Updated on - January 19th 2020 by Piyush Bhartiya

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GRE Preparation Tips

GRE is the Graduate Record Examination, it is an exam which is required by the students who wish to pursue higher education abroad. GRE aims to test 3 sections namely verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.

The duration of the test is close to 4 hours including the break. For pursuing masters and PhD courses GRE is almost mandatory. The fee for GRE is 200$. Students can also avail scholarships based on their GRE scores. GRE is scored in percentiles. This article will help you and guide you on how to prepare for GRE.

Gre Exam Preparation Tips

GRE is not a tough nut to crack, with a well-laid study plan and focused goal one can easily score good marks in GRE. 2-3 months are enough to prepare well for GRE. With ample practice in each section, students can score excellent marks and can apply to their dream institutes. Some useful GRE preparation tips are as follows 

  • Choose the right study material

Study material is the source from where the real literal knowledge is gained. With the availability of the internet, there is a vast amount of content available over the internet.

Students should explore a variety of materials like journals, blogs, websites and books.

Choose the books which are up to date concerning new content and format. The data present in the material should be accurate and it should be in accordance with the study plan. Important topics should be given more focus.

  • Create a study plan

It is rightly said that failing to plan is planning to fail. Therefore creating and formulating a study plan becomes very important and should not be ignored at all. Students are advised that they should develop a plan of action and lay down all the essential topics which are distinguished from the exam point of view.

The aim of a student should be to cover all the topics and form a timetable to make time to study every day. A positive mindset and continuous efforts will never go in vain. 

  • Do not underestimate the difficulty of Quant

Most students tend to ignore Quant and do not pay that much attention to it. Although Quant here in GRE is different from regular math. The Quant here is just not some high school trigonometry questions. GRE Quant focuses on testing the overall quantitative analysis ability of the candidates. Although the problems in the Quants section are of math only but have a twist in it, followed by brain teaser. Also, GRE Quants aims to test the candidate's ability to interpret given data correctly than to formulate solutions. 

  • Prepare well for AWA

Analytical Writing Assessment is used in short and is called AWA.

AWA in GRE is tested to check the candidate’s writing skills. As compared to other sections AWA is less important but takes a considerable amount of time and energy in the GRE. Read many articles and practice writing articles on different topics.

Build and follow structures to write essays. Following a structure helps to write an article with the right amount of accuracy quickly. Also, when writing an article in an exam, always be sure of the argument you are supporting.

  • Build your mental stamina

The duration of GRE is close to 4 hours and the break between sections is of mere 1 minute. Also, the break after 3 sections is 10 minutes. Thus it can get quite hectic and chaotic for most of the candidates.

Therefore it becomes essential for students to build up mental stamina to cope up with the exam and to maintain focus in the exam for that more prolonged period. Candidates are suggested to practice for long hours and give mock tests to perform better and remain focussed while giving the exam.

  • Know the contextual meaning of the GRE words

GRE tests English and vocabulary of the students. The candidates should not try to learn every word of the dictionary and their meanings, the main aim of GRE is to test the vocabulary of the student and its context. Students should try to remember the prefix and their meanings rather than learning every word. Also, students should grasp the examples to get a better understanding of concepts and the context. 

  • Make a list of your target universities.

Along with preparing for GRE, it is vital to set goals and measure one's performance. The main goal of giving GRE is to get admission into a good and reputed university, so it becomes vital to research and makes a list of universities which one wants to take admission in.

Make a list of universities both in India and abroad. Study the pros and cons of each university and divide them accordingly. 

GRE Verbal Preparation Tips

The GRE Verbal section contains 40 questions and it aims to test student’s reading and language skills. These GRE Verbal Preparation Tips will surely help you. Gather study material necessary for preparation.

Make an action plan. Students need to understand and memorize the essential vocabulary words with the use of examples. Read a lot, to increase reading habits and speed.

Manage time effectively and practice mock questions and papers to build fluency and mental stamina. 

  • Gather study material necessary for preparation
  • Memorize vocabulary words with the help of examples
  • Read and write articles to make it a habit 
  • Practice mock papers 

Books to Prefer

Book Name

Author

MRP

Manhattan  5LB Book of Practice Problems

-

Rs.450

ETS Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

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Rs.200

GRE Math Prep Course (Nova’s GRE Prep Course)

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Rs.650

Kaplan GRE Math Workbook

Publisher Kaplan

Rs.250

Vibrant Publishers GRE Analytical Writing – Solutions to Real Essay Topics ( Books 1 and 2)

Publisher Vibrant

Rs.550

ETS Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test

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Rs.350

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Rs.150

Barron’s 1100 Words You Need to Know

Barron

Rs.150

Magoosh GRE Vocabulary eBook

-

Rs.250

FAQs

Ques 1. How should I start preparing for GRE?

Ans. Students should have a good study plan, and along with the study plan, the good study material is also vital.

Ques 2. How long do you need to prepare for the GRE?

Ans. Although it depends on person to person, the average study period is around 2-3 months if the study is done with full focus supported by a well-laid plan.

Ques 3. How can I prepare for GRE at home?

Ans. GRE requires persistence. Students studying at home can prepare from books and other study material available from various sources. Practice and hard work is the key.

Ques 4. Is the GRE test difficult?

Ans. GRE tests both quantitative and verbal knowledge of the students, although the verbal section is a bit more complicated, overall GRE is moderately difficult to crack. 

Ques 5. What is a good GRE score?

Ans. GRE scores range from 130 to 170 per section. The GRE max score is 340 (combined scores range from 260-340). Therefore a score up and above 300 is considered good. 


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Piyush values education and has studied from the top institutes of IIT Roorkee, IIM Bangalore, KTH Sweden and Tsinghua University in China. Post completing his MBA, he has worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group and focused on building sales and marketing vertical for top MNCs and Indian business houses.

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