Have you come across these silly rumors about GRE..?
1. GRE at some test centers is easier than others
This is the most outrageous myth I have ever heard. At my place, there is a rumor like GRE at Hyderabad is a lot tougher than at Chennai and I know a good number of people who went to Chennai to give exam as they believed at Hyderabad GRE is hard. Can you believe , I know a guy who went to Kathmandu because he felt GRE there is a lot easier.
Do you think ETS people will have grudge at some place so they make GRE tougher ? Take GRE at test center near to your place, dont let these rumors get into your head.
2. GRE at a period of time is easier compared to other.
Absolutely Wrong! How can the toughness of exam vary with time. This is the most irritating rumor, you know one of my friends lamented to me like “dude you are lucky you took GRE in September so you scored 317, I took GRE in December so I scored only 300”. Can you expect my irritation at that time ?
3. I got good GRE score, so can I get scholarship or admission in IVY leagues
This rumor is rife in market. I guess, it is propagated by consultancies to mislead students who do not know much about Admission process in foreign universities. GRE is just one factor in your application. Universities will see your overall profile like your academic aggregate, papers published, projects, internships etc. Trust me you cannot get into Harvard or Stanford even if you have 330+ in GRE and don’t have a stellar profile, on the other hand if you have good academic accomplishments like research papers and academic percentage in UG then you can get into it with just 320 score.
4. Schools don’t consider Verbal or AWA score for engineering programs
This not entirely true. Yes, for engineering programs, schools give more weightage to Quant score in GRE but if both applicants have identical profiles then verbal score might become a deciding factor for admission. But, for IVY league and other top universities they consider both verbal and quant scores with equal importance.
5. You cant improve reading comprehension in 2 or 3 months of time
False! I am a live example. I am not an avid reader and also not good in English from my childhood. You can easily improve your RC score by following proper strategies and with continuous practice. Read Hindu editorials daily, buy Manhattan RC book and apply the principles given in the book, there will be a great improvement in your RC performance.
6. Taking GRE multiple times can effect your profile
Taking GRE multiple times is perfectly fine. Now with ETS’s latest “score select” option you can send any GRE score you wish, if you do not want the schools to know your previous GRE scores by using “score select” you can do that.
Don’t let these silly myths get in the way of your preparation.
Whats your favorite myth ??