April 2018 GRE

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ponchan
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April 2018 GRE

Postby ponchan » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:31 pm

Anyone here take the GRE today? Thoughts?

DDswife
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby DDswife » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:26 pm

Did you?

blahquaker
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby blahquaker » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:17 pm

I didn't manage my time well at all. No idea what my score will be, so I'm preparing for the worst. Good thing I can take it again in the fall if I choose.

DDswife
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby DDswife » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:44 pm

This exam is way to long. Everybody has trouble with the time. So, who knows? Maybe you did better than you expect

Xtbdx
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby Xtbdx » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:26 am

Insights:
1- I believe it was easier than the practice test offered in ets website, however, how easy or hard it is is subject to your background and what questions they chose to ask.

2- I was shocked that the time for filling out information in the answer sheet was part of the allocated time of 2:50 hours (is it true, or were we screwed by our administrator?)

3- Number 2 and my ego to solve every problem screwed me over so I had to completely guessed 5 problems which I would have probably solved if I just had skipped lengthy or difficult problems.

Although I expect a score of over 700, I will definitely take it next september with more awarness given to time.

BOTTOM LINE:
My advice to anyone taking the test:
1-Run thought the rest as fast as you can but make sure you dont make stupid computational mistakes.

2-If you read a problem and you dont know how to tackle the problem as soon as you finish reading it, then skip it and comeback to it when you finish all of the problems you felt confident about. This way you will feel more relief and when you come back to the more difficult problems and re-read them you would have a new view or idea (if you had time that is).

3- Dont be greedy and expect to solve every problem, in particular, the ones that make you struggle. This way, you would probably face some shortage of time in the last 10-6 problems although you know how to solve every one of them (happened to me yesterday)

P.S. I think these advices are similiar to the ones in the practice book, but I believe they are really important.

I am not sure why am I writing this whole reply in the first place :D
Good luck in your next exam.

packagednoodles
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby packagednoodles » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:30 am

I thought the beginning questions were way harder than any practice exam, but then it seemed to level off. I've gotten upward of 90% on some practice exams, but I'm worried about how the scaling is on this. Does anyone know? I'd say I missed between 10 and 15 questions.

packagednoodles
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby packagednoodles » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:39 am

Xtbdx wrote:2- I was shocked that the time for filling out information in the answer sheet was part of the allocated time of 2:50 hours (is it true, or were we screwed by our administrator?)


You should report that...that's not supposed to happen

ponchan
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby ponchan » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:34 am

It seemed liked the difficulty was similar to the practice exams, however the difficult was more evenly distributed instead of gradually increasing, which screwed with my confidence from the start.

djysyed
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby djysyed » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:41 am

packagednoodles wrote:
Xtbdx wrote:2- I was shocked that the time for filling out information in the answer sheet was part of the allocated time of 2:50 hours (is it true, or were we screwed by our administrator?)


You should report that...that's not supposed to happen


When I took the exam, we had 2:50 hours for the actual test itself...

packagednoodles
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby packagednoodles » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:07 am

ponchan wrote:It seemed liked the difficulty was similar to the practice exams, however the difficult was more evenly distributed instead of gradually increasing, which screwed with my confidence from the start.


same! I was so thrown off because of that. I got flustered on that second question with the series, but then it definitely seemed to level out. Some of the later questions weren't as intimidating as I expected

ponchan
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby ponchan » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:42 am

I know what you mean. I was upset because I was only up to question 48 when the proctor told us we had 10 minutes left. So I flipped through the last 18 questions and saw a bunch I would have definitely been able to solve if I had skipped over some of the trickier ones earlier on. In the practice tests, questions in the 50-66 range are always the hardest (apart from the occasional algebra definition question). Oh well. I just wanted to feel this one out to know how to actually prepare for the September one.

lothiriell
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby lothiriell » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:02 am

packagednoodles wrote:You should report that...that's not supposed to happen


Really? As far as I know you don't get additional time for the GRE Subject tests to mark the answers (unlike GRE General). So unless the rules changes from this October then I think the administrator was right.
Also, you don't get the 5min warning before the end of the exam like you do during the General one (I think you get a 20(?)min one).

Edit: Okay, did I completely misunderstand this? If he's referring to the actual personal info at the beginning, then, yes, that should be reported.
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junglemath
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby junglemath » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:04 am

Xtbdx wrote:
2- I was shocked that the time for filling out information in the answer sheet was part of the allocated time of 2:50 hours (is it true, or were we screwed by our administrator?)

.


Where did you take this test? You should definitely report this to ETS and ask for a refund of your test fees. You are supposed to have 170 minutes to solve the test, and filling in your name and other information is NOT part of the test. Please report this.

blahquaker
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Re: April 2018 GRE

Postby blahquaker » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:09 am

ponchan wrote:I know what you mean. I was upset because I was only up to question 48 when the proctor told us we had 10 minutes left. So I flipped through the last 18 questions and saw a bunch I would have definitely been able to solve if I had skipped over some of the trickier ones earlier on. In the practice tests, questions in the 50-66 range are always the hardest (apart from the occasional algebra definition question). Oh well. I just wanted to feel this one out to know how to actually prepare for the September one.

Same here except the proctor announced 30 minutes remaining, so I at least had time to read all of the remaining questions. There were definitely some reasonable questions toward the end that I just didn't have time to do properly.




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