In this article we will look at 2 months GRE study plan and 4 months GRE Study Plan.

GRE Study Plan – 4 months

Lets assume you have 4 months for your GRE Exam from today. Your daily GRE preparation study time table should look like the following

  • Weekdays: 3 hours
    • Morning:
      • 1 Hour: GRE Verbal (Strategies and Words)
    • Evening:
      • 30 Minutes: GRE Verbal (review words from morning)
      • 30 minutes: GRE Math
      • 30 minutes : GRE Practice test (or study)
      • 30 Minutes Test Review
  • Weekends: 6-10 hours
    • Sundays: 1 full test

Above study plan will work well if you have 4 or more month to study for GRE. Spending 3 hours just for GRE test preparation is not an easy task. It takes lot of dedication and motivation. If you are a college student, it will be  lot tougher to allocate 3 hours per day. But, you have no other choice, but eliminate all the distraction and concentrate on improving your GRE Score.

GRE Study Plan – 2 Months

If you have just 2 months left to study for GRE, this 2 months GRE Study plan will help you maximize your time for preparation.

  • Weekdays: 5 hours
    • Mornings:
      • 1 Hour: GRE Verbal (Strategies and Words)
      • 1 Hour – Math (Strategies and formulas)
    • Evening:
      • 1  hours: GRE Verbal (review words from morning)
      • 30 minutes: GRE Math
      • 1 Hour: GRE Practice test (or study)
      • 30 Minutes for Test Review
  • Weekends: 10 to 15 hours
    • Sundays: 1 full test, Study.

When you have less then 2 months for your GRE Exam. 5 Hours per day should be the minimum time you have to spend on GRE Preparation.

Your GRE Time Table?

If you are planning to appear for GRE exam in near future, do you have a time table like the one above or you just randomly spend less some time for test preparation? Can you vote below and if you have additional comments, do leave a comment (with your GRE Score and how much time you spend per day)

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  • sameena begum

    Iam a b.pharmcy 3rd yr stdnt cn u plz advise me weadr I shld go fr ms or phd?am cnfusd
    Wil look frwadr 4 u a reply

  • sameena begum

    Thank u so mch
    Its the perfct timetble I was lookng for nd is much useful 4 stdnts

  • shiva

    Dear raghu sir…
    please give more information On: why there is two separate test for same “biology related subject”
    1.biology paper, And
    2. Biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology paper.
    please elaborate your views on this question.
    thank you…

  • bhargavi

    I Search alot for dis kind of info.thanq.i get lot of info what i want..suggest the materials also i wil be very happy.

    • Hemanth

      Hey Bhargavi,
      I would suggest Kaplan work book for verbal and Barrons for math.
      Since building a vocab for GRE is a process and not a preparation what I did is read magazines of American publications like Time etc as it would really help you to know how sentences are formed. Also any novels by P.G Wodehouse will increase your vocabulary by leaps and bounds.


  • Snehal

    Hello ,I am already late to start my preparation for GRE ,so i want to know what should i do as i want to apply for Aug2013,what should i do now i haven’t joined classes as well

  • niharika

    hmmm first of all is nyu and chicago your dream or safe schools?i hope you do know that nyu asks for a minimum aggregate of above 80 percent…and chicago is a really good school too !! and if you haven started preparing for gre you need to like slog ! all the best :)

  • spoorthi reddy

    can you even suggest me the books n online material available for GRE

  • spoorthi reddy

    hey…am actually writing my gre on i dnt knw when to start preparation for it.i need to get into chicago university or NYU.what is the required score for getting into these institutes?please help me..

  • ashish

    starting my preparation few comments were eye opner for me.
    this will help me a lot


    Hi all,
    I gave my gre on june 26th and scored 310/340.
    verbal -147
    quant – 163( was not upto my expectation as I have never scored that low)

    I am planning to do MIS and CMU is my dream univ soo m planning to give once again.
    And please let me know what are other good univ which can accept score of 310 for MIS.

    Can ne 1 tell me what should I do in 45 days from now on to get 320+.??

    Amil Shah


      And here is my profile:
      10th – 90.29
      12th – 83
      btech .CE – 7.68 cgpa
      Exp: 2 years post graduation + 4 months of training which I completed during my final sem of Btech in CE.
      Some prizes won at national level techfest and also awarded “gem of the quarter” award in IT major.

  • Akash

    Hi, This is a common question (some of you may think Crap) but still this question will be concerned about my career. I am planning to pursue MS in CS. I am having 2 exp. years in start up firm. Sadly i did not maintained my academics. But still i will definitely score well in GRE. what are the chances of getting good university for MS & how does it will affect life after MS.

  • ude Gabriel Ifeanyi

    Thanks for those priceless pieces of advise.

  • sushmitha

    I have my gre on july 31st. Pls tell me ehow shud I prepare to score above 315 in gre. Plshelp me. Pls give quick reply. Thank u.

    • Viswanath

      Practice is the only way you can get that score. 320 is quite possible too with a proper preparation. Buckle up right away and start doing practice tests

    • mithra

      did you attend coaching classes??….practise all that they taught you there..and then do practise tests….im sure you will do well


    Hey there! I am currently in my final year of B.Tech in Computer Science and Technology. I wish to pursue M.S. in the U.S. I want to do Masters in Engineering Management as I want a management degree without changing my technical field.(as an MBA would completely lose my engineering value). When should I plan to give the GRE and TOEFL exam? is it too late for FALL 2012 ? please help me.

    • nitin

      hey hi aviline ….as you are very late now.i advice u go for it would give you good university choices after taking up gre and toefl .join any good coaching classes and apply it soon before november 2012.

  • yogesh

    I am presently working. Passed out B.E. Instrumentation in may 2011. want to start preparation for GRE from now. Am I thinking properly shall I go for it.
    Please help.

  • Faisal

    Good to see lot of people giving more than an hour to GRE preparation. In my opinion, the preparation time and hours dedicated depend upon how good you were with maths and english in your school and high school. Better you were, lesser you need to worry about preparation.

    • DEV

      i was good. scored 92 and 89(maths and english resp). but forgot everything. hehehe

  • Akshay Gaykar

    hello guys i am now studying in 2nd year computer engineering would you please tell me when is good time to start GRE

  • Gajanan

    i am in 4th year of & am planning to give GRE in march2012.
    suggest me is that ok to give gre in march or after the oct/feb?
    i am confusing about my gre,can anyone tell me what are the
    strategies for learning 4,000 gre words?
    I just wanted to know whether 3months of preparation for GRE Revised test is enough to score 320/340?

  • jigar shah

    if anybody appeared in New revised GRE please share your experience…

  • G Vinay

    I just wanted to know whether 840 hours of preparation for GRE Revised test is enough to score 300/340?

    And 300 hours for TOEFL?

    Please do reply.


    sir ..
    i want ,to top most university detail i planned to study p.hd biochem & mol.biology
    give me the valuble suggetion………..i wait for ur reply….thankq sir


    im Bobby biochem completed 2011 ,now im prepare the toefl & after i planned the gre …pls help me! how i faced the both exams. how i spend the time to study plan…pls givme the timetable….more useful to me frds thankq…………….a lot

    • Ram

      Hi bobby,
      u’ve to plan according ur exams timetable
      Based on ur hardwork u’ll get good score.
      if u are not sufficient with these two preperation, please stop GRE and continue it after ur exams.
      that will be very helpful to get the good score also.



  • megha

    same problm….

    • Ram

      same Solution as Above

  • megha

    can anyone plz tell me wt are the gre strategies,i booked my slot for the new gre on sept22nd ,plz provide me a perfect plan and assist me to get a very good score

    • vaibhav

      hey meghna i wuld suggest u to go to a counselor n concerned him wht is the pattern n initially wht is required for prepartion for gre……… gre is entirely different frm other test, wht i think u shuld 1stly get aware of gre properly……same as u i was also vry confused , but after being counselled it really helped me to make up my mind properly for gre………..u can go 2 any coaching to b counselled n for preperation, which i think to gain good score is essential …….i m in the phase of preparation for gre so if u hv ny doubt u can concerned regards to hw to begin wth quantitative or verbal sections……….

      • megha

        thanq very much for ur concern vaibhav …i am alrdy gng for the coachng……and also half way in the prep for verbal…itz gng on but i dnt thnk ths is the way …..i hav soo much to cope up with the quant ….
        but wt r these strategies……

  • megha

    can anyone plz tell me wt are the gre strategies

  • pushpa reddy

    hi every one
    am planing to take gre this month.which 1 is better this test?r revised test please suggest me who would have been experienced.
    i wl be b thankful.

  • Viswanath

    I'm Viswanath, Btech 3rd year chem engg student. I'm interested in writing GRE in August/September. I've applied for passport last month but may get it during my summer vacation. I'll be out of state during this period & so it will remain here in the post office for all 3 months. So can I apply for it in ending of July and get the dates to write during August/September?

  • Abhijit

    There are almost 3500 words to be mugged up,So how shd i start it ?

    • arunima

      how 2 prepare english part of gre and toefl.specify good books.

      • Salim Sopariwalla

        You can use Barrons, Princeton Review, Kaplan for vocabulary. You can also try some wordlists available online ( freely available when you search using google).
        For Quants, I would suggest you use Barrons and Kaplan for stratergies on various topics. You can also use bboks with Quant for practice.

        All the Best!! :)

  • Abhijit

    I have completely forgotten the school mathematics,will i have to bring school mathematics books and revise all topics agai and then prepare for GRE maths?




    hi.. i am 2010 passed out. i need to go on january 2012(spring admissions). can you please tell me which is the right time to take up the exams. will i be able to apply for spring admissions if i take gre in may 1st week? please guide me.

  • md abu taher

    I want to do MS or phd from i want information about the requirement of MS in USA for electrical electronics engineering.

  • vishwaja ghate

    please guide me regarding upgradation of GRE score and
    selection of US universities for masters course.

  • sridevi


  • Manjula

    I wanna take up my GRE exam in May 2011, please can anyone suggest me which all the books i need to purchase. If anything available online for free download…

    I am targeting 1400+ score

  • tushar


    i want to do MS from abroad can i do it through gre and how?

  • Veda


    I appeared the GRE for the 1st time on 17th oct 2010 and got a score of 950.I just want to know with this score what are the universities to which I can apply for 2011 Aug session?

    Thank you in advance.

  • Swati


    I am planning to appear in GRE in November.Please guide me how to prepare to score 1300.Please guide me techniques to improve verbal section.

  • Batte sowjanya

    Hi i'm 2010 BTech passed out. I scheduled my GRE on dec 2nd. Can u plz tel which book is best for quant n verbal & how many hours i need 2 prepare daily & Wr can i fine the complete test papers in order to get good score in dis short peroid.

    • Mayank

      barron's GRE is best,Nova for maths basic and then give tests as much as possible.everything is depends upon your hard practice best of luck

  • Ravi


    I have scheduled my TOEFL & GRE on 14th and 15th NOV respectively.Would I be able to apply to universities which have their last date for application as 7th Dec or 15th Dec.



  • naresh

    Hi, I wanna know that what will be the right time to take GRE and TOEFL ,if I have to apply for fall 2011 .

    • Mayank

      before november

  • Toks

    I just want to say thumbs up to the editor and members of the forum. I have found the information on this website of great relevance to my preparation for GRE and M.Sc despite the fact that I'm from Nigeria.

  • sampanna

    I'm working and i'm planning to give gre in the month of october 2010 by 20th.

    till now i'm prepared with 22 wordlist from barrons and some quants section.

    my office hours are from 8:00-6:00. can u suggest me a good study plan so as to adjust with my daily working schedule..

  • Krishna

    Which books are required for preparing gre with in 2months(verbal and quant)

    • Mayank

      barron's is best

  • Ayan Saha

    I think morning is the best time for verbal!Rest of the day we should use to review the words.At night we should spend for math.and befor sleep we can give an exam.

  • prathibha

    hi iam studying b.pharm 4th year can you please send information about good gre coaching centers in hyd with fee particulars,duration of course & timings?is it only weekends or regularly?


    hi can you please send information about good gre coaching centers in hyd with fee particulars,duration of course & timings?is it only weekends or regularly?

    • pallavi

      princeton review, krupa, visu, promac to name a few..

      juz type in google u gt der contact details..

      oder details talk 2 dem over phne…

      Fees in princeton review – Rs.9k

      visu arnd 7k

      bt if u hav 2 work on verbal section — i suggest princeton review

  • linda

    Hi,would anyone be kind to tell me how to improve reading correctness? I'm realy stuck in this section ! Your reply would mean a lot to me !

  • Tapan

    If your verbal is poor like mine, I do recommend to write the words, you find to revise subsequently, after memorizing a wordlist. This will give you more concentration too. Also you will be able to mark re-mark and narrow your further wordlist reading..

    Math is very very easy to learn because it's the maths we studied upto 10th only plus some topics. But scoring 800 in math is not as easy as scoring 750!!! Really, scoring 750 in math require not more than 1 week but scoring 800 may require 2 weeks' serious attempts..

    If you are giving GRE in 2 months, consider verbal for 1.5 months and math and practice tests for 15 days..

  • swati

    Hi, I wanna know that what will be the right time to take GRE and TOEFL ,if I have to apply for fall 2011 .

  • Saeed Ahmed

    well, its a nice plan for those who are taking their GRE test after 4 months or more. It is easy to follow and implement and further, pace can be maintained. If one follows it wholeheartedly, he can work on the second plan too.

  • Ravikiran Dodamani

    dis is the best plan i may say. could u plz tell me wat n how to approach to GRE n its word list. since i m plaining to appear in next june on july could u plz tel some tips so that i keep in touch of wordlist n how many hrs do i need to spend.

    • pallavi

      hi.. if u r plannin 2 take up GRE d next june.. den i gues you needn't worry abt the wordlist.. coz d new pattern doesnt include dem..

      anyways plz check ot d official site or other posts in d blog regarding d pattern of revised gre general test..

  • Ashu

    Hi all,

    Nice study plan :) I have completed my Msc in Microbiology and am applying for fall 11. I ve booked my date on nov 10 th. Because i belong 2 a science back ground can u guide me as to how to prepare to get a gud score. Am not gud at math :( so am actually wondering how 2 go abt dat!! Thnx in advance !!

    • Banwari

      Hello Ashu, Math section is so simple than verbal. Hope u already prepared ur verbal very well. May i know wt course ur looking for coz Im also M.Sc with Biotechnology and would like to apply for Phd for fall 2011 session.

      Reply pls

      • Ashu


        I dint start my prep yet :( I am actually planning to go for masters in Microbiology and shift to clinical research after going there… Because its not so advisable 2 apply for Phd directly… So have u given ur GRE??

    • Issha


      Don't worry maths is very easy to deal with.. I would advise you to start from barrons'.. Do stratigies properly.. Its given very clearly in the text.. Pay more at tention on word problem, there would be nearly 5 ques on word pblms. They even weigh more.. If you do properly just 3 hrs a day, you would be able to finish it in max 20 days. Trust me i scored full in manths…

      All the best for your exam as well future..

      • Ashu

        Hey Issha

        Thnx for ur advise :) Is Barrons alone enuf to get a gud score??? Am getting scared 2 start my quant prep :(

        • Anupam

          Hey Dear i am also planning to prapare for GRE,but i am doing job and during this its difficult to get specific time for study,so would you tell me effective solution and for online preparation which is the best online tutor?

  • Tewodros

    Hi HSB,

    I have one question for you. What about the analytical section? Do you think someone can do without preparing adequately? I think one has to know and write what ETS expect from them.

    Thank you

  • Tapan

    What I did was:

    • 25 wordlists first 20 days.

    • Math first time from Barrons 5 days

    • 20 wordlists from remaining 25 in 15 days.

    • Math second time from Barrons and Shiksha manual- formulas and theories and hard ticked sums in 4 days.

    • Revision of all wordlists and then other verbal practises with remaining 5 wordlists for remaining days i.e. For 10 days.

    Revised all the words, written and marked to narrow reading subsequently.

    Revised 6 times in this pattern befor exam. And given practice tests only on the last day!!!

    Advise: Begin practise tests earlier from Kaplan barron's powerprep.

    • sri

      hi, i really liked ur study plan .can u give me more information about the plan and how many months did it took u for preparation and what was ur score?