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RE: GRE Edge review
(04-13-2011 01:17 AM)nisheel Wrote: Hi.. I am going to give the GRE exam in the current pattern. I am weak in the Quant section and got 720 in the kaplan mock tests. I want to get an 800. I heard about GRE edge online practice and the quant master course in it which has unlimited quant CATS included with the course along with lots of practice.
Can anyone tell, if they know, how effective this course is? I was impressed by the claims they have made and the testimonials written. Is it good? And can you suggest me some practice material and tips for getting 780-800.
I have practiced from 1) Barrons 2) Kaplan math workbook 3) m Doing math nova and R.S. Agarwal. Thanks.
Let me share my experience with GREEdge as well here, as people should know what they are getting into.
I had signed up for the "Complete GRE" program, which lasted for 6 months. Here's my thoughts on my experience...
- I really liked the quant tutorials, as I had forgotten many elementary points in Geometry - these tutorials helped me brush up my memory in quick time. But I had to say, even if it was useful, it was presented in "last night mug-it-up" format - here's the property, here's an example, move on to the next, without bothering to give its proof (At GRE level, all geometry proofs take at max 5 lines, but that aids immensely in understanding). I personally proved all geometry properties from net/on my own while preparing, and this helped me immensely in boosting my confidence !!
- The wordlists were also pretty nice - I especially liked the way in which all antonyms and synonyms of a word was posted in the same page with the word.
- The wordlists had no way to mark "difficult" words - i.e. words which are new to you and you want to get back to revising them later. In case you intended to do so, you have to manually note down the wordlist number, word number - and then, since the wordlist opened sequentially, go through all n-1 words before opening the nth word !! Talk about an inane UI designer !!
- More examples of a terrible UI - even if learning module was great, it was a nightmare trying to revise !! There was no way to smoothly go from one topic to next - at the end of each topic, one had to encounter the infuriating page "Revision is an important part blah blah..." (we know that, that's why we are trying to revise in the first place, following which one was taken back to the main index, where I had to choose the subtopic, and then i got to the subtopic's index, and then (phew!!) I could reach the next subtopic !! I really beg the GREEdge team - please, do an usability test before launching your design - any person would be infuriated by the number of needless clicks needed !!
- The exercises in the Verbal module were a lot inane - they should stick ONLY to the format of questions in the GRE, and don't invent formats of their own. This isn't a general purpose program, but one meant specifically for GRE - so while the instructions can and should be innovative, the tests at the end should not !! I got questions like "find the synonym of", which isn't present on GRE !!
- There is NO WAY to evaluate AWA essays in the structure of the program - considering I enrolled for "Complete GRE", I expected something for AWA. But there was nothing !! Thank god for Barron's that I managed to do reasonably well there. Even when I took the initiative to send essays directly, I didn't get the kind of feedback that I was looking for (a merely quick reply that it was "good" isn't much of a help - someone needs to go through the kind of commentaries provided by ETS in their sample CD).
- At no point of time, did I feel that the tests were actually adaptive - while writing CAT in Princeton Review and the actual GRE, I could actually feel the questions getting progressively tougher, but not so here....this was a big disappointment to me, which caused me to attempt only 5-6 of their adaptive tests. On top of that (this feedback is equally true of both verbal and quant), at the end of the test one gets an obtuse graph, not a score !! Its the test programs job to interpret the graph, not the test takers !!
- The content team for quants needs to understand what constitutes a HARD GRE question - its NOT a problem that takes 3 long multiplications and 1 long division to solve, but rather a tricky question where the answer is deceptively simple, but most people would not get the catch at first glance. In the actual GRE, there was ONE question where I actually had to do a long division, and this was the 25th question (I had gotten everything rite before - i had ample time to double check!!) - and that was the ONLY one. This is well reflected in the Princeton Review Online CATs - they were the closest one can get outside of the actual GRE (I got 3 straight 800's before I went to GRE, compared to which my score in the GREEdge program never crossed 700, as I was frustrated by needlessly verbose problems with loooong calculations but no "twist"/ catch to it). Again, you can see why I didn't bother completing them !!
- Last but not the least, the SFA's take a bit of interest in you during the "orientation", but after that, its hard to get in touch. At least my verbal SFA was nice - she took the initiative to talk to me and tried to help me out on AWA (though her feedback wasn't enough IMHO). But as far as quants was concerned, it was a total loss - doubts remained unanswered for weeks, and by the time I got an answer, I had forgotten all about the question !! Anyways, Ive always believed in self-study, so I didn't care too much about SFA participation - but I thought about giving this warning if someone expects to get daily/weekly feedback from their SFAs !!!
In case you are wondering if I'm taking out my frustration due to poor performance, fear not - Both my quants/verbal scores were above the 94th/98th percentile respectively (also, got 5.0 in AWA)
I'm simply unhappy at the value for money I got, considering the tall tales on the website. Seriously, honestly, truthfully - I would have been better off without spending this money.
Since this is about GREEdge, I won't mention what I used to prepare and what I think is more than sufficient...Refer to this post
for that !!
(This post was last modified: 06-03-2011 09:46 AM by shan23.)