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The Machine vs. The Pen: The Pros and Cons of a Computer Based GRE

gre testing centerMST vs. CAT

The computerized version of the old GRE was a CAT (Computer-Adaptive Test), which means that the difficulty level of the questions you saw depended on your performance earlier in the test. Thus, the more problems you were solving correctly, the harder the problems you would get (and vice versa). The purpose was to give you a score that most accurately represented your understanding of the concepts and materials covered by the test. In short, a CAT test will adapt after you answer each question (either getting slightly harder if you answer correctly or getting slightly easier if you answer incorrectly). However, there are a few disadvantages to this type of test: Continue reading “The Machine vs. The Pen: The Pros and Cons of a Computer Based GRE” »

4 Hours of Incarceration at the GRE Testing Center: My GRE Test Taking Experience

When I signed up to take the GRE at a testing center, they provided me with a list of dos and don’ts, but I don’t think they adequately portrayed the list of testing regulations that could easily overwhelm  the unexpected test taker.  Of course, I knew that I wouldn’t have access to my cell phone and that I would put my belongings in a locker, but I didn’t realize that I would be suspected of cheating the second I walked through the door.

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