If you follow the steps listed below for preparing for GRE exams, I’m sure doing so can improve your GRE Score.
Step 1 – GRE Practice
There are lots of free GRE Exam practice tests available online. Take one of the tests without any distractions and check your scores in the GRE Exam Verbal and Quantitative sections.
Take note of the date when you took the exam and scores in each section.
Step 2 – Identify Weakness
For the questions you have answered wrong, make sure you find out why you selected the wrong answer and find how to solve. If you happen to learn a new formula or words, make a note of it.
Use a separate notebook, one for Verbal and one for Maths. By making note of your mistakes, you are improving your weakness. This is better starting point to improve your final GRE Exam score.
Step 3 – Improve your Skills
Spend at least 1 hour per day enhancing your GRE Vocabulary from Barron’s GRE Exam book. It has around 50 word lists. Try to remember at least 1 word list per week.
So this means, for every week you can read from 50 to 100 new words. At the same time, revise the notes you have made in Step 2.
Step 4 – More GRE Notes
For Week 1, read the first word list. For Week 2, revise the first word list and then start learning the second word list. This way, you will not easily forget the words.
If you are weak in quantitative, practice lots of maths questions. Keep taking notes for each new word or math formula you come across.
Step 5 – Flash Cards
One of the best ways to remember new words is to form sentences using each new word.
(Another technique is the use of GRE verbal flash cards, carrying the notes of new words that you find difficulty remembering with you. If you happen to revise/look at a word for more than 5 times, it will be easy to remember).
Use the same flash card technique to remember some math formulas, especially those you can’t keep track of.
Step 6 – GRE Practice Test
Next, take a GRE Practice Test again and see how much you score, and for mistakes you make, evaluate again what went wrong.
In this way, you will learn new maths formulas and at same time your score will increase month by month. You will definitely see some score improvements from the GRE exam practice test discussed in Step 1.
Step 7 – Keep Improvising
There’s no need to worry that you are scoring low in GRE tests at this point, every student initially has the same problem. Spending at least 1-2 hours per day for the first 3 months will likely get you going.
In the next 4-5 months, you will see huge differences in the scores. At this point, it’s good to take note that hard work is different from smart work.
Smart work includes hard work and the right study plan and the need to regularly keep track of your skill levels. While taking practice test, if you know you are going to get this question incorrect, make a note of it.
After the practice test, make sure you are able to solve similar problems at least 30 times.
Step 8 – Daily Practice
So the key to improve your GRE Scores and your GRE test strategies is to practice daily and if you select a wrong answer in your practice test, make sure you find the right answer.
Don’t jump around to many GRE books. Take one book, complete practicing all the problems there, then move to next book.
If you are studying for 1 hour, make sure you use 100% of your time.
Step 9 – Motivation
Most students make the mistake of not finding out the right answers for the questions that they got wrong in the GRE practice test. The reverse is actually among the most proven ways to improve your scores in GRE.
In your GRE exams (practice) and let’s say you scored 1,000. And 2 months later you scored around 1,000 again, then I can say, the 2 months of time you spent studying for your GRE is simply wasted time, unless the score improves.
Key to improving your score is to stay motivated. You need to have the urge to improve your scores. If you don’t commit yourself 100% during the preparation, you are just wasting your time, and resources for that matter.
The GRE Exam is in CAT format. But with the same skill level, no matter how many times you take it, your score will remain the same.
Step 10 – Bingo High GRE Exam Score
If your score doesn’t improve, try following different approaches for GRE preparation. However, after spending a lot of time but if you don’t see your scores improve, there is something wrong with your approach.
Lastly, check if you are actually preparing for the GRE Exam, not a different exam. 🙂
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