asny wrote:Hope the scaled scores are decided accordingly..
ilikegrapes wrote:I also found the test to be really hard. I'm concerned because I have no idea what percentile I got -- it could be quite good or it could also be really bad. I had a very hard time focusing because of the time pressure and also because I knew that the questions were hard. As a result I made a lot of silly errors and couldn't answer some of the somewhat tricky questions that aren't actually hard. I e-mailed one school and asked how important the math GRE's were and expressed my concern that I might want to retake the test. He said that if I can raise my score by around 100 points, it's worth retaking. Unfortunately it's too late to retake the test. Right now I'm just going to try to get kick-ass recommendation letters and not worry about the GRE until I see my actual percentile.
ilikegrapes wrote:I didn't count. I didn't count how many I guessed. But I remember leaving a lot (at least 15) blank. That's really unusual compared to when I took the practice tests.
I started to get shell shocked at the 1:50 mark and my last hour was not productive. You start to do the problems and realize that many are harder than expected. You end up with half finished questions, you realize you should have skipped the question and you burn time. After the 3rd or 4th such question your head starts spinning.
talkloud wrote:Thanks everyone for venting. I feel much better about my poor performance yesterday reading your rants. This from another thread one in particularI started to get shell shocked at the 1:50 mark and my last hour was not productive. You start to do the problems and realize that many are harder than expected. You end up with half finished questions, you realize you should have skipped the question and you burn time. After the 3rd or 4th such question your head starts spinning.
was like reading my own thoughts.
Zetetic wrote:Same here. I was really off balance due to the shift in focus on the test, and wasted a ton of time re-learning certain calc topics and multivariable calc and tricky series stuff. My only saving grace was that I realized I should skip around and find problems that look familiar enough to tackle quickly. Hopefully I'll get a raw score in the upper 30's, I answered about 45 of them but was fairly confident with my answers. My exam was at 8:30 as well, which didn't help. I'm a bit envious of the people who were getting 'shell shocked' at 1:50 rather than 10:50. It was awful, I am not a morning person at all.
owlpride wrote:To be honest, I am glad that they changed the format (at least that's what it sounds like). A test doesn't have much predictive value if all the preparation you need is to memorize a list of +- 70 problems and their solution methods.
May I ask what made this exam hard? Did it require difficult theorems that many test takers may not be familiar with? Was there not enough time? Did the solutions require intuition beyond the routine textbook application of theorems?
My impression when I took the exam 1.5 years ago was that all questions could be solved with standard results from every field, but that the theorems had to be used in non-standard ways that required a deeper understanding of the concepts involved.
rahulshr wrote:Hi folks,
So far I have based my preparation on Princeton Review Book.
Are there any topics/concepts that you came across in the exam, that are not covered in the Princeton Book?
I find it confusing/meaningless to memorize all the anti-derivative formula - esp those of Hyperbolic and inverse trig functions. Are they worth memorizing?
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