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So I know that this is wading into the land of the unknown and speculation. But for those of us who are using the new GRE for our scores to apply to grad school, I am sure that there has been some level of concern about this. How do people think that grad schools will look at the new scores? I am hoping that at least for the schools that I am looking at, they continue to look at the percentiles like they did on the old test. But with the change that ETS made, saying that this test should be better, I don't know if all the schools will agree with that. Some might say, it's still a test (which it is), some saying about the same level of test, some might say its a worse test, and some might see it as better.
Ive been studying (3.5 weeks) for the GRE using a hand-me down Princeton Review GRE Manual (6.3) for practice sets, and what I thought was a relevant strategy book, Princeton Review's "Cracking the GRE 2011 Edition". In the "Cracking" book it mentioned the New GRE and suggested that the book I was using would be adequate for either test, the main argument being that the content can't change drastically as this is a standardized test, and those who take it earlier than August can't be judged on a completely different scale than those who take it after. I'm strong in Verbal, so I have been focusing on quantitative preparation and have drilled extensively with the questions from the old format. The last practice test I took was on August 5th, and I assumed that this test was practice for the New GRE as well. However when I went to access the practice tests again this evening, I saw that the test was a completely new format, my old practice test score had disappeared. There were some quantitative questions that I didnt really recgonize or plan for. Also the built in calculator and extra buttons really threw me off. And on the verbal the emphasis is placed much more heavily on reading comprehension, which was not where the bulk of my preparation took place. I have a test scheduled for August 30th, this coming tuesday. Should I snag a copy of the new book and learn what I can about the new format over the weekend? Or should I take the New GRE for investigative purposes and not accept my scores? I feel as if the new test has more drastic changes than I anticipated. Any opinions?
Hey Guys! I just have a quick question about viewing the new score report. Forgive me if this has been discussed before. I just took the GRE early this month and decided to try again with the new GRE in Sept. Based on the new score report format posted on ETS (http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/examinee_score_report.pdf), the old scores will be converted to the new score format for comparison with the new score. But I guess people won't see the side-by-side comparison until Nov-ish when the new score report is out? My up-to-date score report is available online, but they are not translated to the new format.. So straight after people take the new GRE, they can only see a score without knowing their percentile and how much they have improved? Is their a formula available for old-new score conversion? Thanks for helping me!!