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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.

These are among the top 50 in the US. To get an admission call from these universities, you’ll need a good GRE score along with good grades/GPA. Your overall profile has to be really good, and there is an ever so slight chance of getting a scholarship or assistantship if your overall profile is significantly better than the average class profile of the university.

Before You Read On:

The list has been provided only for reference. The GRE score is only one part of the entire application process, and hence it should be understood that one cannot apply to a university based on just the GRE score. Often times, the GRE score doesn’t decide where you study, but your overall profile does.

These are among the top 50 in the US. To get an admission call from these universities, you’ll need a good GRE score along with good grades/GPA. Your overall profile has to be really good, and there is an ever so slight chance of getting a scholarship or assistantship if your overall profile is significantly better than the average class profile of the university.

Before You Read On:

The list has been provided only for reference. The GRE score is only one part of the entire application process, and hence it should be understood that one cannot apply to a university based on just the GRE score. Often times, the GRE score doesn’t decide where you study, but your overall profile does.

Mike’s GRE is finally over. After several weeks of hard work, he has finally done it and received his official scores too. He got a good score, and he celebrated the moment with his friends and family. But then, he suddenly realized that the hard part is yet to come. Choosing the universities of his choice based on his GRE score; it wasn’t as easy as it seemed before. On the one hand, his friends and family coax him into applying to some famous colleges, and on the other hand, he tries seeking help online. But at the end of the day, he is as clueless as he was before. What should he do now? How does he know which schools would take him in and which ones are a waste of application fee?

Maybe you didn’t have enough time to study. Maybe you weren’t feeling your best on test day and that lead to poor performance. Maybe you were always weak in Math. Maybe you got a few questions wrong early, and it hit your confidence hard, and you went downhill from there. For whatever the reason it was, you couldn’t get a score you wanted.

But don’t worry. You are not alone. This is perhaps a question that is on the minds of thousands of students every year. Getting a GRE score 10-15 points lower than your target can be disheartening. But that is not the end of the world. There are still ways to get into a decent university, if you can send in a well-rounded, and impressive application.

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