Everybody is concerned about getting a perfect GRE test score, but nobody focuses on learning the effective way to study. First things first, you need a lot of time to prep and practice. Even if you are on a time crunch, GRE preparation requires a minimum of 4 to 12 weeks. Now when that’s out of the way, let’s get started with the tips:

Find Your Baseline Score

If you have never heard the term baseline score before, let me explain it to you in the simplest way possible. If you took the GRE test today and got your score, it would be your baseline and serve as a starting point. Before moving on with the study, I highly recommend taking a mock GRE test to determine your starting point. This way, you will have a crystal clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses and help you with the study plan.

Figure Out Your Target Score

Firstly, list down all the grad programs of your interest. Compare your baseline score to the most recent incoming class of each of these programs. You can easily find this information on the website of the grad school or student profiles. This will tell you the gap in your score and will give you the target score.

Come Up with a Plan to Close the Gap

The next step is to come up with a plan to meet the target score. This involves registering in an online prep course, getting a book, and dividing the overall course content for a few weeks or months, depending on the time that you have. Make sure to include time for practice tests and preparation. Give yourself more time than you think you will need.

The Right Technique Matters

It is critical to focus on your technique while giving practice tests. Evolve your style, include certain hacks to speed up your calculations, and try to work on your speed as you go. Polishing your technique is more than working on learning the course content.

Mimic Real Life Test Conditions

Always practice on the computer while giving yourself a time limit. Taking the test on pen and paper is great, but it will not mimic the real-life testing environment. Hence, most people find themselves very confused while taking the test because they have never practiced it in a realistic environment.

Results Review

If you have to take one thing from this article, take this one. Once you practice, always keep a tab on your results. It will help you track your progress and will give you a crystal clear idea of what parts of the test require more attention and which don’t.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you find it hard to prepare for your GRE, simply sign up for free and access fantastic learning resources. Best of luck with your prep!



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