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  1. Bayesian1701

    My advice on doing well on the GRE

    I wrote this advice on the Magoosh facebook group and I thought I would post it here as well. I took the test on August 25, 2017, and received 167Q/160V/4.0AWA. I was nervous and I think I could have retaken and got a higher quant score but I felt like there isn't enough of a difference to adcoms between 167/170 to justify retaking in my case. I definitely recommend Magoosh, I actually tried it and canceled it in March until I realized there wasn't anything as good out there at a similar price (in my opinion). My magoosh predicted ranges were Q167-170 & V160-165. I had about 100 verbal questions left and I retook all missed quant questions. I took my first practice test in February, but I didn't start really studying until June. I don't have much verbal advice, but here are the books I used and the tests I took. I used the magoosh 90 day advanced plan from June to August. I did not do all the verbal practice in the plan since my target verbal score was 155. I also bought the Magoosh quant tutoring package, which I recommend. Overall, I feel that no practice tests accurately represent the 2nd hard quant section (for those who do well on the 1st section) beside the powerprep tests. I also recommend that in addition to watching the video explanations for the questions you miss and that you watch the videos for the questions you took longer than the average pace. I would also wait to retake missed problems until the very end of your practice, I remembered the answer to multiple problems. Below are the books and practice tests I used to prepare.BooksManhattan Prep 5 LB Book - Highly recommend anyone aiming for a 90%+ percentile on quant to do the last half of every chapterETS Official GuideETS Quant Practice ProblemsETS Verbal Practice ProblemsManhattan Prep Text Completion and Sentance Equilivance Strategy Guide - The words are very obscure, but it helped me learn how to guess betterManhattan Prep Word Problems Strategy Guide - More helpful than I would have thought, great if you need more practice outside of MagooshManhattan Prep Quantitative Comparison - also great if you need more QC practiceNova GRE Math Prep Course - it has questions arranged by topic and difficulty. Contains around 200 hard and very hard problems. There are some typos, but most of the time they are pretty obviousI did not use the GMAT official guide as suggested in the plan.I bought the Ready4GRE app, but I don't recommend it.Practice tests listed in order over 6 monthsKaplan- Q164/V155 (free), Looking back it was too easyManhattan Prep 1 (MP) - Q160/V155 In general, the MP quant section was WAY too hard, the verbal was pretty weird but the scores were pretty accurate for me. I felt the quant sections were demoralizing and made me feel like I wasn’t making progress.MP 2 - Q163/V159MP 3 - Q160/V160ETS Paper 1 - Q165/V160Magoosh Q167/V158ETS Paper 2 - Q169/V159Princeton Review - Q164/V162 (free) The second quant section felt accurate, but I felt it was graded too hard (I missed 3 questions total on quant).Crunch Prep - (free) Q164/V157 The quant was weird, and they advertise that they grade AWA but they didn't grade mine before my trial endedMP4- Q161/V161The economist - Quit after the first section of quant, the question format and topics were way different from ETS material. It's the only free test I don't recommend.MP5 - Q163/V156Powerprep 1 - Q169/V159 - Quant was easy for me, but I thought the verbal was hardPowerprep 2- Q166/V163 opposite of PP 1, quant had a few very hard questions
  2. Hi everyone, I studied for the GRE for months hoping to improve my quant score but I ended up getting a 162 in verbal and a 152 in quant. I'm applying to cinema and media studies MA programs, and I'd like to be in SoCal. Out of all of the schools there, only a few offer the program as an MA degree, so I don't have a lot of options. As of now, I'm definitely applying to UCLA and USC, and one CSU, and obviously UCLA is my top choice. I have a 3.88, a good amount of extracurricular's during undergrad (I was a peer mentor, volunteered with kids/mentor programs, and am currently interning as a social media coordinator), 3 strong lors, and I am currently working on my SOP and Writing sample, but writing is my strong suit so I'm not too worried about those. I Anyways, I feel like i should take it again since I know my quant score is low, but is it really that important for media studies? I've contacted ucla and usc directly and they just said that there is no minimum for the gre and they take into account other factors when considering admissions.
  3. Hey all, I didn't study a lot for the general gre because of a busy semester. Anyways, I ended up verbal-153, quant-157, aw-4.5. So I'm pretty upset about my quant score. Should I retake the gre? I am planning on applying to master's programs in stats/applied math at UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UCI, and UCLA. I have a 4.0 GPA, two summers of research experience, three years of leadership experience with the math club at my school. Thanks, any input would be much appreciated.
  4. Hi all: First time poster here. I want to ask about how much the GRE Quant section actually matters for admissions to HDS. All aspects of my application are extremely competitive however, there is one setback: my Quant score. While my Verbal scores and AWA are well above averages, my Quant is at a dismal 20%. Could this be a deal breaker for me? Might I be weeded out of the competition before my application ever reaches someone's desk? Thanks for your feedback.
  5. freakaleke

    GRE Help

    Hello everyone, I recently took a diagnostic GRE practice test and scored a 156 on verbal and 154 on quant. I was wondering what the likely hood of getting above a 165 on both sections would be. Have any of you been able to increase your score more than 10 points per section? I will be taking the GRE on October 7th. Thank you
  6. In case you haven't seen this on your own or through Chris Blattman's blog post last week, Seeing Theory is a really neat learning resource for introductory statistical concepts. The site attempts to make statistical concepts more accessible through creating a visual learning format, allowing users to interact with visualization tools to get a better understanding. For some of the stats- and quant-averse folks in the IR/PP crowd, this could be super helpful. I know that in my own experience, getting a firm grasp of the geometric intuition underlying mathematical and statistical principles has been immensely beneficial in getting to the 'Aha!' moment where something really clicks.
  7. bilibili

    a math question

    On Monday, a class has 8 girls and 20 boys. On Tuesday, a certain number of girls joined the class just as twice that number of boys left the class, changing the ratio of girls to boys to 7 to 4. How many boys left the class on Tuesday? (A) 5 (B) 6 (C) 11 (D) 12 (E) 18 From Manhattan prep. Question, which # is bigger? number of boys left the class or number of girls joined the class?? Thx
  8. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  9. Transcending

    GRE Quant Perfect Score?

    Hi everyone, As a math major looking to get into a quantitative-heavy graduate program (engineering/computational finance/statistics/computer science), I am determined to get a [near] perfect quantitative reasoning score on the GRE. I would be happy with a 165-167 and absolutely thrilled with a 168-170. My question is: how exactly does one achieve these scores? I am still early in my GRE experience, but it seems to me no matter how much GRE math you know, there is usually at least one or two of the 40 (or 50) questions I have to guess on or stumps me with time. Additionally, there are still questions I get wrong from silly mistakes. If you or anyone you know has gotten 90+ percentile quant scores, please elaborate on any of the study methods, preparation, or books used. Thank you! Philip
  10. Hello! I'm planning on applying to Psychology PhD programs this coming fall. I'm currently using magoosh and based on their practice tests and score prediction for practice problems, I'm scoring around a 148 Quant and 160 Verbal. I'm registered to take the test April 8th and want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to get my math score up. I've always struggled with standardized math tests, even though I excel in statistics and math classes so I'm not sure what I should work on. Any suggestions or resources would be much appreciated!
  11. DogsArePeopleToo

    Probability questions with cards

    Hi folks, Is it true that ETS will include probability questions about, say, a deck of cards without telling us how many cards are there in a deck/suit and how many of each is hearts or spades, for example? Is this something they assume is common knowledge? I don't have the first clue about cards, so I'd totally bomb this. Thanks for any context.
  12. Yesterday I took a Manhattan MST as prep. I got 9 out of 40 questions wrong in total for the Quant sections. At least 5-6 can be attributed to silly mistakes. Here are some examples: 1. Did the following calculation (even whilst writing it down): 87 - 70 = 13 ... oops 2. In the graph question, I read the legends the wrong way so I got a question wrong. 3. One question could be simplified to 3 variables, N, H, and M. The question asked for N / M, found H / N .. oops. The phrasing of the question I believe caught me off guard. 4. One question asked for the equation of a perpendicular line. I accidentally read as parallel, so I chose the parallel one. Other mistakes include reading "total white marbles in bags A and B" as "total marbles in bags A and B", "(Person) walks 5 miles from A to B in one hour" as "(Person) walked 5 miles per hour from A to B", etc. and sometimes realising that I had made calculation or reading comprehension errors eats up my time significantly. I can't have this on test day as my Quant score will suffer tremendously if I continue to make such egregious mistakes during the test. The thing is I don't know how to overcome this. Has anyone faced the same issue? If so how did you improve? Are there any tips on how to prevent calculation or reading comprehension errors? How exactly should I lay out my working on the scratch paper? On the practise tests I write things down but if I write too much I become short on time, but if I write too little it leaves me susceptible to making careless errors. Any help is appreciated.
  13. Long story short: Went to a grad school fair and a few of the schools I spoke to (Ford, Heinz, Harris) all said that quant courses are important when applying for their schools. Now, my current experience doesn't involve quant skills at all and during my undergrad I didn't do so well on two quant courses(C's) the rest of my other quant courses, however, were much better (b's). Would this adversely affect my app to a top school? Looking into Ivy Leagues (all except HKS and WWS) and other top tiered schools. The admissions people said if you're worried about your quant background,take some courses but due to my time constraints and working 2 part time jobs, I don't know how well I'd fare in online courses.
  14. Is there anyone in the mid-advanced stages of their study and in the NYC area that would like to get together to study for the GRE? I have taken the exam twice and I'm right at the cusp of 160 in both areas. I'd like to prep and see if I can hit 163+ in both areas comfortably. I took Testmasters online and didn't really get much out of that. I opted for private tutoring and it was helpful too, but the virtual part made it tricky. I would love to do in person prep but have found that Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc have people in the course who are at the initial stages of their study, and thus probably would not be an effective use of my time since I'm targeting more advanced skills. Feel free to message me if you're interested.
  15. Hello, First of all, I am thankful this forum exists. The whole graduate school process can be stressful and I'm glad to see others going through a similar experience. Here is my question: I am taking the GRE in less than 2 weeks. I am satisfied with my verbal scores on practice exams, but I need to improve my quant score. It's the timing that stresses me in quant. I have purchased the Kaplan prep book as the the 5lb book of practice problems to refresh my skills. I did very well as far as correct/incorrect; however, my math scores on my practice exam still hover consistently around 150. I know I need to practice on timing. Should I just work 20 problems in 35 minutes repeatedly for the next two weeks or is there a better way? I do not think it is the math that is the problem...it is stressing over time and spending too much time on a single problem. Thanks for the help in advance.
  16. Hi all, I just got the official scores from my first stab at the GRE and scored 163(v), 143(q) and 5 on the writing section. I basically gave up on math in the 8th grade and managed somehow to get through life (I know how to calculate discounts..) I'm preparing to apply for PhD programs this coming fall and looking at Communications and/or Rhetoric or East Asian studies (long story with that) I've been told that quant scores are not important but I assume that's based on students scoring 'ok' scores - My score doesn't seem anywhere near ok (bottom 15%) Since it was my first attempt, I'm willing to give it another try or two, but there is the chance that my verbal / writing score may suffer in my attempt to raise the not-very-important quant scores. I saw a similar question from 3 yrs ago on this (the person had the same exact scores as me) and s/he contacted admissions offices and was told to focus on other application materials but the writer went to a much better undergrad and apparently had a good GPA. Any thoughts/ experiences would be appreciated! Good luck all! p.s. a bit more background - My BA GPA is about a B+ average, MA about A average and my current MA (I'm working on my second MA) about an A average as well. I have 5+ years of work experience and have lived and worked in a couple of different countries.
  17. I got this Quantitative Comparison question on my GRE test: Compare: A: n!/(n/2)! B: 2*(n/2)! where n is an even positive integer(n>=2) Options: A: A is greater B: B is greater C: Both are equal D: Can't be determined with the information provided Please tell me how I should proceed. I got this in my last section(My 2nd Quant section). I marked it as A but I'm not sure about it.
  18. Hey everyone! I'm looking for a bit of information about the UNC interveiw/visit. I am a quantitative psychology student currently earning my MS in quant. I have been invited to the UNC visitation day. I guess what I'm curios about is my odds. I feel I am a very strong candidate, however at this point I'm thinking this will be my only interveiw, and I need to land the offer. here is what I am curios about: how many invites to students were sent out for quant? is this considered an interveiw? Or a visit, I keep seeing the term visit used, so does that mean less pressure? Essentially am I going to receive an offer as long as I don't completely boch the trip? any information would be gladly received, thanks!
  19. I don't necessarily need to retake the GRE for the programs I'm looking at, but I may want to to increase my funding chances. So here's my question: if I retake the GRE and only improve on one section - say, Verbal - but remain the same or even slightly reduce my score on Quant/AW, how might admissions committees view this? I remember in undergrad, with the SAT, colleges claimed to take the highest score from each section a candidate had ever scored. I took the SAT three times, and scored erratically - sometimes I'd improve Q, other times I'd improve V. In the end, I was accepted to a top college, so it was fine, but I never scores amazingly on all three sections at one time. Would this be the same with the GRE? Alternatively, do admissions committees look down on retakes altogether? Also, if it matters, I'm applying to MPA/MPP programs..
  20. harrypotter

    new GRE Quant

    Hi, Can someone quickly list down the popular Quant topics from new GRE exam? Also, do I need to learn any formulas like. Simple Interest , Compound Interest.. or any tough ones... This will help me revise the topics on the eve of the test. Regards Hari
  21. Schools Applying To: (Tentatively) WW, Goldman, HKS, Columbia, GTown, Oxford, U of M Undergraduate institution: Top 100 Public Institution Undergraduate GPA: 3.3 Undergraduate Major: International Relations GRE: 510-610 Q and 630-730 V (Don't know writing but hopefully 4.5-6) Internships: Governor's Office, Senator's Office in DC, White House Internship Extracurriculars: (Pres.)Founded nationally recognized club endorsed by Bono, (Treasurer) LGBT Activism and (V.P.)freshmen mentoring Abroad: 1 academic year at Oxford (3.85 GPA obtained); 1 month volunteering in Costa Rica; 1 week in Rwanda studying development on behalf nationally recognized poverty organization Diversity: LGBT I'm wondering regarding my GRE score. Will my internships/extracurriculars make up for my low quant? Should I just retake it or re-adjust my schools? Any construcive thoughts are welcomed :]
  22. I recently took the revised GRE and received a score range for Q 510-610 and V 630-730. I'm fairly positive that I'll do okay on the essay portions but am wondering what admissions will think of my overall GRE. Is the verbal weighted heavier for IR programs? Will they care that my math skills are below par/ average? Retake or just apply anyway? (Looking at GTown, Columbia, Berkeley, HKS, Princeton) I've got a 3.3 overall US GPA with a 3.85 GPA from a year abroad at Oxford and a White House internship, so I'm wondering if that will help make up for it at all. I'll be applying right out of undergraduate. Suggestions anyone? I'm open to them

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