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Friday, December 22, 2006

GRE Expereiences - II

This post would not have been possible if I hadn't chanced across this file on my pc's my documents folder. Just 3 days before my GRE exam (my exam was on September 4 this year), I saw some guys experiences in the orkut gre community who had scored some 1400+ marks n they had actually remembered the words of their gre verbal section.

I had just copied their experiences into a word document, just to have a quick read before the GRE.

Here they are:

Person 1:

hey, .. i managed 1400 ( 620 in verbal n 780 math

)..maths section was not quite as expected, was a bit tough than wat i had assumed.. N bout the verbal section, got some reaaly tough antonyms in the first 5 questions, rest was fine..

overall the paper was tough than wat i had expected, with a few words outside barrons..

some words were:

concord, intemperance, balky , proclivity , fluvial, befriended, frenetic i don't rem.

sentence comps and analogies were very simlple..

hey just be calm , n do take the tutorial, it'l certainly help!!

Person 2:

gave my gre today .got 1400 ..i beleive lot of people here are creating too much fear among us .its not that hard this whole i forum i find only few people giving valuable suggestions.infact the key to success is first 10 questions if u can do those well u r guranteed a score of 1350 atleast .i guessed two rcs .which accounted for six questions randomly ........becoz it was not in first 10 questions yet i got 650 in english bcoz i mad sure that i did the first 10 questions right.......Barrons is more than sufficient.................for me there was no word out of it.............the key to success in gre is ......learn barrons and Stay COOL ON THE JUDGEMENT DAY>>>>>>>>>>>dont study for last couple of days.......i beleive only cool head can give u about 100 score extra.......Maths was a little tough ............

maths was tough in the sense the basics were same given in gre but the questions had long statements and were kind of twisted....the only topics i feel one should do out of barrons r time, work, mean mode median standard deviation till basic level.....barrons is really good for comparison questions.....

GRE Preparation

Monday, December 04, 2006

More resources for GRE Preparation

Hello my friends and GRE aspirants. I am adding two new resources for gre preparation. Hope you find them useful. Of course, to maximise your gre score, you've got to be focussed on ur gre prep. Dont lose interest in studying after a few days of initial enthusiasm. The rest, as they say, shall be history. Here goes:

Here are some other pages on this blogs where I have posted download links for other gre prep material earlier:

Page 1
(includes Barron's How to prepare for the GRE, Kaplan Verbal Workbook, ETS Powerprep and more...)

Page 2
(includes gre vocabulary enhancing software like vocaboly, wordhacker and verbologist...also includes GRE AWA guide - a must download!!)

Page 3 (includes other helpful study material like Barron's GRE flash cards, Peterson's writing skills for GRE and GMAT and more...)

That will be all for this post. I wish you all the best for your GRE. Good luck and take care!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

After the Exam - Get the Right College

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Friday, November 03, 2006

GRE Experiences

Hii friends. I am posting below the actual gre experiences of people - which they have put down in the gre community on orkut.
  • I am Sakshar Thakkar from BARODA.
    Yesterday I had my GRE.
    Got 1260 Q-790 V-470.
    I am very thankful to the whole community.

    Some words which i remember:
    Crone, Prudent, Demoniac, Therapeutic, Splentetic, Yield,
    Procastinate, Hackneyed

    there were 3 RCs of 50,30 n 120 lines.
    which took more time.

    In quant:
    first sum was very easy..
    Then there were 3 to 4 sums from Geometry
    DI was bit tough
    One sum was on Standard Deviation.
    Word problems were also tough
    Do the first 10 questions very carefully coz it will decide the range of ur score. If ur first 10 are right ur score would be above 750.
  • Nik: Hey guys 1480 ..
    800 Q and 680 V
    new delhi center ...

    Maths was very easy ...finished it 12 mins to spare ...5-6 questions got repeated ...

    My advice would be to learn Barron's words ...Sentences were a bit tricky ...get some good practice from Barron's and Kaplan ...
    RC were easy if you had time to read all the passage...
    RC was of 80-60-60 lines....
    Analogies and antonyms had normal Barron's words and also 2-3 non-barron and non-oct thread words ....
    My advice would be to do each question very carefully ...Then its not tough at all ... I got a research section also ...skipped it!!
  • Abhishek: Hi all,
    I had been a passive user of this communtiy ....and well I gave my GRE on 26 Oct and got a score of 1380(800Q + 580V). Quant was really cool ...u do not need to spend more than 2 hrs preparing fr it..

    Regarding verbal my experience was very horrifying.... at first all words were from barrons and sort.... and as far as I know I got the first 9 correct in abt 9 mins then I got a really tough RC based on some "painting philosophy" and the first question had five options each having abt 5 lines each so I spent abt 5 mins just reading those and wasn't able to comprehend any of it and screwed up my 5 mins without any answer .....after that it was just a race against time as i half read the next 2 comprehensions and answered very casually ...just completing my verbal part.

    So just an advice PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! do not spend more than 2-3 mins on reading any RC or better read the ques first and then try to answer it from the RC(might not always help)...but please keep an eye on the remaining it is said in the barrons "ur first objective should be to get to the ques which u can answer"
These were the GRE experiences of 3 different people with different levels of thinking and difficulties to give u fair idea of how it can be.

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If you have any comments, suggestions regarding GRE preparation you may please go ahead and comment. Don't forget to check out the gre tutorials on the verbal ability and AWA sections on this blog.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

GRE Prep Materials - latest additions

Hi. Hope your gre test prep is going well. For those who cannot afford gre prep classes due to lack of money or time, online gre prep is the best option! Of course, a gre prep course is always recommneded because we tend to study better in a group...alone can be boring!

But why to waste money when you have blogs like mine for free gre test prep !

Below are the latest useful downloads for the GRE preparation:

  • Barrons GRE Flash Cards (pdf,842kb) : Barron's flash cards for GRE is one of the best resources for learning up the barrons gre wordlist...
  • GRE Maths Revesion by ETS (pdf,1mb) : GRE Maths revision guide by ETS is a nice quickfire aid to revsising the gre quant section just...
  • Antonym Software (rar) : a handy tool for gre verbal preparation, of which antonyms are a formidable part...
For vocab enhancing softwares (wordhacker, vocaboly etc) already posted on this blog, please scroll down or click here.

Similarly, for essential gre score improving material like Barrons Verbal Workbook, Nova, Kaplan verbal workbook etc, scroll down even further, or click here.

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all the best!

please install winrar on your PCs, those who haven't already done so as I am tired of answering people on what is a rar file . For the uninitiated, winrar is just like winzip - a compression software to reduce file size, but much better. A few files on this blog are compressed in winrar, so you better get it from:

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

More Free GRE Downloads

Since the day i put up downloads of important GRE preparation material and gre software, my blog has reived a tremendous response. Taking inspiration from this fact, along with suggestions of readers, I have put up a few more softwares that will help you prepare for the GRE test effectively. GRE is a very easy exam if you learn properly, but if you dont prepare it, GRE can be notoriously tough. GRE testing is simple but complex, to get a high gre score you need lots of practice. And of course, never forget your GRE test dates. That would mean $160 down the drain! Regularly give GRE practice tests online from sites like If you follow all these instructions, you can be assured of a high gre score.
The following is the extra GRE Prep material I had promised:

Latest GRE Download update @ September 28th :
  • GRE AWA Guide (320kb, pdf)
    On popular demand (well frankly on Neetu's demand), I have uploaded the GRE AWA guide which includes sample expert essays of both the arguement task and the issue task. I have already put for download the GRE Issue Samples ebook down below which many of you have found useful. For detailed description go to the download page by clicking on the above link.

GRE Vocab Enhancing Software

  • Wordhacker Golden Edition 4.1 (6mb)
    WordHacker helps you expand the size and level of your English vocabulary!Read text quicker,understand better!
    Score high on SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL & other tests!!
  • Vocaboly (3mb)
    Build your vocabulary in a fun unique way with this award-winning vocabulary building software! Vocaboly is a vocabulary builder software for SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and general vocabulary.
  • Verbologist(1mb)
    User friendly software to help students prepare for the GRE verbal section, especially the GRE wordlist.
  • 800 Score GRE Guide
    With 5 complete GREs including complete explanations, hundreds of practice questions and over 300 pages of prep content and strategies, this is the most comprehensive online GRE prep course.
For more GRE ebooks and software, including Barrons, Nova, Kaplan and Powerprep, scroll down further or click here. Please do check out the gre tutorials on this blog.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Free GRE Downloads

Hii friends, I am updating this blog after a long time. A treat for all of you...! Links to GRE prep softwares and gre study materials right here on this page. Please select the material you want from the selection below:

Free GRE downloads

  • ETS GRE PowerPrep 3.1
    The Official GRE testing Software

  • Barrons How to Prepare for the GRE

  • Kaplan Guide
    One of the most comprehensive study materials for the Graduate Record Examination.

  • Nova's GRE Prep Guide
    Nova's GRE Prep Guide teaches proven techniques specifically designed to help students prepare for the computerized format of the Graduate Record Examination. Newly updated, this best-selling guide provides comprehensive preparation for the GRE.

  • GRE Issue Essay Samples
    Sample Issue Essays for the Analytical Writing Section

  • Kaplan GRE Verbal Workbook

  • GRE Big Book

  • Barrons GRE Wordlist

  • Kaplan GRE Maths Questions

  • 40 SOPs
    A collection of 40 different Statement of Purpose (SOP) for your guidance. Statement of Purpose is an essential document for submission in University Applications in the US.

  • More files to be added soon. For tips and tactics to tacle various GRE sections, check out the following links:

  • GRE Analytical Writing Section

  • GRE Verbal - Sentence Completion

  • GRE Verbal - Reading Comprehension

  • GRE Verbal - Analogies

  • GRE Verbal - Antonyms
  • Thursday, July 27, 2006

    GRE Analylitical Writing Section (Essay)

    GRE sets two writing tasks (analysis of an issue, and analysis of an argument), collectively called the Analytical Writing Section. The tasks are designed to test critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The essays come first on the test - 45 minutes for the issue and 30 minutes for the argument.

    The first task on the GRE CAT is the discussion of an issue. The topic is intentionally open to interpretation, so that you can marshal your arguments in support of a position. It is rather like a debate. A good essay of this type will give highly specific reasons for a point of view, and back up its thesis with suitable examples. Minor errors in spelling punctuation or grammar will not prevent your getting a good mark - poor logical flow and vagueness will.

    The second task on the GRE CAT is the analysis of an argument, which tests your ability to find flaws in apparently logical arguments. It does help if you have a basic familiarity with the terms of logic, so that you can successfully identify the premises and assumptions on which a conclusion rests. Here the mark you obtain is directly linked to the number of problems that you identify in the logic, and sensible suggestions you make to evaluate the conclusion. With a little training and practice, this task is actually easier than the issue.

    * You have to type your response. Obviously there is no spell-check or grammar check available.
    * The essays a marked by one human reader and one computer program (e-rater)
    * Scores range from 1-6 (see the ETS scoring guidelines)
    * Topics come from the pool of issue and argument topics on the official GRE website

    Analysis of an issue

    Follow our guidelines and use our format for a stress-free approach to writing a good essay.


    • You are expected to explain your position on an issue. You must state and justify your opinion of the topic under discussion.
      1. All the issue topics will have two sides.
      2. There is no "right" side: You have to decide your position on the topic after consideration of the pros and cons.
      3. Your position will usually be 80 or 90% in favor of one side.
    • Always spend about 5 minutes thinking and planning. (Draw up a table of points before deciding which side will make the most persuasive essay.)
    • Always use specific examples to support your point of view.

    Format of your essay:

    Part I - introduction

    Write an introduction explaining in your own words what the issue is about. Try to generate interest in the topic under discussion, and make it clear why the topic is controversial. End your paragraph with a thesis statement. (A thesis statement is a clear summation of your point of view.)

    Part II – the body of the essay

    Write 2-3 paragraphs to support your thesis. Each paragraph should introduce one point. Explain the point and give a specific example wherever possible. You can also give reasons why the point is important or relevant. Be sure to give connecting words and phrases (links) at the beginning of each paragraph to give a sense of logical flow.

    Part III – qualification

    Since the issue is never entirely black or white, you do not want to sound too dogmatic, and so you ‘qualify’ (moderate) your position (i.e. you usually explain that under certain circumstances the other side of the issue might be correct). This may involve a sentence beginning with "but" or "however"...

    Part IV – conclusion

    You cannot leave the essay without reinforcing your thesis. If you have introduced a qualification into your argument, you will need to draw the essay back to your thesis. Try to avoid simply repeating what you have said; find something general to say that makes it clear that you have finished.
    Note the following:
    • The introduction and the conclusion can be very general, but the body of the essay must be specific.
    • Do not give a long list of examples all illustrating the same point. Stick to the one point-one example method.
    • The examples can be from your own experience or from your reading or knowledge of current affairs, history etc.
    • Good vocabulary is an asset, but don’t use long words if you are not sure of the meaning.
    Analysis of an argument

    Follow our guidelines and use our format for a stress-free approach to writing a good essay.


    * You are expected to analyze the logic of the argument. You must not start giving your opinion of the subject matter of the argument.
    (For example, if the argument claims that a certain newspaper is not selling well because it has recently increased its price, you are not expected to give views on what makes a good newspaper, or on marketing strategies. You simply have to discuss whether the evidence provided warrants that conclusion.)
    * All the arguments will be seriously flawed. You will lose marks if you do not identify the major faults. The main categories of logical error that you should be able to spot are:
    1. Generalizations
    2. Problems with surveys and statistics
    3. False causes
    4. False analogies
    5. Hidden assumptions
    6. Inadequate authority

    Format of your essay:

    Part I - introduction

    Write an introduction explaining in your own words what the argument claims.
    End your paragraph with a statement such as:
    However, this conclusion seems unwarranted, or
    However, the information provided does not justify this conclusion or
    This conclusion is not well supported / fails to convince/ is flawed etc.

    Part II – the body of the essay

    Write 2-3 paragraphs to identify and explain the faults that you have found in the argument.
    For example, in the case of the ‘false cause’ you can explain what alternative reasons or other causes might need to be considered. In the case of inadequate surveys you can explain what is omitted in the methodology. In the case of misleading statistics and figures you can discuss what is wrong with the information.

    Part III – what else is needed?

    The final paragraph is the place to cover what else you would need to know before you are able to decide whether the conclusion is actually valid. This ‘what else’ paragraph obviates the necessity for a formal conclusion. Useful statements are along the lines of:
    In order to decide whether, indeed, ABC is actually the case, it would be useful to have access to XYZ.
    XYZ might include one or other of: Expert opinion (e.g. business consultant) / statistics / surveys / research data etc..

    Saturday, July 22, 2006

    GRE Sentence Completion

    Sentence completion questions account for about one quarter of the marks for the verbal section of GRE. Each question contains one or two blanks, and you have to find the best answer choice to make the sentence make complete sense. Be sure to study the sentence carefully so that you notice all the clues built into the sentence.
    On average you will need a 45-50 seconds to answer each question. Our mini tests have 12 questions to be answered in 10 minutes.


    Each sentence has one or two blanks. Choose the answer choice that contains the word or words that best complete the sentence.


    There are some people who think that only the poor and less educated people use slang, but this idea is _________.

    (A) accurate

    (B) popular

    (C) erroneous

    (D) widespread

    (E) ineffectual

    Consider these two examples:
    Because of the heavy rainfall in the spring, the tenants were ---- about flooding. Despite the heavy rainfall, the tenants were ---- about flooding.
    What kind of word fits in the blank in the top sentence? Well, if it is raining a lot, then it is natural for people to be worried about flooding.
    So the word worried or concerned might fit in the blank. We know this from the opening words of the sentence which say: "Because of the heavy rainfall."
    Now the second sentence begins with the word despite, which is telling us that the tenants are feeling something even though there had been a lot of rain.
    The meaning of the word in the blank is therefore probably one that means the opposite of what you would expect the tenants to be feeling if there was heavy rain.
    So in the second sentence we should look for an answer that means unconcerned and not worried.
    There will always be a clue as to the logical structure of the sentence in the words that are available.

    GRE Reading Comprehension

    Reading comprehension questions test your ability to understand a passage and answer question on the basis of what is stated and implied in the passage. You need to read the passage first so that you can identify the main idea of the passage and appreciate features such as the author's tone and attitude as well as the organization of the passage. Scroll back to the relevant point in the text as you do each question.
    Passages on the GRE vary in length from short extracts that take one and a half minutes to read to ones that take three and a half minutes to read. Allow approximately 1 minute to answer each question after completing the reading. The GRE Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) passages will not normally have more than 4 questions per passage. Our mini tests contain two passages each with 3 or 4 questions to be completed in a total of 10-12 minutes.


    The reading passage is accompanied by a set of questions based on the passage and any introductory material that is given. Answer the questions according to what is stated or implied in the passage. 
    10 There is not the slightest doubt that birds and mammals are
    now being killed off much faster than they can breed. And it
    is always the largest and noblest forms of life that suffer
    most. The whales and elephants, lions and eagles, go. The rats
    and flies, and all mean parasites, remain. This is inevitable
    15 in certain cases. But it is wanton killing off that I am
    speaking of to-night. Civilized man begins by destroying
    the very forms of wild life he learns to appreciate most when
    he becomes still more civilized. The obvious remedy is to begin
    conservation at an earlier stage, when it is easier and better
    20 in every way, by enforcing laws for close seasons, game preserves,
    the selective protection of certain species, and sanctuaries.
    I have just defined a sanctuary as a place where man is passive
    and the rest of Nature active. But this general definition is too
    absolute for any special case. The mere fact that man has to
    25 protect a sanctuary does away with his purely passive attitude.
    Then, he can be beneficially active by destroying pests and
    parasites, like bot-flies or mosquitoes, and by finding antidotes
    for diseases like the epidemic which periodically kills off the
    rabbits and thus starves many of the carnivora to death. But,
    30 except in cases where experiment has proved his intervention to
    be beneficial, the less he upsets the balance of Nature the
    better, even when he tries to be an earthly Providence.

    To best understand the passages, we recommend developing a habit of reading actively.
    We often ask our students to read a passage aloud. If we hear them drone from one sentence to the next, we know that they're reading indifferently. They haven't caught the tone and flow of the passage.
    It is crucial that you integrate and synthesize the passage as you go through it. You can't be passive in your reading: it's not enough just to let your eyes move from word to word. Think about what you read.

    An analogy question gives you a pair of words; from a list of five other pairs you pick the one that most nearly matches the relationship of the original pair.

    For example, let's look at a word pair:

      CRUMB : BREAD ::

    This is a well-known example analogy that has been used for years on test instructions. It's clear how these words relate: a crumb is a piece of bread.


    Choose the answer key which contains a pair of words with a relationship most similar to the relationship between the pair of words in capital letters.



    (A) den : lions
    (B) coop : chickens
    (C) school : fish
    (D) desert : camel
    (E) garden : weeds

    Now let's think about what might make a good second word pair that has the same relationship. What if, among the answer choices, you saw the word pair:


    Just as a crumb is a piece of bread, a splinter is a piece of wood.

    n what ways could two words be related?

    There are lots of ways. The relationship will always have to do with the meaning of the words. The relationship never involves the number of letters in the words, or whether they rhyme or something like that. Here are some examples of possible relationships between the two words in an analogy question:

    • Synonyms or antonyms
    • A part to the whole
    • A member to the category that contains it
    • Cause to effect (or effect to cause)
    • Varying degrees of a quantity or quality (for example, one thing is a larger version of the other)


    Antonym questions account for about one quarter of the marks on the verbal section of GRE. Antonyms test your vocabulary.

    Unlike some of the questions in the other verbal sections, antonyms are simple and quite direct.

    You are given one word and then find another word that is most nearly OPPOSITE in meaning.

    Sometimes more than one answer is plausible; in these cases you'll be distinguishing shades of meaning.


    Choose the answer key corresponding to the word with a meaning most nearly opposite to the meaning of word in capital letters.


    (A) amenable
    (B) stubborn
    (C) rash
    (D) vacuous
    (E) advanced

    The best way to approach these questions depends on how familiar you are with the words in the question.

    In essence, antonym questions are a gauge of your vocabulary.

    Sometimes, they go after your ability to reason a little, or to discernnuance, but for the most part, it's vocabulary.

    Which means that, beyond learning the strategies we're about to outline, the best thing you can do to help yourself do well is build your vocabulary.

    If you're familiar with all the words in the question, then you may not need to think much about how you approach the question. Just jump right in and find the best answer.

    You may, however, find yourself in a situation where you thought you were familiar with all the vocabulary, and yet none of the answers quite seems to work.

    First off, relax. You recognize the words; you're halfway there.

    Next, remind yourself that the best choice is a specific and exact antonym.

    Then give yourself a minute to really think about what the question word could mean.

    Occasionally, you'll find that the first word has more than one meaning, and the test-makers are trying to see if you recognize its less common usage or form.

    If you don't know all the words, there are a couple of different ways for you to go.

    One way is to try and unpack the meaning yourself. This means getting at the core or root of the word.

    Begin by stripping off any prefixes or suffixes. These include parts like "-ing," "un-," "pre-," "-in", "-able" and so forth.

    What are you left with? You can often guess the meaning once you've arrived at the root, the core of the word.

    Friday, July 21, 2006

    The Friendly GRE Ghost

    Hi friends. I am Saar, the friendly GRE ghost.Welcome to my Site. On this site I will help you to prepare for your GRE.

    I will look over you so that you can give your exam calmly and succesfully. I will also tell you some speacial secrets that will energise u with extra natural ability for the exam!
    We shall start your preparation now with the content of GRE exam:


    1. GRE VERBAL ABILITY SECTION - The Verbal Ability section of the GRE consists of four types of questions:
    • Antonyms
    • Analogies
    • Sentence Completion
    • Reading Comprehension

    2. GRE QUANTITAVE ABILITY SECTION - The Quantitative Ability Section of the GRE consists of two types of questions:

    • Multiple Choice Probllem Solving
    • Quantitative Comparisons

    3. GRE ANALYTICAL ABILITY SECTION- The analytical abilty section of the GRE consists of two types of Questions:
    • Discussion of Issue
    • Analuysis of arguement

    This was the overview of the content of a Graduate Record Examination. I shall continue all these things ind epth and detail in my subsequent posts. Till then farewell my friends!