How to Prepare for GRE?

Every year, more than 600,000 students attend the GRE Test, Whilst  this test is similar to  college-entrance exams, like the SAT, with vital differences.

GRE is most commonly taken as a computer based test, which means there’s no need of pencils and the test is familiar with bubble sheets.

Comparing the first sets of 20 verbal and Quantitative reasoning questions, the next set of Questions will be harder.

The GRE test has three categories: Verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

For the verbal reasoning division, aspirants have 1 hour to answer two sets of 20 questions.

Aspirants should answer two sets of 20 quantitative reasoning, within 1 hour and 10 mins,i.e, 35 minutes is allotted for each set.

The analytical writing division has two essays, for which aspirants get 30 minutes for each essay.

While the GRE Quant  part is not much more advanced than the math section of SAT exam and the familiarity with the math concepts learned before is sufficient to possess a decent score, Verbal  reasoning needs some focus on GRE Vocabulary and GRE Word list.

During your free time, be sure to read firmly to expand your vocabulary skill so that you can decode unfamiliar words.

Here is Aspirant’s Queries and Experts’ Advises for GRE.

  1. If I don’t know a Question in GRE, is it fine to skip them and come back later or take a guess in the first go?

Yes sure, you have the option to flag the question as long as they are in the same section.

  1. Is mentioning my experience in volunteering for social events valuable?

Volunteering experience is very valuable if you are looking to avail Scholarships. There are many humanitarian organizations that consider the quality of volunteering experience before determining that you are the right candidate for that particular opportunity. You can apply for organizations like United Nations, the World Health Organization, the League of Red Cross Societies, and the World Council of Churches to be considered for scholarships given by humanitarian organizations. Your volunteering experience will also come in handy when drafting out your Statement of Purpose (SOP), since it has the ability to make your SOP look unique and memorable to the admissions committee.

  1. What is the difference between Admission deadlines & Scholarship deadlines? Which comes first?

If you would like the university to consider your profile for scholarship, you have to apply within the priority deadlines (Scholarship Deadlines). International Admission deadlines are applicable if you are considering applying without aid (scholarship). Generally scholarship deadlines rollout before admission deadlines.

  1. Why do few German Universities not need GRE Score?

Most German Universities might not ask for your GRE score. Your IELTS score along with academic profile should be sufficient for getting you an admit. Your academic profile will comprise of your undergraduate GPA, co-curricular and extra curricular activities and research experience i.e. working on projects, publishing scientific journals and papers. However top universities or the TU-9 universities that comprise of:
RWTH Aachen
TU Berlin
TU Braunschweig
TU Darmstadt
TU Dresden
University of Hannover
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
TU München and
University of Stuttgart

requires GRE scores. So if you’re looking to get admits from any of the above mentioned universities you must appear for GRE and score well. So do a fully-detailed background check when applying to universities of your choice in the program you like, so that you don’t miss out on details like whether you need to appear for GRE or not.

  1. What is the equivalent GMAT score for a 320 in GRE? How to do the conversion?

The GRE equivalent of a GMAT score depends on how much you score in the individual sections. For a GRE score of 320 with 160 in Verbal and 160 in Quant, your corresponding GMAT score will be 640. For a GRE score of 320 with 170 in Quant and 150 in Verbal, your corresponding GMAT score will be 680 and so on.

6. I approached this problem slightly differently: The probability of getting at least three right is given by P(3right)+P(4right)+P(5right). The probability of getting one right is 1/3. So the probability of getting three right is (1/3)x(1/3)x(1/3) which is 1/3^3 (1 by 3 power 3). Similarly the probability of getting 4 and 5 right is 1/3^4 and 1/3^5. Adding all three of them we get 13/3^5. I feel this answer is right as we’ve been taught this method of solving in engineering as well..

Here it is given for the multiple choice question.

5 questions are given and each have 3 choices.

Probability of answer correctly = 1/3 and

Probability of answering wrongly = 2/3

Even if we choose the answer correctly we have 2 possible ways for making the answer worng.

Thus for such conditions you need to use the formula,


Where P = Probability of getting correct and Q = Probability of getting wrong.

Probability that the student is getting at least three questions correctly = 5C3(1/3)^3(2/3)^2 + 5C4(1/3)^2(2/3)^1 +5C5(1/3)^5(2/3)^0

= 10 x 4 x (1/3)^5 + 5 x 2 (1/3)^5 + 1(1/3)^5

= 40 x (1/3)^5 + 10 x (1/3)^5 + (1/3)^5

= (1/3)^5 x (40 + 10 + 1)

= 51/3^5.

Hope you are clear now.

7. I do not understand this rule,square root should be plus or minus.option b should be the right answer

The square root symbol is called the radical. It always maps a non negative real number to non negative real number only.

If x is any non – negative real number, say if x = 4, then = + 2 only.

Note that the value of the simplified radical is positive.

Whereas when you solve the equation x2 = 4, you are trying to find all possible values that might have been squared to get 4. So both + 2 and -2 satisfies the equation.( Also, remember that Quadratic equation will necessarily have two roots or solutions. )

But when you are just simplifying the expression sqrt (x) = sqrt (4), the ONLY answer is “2”; this

positive result is called the “principal” root.

So if we have x = 64, then  = 8. Where as if x2 = 64, then x = ±8

This hold for all numbers.(Both,fractions and integers) The same rule is applied here also.

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