Yeah, it was considerably easier than any of the practice exams. I answered 90 out of 100, where with the practice exams I would attempt only 60 to 70. Either I was being reckless, or they were that much easier.
rsfadia wrote:Yeah, it was considerably easier than any of the practice exams. I answered 90 out of 100, where with the practice exams I would attempt only 60 to 70. Either I was being reckless, or they were that much easier.
Does anyone else feel disappointed by this level of difficulty? Perhaps my logic is wrong, but I feel like an easy exam puts a small threshold on getting a large score, thus crowding up the right half of the percentile. Those who studied a lot (and I am not saying I was one of those people) do not have an opportunity to demonstrate their extended knowledge with tests like these. Thoughts?
Yeah, I took it in the US.slowdweller wrote:Where did you guys take your exams? I took mine outside the US and thought it was quite difficult, and also a bit different. Many of the "usual" problems weren't asked and instead there were lots of non-trivial questions on topics I didn't know. I have a feeling they always give internationals the difficult versions for some reason .
Well that's somewhat reassuring lol. When did you take yours, and by regular, do you mean the distribution ended up being roughly like the '01/'08 exams?TakeruK wrote:Are you serious?? I have two responses: First, every year, people say this about the test. They said it about my exam too but the distribution ended up being pretty regular.
someguy wrote:Well that's somewhat reassuring lol. When did you take yours, and by regular, do you mean the distribution ended up being roughly like the '01/'08 exams?
Cosmos1 wrote:Actually, I think an easy exam would benefit those who normally are in the lower percentiles. If a very difficult exam was given, the less-prepared people wouldn't be able to answer all of the questions, while the well-prepared people would be able to answer most if not all of the questions. If the exam was very easy, the well-prepared people would still answer all of the questions, but the less-prepared people would be able to answer many more questions than before. So, I think by having an easier test, it allows the test takers to get through all of the questions, thus benefiting those people who normally can't get through them all.
I took my exam in November 2011 and although many people also said it felt easier than the 2008 exam (I didn't think so though), the distribution ended up being close to the 2008 exam, if I recall correctly (there's no way to know for sure, but based on people comparing # of correct answers with their posted scaled score, I remember they matched up to the 2008 booklet pretty well.
cwr wrote:Does ETS post our number of correct answers and scaled score, or did people just know what sort of range they were in for number of correct answers (referring to your comment about comparing number of correct answers to scaled score above)?
If you do search through posts on the days after every PGRE, you'll see people repeatedly saying the same thing: that the test was too easy and they all give various guesses on the # of questions they answered right.
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