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DarklingSunDarklingSun Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
edited July 2007 in Graduate School
I have just finished my freshman year of college. My verbal score on Barron's Model Test is a 500 (yikes?!maybe...). There were only 30 questions (18 right, 12 wrong). I believe their is a new format which has more questions; is this true?

Do I even stand a chance at getting at least a 700 for the actual exam? I will take the test in two years.

Is a 500 at my level of study good, bad or average for a competitive applicant?
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  • rewritable41rewritable41 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    What portion of the GRE are you talking about? Analytical, Verbal or Quantitative? Have you read up on all the required material on the GRE website?

    Have you done any actual, full-length, computer-based GRE tests?
  • AddwitAddwit Registered User Posts: 300 Member
    The real GRE is adaptive, meaning the difficulty level of the questions you receive is based on how you answered the previous question(s). Questions early in the test are worth more than questions toward the end. You also cannot skip questions to go back over them later.

    Did you take this test on paper? If so, the score you received is meaningless. It sounds like you just took the fraction of questions you answered correctly multiplied by 800. This is not how the real GRE is scored. Your score would be very different depending on whether the 12 questions you got wrong were at the beginning or end of the test.
  • DarklingSunDarklingSun Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Thanks. I will take the GRE as a CAT, I completely ignored that. According to Barron's (I took the verbal section) the number of questions I answered correctly (18) is equivalent to a 500.
  • DarklingSunDarklingSun Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Is there a free resource I can use to take the CAT GRE? Thanks in advance.
  • aoeuaoeuaoeuaoeu Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    I took three of the practice GRE's included with the Barron's book, and the average of my scores came very close to my actual score. Also, you have plenty of time to improve your score since you're just a sophomore. You'll probably have a lot more writing experience in your more advanced classes. I studied for a month and got 610V 770Q, which is good enough for my goal (engineering master's). Really, at your stage I'd just recommend reading decent literature and doing well on your class writing assignments. The GRE doesn't require two years of study. You can look up average GRE scores for admitted students at http://www.usnews.com/sections/rankings
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