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How Tough Is The GRE?

Vineel Chandra
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NOTE: The views/statistics here are indicative. Experiences may vary from person-to-person.

Toughness is not present on exam paper, depends on one’s view instead, which varies from one another. In my view, GRE math section is harder than the verbal part. Let’s see in detail by breaking section-wise.


The truth is as soon as you leave college, using math diminishes drastically. At one level, you may be confused to define what a rational number is. GRE math is somewhat different from college-math. It is much like high-school math. You won’t see trigonometry and calculus much. Even if you don’t know the difference between parabola and hyperbola, you can top the exam! Concepts are easy, but we feel it tougher because of the way the concepts are tested. This section mainly tests the applicative skill of students.


Believe me; your verbal brain expands throughout the life. ETS, the creators of the GRE, have released evidence in support to this. Read the newspapers regularly to find new words. Eat and sleep with the Dictionary. While doing essay part, make sure that your vocabulary is impeccable and above all, writing should be crisp and stylistic. Do plenty of practice tests for the progress.


This is not an article to discourage you, but to inspire and make you aspire. Lots of study can help you cracking the GRE. Also, do more and more mock tests to become friendly with the unusual pattern of the GRE. Also remember that, this is a competitive test. You need not answer every question correctly. Scoring in the top 20% allows you to miss more than a dozen verbal questions.

Do not make the GRE a more stressful experience than it needs to be. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare. Be patient, improvement will come gradually.

GRE is easier, but competitive in nature. The tough competition makes the exam tougher.


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