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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by freshStarz: 5:17am On Aug 06
Hi,
Please how much did u pay for the GRE registration at Dragnet

quadoctane:
Been trying to post my GRE experience with my main but antispam bot been on my case undecided undecided.

Well, I wrote on Friday at Dragnet, reported scores and was 315 (157Q 158V).

Profile:

BSc: 2.87/5 Microbiology

MSc: 4.67/5 Environmental and Public Health Microbiology

GRE: 315

Michigan Tech University
Indiana University Purdue
UNC Charlotte
University of North Texas

Plan applying to more schools...looking to get financial aid...GA, scholarship, etc.

Applying for an MSc in Data Science. Have a little programming experience, not much work experience in IT/data science.

Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Tamison: 6:35am On Aug 06
2.94
pierre92:

I’m not experienced but a 3.94/4.0 and then 294 in GRE doesn’t look right. I believe such a high GPA should come with an above average GRE. My thoughts though.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by nelem: 2:15pm On Aug 06
freshStarz:
Hi,
Please how much did u pay for the GRE registration at Dragnet


Dragnet is just an exam center. you register & pay on the official ETS then pick an exam centre & date of your choice. you can also contact ponpon on this thread for the registration
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by quadoctane: 2:26pm On Aug 06
Registration was at BY Mafit and for 70k
freshStarz:
Hi,
Please how much did u pay for the GRE registration at Dragnet

Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by freshStarz: 3:00pm On Aug 06
nelem:


Dragnet is just an exam center. you register & pay on the official ETS then pick an exam centre & date of your choice. you can also contact ponpon on this thread for the registration

Thanks
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by freshStarz: 3:04pm On Aug 06
Please does anyone know these ppl MCFEDUTUTORS and is it genuine for GRE registration. This is their site
https://www.mcfedututors.com/exam-registration
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by ayphash: 4:02pm On Aug 06
yes, they did my GRE and TOEFL registration for me.

freshStarz:
Please does anyone know these ppl MCFEDUTUTORS and is it genuine for GRE registration. This is their site
https://www.mcfedututors.com/exam-registration
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by OGAPEE(m): 6:31pm On Aug 08
Good evening honorable and good people of naija. First let me appreciate everyone in this thread, especially bross DanjaNinja who initiated the thread. You guys have been too wonderful and selfless. Nigeria still have good seeds!

Please guys, I need serious guidance and help!
I have barely two months to prepare for GRE, I am taking the exam in November 4th. I will have to take off 3 weeks because i will be spending three weeks in camp, this stream 2 batch b camp. In the past days, I have been trying to study with the materials I got from some pages in this thread. But, I just want to be frank to myself I am just lost in the pool of materials I have gathered, I really need strategic reading and time-productive study! I have very limited time for preparation as this is my first GRE attempt.

What are the very specific materials I can use to prepare intensively for Quant?
Similarly, what are the very specific materials I can use to efficiently prepare for verbal?
I can struggle with the analytical writing, buh I will still appreciate any recommendation.

Please, I need guidance, recommendations and even study partners.
cc
Scholastica, Ponpon Time2win et.al.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by 4gunners(m): 8:25am On Aug 09
OGAPEE:
Good evening honorable and good people of naija. First let me appreciate everyone in this thread, especially bross DanjaNinja who initiated the thread. You guys have been too wonderful and selfless. Nigeria still have good seeds!

Please guys, I need serious guidance and help!
I have barely two months to prepare for GRE, I am taking the exam in November 4th. I will have to take off 3 weeks because i will be spending three weeks in camp, this stream 2 batch b camp. In the past days, I have been trying to study with the materials I got from some pages in this thread. But, I just want to be frank to myself I am just lost in the pool of materials I have gathered, I really need strategic reading and time-productive study! I have very limited time for preparation as this is my first GRE attempt.

What are the very specific materials I can use to prepare intensively for Quant?
Similarly, what are the very specific materials I can use to efficiently prepare for verbal?
I can struggle with the analytical writing, buh I will still appreciate any recommendation.

Please, I need guidance, recommendations and even study partners.
cc
Scholastica, Ponpon Time2win et.al.
People have given their exam preparation experience on this thread. You just have to go back, and read up.

Having said that, I will advise you use Manhattan for the quant. Don't rush it, just take the textbook one by one. For the verbal, I will implore you to use Kaplan to understand the basics and the pitfall. It is also good for the AW.

Since you've 2 months --that's 8 weeks-- before your exam, you can use the weekdays for studying and weekends for the full exam simulation. Don't just practice, make sure you take notes of your weak points, and try improve on that.

To be candid, there is nothing new to say, almost everything have been said on this thread. Goodluck.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Sherlock5577: 9:45am On Aug 09
OGAPEE:
Good evening honorable and good people of naija. First let me appreciate everyone in this thread, especially bross DanjaNinja who initiated the thread. You guys have been too wonderful and selfless. Nigeria still have good seeds!

Please guys, I need serious guidance and help!
I have barely two months to prepare for GRE, I am taking the exam in November 4th. I will have to take off 3 weeks because i will be spending three weeks in camp, this stream 2 batch b camp. In the past days, I have been trying to study with the materials I got from some pages in this thread. But, I just want to be frank to myself I am just lost in the pool of materials I have gathered, I really need strategic reading and time-productive study! I have very limited time for preparation as this is my first GRE attempt.

What are the very specific materials I can use to prepare intensively for Quant?
Similarly, what are the very specific materials I can use to efficiently prepare for verbal?
I can struggle with the analytical writing, buh I will still appreciate any recommendation.

Please, I need guidance, recommendations and even study partners.
cc
Scholastica, Ponpon Time2win et.al.
Check the Google Drive links on page 428.
I wish you the best!
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by reigningme: 2:29pm On Aug 09
Sherlock5577:

Check the Google Drive links on page 428.
I wish you the best!
GOD BLESS YOU PEOPLE FOR GREAT WORK YOU ARE DOING HERE. Pls I plead with everyone on this platform to pls help me pay 50$ for rescheduling of my gre test due to passport booklet not available.pls i'll to schedule from 15th august to 25sep or else i'll forfeit the amount paid earlier.please help a brother in dire need. God please. My log in details are available on request. I have only between today and tomorrow.God bless u
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by adsunday2012(m): 6:19am On Aug 10
Can anybody share Manhatted gre 6 test Pack account with me
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by adsunday2012(m): 6:22am On Aug 10
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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Fakesammi: 9:52pm On Aug 10
Good evening all, this thread has really been a motivation. Thanks for all the insight and guidance given. I'm planning to take the GRE by November, but before then, I'd like to know how I can send my statement of result to WES in order to complete my evaluation... Please it's urgent, thanks in advance
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by NaotoKan: 11:45pm On Aug 10
Fakesammi:
Good evening all, this thread has really been a motivation. Thanks for all the insight and guidance given. I'm planning to take the GRE by November, but before then, I'd like to know how I can send my statement of result to WES in order to complete my evaluation... Please it's urgent, thanks in advance

https://www.nairaland.com/4744617/how-send-waec-results-wes

The thread will be of assistance.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Fakesammi: 7:56am On Aug 11
NaotoKan:


https://www.nairaland.com/4744617/how-send-waec-results-wes

The thread will be of assistance.
Thanks, I've actually tried sending my statement of result through fax but it hasn't been received yet by WES. I don't know if I did something wrong or is there a different way to go about it
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by NaotoKan: 12:07pm On Aug 11
Fakesammi:

Thanks, I've actually tried sending my statement of result through fax but it hasn't been received yet by WES. I don't know if I did something wrong or is there a different way to go about it

You could ask on the thread.

That said, please pardon my ignorance, what's the difference between sending through fax and say DHL?
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by graciousify(f): 4:13pm On Aug 11
Please who has any idea of schools that can give full funding in Finance or accounting (Msc)
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by cdor777: 1:39pm On Aug 12
I need a study partner for GRE I Osogbo
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by cdor777: 1:40pm On Aug 12
If you are in Osogbo and preparing for GRE, kindly contact me @ cdor777@gmail.com
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Trichi1208: 10:25pm On Aug 12
cdor777:
I need a study partner for GRE I Osogbo
where in osogbo
07060672717
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by cdor777: 11:24pm On Aug 12
Trichi1208:

where in osogbo
07060672717

Okeoniti
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Tella26: 1:11pm On Aug 13
Hi, please preparing for GRE and working, Can this in some ways affect someones GRE scores?
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by chibertha(f): 3:23pm On Aug 13
You can look for a teacher online and take classes during break at work and 1 hr when you get and also wake 1 hr early too. That will give minimum of 3hrs study time everyday concentrate on the subject you think you might be rusty in.

Tella26:
Hi, please preparing for GRE and working, Can this in some ways affect someones GRE scores?
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by kevwemanuel: 4:00pm On Aug 13
Good evening everyone.

Please can someone tell me the registration deadline usually attached to each GRE exam date. For example, if I want to write the GRE by 30th of October, what will be the likely deadline date for registration?
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by hebenezher(m): 6:03pm On Aug 13
DanjaNinja:
My GRE Experience: Lessons Learnt - J.

General Tips
#Tip 1: Don’t rely on any one single book.

Each book has its strength and weakness. Combine them all for maximum impact.

#Tip 2: What books do I need?

1. Grubber 2015
2. Barron’s GRE
3. Nova GRE Math Bible
4. Kaplan
5. Princeton Review

#Tip 3: How can I get these books?

[b][color=#990000]UPDATE : January 2017:

As of this moment, the GRE materials have been deleted from both accounts by google due to Copyright violations. Nonetheless, these materials are widely available through a simple google search.

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If you can afford physical copies of these books – Sweet, go head and buy them all. But If you can’t afford any or you’re a ijebu madam like the lovely,intelligent MsNas kiss kiss or like myself, simply send a blank mail to selfstudy360@gmail.com or selfstudy.version2@gmail.com for soft copies (Pdf’s). #MoneyMustNotWaste

(a) selfstudy360@gmail.com contains:

• Barron's New GRE 19th Edition
• Cracking the GRE 2013
• Gruber's Complete GRE Guide 2012

While

(b) Selfstudy.version2@gmail.com (New*) contains:

• Gruber's Complete GRE Guide (2015)
• Mahanttan Prep - 5* lb. Book of GRE® Practice Problems (2013)
• Nova’s GRE Math Bible (2008)

#Tip 4: When should I take the GRE?

Take the exam at least 4 months before you plan to send your admission applications. That way, if you don’t meet your targeted score (not your portion…Oya say Amen!), you would still have enough time to retake the exam without duress. For example, if the deadline for admission application is September 15th, the ideal time for taking the GRE should be by May. The reason for this is simple: If you don’t meet ur target score, you can retake the GRE by June thereby providing ample time for sending your application. This is not a rule but a suggestion.


#Tip 5: How much time would it take to prepare for the GRE?

Minimum: 2months @ 4-5hours per day.
Note: The number of hours do not really matter, it’s the amount of problem solving skills learnt per unit time that counts. Some people learn quickly while for others, it might take longer to read and understand new concepts. So remember, 4-5hours are just recommendations, whether u spend more or less time – ultimately, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how much u learn and how fast you can correctly answer questions. If it takes u 4-5hours per day to achieve this goal, so be it. If it takes u less time, so be it. If it takes you more time, so be it. No one cares. Ultimately it’s your scores that matters.

#Tip 6: Can I prepare within a month?


Yes u can, but it’s not advisable. You need time to internalize and completely memorizes the GRE strategies.

And lastly,

#Tip 7: Don’t be deceived by your score on POWERPREP II.


You took the sample test on PowerPrep II, you had an average of 160-165, you feel good and cant wait to take the actual test. Truth is Powerprep II does not compare to the actual test. On a scale of one to ten, one being very easy and ten being very difficult, Powerprep is a 4.5 and the actual test is an 8.5. #OkBye

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for: My GRE Experience.

This is a summary of lesson learnt from my personal experience, please feel free to add your insights and contributions. Sharing is caring.

You probably know this already but just to refresh your memory - The GRE is made up of three parts: Analytical writing, Verbal and Quantitative.
1. Analytical Writing
2. Verbal
3. Quantitative

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ACHIEVE HIGH SCORES.

FOR ANALYTICAL WRITING:

Books and Resources needed for Analytical Writing:
Official GRE Topic List (30%) + Kaplan (60%) + Barron (10%).

(a) Official GRE Topic List: GRE maintains a list of every possible topic that you will find on the actual test date!!!!!! It’s totally legal and you can find the list here:
Pool of Argument Topics: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/argument/pool

Pool of Issue Topics: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/issue/pool

The list is quite exhaustive: 200 issue task topics and 200 argument task topics. Once you have the list, group the topics into categories and proceed to (b). I believe if u know the possible questions, your chances of success should be up 30%.

(b) Get a copy of Kaplan’s New GRE Premiere and head to the Analytical Writing Section. Read, digest and understand the essay development template for both the issue task and the argument task as discussed on chapter 15 – Chapter 21 (New GRE Premiere - Kaplan 2011-2012 edition. Newer editions should be better). Don’t bother reading anything else on Kaplan, the rest of the book is useless. With the Kaplan template, you can begin to draw up possible responses to each topic category from the GRE topic list that you obtained from the GRE website. That way, on the test day, coming up with responses won’t be all that difficult because you’ve seen it all – abi how una see am?

(c) Get a copy of Barron: While this may not be compulsory, it will help you in paragraph development. Read and understand the “Claim, Grounds and Warrants” development on chapter 6 (Barron’s New GRE 19th Edition).

The last and most important step is to PRACTISE, PRACTISE AND PRACTISE. Practice using the available topics from the GRE list in a timed mode – your practice should mimic the real test. For the GRE, its 30minutes per writing task but for you, its 22 minutes. Why? It’s always better to practice with less time – It makes you stronger.

Practice with POWERPREP writing platform or Notepad to get a feel of the nature of the typing platform. Don’t practice with Microsoft Word.

One Again, PRACTISE AND PRACTISE. It’s ultra-important you do so. You can only write well by constant practice.

My Experience: I didn’t practice enough. Truth be told I practiced only once and the end result was abysmal. I could only manage one sensible paragraph for the issue task – Big Poo. The way time flies when ur messing up is simply amazing. The argument task was much better, I wrote 4 sensible paragraphs –all within 23 minutes.
Score: Surprisingly,I scored a 3 on the writing section. since the total score is the average of both scores, I assume I made a 5 on argument and a 1 on issue…lol..just my opinion.

Generally, Argument tasks are easier than issue tasks – for Argument tasks, an essay or issue with faulty premises is given; your job is to identify and logically explain them while for the Issue writing Task, you have to develop your own argument from scratch. Finding faults is easy (argument task), writing from scratch is less easy (issue essay). But for you reading this right now, a minimum of 4.5/6 should be perfectly achievable. Why? Cos you know every possible topic, you have pre-planned responses and your “hand dey hot” due to constant writing practice.

One last tip:
As soon as you are done with a particular section, whether you performed well or not, it’s best to completely ignore that section, it belongs to the past - it doesn’t matter anymore. Whether you did well or not, does not matter and if you believe you didn’t perform well, it still doesn’t matter. Focus completely on the next section – You have seven (7) more sections to deal with and you need a focused, optimistic mindset to proceed successfully. There’s no use crying over spilt milk. [/b]

FOR QUANTITATIVE

Books You Need for Quantitative:

Grubber (25%) + Barron’s (25%) + Nova GRE Math Bible (25%) + Mahanttan (25%).

Do you have to read them all from cover to cover? Not really. Each book has its strength and weakness’s. You want to be prepared for every possibility. Better you write the GRE once than write it twice. Think of the cash - $200. Think of the time spent on preparation – weeks, even months and finally, think of your Goals. So grab does books and study like mad. The end justify the means.

Lesson 1: Study each question category and solve the most difficult questions you can find on that category to re-enforce your understanding of that category.


For example, if you had prepared with Grubber like I did, you will find the data interpretation, graphical and statistical questions difficult. Why? Grubber does not really delve into these sections. Barron in addition with Manhattan and Nova does a better job. So read and understand the underlying principles and skim all books for difficult questions on all topics.
Likewise, if u ignore Grubber’s Data Comparison and algebra strategies, you might not do so well. But then, there are notable exceptions. Individuals with an engineering, mathematical and statistical background would generally do better in the Quantitative section – they’ve been doing these problems for years. Also those with an aptitude for numbers would better. Does that mean those with little mathematically backgrounds would end up with low scores? – Nope. Just read up and practice, you might end up doing better than the so called Math wizards.

The GRE Quantitative consists of two sections made up of 25 questions each. Each section runs for 40minutes – that’s an average of 96 seconds per question – which leads to lesson 2.

Lesson 2: When studying and solving quantitative questions, set a time limit of 50 seconds per question and stick to it. Like previously stated, practicing with less time makes you stronger and faster.


Lesson 3: Solve lots of Quanttitative questions.


Manhanttan and Nova Math Bible offer a huge collection of quality quantitative questions. Solve as much questions as you can on both books. Luckily, if you don’t know the answers, solutions and explanations are provided in both books.

My Experience: I studied solely with grubber. Algebra and data comparison were a walk in the park but “I hear “ween” for Data interpretation/Statistics, Combinations and Graphs. On the actual test, I saw 6 hefty graphical and data interpretation problems and some others I can’t recall @ the moment. Were they super hard? – Not really but “them hard small o”. To answer them, you need to understand the question (30secs), solve for solutions (30-40secs) and compare possible answers (10secs). If u get it wrong, u start all over again. But as you start over, remember Time dey go ooooo!
That’s why you need Lesson 4.


Lesson 4:Someone on this thread advised - if you find any question difficult, simply mark that question and move on to others.. You may return to that question later. Don’t waste time trying to solve one question for over 1 minute, skip and return later. This is so true!.


FOR VERBAL

Books you need: Grubber (90%) + Barron (10%).

Honestly, You can actually survive by using only grubber. The verbal section seems like the easiest section on the GRE but don’t be complacent o! This section is pretty tricky. I remember one particular essay with about seven (7) paragraphs. It was so dense that you could barely understand the content of a single paragraph; It also felt like it was written in another language. It was that difficult.

Also,the verbal section is made up of several subsections all mixed into one. You will find sentence completion (synonyms and antonyms) and essay comprehension all packed into one.
My Experience: I scored a 157/170 – Not bad @ all given that Grubber was the sole book I used. I won’t lie, am an avid reader – I guess that helped. However, if you study the Grubber Verbal Strategies: Latin and Greek Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes; the Most Important/Frequently Used GRE Words and Reading Comprehension Strategies – You should have no problem with the Verbal section. Grubber does an excellent job by building ur vocabulary, teaching new words and providing some interesting strategies for essay comprehension.
There are other books like Princeton Review but since I didn’t use it, I can’t say much about it. This is where external input is advisable. Those who used Princeton, oya speak up.

Final Advice:
Unlike Jamb (wicked people) that provides a single opportunity to write the exam per year, the GRE gives you 5 chances per year to write the exam (better people). But because you can doesn’t mean you should. Prepare well and write it once. A score of 160 per section is totally achievable. Just read and solve a huge collection of difficult questions in a timed mode.

Oya it haff do, una bye bye, I don try. grin grin grin grin grin grin


UPDATE 1: If you had to choose one Book for Quantitative Analysis, Barron's should be it. That Book is the truth. The best GRE Quantitative prep book ever.

UPDATE 2: Added Kaplan New GRE to "selfstudy.version2@gmail.com". If you want a copy of the Kaplan GRE book, send a blank mail to selfstudy.version2@gmail.com" .

DOWNLOAD GRE BOOKS AND STUDY GUIDE HERE
OP please

I have an issue draining my life and my emotions. It goes thus; I have just graduated from the University with a degree of 3rd class in mathematical sciences(IT). It is so hard to accept but the deed has been done and I have to start looking forward. so, I want to make an enquiry if there's chance for me to do a master in the USA with such low degree or if they also accept 3rd class graduate through PDG. please I need your advice on this.

thank you all!
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Fakesammi: 7:32pm On Aug 13
NaotoKan:


You could ask on the thread.

That said, please pardon my ignorance, what's the difference between sending through fax and say DHL?
Fax is cheaper, it's actually free. I've been able to send it and WES has accepted it, thanks for your help.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by cdor777: 7:42pm On Aug 13
Trichi1208:

where in osogbo
07060672717

08108858341
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by benob(m): 9:10am On Aug 14
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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by pps1759(m): 9:30am On Aug 14
Hi.Am blessed reading all this.but pls how do I go about applying for post graduate admission in these foreign institution ,how do I apply for the exams .thanks and God bless
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by ThatFairGuy(m): 3:26pm On Aug 14
Please help...... I overheard and read there are some tertiary institutions oversea that offers scholarship in msc for degree holder with First-class and second class upper.... I need enlightenment please
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by itunes18(f): 4:03pm On Aug 14
you can start by checking online for schools that offer msc in your field,you can proceed to search funding in the related schools

ThatFairGuy:
Please help...... I overheard and read there are some tertiary institutions oversea that offers scholarship in msc for degree holder with First-class and second class upper.... I need enlightenment please

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