GRE Forums

Given the sheer number of students from around the world who take the GRE annually, the lack of GRE forums is somewhat surprising. Nonetheless, if you have a question on a tough triangle question, or simply want to commiserate with others over the grueling preparation required for the GRE, you do have a few options.

If you want someone to answer a tough GRE question you have, is probably your best option. That doesn’t mean that every answer to your post will be illuminating, or even correct. But every so often a professional tutor will chime in.

Typically, the math GRE forum gets more activity than the verbal forum. For what it’s worth, if you float a question on parabolas you are more likely to get a quick response than if you ask about a reading passage.

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I should also warn you that the site can be incredibly frustrating to use. There is a mess of information and links to navigate through, the sign up process can be cumbersome (they make you sign up twice just to post), and the site is woefully dated. For instance, there is no separate section for Text Completions or Sentence Equivalence. Instead, you get Sentence Completions, the old designation for fill-in-the-blank sentences.



Got the GRE blues? Need to figure out score report confusion? Gradcafe is full of useful information from students who usually know what’s going on. I don’t see too many experts here, but in general the quality—and depth— of advice surpasses what you’ll get on

At the same time people are pretty loath to answer actual GRE questions. Gradcafe is more of a community that can lift you up when your spirits flag, and galvanize you days before the test itself.



Nope, that’s not a typo. While GMAT and GRE are different tests, the sections overlap enough so that often your question can be answered. For instance, if you have an issue with a Problem Solving on the quantitative section, the GMAT club forum is a great place to post. Half a dozen expert tutors will likely get back to you within an hour. However, Quantitative Comparison (QC), a section not found on the GMAT, will probably not get you much sympathy on a GMAT forum.

For Verbal, you are really limited to Paragraph Argument questions and reading comprehension questions. First off, it is important to know that Paragraph Argument questions on the GMAT are known as Critical Reasoning questions. There is an entire section devoted to such questions, so it is hard to miss.

As for Reading Comprehension questions, you can ask them. Do keep two things in mind. First, many GMAT reading comp questions go unanswered (people don’t like sifting through the passages). Secondly, if you have a question on a reading passage that is clearly GRE-y, it most likely will be answered. What do I mean by GRE-y? Well, the passage could be very short (few GMAT passages are less than 200 words), or it could simply come down to question type, i.e., multiple answers or highlight the passage questions, neither of which is on the GMAT.



While there aren’t too many GRE forums, you will most likely be able to get your question answered, whether that question relates to admissions, a specific test question, or simply a cry out for commiseration.


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  • Chris Lele

    Chris Lele is the Principal Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh. Chris graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology and has 20 years of experience in the test prep industry. He's been quoted as a subject expert in many publications, including US News, GMAC, and Business Because. In his time at Magoosh, Chris has taught countless students how to tackle the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, MCAT (CARS), and LSAT exams with confidence. Some of his students have even gone on to get near-perfect scores. You can find Chris on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook!

12 Responses to GRE Forums

  1. Hooman August 13, 2018 at 12:26 am #

    Suppose I’m reading a novel and I’m increasing my vocabulary knowledge through it, how should I figure out which words are useful (for GRE)?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      That’s a good question. In all honesty, some novels have lots of GRE-like words, but some don’t. In terms of actual words, novels by Robert Ludlum, Agatha Christie, and Dan Brown are especially good for GRE practice. I also recommend looking at Chris Lele’s fiction recommendations for GRE reading practice.) So how can you know which particular words in those authors’ books are GRE-like? The best thing to do is to practice GRE word sets (such as ones from Magoosh or Barron’s) while you’re also reading the novels. Studying actual GRE words makes it easy to recognize which words are GRE-like.

      With that said, it’s not just about actual specific words that make a novel useful. If you are reading any novel that includes words, phrases, or complex sentences that challenge your understanding, you have a chance to build GRE reading skills. Us the novel you’re reading right now to explore and build your ability to understand complex language in context. Keep a list of words you come across in your novel that seem unfamiliar. As you write down those words, also write down your guess as to what the word means, based on context. Then, after a reading session, check your answers using or . For any words you guessed incorrectly, go back and double-check the context. Identify the context clues that could have gotten you to the right guess. These kinds of exercises will help you build strong GRE vocabulary comprehension skills, regardless of how GRe-like the unfamiliar word really are. And these skills are just as valuable as your range of vocabulary. In fact, the ability to comprehend new words form context may be even more valuable than the specific words you learn!

  2. Sam December 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi does anyone know if schools differentiate between a course-based masters and research-based masters in PhD applications?

    For say, what would be more advantages?

    1. a course-based masters in one of the top schools

    2. a research-based masters in not highly ranked schools

    I wonder if the admission officer takes research work into account when choosing students.

  3. Mukul September 18, 2015 at 6:09 am #


    Please clarify how the final marks are alloted? I got 161 in Quant and 149 in verbal but actually my score is 159 in Quant and 143 in verbal if we count according to number of correct questions..Which is the right score ? I am confused…please help me and reply asap..Thanks in advance

    • Vita September 4, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

      I believe the scores given to you are correct, which are not the same as the number of questions you have answered correctly. If I’m not mistaken, each question is graded on a difficulty scale of 1-5 so getting a question rated 5 should not penalise you as heavily as getting an easier question wrong. In the end it is still very much based on percentile ranking (how well you did in comparison to others) hence your number of correct questions do not correspond to your score. Hope it helped!

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 5, 2016 at 11:08 am #

        This is a pretty good explanation! There is a process called “equating.” Here’s what ETS has to say about “equating”:

        “The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions as well as the differences in difficulty introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus a given scaled score for a particular measure reflects the same level of performance regardless of which second section was selected and when the test was taken.”

        So there is some statistical consideration given to the difficulties of questions in addition to the raw right or wrong. 🙂

        • Prema Khatwani September 21, 2016 at 6:29 am #

          Hi Magoosh Team,

          Do you know when can I view my unofficial scores online? I just took the test today and need to send the verbal and quant scores to my university asap.

          Appreciate your help.

          Prema K

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2016 at 6:43 am #

            Hi Prema,

            You won’t be able to see any score online until the official one comes out. The preview on your screen was just for your knowledge on test day. Otherwise, you need to wait the 10-15 days specified.

  4. Kunal November 5, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Having the forums listed in one place is indeed very helpful.
    Keep it up!

    P.S: I’m afraid the link doesn’t link to

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 5, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Kunal,

      Thanks for pointing that out! I just fixed it :).

  5. jones April 3, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Thanks Chris for sharing this insightful information. I also got Beatthegmat forum very helpful specially for RC section and Quantitative section.Another plus point is that there are lots of instructors from manhattan, princeton, kaplan, veritas and lots.And for them who are struggling for RC section, Stacey’s article is a great help.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele April 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Jones,

      That’s a good point! I forgot to mention Essentially, very similar to, but with more blog posts. It’s good to double up, asking your question on both sites.

      Thanks for the suggestion :)!

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