Surbhi Srivastava, Mumbai India
GRE Score- 330 Verbal- 164 Quant- 166
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
I recently took the GRE after having enrolled with Galvanize for their 45-day crash course. I scored 164 in Verbal and 166 in Quant on my first attempt. Reasons for why Galvanize was helpful are as follows-
- Galvanize suited me because they had a plan which fit within my time-limit and was affordable for me. I also felt that with my basic knowledge I did not need more than 45 days as that would only lead to burn-out. But for those who need more time, Galvanize has longer packages which I felt were more economical than the ones in the market.
- I liked the general layout of the Galvanize platform as it made doing tasks systematic. I’m a check-box type of person so I like to set short goals and check them off my list. For that, Galvanize provided short tasks on a daily basis that I just had to finish without worrying about what to do next.
- Both the Verbal and Quant sections of Galvanize were comprehensive and focused on getting basics right to solve every question. I also preferred to understand general strategies rather than learning how to do every sum. For that, the Galvanize instructors were very helpful as they did not hesitate to digress during the lesson if some helpful strategy or concept needed to be discussed.
My experience was that you need to be smart about how you spend your time preparing. Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. Move within the sections as that turned out to be the biggest lesson that Galvanize taught me !
Janssen Ongaigui, Philippines
GRE Score- 331 Verbal- 164 Quant- 167
Score Improvement- 25
University of the Philippines Diliman
My name is Janssen Jiang Ongaigui, and I am from the Philippines. I took up BS Electrical Engineering at the University of the Philippines Diliman. I want to study abroad to gain pertinent experience and knowledge otherwise unavailable in the Philippines, especially in the energy sector. The quality of the learning material in Galvanize is great. Galvanize offers plenty of video lessons that explain the concepts, followed by a variety of problem sets. These helped me become more confident and it lessened my nervousness. They offer many Quant questions with varying levels of difficulty, making sure that every topic is covered. They also tell you what to look out for when answering Verbal questions, and they even tell you how much time you should be spending on particular types of questions. Furthermore, they tell you traps that you might fall into. All in all, I was able to learn a lot from Galvanize because I used it frequently. As such, I found the Galvanize online software platform useful. There is a study plan that a student can follow for good pacing and I used it almost everyday. There are also useful reports that come after each test that give insight into the mistakes that a student makes, and from there the student can make adjustments.All in all, Galvanize has been really helpful! I would recommend Galvanize to my friends who want to take up the GRE.
Dhairyya Agarwal, Kolkata India
GRE Score- 334 Verbal- 165 Quant- 169
Institute of Engineering and Management
First, I would like to provide some insight about my GRE scores.
Before I began my preparation, my Verbal score was around 152 and Quant 162.
After preparing with Galvanize, my scores on the actual GRE were 165 (Verbal) and 169 (Quant).
This change occurred in around only 20 days.
Galvanize’s mobile app for vocabulary is excellent as it has mnemonics associated with each word. Having around 1800 words it actually covers all the words present in Barron’s and Magoosh giving you a comprehensive preparation.
The mock tests, 5 of them are very helpful as they simulate the actual test very closely. The strategies taught in the verbal classes were quite helpful. As I had opted for virtual classes, my course managers were quite helpful in resolving my doubts and providing me guidance at any point of time.
So for me Galvanize worked wonders, for others I would suggest to give it a try. You will find learning to be fun and fall in love with learning again.
Shyam Sundhar R, Kanpur
GRE Score- 330 Verbal- 160 Quant- 170
IIT Kanpur, India
Galvanize coaching has a pretty decent online program. They cover all the question types in the Verbal section thoroughly and provide with proper tips and techniques. I used to have a notion that the Verbal section is purely based on vocabulary and not much thinking goes into it. They helped me change that notion and made me attack each question in a logical and iterative manner. Their exercises and tests helped me a lot.
Also, they had a decent amount of practice for the AWA section, in which I was least confident. Their exercises and tests made me improve a lot. And their personalized feedback regarding the AWA part in the third mock test was helpful.
The Mock tests were very useful and were fairly accurate in predicting your actual GRE score. In every mock test, AWA was graded which helped me a lot in understanding where I stand.
The Galvanize preparation was sufficient but in the end, it all comes down to how well you understood the concepts you’re learning.