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Hi! I'm new to the GradCafe and I'm not sure if this is where I should post this, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm currently studying for the GRE (taking it Aug 24th), and I wrote my first practice Issue and Argument Essays. I'm looking for someone to go over, critique, and score them. They are very rough, as this was my first go at it. I stuck to the 30 minute time limit. I would appreciate any feedback! Thank you! Mac Argument 1.docx Issue 1.docx
I completed these timed essays as practice and would love some feedback! I've never take the GRE before and am open to any advice. I know that my sentence maturity could improve and if I had more time I would have definitely worked more on that. GRE ARGUMENT TASK.docx GRE ISSUE TASK.docx
Hello everyone. I was recently admitted for a PHD program at a top university in the US. I managed to get 334: 167V/167Q/4.5AWA, which I think is pretty good. I used this online course from Magoosh, which worked pretty well for me. There are others but I used only this one. So here is my piece of advice: 1. Don't do it without preparation. It is a pretty difficult exam and if you do it without knowing what to expect, it is going to go pretty badly for you. 2. Do as many exercises as you can, both in quant and verbal. It doesn't mather if you were the "math genius" of your high school or if you consider yourself an expert writer, the exercises in both sections are tricky and you have to be prepared for it. Also, in the math section, you should solve as fast as possible, sometimes you just need an approximation to select among the available options instead of solving fully to get the exact result. You should be able to recognize when this is necessary. 3. Use a list of words from a trustworthy resource to learn new vocabulary words, do not just learn random words. The GRE has several words that it loves to use. Good online gre courses have a set of vocabulary flashcards tailored towards GRE. Learn the true meanings of the words and its use in context, not just the dictionary definition, as sometimes they will use "alternate" meanings of common words you may not know. If your resource is good, it will tell you which of the meanings of a word is most probable to appear at the GRE, so you don't waste time with all the meanings. 4. In the real exam, solve the most difficult questions last. You have limited time and you need to answer as many questions correctly as possible, so it is better to leave difficult ones for the end. You can go back to them later if you have time. My personal strategy (which may not be the right one for you, it is just to give you an idea) was that I left long reading comprehension questions for the end of the verbal section. For math questions, if after one minute I did not feel I was getting near the solution, I went to the next one, and went back to it after solving all the others. 5. For the AWA, try to make a brainstorming list of general points that you are going to write about first, and then write. It is going to help you have your ideas in order and write better. Also, try no take care of not repeating a word too many times, try to use synonyms. The ETS has a service in which you can write some essays and they will be graded by a computer in a couple of minutes. It is not as good as paying a knowledgable human to read your essays and criticize them, but it is a lot cheaper and it will get you an idea of where you are and how you can improve. 6. Do as many practice tests as you can before the actual exam. This will help you with your timing and stamina for the final day. GRE gives you two free tests with its powerprep software, and online courses usually give you practice tests too. I combined these practice tests with the ETS automated essay grading service to have an idea of what the actual exam would look like. In my first test I got 157V/162Q. I took four practice tests in total. In my final result I saw an improvement of 10 points in verbal and 5 in quant, which is quite a lot. I hope this helps future test takers to get good grades so they can enter the school they want, even tough I'm not sure how important GRE score really is, as there are many other factors.