Useful tips for GRE Preperation

I don’t mean to be cocky, but you’ll thank me for these tips.

Taking the GRE is the first step towards the long journey of going abroad for masters. This journey is long, tedious, expensive, confusing and a lot more. To add to all that, GRE coaching classes will convince you to shell out another 30k to teach you English and Maths. Come on.

I understand some people feel that they need help with this, and then let me tell you, that it’s not something you can’t do on your own. Honestly, you can spend that 30k hiring a decent counselor for that will end up being much more worthy use of your money.

Preparing for the GRE is not like the regular school college exam where we study for a few days before the exam and as soon as we are out of the exam hall, our memory is wiped clean. Rather than studying, you train for GRE. By that I mean you slowly progress towards your goals over time.

  1. Time management: Assess your strength and weakness by taking 2 assessment tests. The obvious conclusion will be that we need to start working on the verbal section.
  2. Verbal: Don’t just aim to memorize words, learn to use them. So for that try to solve questions (20-30 minimum) every day. You can get quality stuff in books like Nova, Barron’s, Kaplan, Wiley Aristotle.
  3. 5 lb. Book is your friend: find this book and make it your best friend. It has so much practice material, that if you only do this, you will easily score above 310.
  4. Read magazine and newspaper articles and try to understand their writing style. It will help with the AWA.
  5. Quant: Our Maths is really strong by default, but still, go-through all the chapters. Try solving 30 questions of every chapter in 30 minutes to learn time saving tricks. Nova math bible is your holy grail.
  6. Training for GRE can be done in 1 week or one year. You can find plans suitable to your needs on magoosh website. They have amazing tips which will greatly benefit.
  7. 45-60 days are actually enough for preparation. Don’t go overboard with stress, because GRE can be retaken again and again.
  8. At the center, the environment will freak you out, so dedicate one week to doing mock tests, and do the ETS power prep tests on the first and second last day of the week. The one thing you will learn is managing time between questions you don’t know the answer to.
  9. Finally, the best time to take the exam is when you odd semester (sem 7) has just started. You will have a break after your semester 6 exams and the work load at the beginning of the semester is not too much.
  10. Finally, don’t stress. Don’t go to the center with your parents, rather take a friend along. Parents stress more than us and that will affect our performance. Also, you get a 10 minute break, USE THAT!!

All the best!!

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