Preparing for GRE


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After completing Bachelor of Engineering in Computer from Nepal, I have decided to do my Master’s from abroad. The first choice among many countries is obviously America. Hence, I headed for preparing for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). 

The United States Education Fund (USEF) located at Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu provides authentic information regarding studying in the US. The counsellors at USEF advise that it is better to prepare for the GRE on your own, and not attending some tuition classes for the same. At first, it sounded logical and reasonable to me, but after seeing the course of the GRE, I finally gave in. I joined a famous institute for holding GRE preparation classes in Putalisadak. 

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a not-for-profit organization which conducts GRE tests all over the world. A fee of $195 is charged to take a ‘test date’, and attend it. A test-taker can attend the GRE every 21 days (in case s/he got an undesirably low score) if there are dates available. And a GRE score is valid for 5 years. It is well known that every aspiring student willing to do graduate (Master’s or PhD in the US) is bound to attend the GRE tests. 

There are several books available that help in preparing for the test. Some of the very worthwhile and helpful books are ‘Official GRE’ by ETS, ‘2014 Questions’ by Princeton, ‘Manhattan’s GRE’, ‘NOWA’s’, and ‘Peterson’s GRE Book’. 

There are some other study materials available which have a good collection of questions from the past GRE tests. I remember my Mathematics tutor at the institute say – “GRE not only tests your intelligence and grasp of the subject-matter. It also tests multiple aspects of a test-taker; from your time management to your maintenance of cool throughout the long and rigorous 4.5 hours (it may be sometimes of about 4 hours only) of testing time.” I could not agree more. 

On the other hand, it is very important to note that the GRE tests ‘how fast can you solve the problem’, not ‘can you solve it or not’.Among the three sections of the GRE, I scored 150 in Verbal Reasoning (English), 164 in Quantitative Reasoning (Math), and 3 in the Critical Writing section. It should be generally said that I scored 314 in GRE adding the English and Math scores. Though I found it easy to write arguments, I scored quite low in the writing section. Are you planning or preparing for the test? If yes, best of luck for the GRE test!

This article was originally published initially in The Himalayan times and written by-Sulav Dahal