Following 6 Months GRE Study Plan to score 320 plus is written by Lavanya. Every GRE test takers dream is to score high. Here is a 6 month Revised GRE study plan to score 320 and above.
My Academic Profile
I gave my GRE in the last week of February and overall I am satisfied with my performance. I did expect a different sectional split up, but the current score is pretty fine for me.
Given a chance, and if GRE was much cheaper, I might think of re-taking it. But as it stands, no. Also, I’d rather not post my actual score here, but it suffices to say that I’m pleased with score of 320+. I am planning for a Master’s in BioMedical Sciences related field and I have been looking for courses that would align with my interests right now.
6 Months GRE Study Plan
Month 1 and 2
- Ask around previous GRE Test takers for what they did for GRE.
- Did some research on Revised GRE and bought Official GRE Guide. (Best GRE Books)
- Started GRE coaching classes. ( GRE Test Prep Online Courses )
- Bought books – Kaplan with CD
- Borrowed from the library – Princeton, Barron’s.
- Took a mock test and got 299.
- Took a this month off for my semester exams, projects and academics.
- Holidays – started practicing with increased vigor.
- GRE Math practice from online websites
- I practiced the HitList/High Frequency Words so that I’d know them properly.
Note – Check this out How to Memorize 1413 Words in 1 Week?
- I realized I was not ready for a test in January. So, I postponed my test to February.
- Started crunching word lists from Barron’s. (6 Ways to Memorize Barrons GRE Words)
- Word memorization is not required for Revised GRE.
- I had to manage words lists, math, and acads and tests without letting my attendance percentage at college slip down.
- Took online tests in the weekends.
- More word lists.
- Review of math concepts.
- I panicked a week before my exam. And I had lovely friends who helped me calm down.
- The fact that I had to play in a match/tournament 5 days before my GRE actually helped me improve my focus.
On the day of Revised GRE
- Went ahead with my AWA.
- Then got Quants-Verbal-Quants-Verbal-Quants.
- And I was not the least bit nervous or tensed. Yay!
GRE Test Prep Tips:
- It always helps to look at the AWA list at least for issue essays. It keeps your head prepared for the question and you can proceed unfazed.
- I read through the list starting 2 days before my exam.
- Try to practice on different keyboards. It saves a lot of time correcting typos because your digits are accustomed to one particular type of keyboard.
- Also. Tests online which help grade your essays are very useful. It’s a good way to practice around 5 AWA essays.
GRE Math Prep Tips
- Unfortunately I got a lot of questions that involved heavy calculations.
- I didn’t get the usual 10 minutes I generally have after completion. And the lack of time made me a bit panicky.
- Got a majority of data interpretation with multiple options questions which was time consuming.
GRE Verbal Prep Tips
Honestly, this was my biggest surprise. I got like 6-7 more than what I expected.
And I think you can tackle if you *know* your (not you’re!) English.
If you memorized the word lists, it would have left you with cold feet. Because, contextually, they wouldn’t have fit.
I would say do the hit list/high frequency lists and casually browse through the other lists to familiarize with the words.
Don’t get worked up, as this new format tests ONLY how well you understand and comprehend English not your ability to know a huge bucket load of words.
I did send it to 4 schools, out of which 3 of them have a wonderful course.
The other one, is a good course, but obviously I have to put in more research time to find out similar courses and other universities and other factors.
I will hop off to an internship (research based) abroad. Which I hope will be a wonderful experience.
It is definitely possible for other folks (like myself) to get, as long as you invest time and effort to create a strong case of why they should pick you. Play your strengths. And a good CGPA will always help.
I will plan on TOEFL a good couple of months later. Besides, since most schools don’t give scholarships to Master’s students (in the US), I am taking TOEFL seriously.
And besides that, off to focusing on this semester’s academics now!
At the end of the day: Relax. Take the GRE in your stride. Have fun and good luck!