One thing I would like to point out is that I think the grading of the Revised GRE seems more 'fair.' In the old version, if you got the first question wrong then all your other questions would be worth less. If you got one near the end wrong, they wouldn't count it against you. In the revised edition, all your questions carry equal weight. If Kaplan can be trusted, I took old and revised practice tests with them. On the old version, I got ~600 on the quant and ~450 on the verbal. On the new version I got 750-800 on the quant and 540-640 on the verbal. What's interesting is that my raw score for the revised quant was less than my raw score for the old test. Also interesting, I got the same number of questions wrong in both sections on the revised, yet completely different score ranges.
On my revised practice test,
was needed on at least 4-5 questions. Perhaps something to put in active memory for the test. Other than not remembering
, all the questions I got wrong were due to careless mistakes, either in computation or not reading the question correctly. The key is to be careful and pay close attention.
Putting the vocab in context makes those questions much more reasonable.
While you are given a predetermined set of questions, you are given two sets of both verbal and quant. Based on my practice test, the relative difficulty of the second set is based on your performance on the first set. Over 50% of the Q questions in my second set were labeled "high difficulty" compared to only 10% on my first set (I did well on the first set).
For most people on this board, you shouldn't have to study much of anything for this test (is you're feeling really gung-ho you can study vocab and write esays). That being said, it probably is in your best interest to familiarize yourself with the test by taking a practice exam. Its still a test, and its best not to walk into a test cold.