This year, I got a new experience to take the GRE General Test at Home (online GRE Test). I took this test because of a need that requires including GRE scores even though there is no minimum requirement. Therefore, I took the GRE test with super minimal preparation. So don’t expect this article to tell you about tips for dealing with the GRE. I’m just going to share my experience taking the GRE General Test at Home.
For those interested in studying abroad, you must have heard of the GRE test. In some campuses abroad, in addition to an English certificate, we are usually also required to include a GRE score with a certain minimum. But at some other campuses, the GRE is not mandatory. So, before taking this test, make sure you need to take this test. I’ve never even heard that the GRE test can be used for college admission requirements in Indonesia.
The GRE test is different from the IELTS or TOEFL test that is available almost everywhere. The GRE test is only available in certain cities. What I know is in Bandung, Jakarta, and Surabaya. But recently, there is an At-Home Test option, where we can test GRE at home online.
GRE General Test
The test is consist of 3 sections: Verbal, Quantitative , & Analytical Writing.
Verbal test, in general, there are two types of questions here: reading comprehension and word choice. Regardless of the type, the biggest challenge on this test is the English vocabulary. During the test, we will meet with difficult (unbelievably) words that I never encounter .-. (“enervate”, “prodigal”, “laconic”, “calumny”, …) and we must understand its meaning and usage.
Quantitative test, (usually just called “Quant”) as the name implies, this is a basic math test. Although basic, this test is not just basic arithmetic like the TPA test here. The problem is more complicated and more tricky. We need to remember the basic geometric formulas, combinations, permutations again, and more importantly, just memorizing formulas doesn’t help.
Analytical Writing test, In this test, we will be asked to write two English essays that are correct grammatically and logically. In the first essay, we will be asked to respond to an issue, and in the second essay, we will be asked to make logical rebuttals from other people’s statements.Continue reading