How Difficult is the GRE?

One common question among exam takers is how difficult is the GRE? If you are worried about the GRE and the difficulty level of the test, here is some information which will reassure you.

The GRE is overall comparatively tougher than the ACT and the SATs, but the math section of the GRE is relatively easier than the math tested on the SAT and ACT. The GRE test has more challenging vocabulary and reading passages. It also requires a higher level of reasoning.

Compared to graduate exams like the MCAT, LSAT or, GMAT, the GRE test is considered less difficult because the GRE doesn’t require much-specialized knowledge and has less-challenging math questions. Now let’s analyze what makes GRE more difficult than the SATs or ACT.

The GRE has a much more complex requirement for vocabulary, as the Verbal Reasoning section tests may require knowledge of sophisticated vocabulary. The section consists of questions which require you to select words or phrases to fill in the blanks in sentences. The easiest way to tackle this issue is to take as many vocabulary words tests as possible or use flashcards. Reading non-fiction daily, such as scientific and business journals, will also prove useful.

Most of the people who take the GRE may have studied math a long time ago, when compared to candidates who are taking the ACT or SATs. Also, if you hated math, you will have a tough time cracking GRE math.

To tackle this situation, first, prepare the basics of all math topics and practice regularly to overcome any challenges. The Quantitative Reasoning section tests algebra, geometry, data tables and graphs, and statistics. So, you should prepare in such a way that you cover each of these areas before taking the actual exam. Before you attempt any practice exams, try to go through prep books and additional resources so that you have a clear foundation.

One thing that is noticed in the GRE test is that the questions have very challenging wording and may require more logic and analysis to find the answer. This is more applicable in the Quantitative Reasoning section. To overcome this challenge, you should practice problems from GRE prep books and online tests. After each test, you should thoroughly analyze the reason(s) why you couldn’t answer a question. This will help you get accustomed to the difficult wordings of the questions.

Lastly, the GRE does not give you much time to answer a question. You will only get 30 minutes to write each essay, and on average, you get one minute and 30 seconds to answer a verbal or math question.

So, you must be fast and accurate to ace the GRE test. You will have to quickly and efficiently go through the test to answer all the questions. People who read slowly may be at a significant disadvantage due to this aspect of timing. So, the only way out is to practice and get more familiar with the different types of questions.