New ETS test available: 2008

YF17A
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New ETS test available: 2008

Postby YF17A » Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:53 pm

Don't know if any of you noticed, but ETS has (thank god!) posted a test from 2008 in their practice book on their website.

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby lenivix » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:34 am

I hadn't noticed, thanks very much! The more test prep material the better.. Speaking of which, must get around to studying one of these days :lol:

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby ali8 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:34 am

This test (2008) is in the "preparation" material officially released from ETS.

I wonder, then, which test was available before ?

I didn't download this material in the past so I cannot judge, but I think

maybe they were posting something elese? (2007 ???)

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby ali8 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:40 am

ali8 wrote:This test (2008) is in the "preparation" material officially released from ETS.

I wonder, then, which test was available before ?

I didn't download this material in the past so I cannot judge, but I think

maybe they were posting something elese? (2007 ???)


It's 2001 test. So now we have 86/92/96/2001/2008.

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby AriAstronomer » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:58 am

YAHOOOOO!!!!!!

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby grae313 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:35 pm

Would someone post a link to a pdf here (I'm soooooo lazy) so that I can add the link to the stickied threads?

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby physicsworks » Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:38 pm

grae313 wrote:Would someone post a link to a pdf here (I'm soooooo lazy) so that I can add the link to the stickied threads?

Here you are: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/Physics.pdf

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby WhoaNonstop » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:56 pm

physicsworks wrote:
grae313 wrote:Would someone post a link to a pdf here (I'm soooooo lazy) so that I can add the link to the stickied threads?

Here you are: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/Physics.pdf


Wow, now I feel like wasting another 3 hours to see how I could do.

-Riley

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby physics_auth » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:15 am

YF17A wrote:Don't know if any of you noticed, but ETS has (thank god!) posted a test from 2008 in their practice book on their website.



If this practice test was a real PGRE test then it seems easy enough to ace ... (some questions are ridiculous!). Somebody can cross-check that ... . However, while browsing the practice test I recognized around 20+ questions that appeared verbatim in April 2009 PGRE test. As far as I can remember that test was more demanding than the one released by ETS ... but there are denifinitely some practice questions that appeared in real PGRE tests (and which have decreasing probability of appearing again once released ... ). On the other hand, assuming that the released practice test is a real test ... I am surprised that around 1/5 (maybe more than that) of the questions appeared in a consecutive test ... .

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby ali8 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:49 am

physics_auth wrote:
YF17A wrote:Don't know if any of you noticed, but ETS has (thank god!) posted a test from 2008 in their practice book on their website.



If this practice test was a real PGRE test then it seems easy enough to ace ... (some questions are ridiculous!). Somebody can cross-check that ... . However, while browsing the practice test I recognized around 20+ questions that appeared verbatim in April 2009 PGRE test. As far as I can remember that test was more demanding than the one released by ETS ... but there are denifinitely some practice questions that appeared in real PGRE tests (and which have decreasing probability of appearing again once released ... ). On the other hand, assuming that the released practice test is a real test ... I am surprised that around 1/5 (maybe more than that) of the questions appeared in a consecutive test ... .



And that will be unfair becouse people who have the money to take two consecutive tests will have a better chance than poor people who can afford
only one test (like me).

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby YF17A » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:55 am

physics_auth wrote:However, while browsing the practice test I recognized around 20+ questions that appeared verbatim in April 2009 PGRE test. ... I am surprised that around 1/5 (maybe more than that) of the questions appeared in a consecutive test ... .


I took my test in October 2009 and noticed something similar. I think the way to interpret it is that ETS does recycle questions, but in such a way that it's not terribly beneficial - if you're taking a test in October 2008, you probably are applying to grad school for '09 entry, so taking the April '09 test is useless, and many people don't take the GRE a full year ahead of time. But I think we should also assume that any questions which have been publicly released by ETS are now "retired" from the pool of questions. And I will say that this test looks ridiculously easy: I was hoping to get another "data point" from which to write preparatory material, but now I'm just confused.

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby WhoaNonstop » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:05 pm

ali8 wrote:And that will be unfair becouse people who have the money to take two consecutive tests will have a better chance than poor people who can afford
only one test (like me).


No, because it is under my impression that they do not use the same questions in the same year. I took two tests in 2009, October and November and none of the questions were the same. I also took the test in November 2010 and did notice a few similar questions, but not ~20%.

It is very rare that someone will take a test a year before in order to "help" them with the next year.

-Riley

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Re: New ETS test available: 2008

Postby CarlBrannen » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:08 am

WhoaNonstop wrote:Wow, now I feel like wasting another 3 hours to see how I could do.

-Riley


Funny thing, I had that urge too. So far, I've managed to fight it down. Kind of amazing, like somebody getting the urge to sign up with the army so they can go through basic training again.

I'm planning on taking the qualifiers or whatever they call it, in the Spring. In preparation for it, I guess I'll take the new test.




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