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GRE 327 with a perfect quant


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I scored 327 in GRE: 170Q, 157V, and 4.0 AWA


I prepared for a total of 2-3 months with an ongoing job. Starting from the first official PowerPREP II test, I got 315 in the first attempt without any preparation. Having studied Maths extensively during my Bachelors's in Electrical Engineering, I was more concerned with the Verbal section throughout.


Preparation Sources:


For vocabulary build-up I learned and revised almost 700 words from different articles. This number is enough for around 155 - 160 score in verbal.

Being an engineer, I started studying from the ETS Maths review book and for practice, I used Scholar Den quant questions. I was able to go through the Maths topics in over a week. The interface for attempting practice questions is very good at Scholar Den. It provides a detailed solution to question, as well as the difficulty level of the question to judge how harmful it is getting a particular question wrong.


As I had graduated almost a year before my GRE exam, I was out of practice and was prone to making silly calculation mistakes. I overcame this by attempting questions from Scholar Den Question Pool. These questions were a good practice of polishing my skills.


The techniques for sentence completion and sentence equivalence worked very well for me. I was able to save time in these questions. Reading passages gave me a very hard time and was the most challenging aspect of the test for me. Consequently, I used the technique described in the passage. This improved reading comprehension portion a lot for me.


For AWA, I wrote 5 essays before the exam. I read almost 20 sample essays, 10 of each type to get a hang of what to write.


In the last 10 days before the test, I did practice questions from “Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions” and “Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions” followed by 3 full length online practice tests from Manhattan prep.


On the test day, I was very nervous (slept only for 4 hours). I took some chocolates and caffeinated drinks with me to the test center. I finished second my Verbal section 3 minutes early and took a break to get relax for the last Quant section (the most difficult of them all).


Best of luck!