GRE Tutor: The New GRE – Quick Facts

Posted by College Corner on 4/11/13 10:02 AM

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I have been a GRE tutor for many years, so I have seen the GRE evolve over the years, however the test underwent its most significant revision this year. In this blog post, I will outline the major changes in test format and question type. 

First, let's explore the test structure:

  • You can go back to previous questions.  In prior versions of the GRE, one’s score and next question adapted to how the student answered each question.  Now a GRE test-taker can leave questions blank or put down an answer but know s/he has the option of coming back – either filling out a question left blank or changing an answer.

  • Multiple – answer question types are now present on the exam.  On these questions, the savvy test-taker must adeptly pick all the right answers in order to get the question correct.

Let's look at changes to the verbal section:

  • There are no more antonyms & analogies!

  • There are sentence completions in which you have to fill in more than one blank.  The hard part about the multiple blank questions is that even if you pick one wrong word for one of the blanks you miss the whole thing. Do not take this question type for granted.  Definitely study your words in advance.  There are good test preparation books out there including GRE WordSmart that is a good source of words to memorize.

  • There are questions in the reading comprehension portions of the verbal section that will ask you to highlight the sentence or area in the passage that best answers a particular question

Let's look at changes to the math section:

  • There are now questions in which you fill in your own numerical response. 

  • There are still multiple-choice questions in which you select the best answer.  The upside or downside, depending on how you look at it, is that there are math questions in which there are multiple answer choices that could be correct. 

  • Some people find these questions interesting and challenging, but other test-takers might find these types of questions daunting, particularly when it comes to math.  If you are in this category, I suggest you get a tutor who can develop your study skills and start preparing now.  This practice will allow you to get use to these types of questions.  

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