One of the first things you should do before you start your GRE preparation is to get completely familiar with the GRE syllabus. This article will address aspects such as question types, sections and scoring mechanism to give you an in-depth understanding of all you need to know before you start your GRE preparation.
GRE Syllabus : Scored Sections
|Analytical Writing Assessments||Verbal Reasoning||Quantitative Reasoning|
|Issue Task||30 minutes||Number of Questions each||20||Number of Questions each||20|
|Argument Task||30 minutes||Time per section||30||Time per section||35|
Distribution of Questions in GRE Quantitative Reasoning
Distribution of Questions in GRE Verbal Reasoning
What does this actually translate to?
With a bit of testing on the GRE prep software, we arrived at the following conclusions.
No. of questions to get correct on Quant I and corresponding Quant II section Difficulty.
0-7 correct: Easy
8-14 correct: Medium
15-20 correct: Hard
No. of questions to get correct on Verbal I and corresponding Verbal II section Difficulty.
0-6 correct: Easy
7-14 correct: Medium
15-20 correct: Hard
In other words…
- Total number of questions you get correct does not really decide your final score.
- The section II you get is a huge determinant of your final score range.
- A Medium difficulty Section II is not a bad thing though, getting a 14 on vs 15 on Verbal I
Knowing the GRE sylabus alone will not help you get a higher score, but it will definitely help you start your GRE prep on the right footing. Aspects such as section wise adaptivity help construct some useful strategies on the GRE test.
Some of these strategies are:
- Triage the test. Attempt easy and medium level questions within a section first.
- Leave no question unanswered. There is no negative makering.
- Don’t obsess about getting getting ALL questions right. Getting about 70 percent rigth in each section will be enough to get you a 320 score!
- Time is more valuable than accuracy in some instances. It’s better to get a question wrong in 30 seconds (and use that time on other questions) than spend 5 minutes on a question and get it right!
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