GREedge FAQ

What is GREedge.com?

GREedge.com is an online GRE preparation academy which delivers personalized learning programs for GRE, through your mobile phone or computer. It gives you the freedom to learn and prepare for   GRE at your convenience.

What does GREedge.com offer?

GREedge.com offers systematic and intensive online learning programs for GRE aspirants. These programs contain prescribed set of learning material, practice exercises, periodic assessments and      reviews . All learning assignments are followed by a detailed analysis of your performance, specially prepared by your Student Facilitator & Analyst (SFA). This will help you understand your weak areas and work on them. .Apart from this we also offer unlimited mock tests which can help you master the GRE. To summarize we offer you help in boosting your GRE scores to the maximum.

How do I register at GREedge.com?

Registration is simple and free! Click here to create your profile. Fill up the form and click ‘Register Now”. The email ID you register with will become your user ID.

What are the System Requirements for using GREedge.com on my Computer?

You need to have:

o A minimum system configuration of a Pentium IV or equivalent with 256 MB RAM

o A broadband Internet connection (recommended)

The learning application works well with Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 and Firefox 2.0 and above.

Are there any free trial sessions or tests after registration?

Yes, you can use the account you created to access the free trial sessions and adaptive tests. You will also receive free transcripts (feedback) based on GREedge.com’s cutting edge Score Booster Technology and personalized counseling, which will tell you where you are and how to improve.

When can I start taking the trial sessions?

You can start taking the trial sessions as soon as you complete the registration. To avail the full suite of GREedge.com’s services, you must purchase a program that suits your requirement or as suggested by GREedge.com’s GRE expert. For program details email to info@greedge.com or Call/ SMS at +91 98844 53276.

What is a Program?

A program is a collection of systematic and structured lessons which cover learning and practice for GRE that is commercially offered for a price. There are different types of programs that address the needs of a GRE Aspirant. The program also consist of frequent assessments and tests. To know which program suits you the best write to us at info@greedge.com.

What is a mobile learning session?

A (mobile learning) session is a unit of continuous, interactive learning that lasts for about one hour for the typical student. A session typically has a teach part and a test part. A session is designed carefully with objectives derived from the lesson plan and past performance of the student.

How do I avail the mobile version of GREedge.com?

To use GREedge.com’s adaptive learning programs through mobile, you will need to:

o Download client software to your phone

o To do this, you need a Java-enabled mobile phone that supports GPRS

o Subscribe for GPRS service from a mobile operator such as Vodafone, Airtel, Aircel,Idea or BSNL

The free GPRS service is usually inadequate and one has to subscribe additionally for WAP or WWW enabling GPRS service.

You can SMS/ Call +91 98844 53285 for mobile download help or email at info@greedge.com.

Is my phone supported?

Nearly 80% of all the top-end mobile phone models available in the market support Java and GPRS. Due to variations in the phone processor speed, memory, Quality of JVM implementation and screen sizes, some phones may work better than others. Please write to us for more information regarding this. We have tested a large number of mobile phones and will be happy to test your phone for suitability. You can SMS/ Call +91 98844 53285 for mobile download help or email at info@greedge.com.

How do I download the GREedge.com mobile client?

o Check if your phone is supported

o Make sure you have the right type of GPRS service

o Register at our website. The information provided here has to be genuine and correct

o We will contact you and provide you a key

o We will also send you a link through SMS that you can use to download the GREedge.com client

You can SMS/ Call +91 98844 53285 for mobile download help or email at info@greedge.com.

How do I use GREedge.com on my mobile?

Click on the view interactive mobile demo from the GREedge.com home page to view an interactive demo.

What is a Transcript?

A transcript is a .pdf document that summarizes and provides an in-depth analysis of your mobile learning session from the pedagogic, exam preparation and time management angles. It also provides statistics, comparisons and other relevant data based on your entire history of learning with GREedge.com. To view a sample click Sample Transcript.

I’m already using several books and websites to prepare for GRE. How is GREedge.com different?

Here are quite a few reasons why you need GREedge.com:

1. When you read from other sources and solve their tests, you will be tested on concepts that were contained in the book. So, you may end up developing a false sense of being well prepared. However, with our program, you will get an unbiased view of your preparedness, strengths and weaknesses.

2. Beating the competition is all about doing everything your competitor is doing, and exceeding that by one more step. When you take up tests from books or CDs, you do that in isolation. You have almost no idea how much others are scoring on the same test. In the GREedge.com test series, you will get personalized analysis that helps you understand your strengths and also identify your weaknesses. In addition to that your SFA will also teach you tricks and strategies which will help you boost your scores and get your answers right in shortest time.

3. GREedge.com’s Student Facilitator & Analyst (SFA) and the cutting edge Score Booster Technology is like having your very own personal trainer whose only job is to prepare for your progress.

What are the benefits of GREedge.com?

Convenience

o Prepare at your own pace – no need to follow the crowd

o Prepare at your own convenience – don’t let your professional commitments, classroom timings, or travel bother you

o Work from any computer with an Internet connection or from a GPRS enabled mobile

o As easy as Gmail

Effectiveness

o Well researched, expert-designed content and personalized study plan

o The pattern of teaching has been adapted to maximize the individual’s learning

o Detailed Analysis and personalized Feedback using GREedge.com’s unique “Score Booster Technology”. (See What is Score Booster Technology?)

Interactive and Personalized

o Expert guidance from a Student Facilitator and Analyst (SFA) who is exclusively assigned to review your learning, clear doubts, counsel and motivate you to reach your goal

o Feedback and improvement plan from your SFA, identifying the specific skills that you will need to develop to score high

o Personalized Detailed Analysis Reports across important test-taking parameters like accuracy, speed, question selection etc.

o Integrated and unlimited ‘Ask a Doubt’ Facility on the learning tool

What is Score Booster technology?

GREedge.com’s unique “Score Booster Technology” is an intelligent Millisecond Monitoring Feedback System that will boost your GRE score.

It’s a smart algorithm that

o Records your responses while you are studying and analyzes your learning data from an exam preparation and time management angle

o Helps your Student Facilitator (SFA) understand your learning pattern & provide feedback for improvement

o Adapts your study plan according to your learning pattern. For example, the standard of the lessons and level of difficulty is increased for potential toppers and decreased for weaker students (until they improve)

Millisecond monitoring makes you feel that a devoted teacher is always near you.

What or who is an SFA?

Every student who enrolls with GREedge.com is assigned a Student Facilitator and Analyst (SFA). The SFA is a trained subject matter expert, who will support you during the entire duration of your preparation, providing you with scientific feedback, clearing your doubts and apprehensions. Your SFA will counsel and motivate you to reach your goal.

I have registered at http://www.greedge.com and I face an error. What do I do?

Just send a mail to info@greedge.com with a screen shot of the error message and we will respond within 24 working hours.

How do I take a Screen shot?

Press ‘Print Screen’ Key on your key board and open paint from accessories. Press CTRL V and save the file in JPEG format using SAVE AS option.

What can I do if I face an error during learning?

If you face an error on the learning application, please use the “Contact Us” button on the learning application and voice your concern. We will respond to your complaint in 24 working hours.

If you are a paid member, you will have direct access to the relevant department who will work on your request on priority.

Does GREedge.com provide any study material apart from its programs?

GREedge.com does not provide any hard copy of study material. Apart from the learning programs, GREedge.com has a learning resources page that addresses many topics worthy of your attention. It has links to GRE updates, previously solved GRE questions, additional learning material prepared by our GRE experts etc. Suitable recommendations for study will be made by your SFA during your study plan orientation.

Does GREedge.com provide any discounts?

Yes! Discounts are announced from time to time usually at tech fests like Shaastra (IIT Madras) and during the festival season. Please stay in touch with GREedge.com to avail these special offers.

10 Steps to Earn a High GRE Score

The following is a guide to scoring high on the GRE test. If you follow these steps, your GRE score will improve.

1. Relax:

Preparing for the GRE can be stressful. Try to focus on the task at hand and not so much on everything else you have to do. If you take GRE test prep step-by-step, day-by-day, and give yourself breaks when your body needs them, you’ll be able to concentrate on GRE studies a lot better.

2. GRE Diagnostic Test:

Begin GRE test prep with a GRE practice test  to find out what you’re good at, and more importantly, what you’re not good at. Correct your completed practice test and evaluate the questions you missed. What kind of questions did you miss? Are they mostly Quantitative or mostly Verbal? What score would you give yourself on Analytical Writing? Did you miss a lot of analogies but do well on reading comprehension? With this information you’ll be able to focus your GRE test prep studies on your weaknesses.

3. GRE Study Plan:

With your GRE weaknesses in mind, make a very specific study plan for yourself. You should know what, how, and when you are going to study for the GRE test. Put your study plan somewhere in plain view, and make sure you stick to your plan.

Try to keep GRE test prep interesting by planning to study different things in different ways. For example, study GRE vocabulary from flash cards one day, from a list the second day, and by reading and learning words in context the third day.

4. GRE Vocabulary:

The single-most effective way to improve GRE Verbal score is with GRE vocabulary. Start studying GRE vocabulary now. Study a word list, use flash cards, learn with software, or learn words in context with The Wall Street Journal. Do whatever it takes to learn new words. Improve your vocabulary skills and watch your GRE score improve.

5. Active Reading:

Practice reading every day, but don’t read like you would your favorite book. Read actively. Ask yourself, “What is the main theme?”, “Report or opinion?”, and “What is the author’s purpose?” You’ll see these questions on the GRE, so you should be on the lookout for the answers. You should also use GRE-level material, such as The Wall Street Journal, to practice your GRE reading comprehension. You might not like the articles, but most likely you won’t like the passages on the GRE either, so you should get used to it.

6. Math Language:

Learning GRE math is like learning a new language. To improve your GRE Quantitative score you have to practice, and the more you practice the more fluent you will become. If you don’t practice, you’ll never improve.

Hence, do as many practice Quantitative problems as you can and learn from your mistakes. When examining your wrong answers, don’t move on to the next question until you understand the current one. The whole point of math practice is so that you can learn from mistakes during practice and not on the real GRE.

7. Essay:

Get used to writing an outline before you actually start an essay. You’ll save time and know exactly what to write about if you have an outlined plan. Your paper will flow better and surely, you will score higher on the GRE Analytical Writing section.

8. GRE Practice Tests:

A GRE practice test is one of your most useful tools during GRE test prep. It’s an excellent indicator of what you need to work on. Take GRE practice tests every couple of weeks to find out your weak areas, and focus your GRE study plan on those things. Also, remember to learn from your mistakes on each practice test.

9. Do Not Procrastinate:

Start preparing for the GRE now. If you start GRE prep early enough, you’ll have the luxury of being able to study just an hour or so per day. When your time is limited, you have to study more hours per day, which will get tiring fast. Cramming for the GRE doesn’t work, so don’t procrastinate. I repeat, if you want to improve your GRE score, do not procrastinate.

10. Mentally Prepare:

Time yourself during GRE practice tests to get a feel for the length of the test and the pace you need to be answering questions at. Act like the practice test is the real GRE. The last thing you want on test day is to feel tired when you’re only half-way through.

If you follow these 10 steps, your GRE score will improve. If you don’t follow these 10 steps, you still might score high on the GRE, but I wouldn’t risk it. Happy preparing.

Reading Comprehension explained

A common mistake is to avoid GRE reading comprehension during GRE preparation and to just suffer through reading passages on test day. However, the last thing you want to be when you’re applying to graduate school is common. RC questions make up roughly 25% of the GRE verbal section, so don’t take this part of the section lightly.

Practice Reading Comprehension Daily

Reading comprehension will seem difficult at first, but like most things in life, with practice, it’ll get easier–much easier. Practice reading GRE-level materials, like The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, on a regular basis. Articles from The Journal and The Times are of the same caliber as the GRE, and since it’s daily, your reading source will be endless. Make sure you get the online version so you’ll get used to reading long articles from a computer screen (since the GRE is strictly a computer adaptive test except in a few select regions).

If The Journal isn’t for you, try Kaplan Verbal Workbook or ETS Practicing to Take the GRE.

Read Actively

While you’re reading, ask yourself, “What is the main theme? Is this the author’s opinion or is the article all facts?” This will better prepare you for the RC questions following a passage as the GRE usually asks questions that pertain to the main ideas of the article. Asking yourself these questions will also help you stay better focused on the passage. Don’t get caught asking yourself, “What did I just read?”

Read for the Main Idea

Remember, you can go back to the passage all you want. Don’t try to memorize every detail. Instead, try to figure the main idea of the passage and pay attention to how everything is set up. For instance, is the author for or against something? Does the author refer to a historical event and then look to the future or does he just look to the past? In other words, do your best to see the passage as a whole. You can look back at the parts when you’re answering questions.

Summing Up

Practice actively reading GRE-level material daily, and eventually, real GRE passages will seem easy. Also, don’t sweat the details. You can refer to the passage as much as you want.

Sentence Completion strategies

GRE sentence completion questions involve a sentence with one or two blanks, and it’s up to you to fill in the blank(s) so that the sentence makes sense. You’re given five answer choices, but the key GRE strategy for sentence completions is to not look at those answer choices until you’ve come up with one of your own.

Step 1: Read the Sentence Carefully

When you are given a GRE sentence completion question, make sure you read the sentence carefully. Pay special attention to important words like but, however, or therefore. Words such as these will help you get a feel for what the sentence is trying to say. If you miss one of these important words, it’s likely you’re going to answer incorrectly.

Step 2: Fill in the Blank Yourself

After reading the question carefully, try to fill in the blank without looking at the answer choices. Think of your own word to complete the sentence. When you have a word in mind, find the answer choice that matches your guess the best. Mark the best-matching word and move on to the next question. No need to second guess yourself.

Why You Should Use this GRE Test-taking Strategy

If you predict a word before looking at the answer choices, it is more likely that you will get the right answer. Why? Instead of examining each choice to see if it makes more sense, you’ll just be looking for a word that matches your prediction. Your prediction doesn’t even have to be a “GRE word”. In fact, it’s better if you keep your predictions simple. This GRE strategy will also cut back on the time you would spend second guessing yourself if you were to examine each answer choice.

Strategy for Analogies

There are two steps in solving GRE analogies: (1) Find the relationship between the two words in the question; (2) find an answer choice that shows the relationship most similar to that of the question.

Finding the Relationship in the Question

The best way to find the relationship between the two words in the question is to use both of them in a sentence. Consider the following GRE analogy example:

CHOIR:SINGER

(A) election: voter
(B) anthology: poet
(C) cast: actor
(D) orchestra: composer
(E) convention: speaker

Now try to use CHOIR and SINGER in a sentence…How about

A CHOIR is made up of many SINGERS.

So now we have a relationship between the two words in the question. The next step is to find the answer choice that shows the same relationship.

Finding the Correct Answer

To find the correct answer choice, first remove the original words from the sentence you made in part one. In our example we remove CHOIR and SINGERS. We are left with a sentence with two blanks:

A <blank> is made up of many <blank>.

Plug the answer choices into the sentence and find the answer choice that makes the most sense. You will find that answer choice (C) fits our sentence the best.

A CAST is made up of many ACTORS.

Answer (C) is the correct choice!

As you practice this GRE test-taking strategy on practice questions you will find that this analogy strategy saves you time and effort as well as earns you more points on the GRE test.

GRE Verbal Section Format

Those who have taken the SAT will be familiar with most of the Verbal section. Like the SAT, there are analogies, sentence completions, and critical reading. However, GRE vocabulary and passages tend to be more difficult than on the SAT, and as a bonus, the GRE also has antonyms.

When you get to the GRE Verbal section, you will get 30 minutes to answer 30 questions that will randomly be of the question types previously mentioned.

GRE Antonyms

For antonym questions, you are given a word, and you need to identify the best answer choice that is the word’s direct opposite.

GRE Analogies

You are given two words in the form word1:word2. There is a relationship between the two words e.g. word1 is the opposite of word2. After you determine the relationship between the two words, you need to find the answer choice that most closely reflects the relationship.

GRE Sentence Completions

These types of questions are exactly how they sound to be. There is a sentence with one or two blanks, and you have to identify the answer choice that best completes the sentence.

GRE Critical Reading Comprehension

Critical Reading questions test how well you comprehend reading passages, and usually take the most time. You have to read a passage (which might be 1-4 paragraphs long), and you are asked questions based on the reading. Usually Critical Reading questions will ask you the main idea of a passage or refer you to a line in the passage that you have to interpret.

GRE Score Percentile and why it’s Important

GRE score percentile is important to graduate admission committees so it’s in your best interest to find out what percentile is and what you should be striving for.

What is GRE score percentile?

GRE score percentile is used to compare you to the rest of GRE test-taking population. For example, if you scored in the 90th percentile, then you scored better than 90 percent of test-takers. The highest percentile you can possible have is 99th percentile since you are part of the testing population and so it’s impossible to score better than everyone in the test-taking population.

What are good GRE score percentile marks?

Average percentile is 50th percentile. The best of the best score above 90th percentile while the worst score below 50th. A 500 on a GRE section is about 50th percentile. A score above 700 on the GRE Verbal section could put you above 90th percentile while a 790 on the GRE Quantitative section might put you around 90th or below.

Students generally don’t score equally high on all sections of the GRE, so your primary goal should be to score high on the section that most relates to your field, and then work on the rest.

Why does GRE score percentile matter?

Percentile adds meaning to GRE scores. It provides a way for admission committees to evaluate your potential as well as how you measure up against other applicants.