I just took the GRE this morning and am feeling really discouraged about the result.
Here's some background information:
I've been preparing for the last month, studying an average of 4 hours per day. I did several CAT exams to practice, as well as learning the Barron Top 800 words and memorizing roots.
While 1400 is a good score, I am upset because I was consistently scoring 70-110 points higher on the Verbal section on the last 7 CATs I look (Powerprep and Manhattan). I felt really confident and worked carefully during the verbal section today, so I am truly at a loss as to what happened to make my score so much lower than I thought it would be. Honestly, I was expecting at least a 700.
On the plus side, I had been scoring between 760 and 800 on quant. At least that came out OK.
I'm planning on retesting again in two weeks in order to bring up the verbal score. The graduate programs I am targeting typically require a minimum of 650 per section.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve on verbal, given that I already know all the high frequency words by heart and have a good working knowledge of roots (I also speak two Latin-based languages). I have no new CATs left either...didn't think I would need to use them after today.
Any help is sincerely appreciated! Thanks.
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