ETS has just released a very helpful video that answers many of the questions students are constantly asking me. How does the ScoreSelect option work? What does the calculator look like and how does it work? Is scrolling between questions intuitive?
You can find the video on their site, here: http://store.ets.org/store/ets/en_US/DisplayCategoryProductListPage/categoryID.3551800
At the same time, much of the video is only for helpful for those who have never heard of the GRE. Meaning for the first ten minutes you’ll sit through a test overview: different question types, format, etc. (as well as the how-GRE-is-changing the world spiel). Nonetheless, there may be an important point that you didn’t know (so it’s a good idea to watch the video all the way through!).
Below are the top five reasons you should buy the video. Yes, that’s right it’s not free. It costs a mere 7 dollars, and it works on Macs as well (I have a Mac and was surprised that ETS actually thought of that tiny-minority of us).
Sure, you’ve read much of what the video has to say. But when you listen to somebody present something, oftentimes it sticks more than when you simply read (this is clearly true for visual learners).
Learn something that may help you test day
The video is filled with useful information. You really don’t know which point may actually help you out test day.
Excellent screen shots
I can describe the feature that allows you to navigate between questions. There is nothing like seeing it for yourself (this video provides a quick screen shot). You also get to look at the calculator and see that it is not that scary.
This is the question that I constantly hear from confused users (that’s probably because it is a confusing issue). The video helps demystify the Score Select process.
Testing center information
Perhaps most helpful is the quick bit on testing center etiquette (do I get scratch paper, when are the breaks, etc.). Again, knowing these little things can make a big difference test day.
Of course this video isn’t the magic bullet to your GRE success. What you will not get?
No helpful techniques dealing with questions
It’s only a 22 minute video. It’s aim is to familiarize people with the test, as well as what to expect test day. It is not a how-to at the question-level (that’s where Magoosh comes into play).
No advice on how to prep
The ETS GRE Test Taker video is a great way for you to familiarize yourself with the format of the test. You will also get invaluable advice that pertains to test day.