How to tackle GRE
Step 1: Understand the problem
Step 2: Carry out a strategy for solving the problem
Step 3: Check your answer Here is a description of the three steps, followed by a list of useful strategies for solving mathematics problems.
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Step 1:Read the statement of the problem carefully to make sure you understand the information given and the problem you are being asked to solve. It is important to understand what you need to accomplish in order to solve the problem. For example, what unknown quantities must be found? In what form must they be expressed?
Step 2: Carry Out a Strategy for Solving the Problem requires determining what mathematical facts to use and when and how to use those facts to develop a solution to the problem.
Step 3: Check Your Answer When you arrive at an answer, you should check that it is reasonable and computationally correct. Did you make a computational mistake in arriving at your answer? A key-entry error using the calculator? You can check for errors in each step in your solution.
Strategies are not fixed and you must follow the golden rule given in UPSCFEVER that is "Train, Compete, Repeat".
First familiarize yourself with the test pattern. The Magoosh prep videos are really good for it. Know what the sections are, approximately how much time to spend on each question and stick to it.
You'll get two free practice tests from ETS itself (using the Powerprep software). Go through the untimed section once and also give one of the tests (timed). After this you'll have a basic idea of how your test will be. The GRE is a bit longer in duration than many other exams (about 4 hrs.).
You should be able to keep a cool head in these 4 hours. Apart from the ETS practice tests you can find 3 other standardized tests (free) i.e. Manhattan, Kaplan and Princeton GRE Practice Test. Or, you can always buy the test package from one of the reputed institutes.
But do use the three aforementioned tests! All you have to do is create a user ID at each of the websites (Kaplan, Manhattan and Princeton). If you buy the Official ETS GRE guide, you'll get two more tests (paper-based), so I strongly recommend you get it.
You will have 6 sections on the test.
First you will face the AWA (Analytical) Section. Out of the 5 sections left, only 4 of them will be used for calculating your score for the test. The other one is an experimental section.
They say that ETS has implemented this in order to gauge the general performance of the test takers and also to analyze the stats for their future test papers.
We will not know which section is the experimental one so please do not waste any sort of time trying to figure out which one is the experimental section. What we do know is that after the AWA section, you will have the Quantitative and Verbal sections in a random order.
The scores calculated will be taken from 2 Verbal sections and 2 Quantitative Sections. So it is imperative that you perform well in all the sections.
You will have an optional 10-minutes break after the first three sections. So now you've given a practice test and you can roughly identify the area you are weak at.
Let’s tackle the Verbal section first. (As this is a nightmare to most of us) The key to scoring a 160+ in this section is a really strong vocabulary.
The word lists are available at UPSCFEVER and you could practise with them.
'Word Power Made Easy (WPME)' and the 'Magoosh Vocab Wednesday Videos' (I strongly recommend you use the videos as much as possible. But they are only for those with a lot of time in their hands.
You need to have the ability to understand the question clearly. You need to keep your train of thought connected as you read through the question/passage and recognize what the question is asking for (this for all types RC, Sentence Completion). Also in the Reading Comprehension section, you might come across huge comprehensions with relatively tough questions. The only way to fire the gun properly now is by practice.
Practise is the key to success so solve as many tests as possible and find out where you went wrong and correct those. It is important to time yourself and remember as all questions have equal weightage so even if you cant solve one mark it for review and come back to it later.
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