Amstlight Posted December 18, 2013 Share Posted December 18, 2013 Today I've taken this dreadful exam for the 3rd time. GRE scores so far: 1st attempt - V156, Q158, AWA 5 2nd attempt - V155, Q156, AWA 4.5 3rd attempt - V159, Q159, AWA (hoping for at least 5) To recap - for the first attempt, I studied about 10 days in total, used Manhattan, Kaplan, Barron & ETS. For the 2nd attempt, I took a few months, prepared systematically; used Magoosh a lot, did all their quant questions, had an estimate of 159-164, but ended with 156, big shame! the day really went awful... Now for the 3rd attempt, for quant I still used Magoosh and other resources that I found on google - there were a few topics I could not find any satisfactory materials on either Magoosh or any other test prep providers. Manhattan practice test scores - Test 1 - 164Q Test 2 - 166Q Test 3 - 166Q Magoosh test scores Test 1 - 164Q Test 2 - 167Q Test 3 - 167Q Test 4 - 165Q Magoosh quantitative estimate on dashboard 162-167... Now the interesting bit: I never prepared for AWA and verbal because I simply did not care about my verbal scores. Especially today I was baffled to see my new verbal score of 159 with zero preparation ( I am not a native English speaker). It also hurt big time given the effort I put in the quant prep. Identical scores were the least I expected. I was hoping for a 163-165 range in the quant but this score continues to elude me. Regarding the quant in today's exam, I had 3 sections, one of which was presumably experimental. In the light of what I've experienced today, I still stand by my belief that so far I do not know of any test prep provider whose quant material/prep questions actually match the real exam questions in both versatility and difficulty. In today's exam I would estimate the number of tricky questions at about 70-75%. Maybe I am unlucky and keep getting the toughies but I often noticed how even simple concepts were embedded in a challenging question format that I personally felt unaccustomed to, even after doing all the practice tests. What next? Well, I reckon that for my master's applications this season my today's scores will probably do ( not sure, any opinions would be welcome), however, if I decide to pursue a PhD in the future, I will need a quant score of at least 165. Will I try again? Yes, I probably will, I simply cant let the GRE beast kill my future plans. At the same time I hope that in the near future there will be more prep materials on the market that can match the real thing. So far I am yet to see any. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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