Prepare extensive to ensure that you get the highest score possible. This is not
the time to cram.
- Buy a GRE review book.
- Download sample tests.
- Try a practice test under conditions similar to the
actual GRE. Based on your practice score, devise a study plan to help you
brush up on vocabulary, reading comprehension, analogies, algebra, and
Plan to take the GRE well in advance of application due
dates. Try to take it the spring or summer before you apply to grad school. You
can always retake the GRE, but remember that you're allowed to take it only once
per calendar month. Because all prior scores are sent to the institutions to
which you're applying, never take the GRE as practice.
- Understand the Test
Step 1 is to understand what you're getting into. Get acquainted with the
GRE and begin preparing with
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overwhelmed with questions about the exam. Seek answers to . The newest GRE
section, the Analytical Writing section, is the source of much confusion
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This article on Analytical Writing section will help you get the info
you need to excel.
Get a handle on the test by practicing with
sample test questions and exams. Learn about your weaknesses and devise
strategies to overcome them.
- Consider a review course
GRE review courses can aid your preparation and help you overcome gaps
in your competence.
Learn strategies for tackling the GRE. The Vebal Section is particularly
challenging, so spend time learning strategies for the
- Make Time to Relax
An essential part of test prep is to take care of your own physical and
mental health. Learn how to
reduce stress and relax.
- Begin preparing several months ahead of time to give
yourself the opportunity to prepare well.
- Take the GRE well before graduate admissions
applications are due to ensure that you have time to take it a second time
- Compile your materials for the exam (paperwork, photo
id, directions) the night before to minimize rushing around the morning of
- Arrive to the test site early to reduce anxiety and
What You Need:
- Access to Practice Materials
- Motivation and Endurance