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This is How A Lazy Person Scored 163 in GRE Verbal Section

This post is written by Aditi Sharma ( New HSB Contributor) – How to Improve GRE Verbal Score.

Most of the Indian students taking GRE score a perfect Quant, the Verbal section gives them jitters!!

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Yes! you can be Lazy and Still Score 163 in GRE Verbal

In this post I will share some tips that helped me score 163 in verbal.

The GRE verbal section consists of three major areas:

  • Reading Comprehension: It consists of passages which are followed by questions and answer options. Type of questions asked are:
    • Select one correct answer
    • Select multiple correct answers (The killer!!)
    • Select a sentence form the passage
  • Sentence completion: It consists of a single sentence, one blank and six options out of which two correct choices are to be selected.
  • Text Completion: A short passage is given and words are omitted. One to three blanks may be given and one option is to be selected for each blank. No marks are awarded for partially correct answer.

So, what is required to master these three forms of question? Of course you need a killer vocabulary along with understanding the author’s perspective and drawing conclusions from it.

The first step in starting your verbal preparation is building an amazing vocabulary. The questions asked in GRE contain words which are not used in our common conversations or even our text books!

How is can an average student supposed to know the meaning of words like curmudgeon, excoriation, peccadillo etc etc etc….?

There are two ways to build your vocab:

  1. Read Newspapers , Magazines , Novels and whatever good reading material you can get your hands on-to. However, it will take years to master vocab through this method. So unless you were a sucker for newspapers and novels write from your childhood, You better look at option no. 2
  2. If you are a lazy person like me who would rather watch the movie than read the novel, you better start learning the word list. The barrons word list (the one with 3500 words) is what I am talking about.

I know its sounds crazy. Learning 3500 words? She must be nuts! Well I am not asking you to simply gulp down the whole word list. Relax. But yes the more words you’ll know, the better you‘ll score in verbal!

Ok tell me, how on earth are you supposed to answer the questions or fill up a blank if you don’t know the meaning of the word! In medium to hard questions, you’ll find about 4-5 words per sentence whose meaning you wouldn’t know, unless you have gone through the word list.

You can find the word list in Barron’s old book (18 th edition) however I fail to understand why the word list is not given in Barron’s New GRE (19 th edition). You need the word list to prepare for verbal. Period.

Now, the question comes how to learn the words. Well, there are many ways – Flash cards, word root method, Pictionary or simply mugging up. I will explain these in detail in another post.

Reading Between the Lines – Build Comprehension

Once you understand the meaning of words, you can string a sentence and infer meaning out of it.

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Photo Credit – This is Reading Comprehension

The verbal sections checks abilities like:

  • understanding meanings of words and sentences
  • differentiating between minor and major points given in the passage
  • concluding and summarizing the information provided
  • reasoning and developing considering alternative explanations
  • identifying the relation between the pair of words given as options

This can be developed with practice. Do your word list and alongside practice GRE questions from standard books like Barron’s, Kaplan, Princeton, ETS official guide. All these are well known books.

The more you practice the better you’ll get. You will be able to understand how a word is used in a sentence because many words have quite different meanings in different context. I know it all sounds absurd but you’ll know once you start to practice.

Expose yourself to various topics

Reading passages are drawn from many different disciplines. Trust me they can pick up material from anything under the sun! Passages can be about biological sciences, History of music in US , the American culture, arts, humanities, famous personalities anything!

Do not be discouraged. Every bit of information required to answer the questions is there in the paragraph, you just have to see it. You are not expected to rely on any outside knowledge.

The best way to prepare is to expose yourself to variety of topics.

Read Scientific American, New York Times, The Hindu. Read articles even if you find them boring.

Another small tip here– read everything online because the Final test will be on the computer screen. You must be comfortable reading on the screen. Most of the people prepare through books. Even I used to keep a pencil in my hand and just go though the passage underlining important info in between. Avoid it.

  1. Improve vocabulary
  2. Practice Practice!!
  3. Read diverse topics
  4. VOILAA! Superb GRE verbal!

These are the basic things you must follow to crack the verbal section.

I prepared for about 3 months and scored 163. Please let me know if you want me to write anything else related to GRE prep.


Tinder’s Algorithm / How the “ELO Score” is calculated & What you can do to improve yours

Tinder’s matching algorithm and the ELO score it assigns to you, based on a number of factors, determines whose profile you are shown and to whom your profile is shown, and how prominently (How high up in the stack it lands). Thereby it very much affects with whom you even have the possibility of matching.

The factors that affect your score/ranking/visibility:

Some of this information is extracted from official Tinder announcements and articles, some of it is almost certain based on personal experimentation and anecdotal evidence.

  • New accounts get a noob boost (not to be confused with the new paid boost feature), lasting approximately two days, during which their profile is shown to a very wide audience and featured prominently in their decks. During this time, an account’s ELO score is first calculated. Once the boost has run its course, this score determines your visibility and audience. *This is why you get comparatively many matches in your first few days and why that count drops rapidly within a week.*

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  • The score system and matching algorithm doesn&#8217;t work in terms of a 1-10 attractiveness scale, but the effect can be expressed as such: If you have been determined to be a 6, you will be regularly shown to 5-7, and rarely to >7, or <5 rated people, and vice versa.

  • It is possible to influence your score throughout the lifetime of your account, for example by swapping out your old pictures for better ones, but it will take time for any changes to be noticeable. It&#8217;s far quicker to reset your account to achieve this. Plus, you&#8217;ll get another shot with everyone who didn&#8217;t like your old photos.
  • Educated Guesses as to how your score is calculated / what factors affect it:

    • A combination of % of people who like you as a whole&#8230;
    • &#8230;% of the people you like who like you back (&#8220;are you playing within your league?&#8221;)&#8230;
    • &#8230;and those people&#8217;s own rating. A person with a higher rating than your own liking you carries more weight than one with a lower rating liking you (like getting more points for defeating a higher ranking team in a ranked tournament).

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  • Your pickiness. Both swiping right to everyone and to almost no one are penalized, though mass swiping right a lot more severely than being too picky. A right swipe quota of 30-70% seems to be the sweet spot.

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  • Whether you actually send messages to most of your matches. Sending messages, as well as receiving replies, is beneficial.

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  • For visibility/Deck placement, not your score:Activity. Your placement gradually gets worse while inactive.

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  • Update, April 29th 2017: It is rumored that Tinder Plus users who make liberal use of the unlimited swipes feature may be bricking their account. I.e. Swiping too often per day, or hour, may get you marked as a bot by Tinder, resulting in a kind of shadowban, or very, very low score, rendering you nigh-invisible.

    This appears reproducible, but it is as of yet unclear how many swipes in how short a time period exactly will cause this.Update, July 4th 2017: It appears 2&#8217;000 swipes per hour in any direction will get your account &#8220;locked&#8221; for 12 hours of the app telling you to &#8220;Check back later for new people&#8221;, potentially also carrying an elo score punishment with it as previously observed. The relevant section of the Plus Features guide has been updated to reflect this as well.

  • I hope you found this guide helpful. Thoughts? Criticism? Praise? Something to add? Feel free to leave a comment below, or visit the SwipeHelper Subreddit. We have cookies! And advice. And surveys. And stories (maybe yours?). See you there

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