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  1. I think I didn't do as well as I wanted because I was extremely anxious and ill-prepared for managing my time during the test. You're certainly not alone when it comes to feeling anxious during a high-stakes test like the GRE. We have a video on dealing with anxiety during the test. Also as part of your preparation, work on adopting the proper mindset/attitude on test day. I believe that proper mindset will do wonders for your score. If you're interested, I wrote two articles on this topic: - http://www.greenlighttestprep.com/articles/mindset-and-body-language-gre-destroyer - http://www.greenlighttestprep.com/articles/junior-girls-volleyball-scoring-big-gre Cheers, Brent
  2. It's good that you have ETS's Official Guide for GRE. Manhattan Prep's 5-lb Book of GRE Practice Questions is also a great resource. As far as prep courses go, the best one is the one that best suits your learning style. Most companies offer some kind of risk-free trial period so you can test-drive them before committing. Cheers, Brent
  3. You're certainly not alone! The main problem is that, when people finish high school, they seldom use any of the math they learned. So, after a few years, most people have forgotten pretty much everything they learned, which means they have to go back and re-learn a years and years worth of math concepts and strategies. Given this, I suggest a systematic (even methodical) approach, in which you take the time to master each topic/concept (e.g., percents, ratios, text completion, quantitative comparison questions, etc). So, for each topic/concept, you should: 1) Learn the underlying concepts (rules, attributes, notation, etc.) 2) Learn GRE-specific strategies related to that topic 3) Practice dozens of questions all related to that one specific topic. 4) Don't stop working on that topic until you have mastered it Then, and only then, move on to the next topic. In addition to learning the core concepts and GRE-specific strategies, be sure to work on your endurance and test-taking skills (e.g., time management) by taking several practice tests. Cheers, Brent
  4. Are you saying that you took the same practice test twice? If so, did you see a lot of repeated questions the second time around?
  5. To achieve a solid quant score, you must: Learn the concepts and techniques tested on the GRE (e.g., circle properties, divisibility rules, equation-solving, etc.) Master GRE-specific strategies (e.g., testing the answer choices, quantitative comparison strategies etc.) Understand the many different ways the test-makers can test your knowledge of each concept Hone your test-taking skills (e.g., endurance, time management, guessing strategies, etc.) Many students make the mistake of limiting their preparation to item #1 and perhaps item #2. So, once they fully grasp a concept and successfully answer 1 or 2 related questions, they move on to the next topic. The problem with this strategy is that the test-makers can take ANY concept, no matter how simple, and create **dozens of wildly different questions**, each requiring a different approach. Take, for example, the relatively simple concept of statistical averages (arithmetic mean). The test-makers can take this concept and create super simple questions like this (http://greprepclub.com/forum/qotd-4-the-product-of-two-integers-is-10-which-of-the-fol-2325.html) and they can create super hard questions like this (http://greprepclub.com/forum/course-of-an-experiment-95-measurements-were-recorded-1723.html), both of which test the same concept. So, to achieve a great score, you must answer A LOT of practice questions specifically-related to each concept tested on the GRE. I hope that helps. Cheers, Brent
  6. Check out the bottom of this page: https://www.greenlighttestprep.com/module/gre-reading-comprehension Cheers, Brent
  7. Good question. The test-makers strive to create questions without cultural bias. So, they'd never assume that everyone knows the composition of a deck of cards. If a question about a deck of cards were to appear on the test, you'd be given all of the necessary information about the deck. Cheers, Brent
  8. Most of the math concepts you need for the GRE are concepts you learned in elementary school and junior high. There's no high-level math like calculus, differential equations or complicated trig (e.g., sine, cosines, etc). So, give yourself some credit for your ability to crush the math sections. Cheers, Brent
  9. Are you looking for GMAT or GRE practice tests from Manhattan Prep? Manhattan Prep and several other prep companies offer 1 free practice test. Here's a list of the free GRE practice tests: https://www.greenlighttestprep.com/resources/practice-tests Here's a list of the free GMAT practice tests: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/resources/practice-tests Cheers, Brent
  10. If you're looking for interesting, GRE-like content, here are some suggestions. For Science passages, try: New Scientist Nature National Geographic Popular Mechanics Scientific American For Humanities/Social Sciences, try: Washington Post New York Times Guardian Atlantic Monthly The New Yorker Cheers, Brent
  11. You might like our free GRE course. The verbal modules have tons of videos and practice questions. - Sentence Equivalence - Text Completion - Reading Comprehension I hope that helps. Cheers, Brent
  12. This is an important observation! The test-makers (ETS) are not interested in whether or not you are a human calculator. In many cases, they are testing your number sense and logic skills. Here's an article I wrote on this topic: The Reasonable Test-Maker Cheers, Brent
  13. That's a great idea. I should mention that we have a video that explains some of the unique features of the graphing calculator (e.g., the order in which you must enter numbers and operations as well as how the memory buttons work): https://www.greenlighttestprep.com/module/general-gre-info-and-strategies/video/1251 Cheers, Brent
  14. I recommend reading the entire passage. While doing so, be sure to identify and summarize: - the theme of each paragraph (4 to 8 words) - conflicting points of view (4 to 8 words) - main idea (4 to 8 words) So, we're talking about 20 to 30 words altogether (and you can use shorthand and acronyms to use fewer words). If you take good notes, you won't have to go back and re-read the passage. More importantly, when you're looking for specific pieces of information to summarize, you will better engage with the passage (which is a HUGE factor in RC success). If others are interested, we have a free set of videos that cover all sorts of Reading Comprehension strategies: https://www.greenlighttestprep.com/module/gre-reading-comprehension Cheers, Brent
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