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Today, there will be no strategies, tips, or lessons in this post. Just one very important announcement…

We started writing this blog twelve weeks ago as an experiment.

Would people care if we started teaching them GRE through a blog?

Thankfully, it turned out that many of you care. And I’m grateful that since we published our first post, more than 100,000 students have come to our blog and learned from us.

And more importantly, I’m grateful for the community we’ve all built here. Today, we reached 7000 newsletter signups and 12000 fans on Facebook.

So many of you come back daily and spark insightful discussions in the comments, and we all learn so much from them. In many ways, those discussions hold more meaning to me as a tutor than writing the blog itself.

Haven’t booked your GRE appointment yet?

Well, getting a GRE appointment certainly isn’t rocket science, but if you are a first time test taker, it might seem like a tediously long process. Nothing to worry about, though. You can avoid all the hassle if you know what you are doing.

Booking a GRE slot is simple and easy, and there are quite a few things you need to keep in mind before you do register, so you can get the job done faster.

A lot of students get bemused when they see the huge list of form fields and a whole bunch of screens before they can even see if the test slots are available. There is also no tutorial both on the official ETS website or anywhere else on the internet to help you. Hence, this post is supposed to be a one stop resource where you will find everything you should know in order to book a GRE slot.

We’ve created a comprehensive checklist for the same, so you have everything in place before you register for the GRE. It is a simple step-by-step process that any beginner can easily follow.

Do you have GRE Test Anxiety?

Do you freak out the night before your final exams?

Do you panic before you read a question?

Do you make silly mistakes or read incorrectly because you are anxious?

Or does your mind go completely blank right in the middle of your test?

Well, don’t worry. You are not alone. GRE Test Anxiety is very real, and very common.

It is quite common for students to get really anxious before, or during a test. Maybe it is because they take it too seriously, or maybe it is because they aren’t really confident about themselves. But students have been experiencing test anxiety for as long as we have had exams.

It is quite a natural phenomenon, and it happens to millions of people every day; whether they are professionals attending an interview, politicians delivering a public speech, musicians and sportsmen playing in front of a sell-out crowd, or teenagers confessing their first love. Anxiety is a part of our life.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students ponder over one of the most intriguing questions of the recent past – What is a good GRE score?

Well, 330 is a good score, isn’t it?

But do you really need 330?

Not at all. A vital fact that many students forget is, graduate admissions do not solely depend on your GRE score. Admissions officers look at your overall profile, including your undergrad scores, work experience, research work, and extracurricular activities among a few other parameters, and then decide if they should let you in or not.

As you can see, you don’t need a 330+ score to get into your dream school, even if it is in the top 10. So, what does a good score actually mean?

There is really no straight answer for a question as vague as this. But, we thought we should give you our perspective on this frequently debated question among the GRE multitude.

There is one question on the minds of everyone who’s planning to take the GRE: When to take it? While there is so much information out there about how to study for the GRE or how to take the GRE, there is not much information about when is it ideal for you to take the GRE.

Don’t take this lightly; when you take the GRE is probably as important as how to take it. A significant number of students take the GRE in the wrong time, and end up paying the price. If you want to make sure you score high on the GRE and don’t want any hassles during admissions, you will have to learn when it is ideal to take the GRE. And this article is precisely about that. Let us find out when to take the GRE, and why.

In an ideal world, when you are taking your GRE test, you expect things to be simple and straightforward. You are presented with one section of analytical writing, two sections of quant and two sections of verbal alternatively, and you receive appropriate score based on how well you perform on these sections. Seems fair enough, doesn’t it?

But, unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. So, things tend to be a bit more complicated than they appear. In addition to all the aforementioned sections, the GRE presents you with an additional section for which you are not awarded any score. Even if you answered all 20 questions correct in the experimental section, you won’t receive a single increment in your final score. Sounds weird, right?

Well, technically there is no exam in the world that doesn’t reward it’s test takers with score when they get a question right and GRE is the exception. In fact, GRE has a whole section of about 20 questions that come under this exception. Yes, it might seem a bit unfair to you, as a test taker. Known as the experimental section, this section on the GRE is of late causing a bit of discomfort among the student community. After all, of all the worries that the test takers experience, the GRE experimental section is probably the worst. So, all you can do is learn more about it before you take the test.

The Analytical Writing section has been the most ignored section on the GRE for a long time now. Do you know why?

No, it is not because it is not very important, nor is it because it is just too easy to score high on the AWA. It is because, there is nobody to tell you how important the AWA is, and more importantly, how easy it is to crack it, if you know exactly what to do. Yes, there are a few tips that tell you what to do and what not to do, but nowhere on the internet will you find an advanced guide for the AWA.

It is not just the students who ignore the analytical writing section. Most test prep companies just give out a few tips on how to write the AWA and expect you to get a decent score. But at CrunchPrep, we strive for perfection. We don’t want you to settle for anything less than a perfect score on what is the most neglected section on the GRE.

And that is why, we at CrunchPrep, have created a complete, and advanced guide that breaks down the steps you need to take to score a perfect 6.0 on the Analytical Writing Section.

Here’s what you will learn in The Advanced Guide to GRE Analytical Writing:

Reading Comprehension has been the one unconquered section on the GRE for a long time now. Do you know why?

No, it is not because it is unconquerable, nor is it too difficult for the average test taker. It is because, there is nobody to tell you how to crack it. Nowhere on the internet will you find an ultimate guide, a one stop shop for all your queries regarding the most dreaded section on the GRE.

Yes, there are some really good guides available all over the internet, but ask yourself one question: Have they really served the purpose? Are they considered as Reading Comprehension Bibles? No, they aren’t. Has anyone ever told you that these guides have changed their lives? No. That is the reason you aren’t able to beat Reading Comprehension to its knees. It is not your fault, but it is due to the lack of an ultimate resource, that is full of proven strategies.

And that is why, we at CrunchPrep, have created a 14,000-word guide that breaks down the steps you need to take to destroy the Reading Comprehension section. Here’s what you will learn in The Ultimate Guide to Destroy GRE Reading Comprehension:

Every so often when I’m writing the GRE essays, I’ll think: Should I really be writing so much?

I tend to get carried away. And when that happens, it would be great to know if all this extra writing is actually helping me score better or hurting my AWA score. Of course, I want to impress the essay graders, but I want to do it the right way.

Students often ask me, how long their GRE essays should be because there is no concrete information out there about the “perfect” length of a GRE essay, and even if there is, much of that data is conflicting.

Some say essays aren’t graded mostly on length but the higher grades for a longer essay is a mere correlation between essay length and grades.

When it comes to the Analytical Writing section, essay length is very important, so if you are planning to get a perfect score, you might as well do it right.

But before we come down to the ideal length for an essay, let’s first crush this shocking myth that has been around for sometime:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, chances are you wouldn’t have missed the news about the latest GRE test pattern change. On August 1st, 2011, the GRE test had undergone a huge makeover. For anyone who took the GRE test prior to that or is planning to take the test in the near future, this means a lot of significant changes.

Fret not, however, as you don’t have to investigate those changes yourself. Whether you are a first timer or a repeater, knowing the new GRE test format would help you learn not only about the test, but also about yourself: your strengths, and weaknesses. Here’s a brief summary of the changes, followed by a holistic assessment of the new GRE exam.