Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are considered for admissions by various universities and institutes of the US, UK, Canada, India and many other countries for their graduate and higher level courses. The scores are an important criterion for admission because ETS GRE General Test assesses the candidate’s basic knowledge and understanding of three main skills – analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning.
Online GRE test can be given 5 times in a period of 365 days, while the offline GRE test as many times as it is conducted (3 times in a year). The online mode test is of 3 hours and 45 minutes while the paper-based test is of 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Here are some tips on how to prepare better and crack GRE –
Practice beforehand: The perfect time to start your GRE preparation is around 3-6 months before the actual GRE test, so that you can strengthen your basics and practice enough with the simulated GRE mock tests. The actual pattern awareness will give you confidence during the final test.
Get right preparation Resources: Few resources you should have from the start of your preparation: the ETS Official GRE guide, the ETS PowerPrep software, the official GRE quantitative and verbal practice questions, GRE simulated mock test series (mygretest.com), online magazines, a good dictionary (such as Merriam Webster’s or Oxford Advanced Learner’s) and access to good vocabulary study materials like flashcards.
Time your practice sessions correctly: By giving lots of mock tests you will get to know your performance level and accordingly you can enhance the speed and improve your test-taking strategy and skills.
Do not ignore Essay section: One huge mistake made by most of the GRE test-takers is to ignore the essay section. There is a definite possibility of getting rejected by universities with a low AWA score, no matter how high you score on the quantitative and the verbal section. So instead of ignoring the essay section during your test preparation, look at some of the essay examples online, change your approach and practice a lot.
It is enticing to try guessing the correct answer from options immediately after reading the question . Don’t do that! Work on the solution and then look for the answer in the options given. This keeps you from being swayed by the misleading choices given in the options
Few days before the exam, instead of practising the problems, it’s better to just have a glance at all the important math formulae. Good knowledge of math formulae and solving techniques will definitely come in handy on the test day, and will also save you a lot of time.
As GRE is section adaptive, if you answer the first section questions correctly you will receive tougher questions in the second section which will carry higher points.
Start preparing for GRE using these preparation tips and get benefited. You may sign-up on MyGRETest to get your FREE GRE Simulated Test.