3 Tips on How to Study for the GRE
There are a number of requirements that you must meet before entering into the graduate program of your choice, but one of the most important (and daunting!) requirements is the GRE. The GRE, also known as the Graduate Record Examination, is a general test that is used to determine how well a student will do in a graduate program.
If you have dreams of entering a Master’s or PhD program and will be required to sit for the GRE, the three tips below will provide you with a solid start and ensure that you do the best you can on this important test.
1. Create an Individualized Study Plan
The GRE will test your knowledge of three areas: verbal reasoning (reading comprehension), quantitative reasoning (mathematic and numerical understanding), and analytical writing (ability to communicate through writing).
To create an effective study plan, you’ll first need to determine how long you have to study. It’s ideal to have six months, but it’s possible to create a study plan with even a one month time frame! Of course, the more time you have, the more relaxed the process will be. After you have an idea of how long you’ll have to study, you can now move on to creating a study plan that works for you. This study plan should include a list of topics to cover and should provide you with the structure you need to succeed.
2. Use Practice Exams to Your Advantage
There are dozens of GRE practice exams available–online and off–that will give you a chance to know where you stand in terms of general knowledge, and what you need to improve upon.
Practice exams should be a large part of your study plan, as it’s important to continually gauge your progress. The results of your practice exams will give you an idea of what areas need more thorough coverage, and they also provide you with motivation. This makes them essential intellectually and emotionally!
Take a GRE Prep Course
If you’re struggling with a particular subject area, or you simply don’t have as much time as you’d like, a GRE prep course can provide you with the help that you need.
Remember, a GRE prep course is not necessary, but it can prove to be an invaluable experience, especially if you don’t have much experience with standardized testing. The prep course will provide you with valuable input from instructors and peers, and confidence when it comes time to sit for the exam.
Are You Ready for Test Day?
If you’ve registered for the exam, followed your study plan, and have taken advantage of all resources available to you, including practice exams and maybe even a GRE prep course, congratulations! With all of that hard work behind you, you can now prepare for exam day.
To prepare, be sure to understand what documents you need to bring with you on the day of the exam, such as your ID card, and what tools (calculator, etc.) will be allowed. Now, as prepared as you can be, go forward and do your best on the GRE!