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Revised GRE preparation: Let's all converge here
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Hello all

I was going through GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS forum and saw N number of threads on revised GRE preparation, books, strategies, doubts etc. Many doubts were repeated and also replied again and again. I tried to collect most of the threads regarding the same and gather them in one place. I would request all fall 2012 as well as the future aspirants who will be giving GRE with the new pattern to contribute to this thread and converge at one place. This will save us from saying same things again and again on new GRE pattern to different people in their different threads. Here are the important threads till now, go through them:

All the books and materials related to revised GRE & Feedbacks for the same.

GRE preperation strategies

Thinking of taking GRE again: Read this once

GRE revised General Test, On or after 1st August

GRE Exam - Old vs Revised Format

When to give new GRE and TOEFL??

New GRE vs Old GRE

Revised GRE score

GRE or GRE-Revised ? - Please Help !!!

Prefered suggestion to make the best out of this thread for efficient preparation of revised format:

Always go through the posts in the threads specified here, find if your query has been answered or not and then post your queries in this thread instead of posting them in different existing threads related to the preparation of revised GRE or making new threads unnecessarily.


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This thread is an effort to provide platform for the preparation on new GRE format to all the users of edulix for a healthy discussison on the preparation.

P.S.: If you find any thread which has not been included here and relates to the revised GRE format, post them, I will include them in the first post. Better PM me so that the thread remains neat and clean with information at one place.

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Here are some facts taken from one of the blogs:

Revised New GRE format starts from August 1, 2011. GRE test offered today is Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). New GRE is variant of CAT and its called Multi Stage Test (MST).

CAT – Computer Adaptive Test

In CAT, test questions appear based on his or her responses to previous question in a way that targets and maximizes the precision of the estimate of the test takers ability.

Advantages of CAT
Offers a shorter test (time and number of questions) since questions that are too easy or too difficult for a test takers are not administered, unless an item is needed to satisfy some content specification or to avoid overexposure of another item. This “tailoring” of questions to a test takers ability leads to adaptive tests.

Disadvantages of CAT
1. Test Taker taking a computerized adaptive test are typically not permitted to review their answers to previous questions.
2. Number of questions exposed in a computerized adaptive test is quite high.
3. Millions of different test forms are possible from a single item pool and it is, therefore, not feasible for people to review every test form for quality assurance purposes.

Multi stage Test (MST)
1. MST is a compromise between Paper based test and CAT.
2. MST is a special case of CAT that allows for item review, reduces the number of items exposed and still maintains all of the advantages of a test delivered via the computer.

New GRE has 2 sections for GRE Verbal and Quantitative. Each section is considered as one stage.First Section is Stage 1 (or called as Routing Stage). Depending on your performance, the test taker is routed to one of several alternative second-stage tests, each of which consists of a fixed set of questions and differs on average difficulty.

Stage and Level

Section 1 and Sections 2 will contain 3 levels of questions
1. Easy
2. Moderate
3. Difficult

Moderately difficult level of questions will be given to test takers in Section 1. Based on your performance you will get one of 3 levels in section 2.
* Score 165 in Section 1, then you will be routed to Difficult Level in Section 2.
* If you score 135 then you will be routed to Easy Stage 2

Another variation can be
* Stage 1: Moderately Difficult
* Stage 2: Very Easy, Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Very Difficult

What makes New GRE Hard to Crack?

In CAT – First few questions determine your score range. You have seen examples of test takers scoring 750+ with several incorrect questions in second part of the test.

In MST – If you got high score in Section 1, you entire set of questions in Section 2 will be under Difficult (or very difficult) category.

Lets say ETS have designed 160 to 170 score range will be considered as Very Difficult Section. All questions in Section 2 will be very difficult. Based on your performance yout score will be determined to be between 160 to 170.

ETS will collect a statistically significant sample size of test takers to ensure score accuracy of the new GRE test. GRE test takers who take the exam in August, September or October won’t receive their official scores back until November. In other words, you’ll wait up to 3 months for your official scores

Sources for Preparation: (will keep on updating this, please PM me if I am missing on anything)
Verbal
1. Barron's GRE
2. http://www.vocabulary.com
3. Kaplan Premier Revised GRE
4. Kaplan Verbal Workbook.
5. Manhattan's guides.
6. ETS Official guide
7. Big Book RC and TC practice.
8. Major Test TC and SE Practice.

Quants:
1. ETS Official guide. (must)
2. NOVA GRE
3. Major Tests practice.

AWA:
Arco guide.


P.S.: These facts are taken from one of the blogs and are purely based on predictions. One can not rely on these solely but still these can be used as help while preparation.

Courtesy of @[Urahara_San]:

List of Argument essay topics for the GRE Analytical Writing section
List of Issue-based essay topics for the GRE AWA

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ApplauseApplause

Much needed, good work abhiloquacious.

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Good Job!!!!
I wasnt aware about MST thing!! Good Info Smile

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Thanks guys, lets start!

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Hi all,
GREedge has recently launched a new online training program for the revised GRE pattern.
Those who are interested to know more about the program, please follow the link
http://greedge.com/program-details/?pm=cgre2011rev

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Moderators can we make this sticky?

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Thanks abhiloquacious! Super informative

Thanks Monali for sharing the link.

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Thank you for starting this post; there are videos on youtube on the GRE as well.
So check them out as well....




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Hi all (those who are preparing for Revised GRE),
Barrons has published book for the revised GRE and it can purchased online through flipkart.

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Hi friends.
I am new in Edulix. Plz help me for GRE.I plan to give GRE in Dec 2011.
Which book is good for new GRE pattern ?
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Hey guys! great to find a thread where ppl who gonna take the new format! I've booked my date for September. I've got the ETS official guide. Any other books which would be useful?

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hey friends ...
this thread is really helpful for me ....
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