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Computer Adaptive Testing

Chris Lele
Lesson by Chris Lele
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Okay, this video I'm going to talk about something that's actually very important because a lot of people have misinformation. The new GRE is a test that is a section adaptive. That means depending on how you do on your first map, or your first verbal section We'll determine which followup section you get. So if you do very well on your first Math section.

Then your second Math section's gonna look very different from someone who did very poorly on the first math section, that is test section adaptive. So everyone starts with a medium section. That first section will not be easy, it will not be hard. It will be medium. That doesn't mean there will only be medium questions in there.

There will be a smattering of both easy and hard. But overall the section is medium. Based again on your performance on the section, will determine your second section. So the second section you can either have an easy section, medium section or difficult section and all depends again on how you did on the first medium section.

What the new GRE is not, is it is not question adaptive. What do I mean by that? Well let me tell you why people would even think in the first place it's question adaptive. Because the old GRE was. So you're sitting down to take a test.

The old GRE, it's a on a computer and each question if you answer it right or if you answer it wrong it determines the next question you get. So if you continue answering questions correctly, question by question, test will keep getting harder and harder. And that's very different from the current GRE. Which is section adaptive.

So your section, once you start off in the medium section, even if you get the first 15 questions wrong in the verbal section. It doesn't mean that 16 and 17 are gonna be really easy. It's fixed, it's fossilized, that medium section. It's only when you go into your next section, that second section that your performance again determines which of these sections you will get.

To get a perfect score, you will need to go on to the difficult section. You can still get a very good score if you go on to the medium section and get all of those questions right. So it is important to note that as well. Of course if you get, go on to the easy section either math and verbal it does constraint or put a ceiling on your score.

Again the point of this video to show you that the test is section adaptive, and it is not question adaptive. So if you go online and you're reading some website that tells you that it is question adaptive, that website well, they never bothered updating for the new GRE and it changed in August 2011. Here you have it.

The new GRE is section adaptive

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