Monday, 26 September 2011

Cracking the new GRE 2012

Cracking the New GRE, 2012 Edition has been completely revised and updated for the changes coming to the GRE in August 2011. It includes:Access to 2 full-length practice tests,Practice questions with detailed explanations for every question,Key strategies for solving Text Completions, Sentence Equivalents, Numeric Entry, Quantitative Comparisons, and more
Thorough review of all GRE topics, including everything on the new GRE



ETS has announced major changes to GRE in 2011.

The following changes will take place in 2011:

1. More questions on reading comprehension will be added.

2. Analogies and antonyms will be removed from the test.

3. The scoring range for each section will be 130-170, with score increments of one point instead of 200-800 (with score increments of 10 points).

4. GRE test takers will be allowed to use calculators issued by ETS.

5. Unlike the current scenario where the test taker can not skip any question, the new format allow test takers to skip questions and come back to them later and review answers before submitting an entire section.

6. More questions on data analysis will be added.  


1.Better Design:
The new design is Multi-State Design. You can go back and forward in a particular section and edit the answers. You can mark and go back to a question and answer. It is different from the way the current GRE works.

2. Improved Quality of Data:
New GRE pattern is designed to measure those skills that are critical to graduate and Business programs.

3. Most revisions to Verbal Section :
The verbal section is the most changed section of the whole GRE. There will be more complex reasoning. No antonyms and analogies. No vocabulary out of context. New types of questions.

4. Quantitative reasoning :
Calculator to be used to avoid distractions in test caused my minor mistakes. They are interested in reasoning ability and not the arithmetic calculations. More emphasis on Data interpretation and real life scenarios.

5. Analytical Writing :
There will be expectations for more focused responses and less generalization.

6. New Test Score Scaling :
Due to changes to verbal and quant sections the new scale for them will be 130 to 170 score scale with increments of 1 point instead of before 200 to 800 with 10 point increments. The analytical writing section will have same scale of 0 to 6 with 0.5 increments. This is aimed at giving a fair chance to demonstrate your reasoning skills irrespective of your background.

7. First New GRE 2011 Test Scores and Test :
The first day of test is Aug 1, 2011. The scores for the tests taken between august and October will be available in November 2011. Applicants who need to GRE Scores before November 2011, should take the current test before Aug 2011. The score reporting will go back to normal 10-15 day cycle after late November.

8. Paper based Testing :
If opt for paper based test, you have to take before Nov 2011. The test dates that are are : Oct 23, Nov 20 in 2010 and Feb 12, 2011.

9. Split Test Going away :
There will be no split test as earlier. Will have to be done in same day and single sitting.   

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