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“Chris’s New GRE Experience” Live Q&A Webinar

Hi, all! Chris announced in one of his posts earlier this week that he’d be taking the revised exam next Wednesday, the 10th, so he could report back with his experience and be able to help those of you who may be curious about what to expect.

As a GRE expert, Chris will be able to analyze the exam when he takes it so that he can help you figure out ways to help you prep efficiently– that’s why we’ll be holding a Q&A Webinar next Thursday, the day after his exam, so you can have the chance to ask him live questions regarding what he thought about the exam: everything from specific question types to the new format.  We’ll be hosting it on the Magoosh GRE UStream channel so check in to that page when we go live on Thursday, August 11th at 4PM PDT.  

Comment on this post with questions you’d like to have him answer or topics you’d like to have him discuss when he recaps his experience so we can be sure to address the subjects you’re most interested in during the webinar!

Instructions for watching/asking questions:

On Thursday at 4PM, head over to the MagooshGRE UStream channel to watch and listen to Chris report back on his experience taking the new GRE.
1. You don’t have to have a UStream account to watch, but you should definitely sign up through the green “Check-in & Chat” on the right so you chat live with us to ask questions.
2. You can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account, or just create a UStream account (there’s a link that says “No Account? Sign up now!” so you can create one right then).
3. That’s it! Chris will probably do a quick recap in the beginning, and then take any of the live questions that are submitted through the chat box and any questions you guys have already asked on the blog.

If you’re not available at that time, don’t worry– we’ll be recording and saving it on our channel. If you can attend, we’d love to hear your thoughts and help you prepare for the exam. See you then!



1. Chris’s pre-exam interview

2. Chris’s post-exam debrief

3. Recorded video: Chris’s live Q&A webinar

4. Other students’ GRE experiences

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30 Responses to “Chris’s New GRE Experience” Live Q&A Webinar

  1. Krishna August 16, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    I wonder if Barrons new book is much different from its older (a year old) version! I have Kaplan, Princeton and 1014, so I am aware about changes of revised GRE, would I still need to get new Barrons (I have older one)?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

      You should not only rely on only old GRE material to study. Indeed, I would only supplement your studies with the old material. You should buys Barron’s Revised GRE for prepping and use ETS materials as well.

  2. vaishnavi August 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi Margarette,

    Unfortunately I hav’nt been able to attend the live webinar, but I would definitely like to watch the recording.Please can you provide the link for the same here.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 12, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      Hi, Vaishnavi

      For now, here’s the link to the recording on our UStream channel:

      We’re uploading it to YouTube today, which will hopefully make for better video quality, and we’ll make a post with a link to that one as well. Enjoy!


  3. karoy August 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm #


    I would also like to thank you all for your efforts! I took the new GRE exactly a week ago, and I attribute some of my preparation to this site. My question for Chris is: how likely are the score ranges given to the tester at the end of the exam going to reflect his or her actual scores to be reported in November? I was decently satisfied with the ranges given to me when I took the new version, and though I plan on taking it once more in October, I would like to know if there is any chance that my first set of equivalent scores will be lower than my ranges have led me to believe. Is taking the average of my ranges perhaps a good indicator (that would be great news!)?

    I suppose one other question I have is about the Research section. I knew to expect a Research section, but when I happened upon a third Quantitative section, I asked the test proctor about it. She said that the Research section would be clearly marked before the actual questions, but I never saw “Research” mentioned anywhere on the preceding instructions page. I was also worried when the questions seemed excessively easy, which I took as an indicator that I had performed poorly on one of the earlier Quantitative sections. However, my range for the Quantitative section, while not where I would like it to be, was not as bad as I was anticipating it to be. Is the proctor right and the Research section is clearly labeled (and I just missed it), or is it disguised so that testers strive to do as well as they possibly can? Also, any chance that one’s poor performance on a particular section will generate a research section of the same type? For example, say I did do poorly on a Quantitative section, would a Quantitative Research section necessarily appear?

    Sorry for the last minute questions! I truly appreciate your consideration and the help provided in the blogs on!



    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 12, 2011 at 10:27 am #

      Hi, Karoy!
      Thanks for reminding us of your question during the live Q&A, hope you found it helpful!


  4. Barry August 11, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I have been preparing for gre for the last month and a half I am pretty much scared about the new gre pattern This would be of great help Thank you. One of the most important problem I face while answering the practice tests is the time management can you also please elaborate on how to manage time for the verbal section in this test.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 12, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Hi, Barry!

      I think Chris went through your question during the live Q&A, which you can watch here: if you weren’t able to attend. Thanks!

  5. Tee August 11, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Couple of things:

    I would like to know more about the new scoring system. Particularly, with questions having multiple answers now, how will it work if you get a question partially correct?

    Also, can you talk a little more about the analytical writing section?

  6. Sal August 11, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    I really need to know if there is a wait period that i must wait if i decide to take the multiple times. Can i take the New GRE more than once in the same month…if not how long must i wait to retake the exam? please help.. thank you..

  7. Sarah August 11, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    I would like to know the comparison between Magoosh GRE online prep questions and the real GRE test questions. I’m taking my GRE in September and spending a lot of time to practice the GRE questions on Magoosh right now. When I read students’ new GRE reviews, they claimed that the actual GRE questions (SC and SE) had much longer and complicated sentence structures. Is Magood GRE Prep sufficient for me to do well on the GRE or should I look for more questions somewhere else?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 12, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      Hi, Sarah!

      I think Chris went through your question during the live Q&A, which you can watch here: if you weren’t able to attend. Thanks!

  8. Ashok Kumar August 11, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    Hi Margarette,

    According to the ETS, there will be text box entry type questions in the quants section.
    Suppose an answer is not an integer, then should I enter the answer as a fraction of the form p/q or should I enter it in the decimal form (e.g. 1.25)


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 12, 2011 at 10:31 am #

      Hi, Ashok!

      I think Chris ran out of time and wasn’t able to get to your question during the live Q&A , so I’ll have him respond to this comment so you can get a specific answer. Thanks!

  9. Mary August 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi! Since I won’t be able to attend the live webinar, I wanted to ask my question here: now, after completing the revised Gre, does Chris think knowing the 3500 – word Barron’s list is crucial? Were there many Barron-type words in the sentence completion? Thank you!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      He just took the test today, and based on his initial debrief after, the short answer to your question is no– regarding the difficulty of the vocabulary, he found the words much less obscure than those on the old GRE. I’m sure this question will come up during the Q&A so I’d recommend watching the recorded video when it’s ready to hear him go into more detail about the type of vocabulary prep you should focus on. Thanks for the question!

  10. vaishnavi August 10, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Margarette,

    First of all I would like to thank the entire Magoosh team for putting in all the efforts and helping us get the feel of the revised GRE exam.
    I would like to know if verbal section is time consuming and if so , how to tackle it.Also I would like to know about the type of questions asked in quant especially statistics, Data Interpretation and co-ordinate geometry.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 10, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks, Vaishnavi! He’s just about to get ready to leave to take the test, so I’ll be sure to let him know to keep these questions in mind!

  11. Huzefa August 9, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Hi Margarette,

    I would like to know from Chris how was the sentence completion section? The choices could be worked out or they were from the wordlist i.e. difficult vocabulary. Also, how is the overall experience with respect to ability to concentrate and stamina.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      I’ll definitely tell him to look out for those, thanks for your questions!

  12. Harsh August 8, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    unfair, i am having exam on 11Aug 13:00pm (india)
    what about me, i want to know more about new gre, i just know the changed pattern and user friendly nature of exam bt that makes me more nervous……pl help

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 8, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Hi, Harsh! Chris will be doing a few posts this week about his approach to GRE prep in these last few days before his exam on Wednesday, and those should line up quite nicely with your schedule, so I’d look out for those for some tips!

      Also, we recently did a more extensive webinar on the New GRE, which you can watch here: The rest of the Q&A from that session was also posted here:

      Best of luck, let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help!

  13. Bhuv August 7, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Hi.. I will not be able to attend the Webinar.. So please post the Webinar Q and A here.. Thanks!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 8, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      Hi, Bhuv! The webinar will be recorded, so you’ll be able to view it on our UStream channel after Thursday at your leisure, and we’ll definitely be doing a blog post if we run out of time for all of the live questions. Even if you aren’t able to attend, feel free to let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to hear discussed or a question you’d like to have answered so we can still help you out!

  14. Swetz August 6, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Why is ETS being so unfair to us? Reading Comprehension is horrible, it’s time consuming, as in it EATS time. 50% of it too! Can we really practice it? I’m sorry…but is it really possible ‘without’ the 20+ years experience of learning/teaching/understanding and living in general… of course I’m thrilled to be able to know more about it from you Chris…good luck :p

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 9, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      Hi Swetz! I hope Chris’s years of experience will help him take the test and understand it in a way a “typical” student wouldn’t be able to, so he can take his observations and turn them into strategies that WILL help a less experienced student. I’ll pass along your good wishes– stay tuned and Chris should be able to answer your reading comprehension question much more accurately after he takes his exam, thanks for your questions!

  15. Karthik August 6, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    I would like to know more about the questions on Reading Comprehension. And also strategies on how to crack them.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 8, 2011 at 10:18 am #

      Thanks for your question, we’ll be sure to add it to the agenda for the Q&A!

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