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.
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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.
The Statement of Purpose is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of graduate applications. Most students pass it off like it is just another essay about themselves, and naturally, write monotonous stuff that doesn’t stand out. That is why, the university admissions committee puts a hefty weight on statement of purposes and their structure – they want to see whether you take the interest in letting them know how much you want to study at their university.
“[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.” – A.A. Milne
Chances are you too know a few famous quotes, but you probably don’t use them. I know so, because I’m guilty of neglecting quotes on the GRE.
So, why should you use essay quotes on the GRE? To start with, the right use of quotes in essays augments the power of your arguments and makes your essays appear more convincing. Plus, essays with quotes tend to score better than essays without them, because of the initial impact the use of quotes create on the reader, and help strengthen your point.
But we need to exercise prudence. Only use quotes as is, if you are convinced that paraphrasing would lower the impact or change the meaning of the original author’s words or when the argument could not be better expressed or said more succinctly.
Here is how you make sure you are doing it right.
When you think about the GRE verbal section, what comes to mind?
Obscure vocabulary, right?
Fortunately though, the new GRE is definitely less dependent on vocabulary than the old GRE. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t depend on vocabulary at all.
To score well on the verbal section, you should have a sound knowledge of vocabulary and must know how and when to use words. So, knowing the contextual usage of words is the key to score well on the verbal section.
Preparing for the GRE verbal section can be cumbersome, especially when the time required to build a strong vocabulary is considered. There are various GRE word lists out there which have words anywhere from 333 to 3500.
But to score well, should you learn all the 3500 GRE words in those lists?
There’s a beautiful quote from the movie ‘Life is Beautiful’ that says “Nothing is more necessary than the unnecessary.” It’s funny how it can be applied to your GRE exam as well.
Most students underestimate the importance of the scratch paper on the GRE exam. It might seem unnecessary to worry about something as trivial as the scratch paper, especially when there are other important things to take care of during the test. But why do you need a scratch paper in the first place? Because, trying to do more than one step mentally, without writing anything down, will end up taking more time and will lead to lots of errors.
On the other hand, the scratch paper can be vital for you to score higher on the GRE, as it helps you calculate better, avoid or reduce mistakes, save precious time, and at the end of the day, do well on the test. Using the scratch paper in an organized way will keep you calmer and more focused than you would otherwise be.
One of the toughest decisions students face while studying for the GRE, is figuring out how to kick-start their preparation. While some prefer good old private tutoring or in-person coaching classes, others think that an online prep course is the order of the day. Some even believe that self-study is the only way out.
What about you? Are you still trying to decide which route you should take? Are you confused between in person classroom coaching or study from home online prep? Here are some of the benefits of online GRE prep to help give you a more detailed picture, so you can choose wisely.
A wise man once said, ‘The more I practice, the luckier I get.’ You would agree with him if you are a college student. Many of our students have experienced the same. The more GRE practice tests they took before the actual test, the higher they scored on test day.
We recently did a quick survey among students as to find out why most of them fail to get a score of their dreams. And the most obvious answer was that most students don’t take their GRE practice tests too seriously. The vast majority of students don’t take more than one practice tests, and this results in a lower overall score on test day, because they are simply not fully ready to take the test. So, how do you practice better? Where do you find resources and practice tests for the GRE?
There are so many test prep companies out there providing GRE practice tests. Both paid and free versions are available for you on demand, but then again, too many options is not too good. So, we have compiled the list of quality and free GRE practice tests on the internet, and also a guide on when and how to take each of these tests. This is a comprehensive list of all good, free GRE practice tests that you will find on the internet.
Most students know that the GRE test fee is $195. But that is not the end. If you’re talking GRE costs, you need to factor in a lot of other expenses, which eventually will cost you much more than the actual test fee. So, if you are asking “How much does the GRE cost?” well, there is no universal answer to that. It all depends on how you are going to prepare, what all are you going to purchase as a part of your preparation, and ultimately, where you live.
We, at CrunchPrep, have consolidated all the costs that a student can expect while preparing for the GRE.