Manhattan 5lb full - I finished the book in its entirety as it helps with the fundamentals a lot and it gives a good base to practice. I used to go through one maths chapter a day, along with 10 TC, 10 SE, 5 CR questions and 5 RC everyday after I got done with all the videos.

  • Mini exams on gregmat site - Highly recommend going through all the mini-exams on Greg's website as not only is it timed and helps build speed, but the question levels are on par with the questions on the main exam (or sometimes even higher). I averaged ~16-17 correct answers on the exams.

  • Homework classes of Greg - After every class, greg hosts a homework class as well. Definitely go through those as it helps revise the concepts and you won't forget it soon enough.

Testing day experience :-

Testing day experience was smooth, I had given it in a testing centre in New Delhi, India. Don't forget to take your passport with you. They'll confirm your details in the GRE form with the passport so make sure it all matches. After that there was a security check and my exam started.

My results came in 8 days.

Additional comments :-

As a note I'd like to add that I already had a strong mathematics base as I had taken economics in my undergrad, so that's why the materials I've used might not seem a lot.

The verbal on Greg's site is extremely thorough and all his strategies for verbal are very useful during the main exam.

If you have the time, go through the two month plan in its entirety as it's exhaustive and has enough material to build a base and have a confident go at the exam.

I'd say the most important part of the prep is mastering the fundamentals as just having a great base will already help you get good marks on the exam. Plus it'll help in solving tougher problems much faster on the go as well. Additionally, it's best to expose yourself to as many questions as possible while at the same time noting down your mistakes, else it'll just be forgotten soon enough.

I think that's all about it from my end. I'll be applying for my masters in finance soon so hopefully these marks are enough.

Hope whoever is reading this finds this helpful and best of luck in your exam!

4 Comments
2024/06/12
21:47 UTC

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Help needed with a TC question, Magoosh App

Sam was _______ about studying for the exam because doing so ate up a lot of his time, yet he was able to improve his analytical skills.

Options:

  1. antic
  2. tenacious
  3. grandiloquent
  4. leery
  5. ambivalent

Answer is 5 ambivalent.

Can someone explain why answer is 5? In general unable to understand the question...

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2024/06/12
21:30 UTC

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what GRE vocab list to prepare from?

I've seen so many different vocab lists for the 2024 GRE from Kaplan, and Princeton review to quiz lets, and I am paralyzed by the sheer amount of words per list being over 100+. How do you which words to memorize?

What are yall using to study? Is there a master generalized list to know?

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2024/06/12
19:04 UTC

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Is "so" in TC/SE questions a supporting or contrasting connection word? (Gregmat, TC/SE excel sheet)

Greg has listed "so" as a supporting word with an example as follows: "He trained hard, so he won the race".

But I could think of an example where "so" acts as a contrasting word too: "Customers started to complain about defects so the company started to increase the quality of their products".

So, which one is correct?

5 Comments
2024/06/12
17:42 UTC

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GRE Mnemonic Device Megathread

I use mnemonic devices to memorize GRE vocab words. I can't be the only one, and I have some ridiculous, completely irrelevant ones. I'm thinking that if we all thread together some of our favorites below, come test day, maybe I'll remember that one word I keep forgetting because HappyBanana305 shared a vulgar or funny or ridiculous mnemonic that stuck with me.

Avaricious: greedy. Avar = Lavar, Lavar = Lavar Ball, Lavar Ball = Greedy MF that used his two sons' NBA platform to try and make himself famous and wealthy.

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2024/06/12
18:53 UTC

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Why is Unacademy GRE course fee so high ?

Are there any other alternative online courses for gre

7 Comments
2024/06/12
15:50 UTC

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How often to revisit Quant error log takeaways?

Any insight on re-do timelines for problems we put in the log and how often to review just the takeaways from the entire error log would be helpful.

0 Comments
2024/06/12
15:29 UTC

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Alternative to ChatGPT for RC

Could you guys please suggest alternates to ChatGPT as it has a limit of taking only three images and it gets annoying to face the issue while trying to solve RC questions.

4 Comments
2024/06/12
12:06 UTC

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Gregmat geometry hard question

How do we know that areas of CBN and CAN are equal? For that won't we have to be sure that CN is the height of the triangles but we don't know if it's a perpendicular bisector or a bisector?

https://preview.redd.it/nxdsxdk7j46d1.png?width=1090&format=png&auto=webp&s=8afe18cb765cb2e4bcf09aff04515227e2c86a84

16 Comments
2024/06/12
10:11 UTC

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How much time per day does GregMat take?

Hey guys! So I’m thinking of taking the GregMat subscription and I just wanted to know from someone who has used it or is using it currently as to how long it takes per day for the 2 month program? I go to college and am working an 8 and half hour job as well so I wanted to know how I can make time for the same.

Also, the overwhelmed program, how long is that for?

(I’m aiming to give GRE by December ‘24)

2 Comments
2024/06/12
07:55 UTC

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Confused about score reporting!

I'm sorry for asking this stupid question but I'm really confused about this and going to take the gre for the first time in 2 days.. What I have understood is that at the end of the exam, two options are shown that is 'Report score' or 'Cancel score'. If we choose to report score we can send the score to 4 Universities for free. But I'm confused about the 'Cancel scores' option... Does cancelling score completely delete the scores from the system? Or are they stored in the system for future use? Because I would like to send scores to Universities later on and not right away after the exam.. then will clicking 'Cancel score' keep my scores and not send them? Or the scores won't even be stored?

29 Comments
2024/06/12
07:20 UTC

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Seeking Advice on GregMat's 1 Month V2.0 Plan for Improving Verbal Score

Hi everyone,

I recently took the GRE and scored an unofficial 304 (160 Q, 144 V). While I'm ok with my Quant score, I definitely want to improve my Verbal score. I struggled with Reading Comprehension (RC) during the test. I’m awaiting my official diagnostic report to get a clearer picture of my weaknesses, but I already know that RC was particularly challenging, even on practice tests.

Given my situation, I'm considering using GregMat's 1 Month V2.0 plan, especially focusing on the Verbal section (note: I did completed Gregs 2 month plan before my last attempt) Has anyone used this new plan specifically for improving their Verbal score? How effective did you find it for tackling RC and other verbal components?

Any insights or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

3 Comments
2024/06/12
03:29 UTC

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Why is guessing discouraged on Gregmat’s Pairing drill?

2 Comments
2024/06/12
01:00 UTC

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Big Book Test 3 Section 3 Question 26

Hi all! I have a question about 26 from Big Book Test 3, Section 3. The question asks what the author does in developing the main idea. I thought the author codifies earlier, unsystematized conjectures about family life because the author provides a more profound and systematic explanation for the general taboos that existed around eating. However, apparently, the author is actually downplaying earlier attempts to explain the origins of a social prohibition. I eliminated answer choice A because I felt like the referenced behavior was not prohibited as much as it was stigmatized. Can someone explain what I am missing?

https://preview.redd.it/cbvkzxgcg16d1.png?width=1097&format=png&auto=webp&s=99e52dc24ec9862ad562b377d890acd79e043ce5

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2024/06/12
00:51 UTC

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Tickbox Quizzes - GregMat PrepSwift

I find myself routinely doing poorly on tickbox quiz, despite having (what I think) is a pretty good grasp of concepts. Anyone else find themselves in a similar boat? When this happens, I go back and re-do stuff, then re-do the quiz, etc. But I just feel that the tickbox quizzes are insanely tricky lol

4 Comments
2024/06/11
21:10 UTC

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Sentence Equalvalent : Do we ALWAYS pick the two answers with the same meaning?

Hi I just bought the ETS books recommended by Gregmat and im wondering:

For the sentence equivalent: Do we ALWAYS pick the two answers with the same meaning?

When I started my studying with Princeton review I remember some questions /answers advise you to pick words with different meanings that can complete the sentence? Maybe im confusing two types of questions.

3 Comments
2024/06/11
19:55 UTC

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Gregmat “I’m overwhelmed plan”

So I’ve been using Magoosh for about 3 months and while the content and resources are good, I’ve hit a plateau. I was looking at the Gregmat overwhelmed plan and it looks promising. However, I take the test in early August, will I have enough time to complete the plan by then? I work full time and I’m doing summer classes for college so I’m just trying to weigh my options. Any advice helps!

6 Comments
2024/06/11
19:04 UTC

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Silly score question

When people state their GRE score here does it include writing or is it just total of quant+verbal? Like when someone says they got 320 would it be 160V/160Q or 157V/158Q/5W?

And so when people say they are aiming to target a 320 for a specific program are they including writing in that target score?

4 Comments
2024/06/11
19:00 UTC

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Official score dilemma

The thing is I need to submit my score by the 31st of August. While I can apply with the unofficial score, the official score report from ETS should be received by the university within three weeks of the application deadline.

I am thinking of taking the test on the 28th of August. I know it's risky, but it would give me plenty of time to prepare, it's a gamble worth taking.

My only question is- Do most people generally receive their official scores within 10-15 days? And If I opt for directly reporting the scores to the university, will the university receive the scores within 10-15 days?

Help me out I need to book the seat for my examination

4 Comments
2024/06/11
18:18 UTC

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Score Cancellation 2 years After

Hi all, Please can you advise? GRE just cancelled my brother’s score after 2 years. They reached out to his school to also let them know that they’d be cancelling his score. It’s causing a whole lot of problem as he’s even finished his first year of his Masters. It was home written and ETS refused to provide any evidence or reason as to why the score was cancelled; just that it was cancelled. Please what do you suggest as a good course of action? Please, so much is riding on proving this and keeping my brother in school.

Thank you

14 Comments
2024/06/11
17:59 UTC

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What do I do besides Gregmat+ Prepswift?

So I'm applying to the Fall 25 intake and I'm taking up the GRE. I've just subscribed to Gregmat+ with Prepswift.

Please help me find free practice tests that emulate the test, especially the new pattern.

Also, if anyone has any other resources besides Gregmat+ (though I know Greg is the GOAT) that will be helpful to achieve score of around 330, please leave recommendations under the post.

All the best to anyone else taking up the GRE this year!!

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2024/06/11
17:50 UTC

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Gre BiG Book

As the flair suggests I have a very specific questions, which is what type of questions should I exactly solve from the gre big book.

Im definitely solving the rcs and the fill in the blanks.

But, other than that should I touch the CR questions and quant questions???!

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2024/06/11
17:45 UTC

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Question about Gregmat verbal practice questions - TC and SE

Are the HARD and EXTREME TC and SE questions on gregmat website a true representation of type of questions I will encounter on the actual test? In the hard section specifically (which depends on how you do in the first section with medium difficulty level questions)?

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2024/06/11
17:31 UTC

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Literally bombed my PT and my test is in 2 weeks

Rant:

I’m so exhausted. I study 5-6 hours a day. Today I took a poweprep plus practice test. Idk HOW. I bombed the first verbal section that I thought was EASY. I LITERALLY ONLY GOT 3 right?!?! But the second verbal section I thought was harder I got almost ALL OF THEM right 😭😭. And math I did ok in I got 155…at least I got a 5 on my essay… I’m actually going to cry I have no energy left.

Tips on what I can do in the next two weeks and not burn out? I just want to get this stupid test out of the way so I can focus on my application essays.

2 Comments
2024/06/11
16:35 UTC

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How to best utilize TTP/GregMat

Hi all - I'm embarking on the daunting (but exciting) journey of the GRE and wanted to get some feedback from those of you who are a little farther along on this journey.

After doing a mock GRE I've realized my weakest section is Quant (mostly because I haven't touched some of the topics outside of basic arithmetic since high school and its been about 10ish years since then). My Verbal score was comparatively much higher, and I feel comfortable that with mastering some of the tricks taught via GregMat that I'll be in a good spot.

That said, what is the best way to prep for the GRE using both TTP and GregMat? Have others used both resources and how did you split up your studying between platforms? TTP seems very comprehensive especially for Quant which I plan to utilize fully as I need to really tighten up my basics. GregMat's "I'm Overwhelmed" plan also seems pretty great but seems much more succinct, so I'm unsure which to use more over the other. GregMat seems to be the crowd favorite for Verbal so I plan to use that more for Verbal.

Any insights would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

2 Comments
2024/06/11
15:45 UTC

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Gregmat's payment link for Indians?

I came across a payment link as services.gregmat.com for Indians. Is it legit, and still valid?

1 Comment
2024/06/11
15:13 UTC

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