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    GRE will have a new format from August 1. How different will it be from the present one?
    CANDIDATES ASPIRING for higher studies at various US universities will have to appear for a revised Graduate Record Examination starting 1st of August.

    The revised test promises to be a friendlier and technically more advanced version providing candidates with even more reliable results and fairness. According to a statement issued by the GRE officials, the test has been redesigned to be more aligned with the skills, which the students need to be successful in today's graduate and business schools.

    A change for the BETTER!

    Ashish Sinha of Triumphant Institute of Management Education (TIME) says, it has changed for the better. “The most significant change is the strong emphasis on logical and critical reasoning to test the analytical skills of test takers rather than merely their ability to memorise facts,” says Sinha.

    Mugging up chunks of the dictionary won't help you sail through the verbal reasoning section because 50 per cent of it will be based on reading comprehension. He adds: “The new GRE will test how well you know words, and not just how many words you know”. The new GRE format is also designed to help brighter students, so you get more marks in one section if you do well in the one previous to it.

    Heres how it works: Questions go across five levels of difficulty, 1 being the easiest and 5 the toughest — and each level is worth a certain number of marks. So, if you answer 15 out of 20 questions correctly in the first section, you will automatically get more difficult questions in the second section, but your answers will be worth more points than if you had answered only ten right to begin with.

    A Highlight of Changes to GRE 2011
    1. The grading scale will range from 130 to 170, rather than from the current 200 to 800.
    2. The test will be lengthened from 3 hours to 3.5 hours.
    3. The order of test questions will be scrambled every 2 hours, for increased security.
    4. The test will allow for test-takers to skip a question and return to it later.
    5. The verbal section will no longer contain questions on analogies and antonyms.
    6. A calculator will be provided so that mathematics answers will be based on test-takers’ comprehension of concepts and not their speed at basic calculations.
    7. The time of the exam will increase from around 3 hours to 3 hours, 45 minutes.
    8. The quantitative section will now provide an online calculator. Also its geometry component will be cut down and data analysis questions will be added.

    Introduction of New Question Types

    In the verbal reasoning section, antonyms and analogies have been removed. The examination will now test your ability to interpret, evaluate and reason from what you have read. In the quantitative section, more focus has been placed on data interpretation and real- life scenarios with multiple choice and numeric answers. To reduce emphasis on computation, candidate will be able to seek the assistance of an online calculator. In the analytical section, instead of writing an essay from a choice of topics, candidates will be asked to write an essay on a specific subject.

    Ensuring Fairness across the World

    Some of the steps taken by the Educational Testing Service, which conducts the test, to ensure fairness include involving minority educators and representative committees in every phase of development and scoring processes, multiple fairness evaluation by trained reviewers and routine analysis of test questions, among others.

    Expert Advise!

    Sinha's advise to test takers: “Take it on or after August 1, for there's a better chance of doing well in a test that everyone is taking for the first time. You'll make it to a higher percentile if youre not competing with others who have near- perfect scores after multiple re- takes.” Thats a reassuring feeling!!

    Article Credits: Mail Today