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GRE Tips & Tricks

Preparation Tips

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 geometry.

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.


Here's How:

  1. Understand the Test
    Step 1 is to understand what you're getting into. Get acquainted with the GRE and begin preparing with this thorough overview of the Graduate Record Exam. Most students are overwhelmed with questions about the exam. Seek answers to . The newest GRE section, the Analytical Writing section, is the source of much confusion among applications. Knowledge is power. This article on Analytical Writing section will help you get the info you need to excel.
  2. Practice
    Get a handle on the test by practicing with sample test questions and exams. Learn about your weaknesses and devise strategies to overcome them.
  3. Consider a review course
    GRE review courses can aid your preparation and help you overcome gaps in your competence.
  4. Strategize
    Learn strategies for tackling the GRE. The Vebal Section is particularly challenging, so spend time learning strategies for the Verbal Section.
  5. 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.


  1. Begin preparing several months ahead of time to give yourself the opportunity to prepare well.
  2. Take the GRE well before graduate admissions applications are due to ensure that you have time to take it a second time if needed.
  3. Compile your materials for the exam (paperwork, photo id, directions) the night before to minimize rushing around the morning of the exam.
  4. Arrive to the test site early to reduce anxiety and get settled.

What You Need:

  • Access to Practice Materials
  • Time
  • Patience
  • Motivation and Endurance


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