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Old 08-20-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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GRE - Did you study? Did it help?

I'm taking it in the next month or so and won't have much time to study but from talking to friends it doesn't sound like I'll need to study too much. My math skills are on point, and I'm confident in verbal as well so I'm planning on doing some free practice tests online and reviewing whatever material I can get my hands on. Having been in an academic environment, I don't feel like I really need to brush up on test taking skills and my time would be better spent figuring out how the test works and how to best answer questions and manage my time. One friend said it was similar to the FE in that you won't know everything but anticipating the types of questions you'll be answering is extremely valuable. Thoughts?
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You'll have zero problem with the math section, it's SAT level math so it's a piece of cake. Verbal (for me) was a bit tougher, but I didn't really study for that either other than taking practice tests. The antonyms portion was a pain in my ass, though I think they may have removed that part...
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You'll have zero problem with the math section, it's SAT level math so it's a piece of cake. Verbal (for me) was a bit tougher, but I didn't really study for that either other than taking practice tests. The antonyms portion was a pain in my ass, though I think they may have removed that part...
Why did you take the regular one? I would have assumed you only took the physics version.
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Why did you take the regular one? I would have assumed you only took the physics version.
It was a requirement for grad schools, along with the physics one (which was MUCH harder)
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I didn't study. Like mash, did better on math than verbal. Like SATs (high school equivalent material) all over again. There's an essay portion too that I'm sure you're aware of.
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It was a requirement for grad schools, along with the physics one (which was MUCH harder)
Thankfully I won't be putting myself through the physics one

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I didn't study. Like mash, did better on math than verbal. Like SATs (high school equivalent material) all over again. There's an essay portion too that I'm sure you're aware of.
How'd you do?
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I'll have to go home and dig out my test scores. I do remember for sure doing better on math than verbal reasoning. I did well on the essay. This was 3 years ago when I was still an undergrad teetering on whether to work first or continue my education. You'll be fine with math. You're better at it than me so it should be a walk in the park.
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I'm taking it in the next month or so and won't have much time to study but from talking to friends it doesn't sound like I'll need to study too much. My math skills are on point, and I'm confident in verbal as well so I'm planning on doing some free practice tests online and reviewing whatever material I can get my hands on. Having been in an academic environment, I don't feel like I really need to brush up on test taking skills and my time would be better spent figuring out how the test works and how to best answer questions and manage my time. One friend said it was similar to the FE in that you won't know everything but anticipating the types of questions you'll be answering is extremely valuable. Thoughts?
I studied and it helped. I needed a refresher on the quantitative piece. You can be a wiz at calc based physics, but odds are it's been a long time since you've had to do basic math by hand.

At the very least take a couple practice tests. Being familiar with the format and types of questions to come across your way will help minimize any anxiety that would otherwise negatively impacted your performance.

I took the test many years ago... but I'm guessing it's still the same format
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I'm taking it in the next month or so and won't have much time to study but from talking to friends it doesn't sound like I'll need to study too much. My math skills are on point, and I'm confident in verbal as well so I'm planning on doing some free practice tests online and reviewing whatever material I can get my hands on. Having been in an academic environment, I don't feel like I really need to brush up on test taking skills and my time would be better spent figuring out how the test works and how to best answer questions and manage my time. One friend said it was similar to the FE in that you won't know everything but anticipating the types of questions you'll be answering is extremely valuable. Thoughts?
when i took the gmat i was in a similar mind set as you and it worked out well. your time will be best spent taking a couple of practice tests to get a feel for each section and how best to complete it in the allotted time. from the tests you will also see which areas you should brush up on. it's a waste of time to try to review everything.

after taking a few practice tests and reviewing the things you need. take a few more and see how it helped and if you need to look at anything else. for me learning formal grammar rules were a must. math was pretty easy, but knowing the types of problems and learning the fastest way to complete them helped.
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My friend studied for them. He said it wasn't that bad, but taking practice tests always helps. These types of standardized tests all have patterns to the types of problems you'll run into - though, that is why they're called standardized When I was taking the ACTs, I did heaps better after practice tests. Once you see the problem pattern, it'll be a breeze. It's all about going in with a specific strategy.

Literally, get a book of nothing but practice tests w/ detailed answers and do the whole thing. You'll be way ahead of the game. It's really boring, but just do one or two a week.
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My friend studied for them. He said it wasn't that bad, but taking practice tests always helps. These types of standardized tests all have patterns to the types of problems you'll run into - though, that is why they're called standardized When I was taking the ACTs, I did heaps better after practice tests. Once you see the problem pattern, it'll be a breeze. It's all about going in with a specific strategy.

Literally, get a book of nothing but practice tests w/ detailed answers and do the whole thing. You'll be way ahead of the game. It's really boring, but just do one or two a week.
If you notice a pattern of the questions getting easier... then you have a problem
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I've heard the GRE was a joke. My roommate took it in college and did extremely well with zero studying. The people who think they need to study are the ones who aren't going to do well AFAIK.

Are there different versions of the GRE? Maybe his was easy, but he was telling me that if you didn't do well on this, you didn't deserve your bachelor's diploma.
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I've heard the GRE was a joke. My roommate took it in college and did extremely well with zero studying. The people who think they need to study are the ones who aren't going to do well AFAIK.

Are there different versions of the GRE? Maybe his was easy, but he was telling me that if you didn't do well on this, you didn't deserve your bachelor's diploma.
I've never heard anyone describe the GRE as a joke. I've heard several people debate if it was harder or not than the GMAT, but never outright said it was a walk in the park.

Your friend is either very capable or he too found it difficult, but did well, and by saying it was a walk in the park, exaggerated his capability as a means to brag.
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I know it's anecdotal but he's not one to try to downplay a test. He did well and didn't prepare for it. Like someone already said it tests high school level math and the other sections can't be much harder.


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I studied and it helped. I needed a refresher on the quantitative piece. You can be a wiz at calc based physics, but odds are it's been a long time since you've had to do basic math by hand.

At the very least take a couple practice tests. Being familiar with the format and types of questions to come across your way will help minimize any anxiety that would otherwise negatively impacted your performance.

I took the test many years ago... but I'm guessing it's still the same format
Exactly what one of my friends told me. He said to brush up on doing basic math by hand which is something I never do any more.

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Literally, get a book of nothing but practice tests w/ detailed answers and do the whole thing. You'll be way ahead of the game. It's really boring, but just do one or two a week.
Pretty much my strategy. I'm still not 100% sure I'm going to grad school so I don't want to devote/waste too much time with studying but at the same time don't want to miss my chance either.
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Similarly, I had heard horror stories about the FE but didn't study, got done way too early, and passed on the first try. I'm fan of standardized testing, always have been.
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I didn't end up taking the FE, but I wasn't planning on studying. It's not hard stuff. It's stuff you SHOULD ALREADY KNOW and should have practiced MANY times over. I might have reviewed some of the chemistry stuff, if that was even on there, but then again, the hand book gives me enough to go on to remember that stuff.
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