This week, we hear from Pracheta about her experience with the grueling 4-hour long GRE. Read on for some great tips and general wisdom! 🙂
About Me: My name is Pracheta Sahoo, and I’m from India. I recently received my B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering at Govt. College of Engineering and Leather Technology with a DGPA of 9.20. As a “topper,” I always had a strong inclination to take advantage of the best study opportunities. But seriously – I am not a geek (despite being a “topper”). I love to meet people from different spheres of life and like to make friends. I’m also pretty tech savvy; I spend most of my time with my laptop. Being a techie, I love to solve technical problems having to do with my laptop and give suggestions to my friends.
Biggest challenge: I found RC to be the toughest part of the GRE. But after watching every Magoosh RC video and rigorously solving RCs from different books, I became confident in this section. I recommend that students practice with the Manhattan 5 lb book for RC as well as quant. I solved almost all of the chapters in the Manhattan 5 lb book. I also used Princeton Review and the ETS guide book.
The Magoosh lessons were extremely helpful in preparing for the real GRE as well as for the mock tests. My average score for the mock tests was 315 (though I scored higher than 320 in my final two mock tests). After a 4-hour long battle taking the GRE (yeah, that’s seriously tougher than any world war I think :P), I scored a 314 (163 in quant and 151 in verbal) on the actual test. I’m feeling great about the score, but still a bit low because I would’ve liked to score a legendary 320. I am intending to apply to OSU, ASU, UC Davis, UC Riverside and some other universities.
Helpful tips for other students: I’d like to tell all students to stay positive. Practice as much as you can. My tag line for GRE will always be PRACTICE MAKES A MAN PERFECT. Only after two months of scrupulous practice did my scores improve by a total of 11 points. Be resolute on test day, which sounds a bit difficult. I watched some song videos from Shah Rukh Khan’s movie to stay imperturbable. For students taking the GRE for the first time, be prepared for a long, enervating session. This may sound a bit discouraging, but you should be mentally prepared. Try to simulate similar test conditions (water is not allowed in the test room, at least for 2 hours, otherwise you need to take time from the test session itself to drink water) while taking the mock tests.
That’s all from my side… Good luck to all the GRE aspirants!