One Year GRE Study Plan for Junior Year Students (3rd Year)

1 year gre study plan
There are many views on how much time one should devote for GRE test prep.

The formula that worked for me and always does is: START EARLY AND PREPARE NICE AND SLOWLY. I’m sharing my 1 year GRE Study Plan that worked beautifully for me.

One Year GRE Study Plan

  • Third Year – First Semester (Fall Sem, Junior Year)
  • Third Year – Second Semester (Spring, Junior Year)
  • GRE Prep books
  • GRE Practice Tests (Paper and Computer)

Third Year – First Semester (Fall)

Make your mind regarding the GRE  Test in the third year of your UG program. During the first semester of the year, start reading some good newspapers and magazines diligently, patiently, and in an organized way. Concentrate on vocab building.

You’ll indirectly practice for reading comprehensions this way.  This is your informal vocab  building technique and trust me: it is a lot more interesting and easy than to merely cram the word lists in the prep books. note the unfamiliar words in an organized way.

Third Year – Second Semester (Spring)

In the second semester, Dive into the preparation formally and whole heartedly.

Start with a good word list like Barron’s GRE and you would be happy to observe that: the effort you put in the first semester is bearing fruit.

You are now familiar with half of the words. Work on the rest of them.

You should understand that by working out, I mean to learn them by their roots.

The best way to do this is to read WORD POWER MADE EASY by NORMAN LEWIS. This would help to remember the words for a much longer period. Also start doing RC’s at the rate of 2 passages per day. This should last 2 months (Depends on your grasping power).

GRE books

Start working on some Quantitative exercises. For science students, the math given on the GRE prep books is somewhat easy.

So try to do some difficult matter: I would recommend MATHEMATICS FOR MBA by R.S. AGGARWAL.  This would give you a good insight into the quantitative portion and ample practice to stop you from doing careless mistakes( most important in GRE).

GRE Practice Tests – Paper Test

Once the words are grasped, move to practicing questions. There is no need to give Computer based tests at this time: paper practice would be good enough.

This phase should be atleast 2 months long.

Practice hard: ultimately you’ll see that you have improved a lot.

You are already doing RC’s for 2 months now.

Continue doing those but increase the rate. You have also done the hard math, now move on to the simpler ones that are available in test prep books.

GRE Practice Tests – Computer Based

Now, you are one step short of being ready for the test: Real time practicing with Computer Based Tests.

Do this for 1 month. Give importance on time management and analyze your mistakes. Now you are ready to take the exam.

Remember one thing: Time doesn’t go waste.

You have put time and efforts, that means you’ll get rewards. Also, be motivated.

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20 Comments

  1. SriHarsha on January 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    @Raghu…just a friendly n casual chat.. dont mind..:)

  2. Maverick on January 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    @SriHarsha: Can i know the colleges you have applied ?

    • SriHarsha on January 15, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Oregon state, Univ of Utah , UCinn , Utah state, UW-Milwaukee, Oklahoma state univ, UWaterloo…
      Bit skeptical since I applied to MS in CS…
      and you ??

      • Maverick on January 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        1. UCLA
        2. TAMU, College Station
        3. UC Boulder
        4. UF, gainesville
        5. UHMC.
        Suprised ?
        Yeah ! these are my universities. You might find me bit ambitious according to the choice, but i can compromise my last 4 year’s deeds with my GRE scores.
        Let’s see, God’s Grace.

        • Maverick on January 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

          I found your interview at HSB very inspirational, I started at 293 when I gave my first prep. I always got over 315 in the Kap Test, Bloody hell on the exam day, got 3 verbal section.
          Done the first 2 very well and the 3rd was way above my level :), Managed 312 at last or could have scored near your score.
          But have to appreciate you for taking some time to put that interview up.

        • SriHarsha on January 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

          Thank You for compliment 🙂

        • SriHarsha on January 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

          You might have a good ug % …gre is not only criteria…
          It would be best if you add some safe univs..
          All univs u applied r simply awesome…
          TAMU CS is one of my dream univ but becoz of my ug % i didnt apply 2 it..

          • Maverick on January 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

            Yeah! 81 % now and maybe nearby 82 % after IV. 4 International Papers, Few 100’s in subjects, Excellent scores in core, 2 Research Projects at ISRO, 1 curriculum at DRDO, College First ,TA at college, State badminton Player, Good Recos and Good SOP.
            Let’s see! As Safe universities i have applied to UFL and UHMC. But i am not interested to attend these anyway, That means” manaki rasi unte US lo chadavadam, vastadi emo some better university lepothe inka manam em chestam, kurchoni malli chadavali GRE” 😛 “:)



          • SriHarsha on January 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

            Awesome!!
            Nuvvu keka…a acads chustene telusthondi..
            BTW e college ?



          • Maverick on January 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM

            “H”Em keko!! 🙂 Ekada consultancy vala thegara ki velthe “I”Auburn University, U Cincinatti, SUNY, UTD(Safe) , “T”NorthEastern U.. Anni Ambi/ Mod lo peti sacharu..
            “A”Edulix lo apude forums lo Fall 13 Admits koda echaru “M”ante, nenu inka apply chestnanu koni colleges.
            “.” Tie up emana untada velaki? 300 vachina same colleges “o”cheptnaru, 310 vachina same colleges cheptnaru and same “r”with the case of 315
            “g” Asalu confusion lo kotkuntnanu.. Arizona State apply cheyalsindi kani TOEFL late aipoindi nadi.
            Epudu TOEFL waived for most of the indian students, they are considering English as one of the official language in india.
            UFL, UC waived it for me



          • Maverick on January 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

            “” lo na website undi, just open cheyi. ma patshala namam thanilo untadi!



          • Maverick on January 20, 2013 at 5:53 AM

            nuvvu reply telugu lone evu, e site gurinchi em anukuntnav? nenu almost 3 years ninchi chustnanu. Ade vere Edulix emana chusi unte bagu padevadini emo .. Ekada em blog chestado ardam kadu naku asalu.



          • Raghuram Sukumar on January 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

            Guys – Your conversation is not helping anyone.



          • Maverick on January 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

            Raghu Sir ! 🙂 Not so informative !! 🙂 Dont mind though..



          • SriHarsha on January 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

            ledu..modatilo chala bagundi….chala telisaye naku e blog valle.. naku anni markulu vachayante e blog lo seniors rasina anubhavalu valle.. e madhya konchem dabbu sampadichadaniki prayatnestunnaru… naa peru google cheye..facebook lo chat cheddam..



      • Maverick on January 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        You switched the course right form XX to CS?

        • SriHarsha on January 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

          Yeah…from Electronics to CS

  3. Maverick on January 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Hey Raghu, Check this out.. My TOEFL score is out, managed 101 with one day prep !

  4. Maverick on January 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Agree with Harsha, took 21 days to crack GRE with 312 !

  5. SriHarsha on January 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Might not work for me…
    If i may say 100 days is more than enough to crack gre with high scores..

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