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The GRE Essay section sounds a bit intimidating, right?

Well, a perfect score on the GRE Essay section would need knowledge of obscure vocabulary, impeccable writing skills, and torrents of practice. But hang on for a second; because the GRE essay is more than just a score. It holds a lot more importance than you think. No. I’m not talking about the importance of language or coherence or logic; but the importance of the first ever section that you are going to face on test day.

I want to address some common confusion about the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) portion of the GRE exam. The AWA section involves two essays, and you get 30 minutes for each essay. And if you finish writing your first essay in 20 minutes, you don’t get 40 minutes for the second essay. If you aren’t new to the GRE format, you’d probably know that the GRE begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) or the GRE Essay section. But, many of you underestimate its importance. You probably think that the GRE essay section is not nearly as consequential as the other sections. Yes, the essays are not part of your total GRE score and are instead scored on a separate scale out of 6.0 in increment of 0.5. Agreed; from the admissions point of view, a difference of 0.5 – 1 point on the GRE Essay doesn’t make or break your chances of getting into your dream school. A 5.0 is almost as good as the 6.0, and unless you score below 4.0 and you are applying to the top schools, you won’t be hurting your chances.

Your GRE test is less than 24 hours away, and you have prepared as well as you can. But you are worried about your performance. So what? So are thousands of other students. It’s okay to be worried. But you should keep it under control. Why? Because no matter how well prepared you are, your composure during those 4 hours decide where you will study your Master’s degree.

Conquering the GRE is more than just about conquering Math and Verbal. If you want to score higher, you will have to take care of other things as well. If you have the knowledge, however, of everything that concerns the test; and if you know exactly when to do what, then there won’t be any hassle on test day.

Here are a few GRE test day tips and strategies that will definitely help you on test day. 

When was the last time GRE revised their test fee? Well, it has been over a year. On the 3rd of January, 2013, ETS increased the general test fee from $175 to $185, and now, they have done it again!

Just a couple of days ago, ETS has announced the revision of the GRE test fee. With effect from the 16th of May, 2014, the GRE will cost $195 for the test takers around the world, as opposed to $185 previously. The new test administration fee reflects an increase of $10, so applicants should take the new fee into consideration when paying for the GRE.

In addition to the test fee, some of the other costs that are related to the GRE have also been raised. As it was earlier, the price for taking the test also includes free score reporting to as many as 4 universities. However,

There are a few questions that have lately been on the minds of GRE aspirants. ‘Is ETS planning to introduce negative marking system in the GRE? Will the GRE pattern change from next March?’

After all the changes that the GRE has been through over the past couple of years, it is understandable that thousands of students are worried about this news. Many students have despairingly contacted us to find out the truth behind these rumors. To find out the validity of these claims, we decided to get an official confirmation from ETS.

After persistent efforts for over a week, we received a reply from ETS. Here it is:

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