Friday, April 22, 2016

Tips and Resources: Crack the GRE in 60 Days


By: Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services

Studying for the GRE in a short amount of time can be overwhelming – we get it! To help you plan and ace the test, we’ve listed some important tips and resources below.

1. Understand the exam structure and scoring systemBefore you jump into studying, it’s important to understand the structure of the test and asses your strengths and weaknesses.

2. Preparation and timelines: Experts recommend committing approximately 120 hours (that breaks down to 2 hours per day for 60 days) of prep time to achieve a competitive score. If you are struggling with English, you may want to take even more time to prepare. You should plan your study based on two things:
  1. The number of topics that you need to prepare. If you take a practice test at the beginning of your studies, you can use the results to identify your weakest areas and focus on them. 
  2. How much time you can commit to your preparation every day. No one knows how much time you can devote to the GRE per day, but you – so, make a proper study plan and stick to it. 

3. Explore study material: After doing some preliminary prep work, look into paid and un-paid resources that will help you excel.

a. Paid
b. Free
  • ETS Powerprep Tests – Free online practice tests from the test-makers themselves. 
  • Quizlet – Here you’ll find thousands of flashcards made by other students about the GRE – vocab, math, you name it.
  • Manhattan GRE Practice Test – Manhattan is a reputable source of GRE information, so this practice test is of a very high standard.
  • Khan Academy – While there isn’t a section specifically dedicated to GRE Prep, you’ll still find plenty of material that is really helpful for your studies, in particular math. Just search for the concept you’re having trouble with, and we bet you’ll find a video that explains it perfectly.
  • ETS Essay Topic Pools: Argument and Issue – ETS provides the entire pool of tasks from which your essay prompt will be selected. 
4. Practice: Lastly, practice… practice… practice. Another key aspect of your GRE prep is repetition. Only when you take regular tests, analyze the results, and make changes accordingly, you are going to reach your target. So, plan your practice tests ahead of time, and then decide the test date.

Also check out these related articles:

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3 GRE Prep Myths and 3 Helpful GRE Tips

We hope the above tips and tricks helps in your test preparation – if you have any other resources that are valuable, be sure to comment below. Good luck!

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