10 Steps to Improve Your GRE Exam Score

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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41 Comments

  1. Okala, Emeka Enyinnaya on April 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I very happy, when i had of GRE. God will bless the initiator.

  2. TWUM YAW on August 2, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    i want to do my graduate studies in u.s. i want help from you.

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  4. Sibu on March 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM

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  5. Nupur Arora on October 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    NEED HELP!!!!!!: I need tips to prepare GRE withiin 15 days. pls help………

  6. Nupua Arora on October 18, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    NEED HELP!!!!!!: I need tips to prepare GRE withiin 15 days. pls help………

  7. Conrad Veranso on August 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Hello,
    I have plans of registering for the TOEFL and GRE Exams for the months of November and February respectively, but i am having serious problems with the Verbal part of the exams. Please how can i do to improve on my score for this section of the Exams
    Pls reply

  8. Shweta on July 15, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Hi,

    I took the GRE day before yesterday and got a score of 1360(Verbal:590, Quantitative:770). I know the official score would be available only after 10-15 days. Till then, what proof do I have that I got this score? I don’t have it written anywhere. Plz guide. Thanks a lot.

  9. Nimisha on July 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Hello
    Thanks for the above post. Its really helpful. However I would request you to kindly suggest a study plan specific to the new GRE exam as not much resource is available. I am taking the exam in December, so any guidance will be very much appreciated.
    Thanks

    Nimisha

  10. rajesh sakhamuri on July 1, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    GRE cource is achivement of futher studys

  11. Nikhil on June 19, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    hiiii sir … i want to write new pattern plz send me desire notes at least website … i want to score good.. thanks

  12. Akash singhal on April 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    I have given GRE two times but have not got more than 800 score overall in the exam. Now, i want to know that if I want to give it 3rd time again does it will have any effect on getting admission or at the time of interview as i have attempted the exam 3 times because as we all know that GRE result comes with last 5 attempts. please guide me as i don't want to give off my US dream easily. Is there any other way to go for master's in US without GRE. please guide me.

  13. sandhyarani on March 15, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    iam going to take gre for the second time in the next month can u please help me for getting good score.first time i have got 780 (quants:480 and english:300).so now i am trying to get atleast 1000+ so please help me

  14. sandhyarani on March 15, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    iam going to take gre for the second time in the next month can u please help me for getting good score

  15. rahul on February 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Please guide me before i am not able to postpone my GRE exam date which is on 1st march. Actually I have given GRE last year in nov'2010 in which i have got 800 scores overall becoz I got nervous in the exam due late night study before the exam. This is my 2nd and the last chance for giving GRE and I don't want to let it go from my hands. I am getting 1050 to 1180 in the pratice test (Q 610 to 710/V 350 to 460) but I am not feeling satisfied from my preparations as I think I can take much more than this if i get some more time but my parents are telling me to give it now otherwise the more you delay the more you get indolent. If this I have not scored then i have to take admission in india which i don't want to. So, its my request you to please give me the reply of this query as soon as possible as you know that before 3 days of the exam one can't reschedule to the next date.

  16. yua on January 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    hey frnds i m gng to prpd for GRE exam hw to get good score
    in it please sugst. me and plz tel me which one is ri8 time to ri8
    this xam . nw i m gng to cmly my btech in this year plz help
    me

  17. karthik on December 30, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    hi…HSB fans
    sir ,i got a GRE score of 1160(390-verbal,770-quants). I need information about good colleges should i apply.
    my 10th percent is—–83.67
    my intermediate——-91.40
    my b.tech is————66.40(2 backlogs –cleared)

    i completed my graduation in electrical and electronics engineering…….
    can u suggest some universities which offer me admission for my score along with stipend.

    n i am planning for TOFEL exam also.

  18. avinash on December 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    how to improve my verbal in GRE. i am week in English.

  19. sahana rao on November 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Hi! THERE

    my name is sadhana,,, i m a b.tech student… i just needed to know that i m not good at my vocabs…. now i m just left with 7 months… what shall i do????

  20. Abhi on November 14, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Hello, I want to ask some questions about how the US Universities consider two different GRE scores.

    I scored less in GRE in my first attempt, and I am planning to retake the test within these 2-3 months so I just want to know after retaking the gre how the universities will consider these 2 different scores?

  21. Gourish on November 2, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Hey, HSB as I've already posted my GRE experience I need your opinion about a problem. I had tough time few days before my GRE and unfortunately couldn't pace up to prepare in the final moments. I'm planning for MS biotech for fall-2011. I've got a good academic profile but the only problem would be the GRE verbals (380). Is it better to go with the application proceedings or should i give another shot at GRE?

  22. Gourish on November 2, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Myriad strategies have been provided by HSB to study for GRE and let me add one. My experience while giving GRE was completely different. My GRE experience implies that last 5 days before the test are crucial where one needs work diligently. I was getting decent score in verbals in various mock tests. ( about 450-650 with very few exceptions). But i ended up scoring just 380 in the actual test as I couldn't touch the preparation material for the last 5 days before test because of personal reason that i don't wanna mention. However a decent score of 750 in quants made it to 1130. I was completely disturbed before the exam but made my composure ideal before entering the hall. At last neither i had a chance to procrastinate the test date and nor do I know whether the score is ok to get into reputed unis. So do take care of your work and composure few days before ur test. Don't bother if they are inevitable. 🙂

  23. HSB on October 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM

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  24. Dhiman R. Das on October 21, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Hi,

    I want to apply for MS in Applied Mathematics in the USA/ Canada. What is the minimum score that I should score for getting a Scholarship?

  25. samita on August 15, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    hi i m samita . i have done MCA with 80% now i want to go for PHD in computer Application please guide me that hw i can go for phd in USA or any other country.

    hw can i start the preparation and hw i can take the help from websites and hw could i get the preparation test papers from the university exams.

  26. Soumya on August 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    hi…suggest sum top universities in the US and canada which r known for courses like signal processing, microwave communication, radio astronomy, radars,and biomedical instrumentation

  27. Soumya on August 2, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Hi again……Plz suggest a gud book 4 quant…..will just barron's do??????

  28. Ajay on June 10, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    hello…
    i am doing my engineering in computer science..
    i wish to do M.S. in MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS..
    1 : is it possible to switch my stream to maths???
    2 : give me a list of some good universities providing M.S. in maths and statistics???

  29. Karan moodbidri on January 12, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Why is it so that Spring candidates are referred as deferred admissions..

  30. Happy Schools Blog on October 20, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Which Semester to Apply- Jan or Aug 2010?…

    Question from Meesha
    I have my GRE on 10th DEC 2009, I want to apply for doctorate in chemistry.What is the minimum score that I should score. And if I start sending my score immediately ,when can i get admission in Jan 2010 or July 2010
    Admission ……

  31. meesha on October 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    hII

    I have my GRE on 10th DEC 2009, I want to apply for doctorate in chemistry.What is the minimum score that I should score. And if I start sending my score immediately ,when can i get admmission in JAN 2010 orJuly 2010

    Regards

    MEESHA

  32. rantidev shukla on October 17, 2009 at 4:32 AM

    Sir, my father is a farmer so he has kisan credit card.

    May i take the gre date by kisan credit card ?

    • HSB on October 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM

      Call regional prometric GRE center and ask them if Kisan Credit Card is accepted.

      • easwaran on October 18, 2009 at 10:47 PM

        HSB,

        greetings

        it is my personal experience that the ets.org is only accepting the "visa or master , international credit card.

        kissan card is only applicable to india

        still kissan has not improved in india to have international credit card

        this is our experience

        cheers

        easwaran

  33. Ananth on October 6, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    Hi HSB,

    Most colleges start admission process during 1st week of

    September for fall. If i take GRE in the month of July and send scores to colleges immediately, is it accepted?

    Thank you

    • easwaran on October 6, 2009 at 4:55 AM

      @Ananth

      the ets will send the score to what ever university/college/department you enroll, if you opt to key in those information during your gre exam

      normally 15 to 20 days time ets will send it to the universities

      that you requested

      you can even attempt your gre in month of oct too

      you have ample time

      good luck

      easwaran

    • HSB on October 6, 2009 at 5:17 AM

      @Ananth – Yes, you can send the scores anytime.

  34. narendra on July 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    plz reply to my mail i m waiting

  35. narendra on July 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    hello sir i m yet to decide my test date and planning to take in oct 1 st week . i have solved barrons and done with d wordlist… nowadays i m solving nova maths ….should i take powerprep test to check my current status ? i need to score 1400 plus for scholarship in this scenario plz tell me how i should approach in coming days ? i need an action plan

  36. siddarth on July 21, 2009 at 3:39 AM

    i am going to face GRE exam on coming feb,,, now i ve started to study,,,pls guide to get nice marks in GRE,,, i want to get seats in top universoteis in us,,,, for this i m ready to anything ,,, daily how much time i ve to study,,, in which i ve to concentrate,,, ple guide me,,, THANK YOU

  37. kavitha on April 17, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Hi.. this is kavitha here again.. i have my GRE exam on 15 May i started taking tests from Big B Book, my quant test results in 24 to 30 correct answers out of 30 questions. and my verbal section results in 14 to 20 correct answered question out of 38 question. in what level am i? can i make 1400+ my GRE Score? And tell me in what way i can improve

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