The graduate Record Examination the standardised test conducted by ETS, is no cause for fear or concern. It is a simple examination that can be tackled by anybody with a little extra practise.
- Think about your end goal, the reason you’ve decided to take the GRE in the first place.
- Before you register for the exam, test yourself. Numerous self-assessment tests are available on the internet. Here’s a link to the official ETS test:
- Based on the result that you obtain, you can determine your weaknesses and strengths.
- The test consist of three parts – Analytical Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning
- There are numerous books available on the internet and at the shops for GRE,
- TRY AND SOLVE ALL QUESTIONS IN THE ETS OFFICIAL GUIDE.
- Students are confronted by the choice between attending coaching classes and self- study. I personally feel that there is no need for extra lessons, unless you are really intimidated by the examination or find yourself unable to work on weak areas, in which case there are a few coaching classes available:
Jamboree, Manya Princeton Review, Maghoosh, Endeavour Careers, IMS, TIME
- Register for the exam on the ETS portal https://www.ets.org/gre. Registering for the exam really pushes you to study.
- The GRE preparation time can range from anywhere between one year to less than a week. It varies from person to person. For students aiming for high scores and those who feel like they would feel most comfortable with ample preparation time a month – two months would be good.
- Set a realistic schedule that will work for you and try sticking to it.
- Consistency is the key to preparing for this exam.
- Vocabulary is of primary importance in tackling the GRE. Using the Maghoosh android app for flashcards is an excellent idea to start off. There are numerous levels and it is very cleverly designed. There are several books and apps for this as well, whichever you choose, stick to it and complete it. Never stop practising.
- Constantly practice the sentence equivalence, reading comprehension and questions to get a hang of them. The questions are sometimes simple but meant to trick you, practicing ensures that you figure out the patterns.
- majortests.com/gre/ this is a great website to practise and test yourself at the end of your studies
- This would actually be the section that you could score the most in. This is the section that anybody can improve in merely by practising. This section of the GRE can only be tricky, but there are a limited variations in the kind of sums they can ask you. So going by the syllabus and determining your weaknesses and working on them can ensure an excellent score.
- majortests.com/gre/, the same website can be used to practice these questions as well.
- This section comprises of two parts- argumentative essay and analytical essay.
- The best way to work on the essays, is by writing and practicing them. It is important to receive and accept constructive criticism from teachers, friends or family. The 5lb book has a whole list of excellent essays that will give you a really good insight into writing and improving your essays.
- Keep them simple, but use good examples, analogies and analysis.
- The argumentative essay is the section that you can score most in. Here is a link to a good explanation of how to handle this section: http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/top-5-strategies-for-the-gre-argument-essay/
- Keep practising and take atleast 6 full length tests to get acquainted with the examination.
- Make a list of the colleges you would like to send your scores to. ETS allows you to send your scores for free to 4 universities, so make good use of this opportunity.
- The day before you exam (assuming that you have finished prepping by now) do not worry or over work yourself, relax, get your passport ready, think about what snacks you’d like to eat during the break next day and have a good night’s sleep.
- Stay calm and do your best.
All the best! 🙂
To start your preparation for GRE, you should keep following key points in mind:
- Start by creating a realistic schedule of daily work.
- Use only the official materials.
- Do the practice problems first, then do regular practice testing
- Find someone with whom you can review the questions you get wrong.
- Do more practice problems for the content areas that seem to be surfacing the highest frequency of incorrect answers on your practice tests.
- GRE prep requires studying vocabulary.
- consistent, well-planned preparation is key.
All the best!!
1. Build your mental stamina
2. Do not underestimate the difficulty of Quant
3. Learn the context in which words are used, not just the meanings
4. Prepare well for Analytical Writing Assessment to avoid wasting energy
5. Choose your study material carefully