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I'm using Magoosh to study for the GRE, and while I do great with the easy and medium questions, I struggle with a lot of the "hard" or "very hard" questions. I've heard that the math practice problems on Magoosh tend to be harder than what's actually on the test. Is this true?
Hi everyone! I'm applying to Neuroscience programs with a particular aim to go more into computational side of Neuroscience. But most of the math courses I took are not in my transcripts, as I took them not officially. Would it make sense to take GRE Math to prove my knowledge? It's not required, but some institutions I'm applying to encourage taking it.
hi guys, I got a question from someone today about whether Magoosh or Manhattan Prep's GRE math practice questions were realistic. I'm posting my response because I want to see if anyone has thoughts on this topic, particularly people who have taken or studied for the GMAT (and also for the SAT). My response: "All the third party questions I've ever seen tend to be less complex than real GRE questions. They will test the same concepts, but when companies like Manhattan try to make questions difficult, they tend to do things that make them difficult in markedly different ways than ETS questions will (for example, making problems very calculation-heavy). For instance, you might see a crazy problem with lots of third and fourth roots - something the GRE probably will never do. Real GRE questions tend to have more of a logical component and tend to be more wordy, which is a different way of making things difficult. However, this way of making questions difficult is much harder to duplicate than just throwing in fourth roots, for example. I know from experience writing test-prep books and making video courses for a few different companies that there is very little quality control or editorial pushback to make questions realistic. Quantity is much more important to companies (a reason Manhattan's 5-lb. book is so popular). Most buyers of test-prep books and products don't have enough experience to discern whether questions are realistic or not, so they often go for the biggest book or the product with the most videos, questions, or tests. A good way to get used to real ETS questions, other than the ETS books, is to practice SAT or GMAT math questions written by the companies that publish those exams. Yep, SAT and GMAT. Since those companies write math questions that are wordy and involve logic, they're a good supplement to ETS GRE. ETS used to write the SAT but no longer does, so the old SAT Official Study Guide is a good source of practice (not the most current version). With all that said, some companies (Manhattan GRE in particular) are good at making sure you know the concepts behind questions, but I wouldn't say it or any other test-prep company writes realistic GRE questions." p.s. This advice probably only concerns people who need 70th percentile math or higher.