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What is GRE ?

GRE General Test is the most sought after Standardized Test by those who want to pursue higher education in English speaking countries and especially in America and Canada.

The score of this GRE General Test is designed to test the basic cognitive skills of the students. Lots of Admission or fellowship panels regard the GRE score
as the yardstick not only to supplement the undergraduate records but also to measure and evaluate  the grades and Recommendations. Thus the hunt for a common standard for many ends in the GRE score. We have tried to provide the basic information on this Standardized  Test.

The GRE is an aptitude test. Like all aptitude tests, it must choose a medium in which to measure intellectual ability. The GRE has chosen math and English.

No test can measure all aspects of intelligence. Thus any admission test, no matter how well written, is inherently inadequate. Nevertheless, some form of admission testing is necessary. It would be unfair to base acceptance to graduate school solely on grades; they can be misleading. For instance, would it be fair to admit a student with an A average earned in easy classes over a student with a B average earned in difficult classes?

A school's reputation is too broad a measure to use as admission criteria: many students seek out easy classes and generous instructors, in hopes of inflating their GPA. Furthermore, a system that would monitor the academic standards of every class would be cost prohibitive and stifling. So until a better system is proposed, the admission test is here to stay.

The GRE is approximately three hours long. Only two-hours-and-thirty minutes of the test count toward your score--the experimental section is not scored.

Section Number of Questions Length
Verbal about 6 Sentence Completions 30 minutes
 about 7 Analogies 
 about 8 Reading Comprehension 
 about 9 Antonyms 
Math about 14 Quantitative Comparisons 45 minutes
 about 9 Multiple Choice 
 about 5 Graphs 
Writing Present Your Perspective on an Issue 75 minutes
 Analyze an Argument 

To do well in your undergraduate classes, you had to attempt to solve every, or nearly every, problem on a test. Not so with the GRE. In fact, if you try to solve every problem on the test you will probably damage your score. For the vast majority of people,  the key to performing well on the GRE is not the number of questions they solve, within  reason, but the percentage they solve correctly.

On the GRE, the first question will be of medium difficulty. If you answer it correctly,  the next question will be a little harder. If you answer it incorrectly, the next  question will be a little easier. Because the CAT "adapts" to your performance, early questions are more important than later ones. In fact, by about the fifth or sixth question the test believes that it has a general measure of your score, say, 500-600. The rest of the test is determining whether your score should be say 550 or 560. Because of the importance of the first five questions to your score, you should read and solve these questions slowly and carefully. Allot nearly one-third of the time for each section to the first five questions. Then work progressively faster as you work toward the end of the section.


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