🎯 How to Crack the GRE Exam in 30 days
Hey guys, I hope you all are doing amazing.
In this article, I am going to give you a 30-day plan to prepare for your GRE.
Now this will be particularly helpful for people who have their GRE in June or in July and you are preparing mostly for Spring 2019, then this video is for you.
So, let’s get started! Now, before you get into any preparation or any collecting material stuff like that, the first thing that you should do is go on the ETS website and download the power prep tests which are free.
Download both of the tests and on the first day, you want to take one of the tests, Don’t worry about have you prepared or not don’t judge yourself before getting into preparation.
Our goal is to appear for a test.
Once you give that test, you will have a score for both sections like verbal and quant.
This score will be our reference point in the future for the next month.
So the first day just gives the test and get your scores.
So, now you are done with tests, the next thing you want to do is start two things 1.
start studying at least 60 words a day.
doing a pattern of 3 days, you study the words and then 1 day you revise the words that you did.
The second thing that you want to start parallels tries to start the quant section.
Now why to start with quant is because it’s very easy to grasp the concepts because its school level maths and you can study it really fast.
It’s just a revision that you have to do.
I would recommend manhattan 5LB as the book and if you have magoosh account go through the videos that they have given.
So you start both of these things in parallel.
Finish the quant in 4 days.
So after 5 days, you will be done with at least 200 words, 200-300 words and complete quant.
Going into the weekend, what you want to do is you want to study all the techniques which are involved in solving sentence equivalence,text completion, and RC.
Don’t worry about mugging it up or stuff like that.
Just get to know are the techniques and how you want to tackle those questions.
So this was the plan for the first week.
Now in Week 2, what you want to get started with is verbal, week 2 is completely focused on verbal.
Now there are two things, 1 thing which is always going in parallel is doing the words.
Once you are done with the Barrons 333 words, I would recommend there are other options like manhattan 500 words or you can go with a goosh 1000 words list and stuff like that.
All these things are given in the description section below.
So don’t worry about it.
But keep that in parallel.
Another thing that I want to recommend is in 2nd week when you are practicing separately each section in the verbal section like text completion, sentence equivalence and stuff like that, WRITE DOWN ALL THE MISTAKES that you are doing and refer them before you start new tests.
This is very important because a lot of times we don’t keep track of the mistakes that we do and we keep repeating them.
So what I want to do, what I would like to recommend is, start with RC.
Its the easiest to get over with and the tips are really easy.
On the other hand for sentence equivalence and text completion you will need to know a bit of the vocabulary, which you are already building.
But start with RC and master RC.
Out of 20 questions that you generally get in the exam, you should be able to get at least 10+ right.
Learn all the nuggets to solve, there are different tips and tricks around it.
There is a very good article published by crunch prep.
I always share that link with a lot of my friends.
Go through it and learn all the strategies and master RC.
In the second week, your goal is to finish at least, in the first 3 days, finish mastering RC, with all the tips and in the second half of the week, start mastering your silly mistakes.
Start mastering at least the sentence equivalence, and text completion.
On the second weekend, you want to give another test, which will be mostly power prep 2, which is a free test you get and see if you have improved.
In the analysis, you will see, what are the like where are you making the mistake and that’s what we need.
After these two weeks, what you should be ready with is you should know all the quant by heart, you should know all the tips to solve the verbal section and you should have been done with a little bit of practice for both the sections.
Now you have already given two tests and you already know the score.
You already know what you are doing wrong.
The third week is completely on giving time to both the sections like verbal and quant.
Give equal time, like 50-50 % of the time to both the sections and work of the mistakes that you are doing.
Put a lot of time, analyzing wherever you are going wrong rather than just practicing.
The key is to understand why you are going wrong more than just making mistakes.
So you want to keep a log of mistakes, like all the mistakes that you are doing and go through that log every time you practice the section again.
That log will really help you excel in the exam.
Keep note of odd words, like there is another list that you should maintain for verbal is tough words.
which you always forget, like you them but you tend to forget.
You just want to go through them and revise them before the exam.
What I would recommend is the master’s time.
Now GRE is a 4-hour test and you don’t want to mess timing in the sections.
So practice solving all the questions within the time.
Ideally, you should solve every question in1 a minute.
That will give you time.
Another tip is if you think you are taking a lot of time on a particular question, mark it and skip it, keep it for the last.
Solve all the questions which you know and which you are confident about, FIRST.
So you secure those marks.
Another psychological thing is when you get stuck at a point, it kinda affects you for the upcoming questions also.
So if you are stuck at some questions just skip those questions.
Another thing that you want to do in week3 is to start preparing for the AW writing section.
Build a framework for both issue and argument topics and go through some of the topics.
There are certain tricks which you should know in the way you should write and those tricks are available online.
Go check those and start writing on issues and argument topics.
So that is really important.
Another thing which is really important as you will be giving another test which is a test 3 at the end of this weekend.
So you want to attempt that AWA section also.
By the end of week 3 you should be done with at least 900 words, you should be good with math because you are practicing all the sections, all the types of questions and you are getting over your mistakes week by week.
You should be pretty good with the verbal section.
Personally I would recommend by week 3 you should be getting 35+ answers right out of 40 questions for quant and at least getting20+ answers right in the verbal section.
That should be your goal.
Give the third test and at this point, you want to compare your scores with your first and second test scores and see how much you have improved.
Basically, compare your third test score with the first two scores and that will really help you to figure out what exactly you need to do in the last week.
In the last week, you only want to work on the things that you are messing up till now.
Go through all the mistakes that you have written down in your mistake log, go through all the words that you have written down in your tough words list and perfect the art of writing AWA because its very important, a lot of times we don’t give importance to that but it does matter when you are applying.
So in the last week what you want to do mistake at least 1 test, I would recommend take 2 tests.
By the end of the third week, if you are not above 300, or you are not above 300 by end of 2nd week then I would seriously recommend you to go through everything that you have done in last two weeks again very fast in1-2 days and see where you are really going wrong and see what type of questions you are doing wrong.
That will help you to go above 310.
Master timing in week 3, that is very important.
Apart from that maintain logs that are very important.
Practice as much as you can and give as many full-length tests as possible.
Go through all the magoosh practice problems you have.
I would highly recommend getting a secondhand account if it’s available for a month.
Don’t mess up with a lot of preparation material because one of the problems that happen with a lot of people is they get everything that’s out there and they get confused with what to use.
So stick to one or two books per section and just go through them and master them.
Two days before the test I would recommend just going through what is going wrong, learn strategies and you will be set.
This was a kind of detail plan that I had in my mind and I wanted to put it out there for you.
I hope this helps you.
If you feed that there is something missing, or something can be done, share it with me.