Posted: Dec 5, 2006 3:10 am
depends on what your major is. if you're going into a program for the humanities, study like a motherfucker on your vocab. most science related programs will take the math score into consideration. for math, they're just gonna laugh about the math part of the gre because it's so easy for math majors pretty much from what i understand.
i didn't study any of my math, but did study a barron's guide for my vocab and i still didn't do great on it. pissed me off that i even BOTHERED to study because not very many of the words i had problems with were on the barron's list of words used by previous gre's. the worst are the comparisons. if you don't know the definition of ONE word out of the four, you're basically screwed. study your vocab. that's the BIGGEST thing you can do to help yourself. walk around and memorize the damn dictionary. it won't help you if you think you know root words of shit because they do try to trick you like you wouldn't believe. reading comprehension i breezed through and did amazing.
the math score i did about as well as i should for a competitive school for a person in history. a person majoring in math science should get better than what i got though. heh. i was on the bottom half of what is considered acceptable for a really competitive school for a degree in history in the verbal, so watch out. i busted my ass studying for that shit and still managed to barely scrape by, and i'm not stupid.
the writing part is pretty easy. i got in the upper 95 percent on that. but then again, you just write it like you do a regular paper for a class. i laugh at how many people screw that shit up miserably though. i figure if you graduate college with a bachelor's, you should know how to write, but you'd be surprised about how many people just can't do it. you have to basically have a clear, concise thesis statement, and list examples to back up your argument. pretty simple to me, but i guess it's not as simple to others.