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The GRE® revised General Test is now in effect. And you’ll find FREE GRE test prep materials  to help you prepare.

As always, you will want to know about the Best GRE Prep books and courses.

Our   Toronto GRE Prep Course for  the “Revised GRE” continues to run monthly.

You will be interested in reading comments and experiences with the Revised GRE.

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GRE Test Updates 2012 – April 24, 2012

As a provider of GRE Preparation Courses we were invited to a webinar which was called:

What’s Ahead for the GRE Program 2012 – Special Updates

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Highlights included:

– largest testing year in GRE  history with more than 700,000 test takers. What is noteworthy is an increase of 25% outside of the United States with an increases in China (28%) and India (43%);

– more than 800 MBA programs now accept the GMAT. These (according to GRE) include 80 of the top 100 MBA programs in the world. (In our GMAT Preparation Courses we find that more and more people are also taking the GRE.);

“Score Select” option introduced in July 2012. Apparently this will allow test takers to send the scores that reflect their personal best. This is huge! In the past schools have seen all GRE scores. Now, the test taker can decide which scores they want to send to the schools. Unless the GMAT does the same thing, I predict the end of GMAT. Under the existing rules when a GMAT score is reported to a school, the score report includes all GMAT scores for the last five years;

– Effective July 2012, test takers will be able to take the GRE once every 30 days and no more than 5 times in a 12 month period;

– Revised GRE prep materials: New PowerPrep software will be available in July 2012. New “Official Guide To The Revised GRE” available August 2012.

That’s all folks!

The Revised GRE and the Old 200 – 800 Score Format

As you know, the Revised GRE has a new scoring scale.  For:

GRE Verbal: 130 – 170

GRE Quantitative: 130 – 170

GRE Writing: 0 – 6

The scores on the new scale  will not  be released  until  November of 2011.

It is interesting that those  who are taking the Revised GRE are receiving instant score approximations based on the old 200 – 800 scale.

In the words of GRE:

“Viewing unofficial scores:

At the test center, from August through November, you will see score ranges on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections based on the prior 200 – 800 score scale. Because of the essay scoring process, you won’t be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at that time.

Starting in December, you will see your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center. Scores will be based on the 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments.”

GRE Insurance – take the GRE while you are still in school!

On Sunday July 24, 2011 the New  York Times published a story about the GRE Preparation experience for those who have been away from academia and are intending to return to graduate school. The article began with the following comment:

“On the first day of test prep, after we had tackled a mini-G.R.E., the instructor assured our class that though she was 30 years old, she was still up on the latest test-taking trends. Finally, I thought, a problem I could easily solve. Answer: the last math class I had taken was three years before she was born.”

(I invite you to read the complete article here.)

Peak Performance on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and other admission tests is partly a function of being in “top test taking shape”.  When you are in school, you are taking tests all the time. Once you leave school you will lose your “test taking conditioning”. In addition, don’t forget that the longer you wait the harder it will be to relearn and use important skills (particularly in the area of math). This point is underscored in the article where the author states that:

“Mean GMAT scores decline with age: 26- and 27-year-olds score on average a 572; 28- to 30-year-olds, 565; 40- to 49-year-olds, 501; and 50-plus, 486, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the test.”

Our advice: In order to make future graduate school admission easier, take the appropriate admission test while you are still in school. GMAT test scores, LSAT test scores  and GRE test scores are good for a number of years. Take the test now!



GRE and GMAT exams to get makeover

“Starting on Aug. 1, 2011, test takers will be greeted with a new version of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, the gateway assessment for many graduate programs across the country. And in June 2012, prospective business school applicants will face a modified Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Here’s what to expect:”

To read the complete  article click here:

The GRE® revised General Test: Easier or Harder Than the “Old” GRE?

What follows are the thoughts of one of our Toronto GRE tutors. After having read this post, you might want to participate in our GRE poll: Will the Revised GRE be harder?

“So, is the revised GRE easier or harder than the “old” GRE?

And how will this be reflected in your score?

And how is your score on the new GRE going to be compared to the scores of other applicants who wrote the “old” GRE? (Remember that GRE results are valid for 5 years.)

First, consider the measuring stick.

The “old” GRE has a score scale of 200 to 800. When the GRE was first developed it was probably intended that the means and medians would be around 500 with a normal (bell curve) distribution of scores. At present the median for the Verbal section is about 450 (yes, that is low) and for the Quantitative section it is about 610 (yes, that is high).

Both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the revised GRE will have a score scale from 130 to 170. I would expect that the revised GRE results which are due to be first released in mid-November will have Verbal and Quantitative medians to be about 150 – right in the middle of the scale.

So how can you compare old and new results? Well, the same way Verbal and Quantitative scores should be viewed when you are looking at the scores required by the schools you are applying to.

You’ve heard “it’s not the heat it’s the humidity?” For the GRE it’s not your score it’s your percentile ranking – how does your score compare with all of the other test writers.

View all scores old and new, verbal and quantitative as percentiles for purposes of comparison.

That said how will you fare on the test?  As I said in my last posting the revised GRE test is more test-taker friendly. But it will probably be for the vast majority of test-takers.  While some may do better on one version than on the other, most test-takers will probably stay in relatively the same position on the curve – i.e. same percentile ranking.

So remember, it’s not your score it’s your percentile.

Wayne Barkel – GRE Prep  Courses Canada

Toronto GRE  Tutor Teacher”

Note: Whether the Revised GRE is harder or easier it is still vital that you prepare with the best GRE books. Did you enjoy this post? Read more of our best GRE blog posts.

Update August 2011: The Revised GRE is now in effect.  Read or add comments about the Revised GRE.