It is that time of the year where you are enjoying the summer but have to prepare for college admissions – going through options online, taking university tours with family, filling out college applications, writing personal statements and getting recommendations. But the most critical component of your success at getting into that dream school of yours will be your performance on the GRE.
If this is your first time taking the GRE exam, it can be a daunting task. You will have to cram up words, go through extensive passage reading, remember mathematical formulas, work with probabilities, practice solving those equations and what not, and all that can be too much for a student to cope with. I still have nightmares!
But worry no more!, Scholar Den through its years of research and experience of working with students has crafted a technique that has helped thousands of students and here is the high level plan for it.
The key when it comes to GRE preparation is strategic planning. And the first step is to see where you fall. The ideal way to get an estimate of your current proficiency level is to take diagnostic tests. Good resources for that are the Manhattan Practice Tests and ETS, official test maker. Once you have your mock test score, see which bracket you fall under.
- If you are under that 300 mark, then getting a perfect score of 340 in the first attempt won’t be possible. but it doesn’t mean you can’t get there. It is time to gear up for a lot of effort.
- If you are in that 300-320 range you are on the right track, and you need to spend 2-3 months to focus on concepts building and learn strategies to master your skills, followed by good quality resources.
- If you are in that 320-340 you just need to brush things up. Remember sometimes a lower score may be good enough depending on the specific discipline you want to join. For example, For top 50 schools, 325 could be a par score for Robotics but a 305 could be a good score for social sciences. So, do your research on the field you are aiming for.
The second step in planning is to set a target for your test. Set your target realistically, based on where you stand. Research the colleges online that you want to target, and look for average GRE admission scores for those colleges. This would help you set the goal for a GRE score.
With two numbers decided, one your current score and the other your target score you know the gap that you need to fill in. Preparation will be easier once you have direction, and the fear will go away. So just start today: take a practice test, set a target, and then join scholarden.com for all your preparation needs.
Finally, you need a support group. There are books, tests and articles out there but sometimes having that helping hand from those who have been there and done that, can make all the difference. Scholar Den with a community of over 95,000 students and mentors won’t let you feel alone. You can go and join Scholar Den GRE Prep Facebook group and ask those questions you have.