How to Prepare for Your GRE Exam?
Are you planning to pursue your Masters Abroad? You’ll likely need to take the GRE exam, right? So, how are you planning to prepare for it? Here are some of the tips and useful resources Career CheQ GO Abroad suggests.
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The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test used by many universities in the United States and other countries to evaluate applicants for graduate programs. The exam measures skills in
- verbal reasoning,
- quantitative reasoning,
- critical thinking, and
- analytical writing
So how to prepare for it?
Understand the format
The GRE is a computer-based test that has six sections, including two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, one experimental section, and one analytical writing section. The test takes about three hours and 45 minutes to complete. So, what are you waiting for, look into few model papers and understand the format first!
Practice time management
Since this exam is time based, it’s crucial to practice time management. Set a timer for each section and try to complete each section within the given time limit. This will help you to get comfortable with the pace of the exam and ensure that you can complete all the questions. “Time and Tide wait for none, Remember?”
Improve your vocabulary
The verbal reasoning section of the GRE measures your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. To improve your vocabulary, start reading books, newspapers, and articles. Make a list of words you don’t understand and look up their meanings. You can also use vocabulary-building apps and flashcards to learn new words. Watching English movies can be of great use as well.
Review math fundamentals
The quantitative reasoning section of the GRE measures your math skills. Make sure you are comfortable with basic math concepts such as algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. Use practice questions and quizzes to test your knowledge and identify areas where you need to improve. A weakness is a sign that there is room for growth. Work on improving it, and it will become your strength!
Practice writing essays
The analytical writing section of the GRE requires you to write two essays – an issue essay and an argument essay. Practice writing essays on various topics to get comfortable with the format and timing of the section. Review sample essays to get an idea of the quality of writing expected. Try using more clear vocabulary and keep it simple maybe!
Stay calm and focused
On the day of the exam, make sure you get plenty of rest and arrive at the test centre early. Take deep breaths and stay calm during the exam. If you get stuck on a question, move on and come back to it later. Remember, the GRE is just one part of your application, and a good score is not the only thing that matters.
Preparing for the GRE exam takes time and effort, but with practice and dedication, you can achieve a good score.
There are many prep materials available to help you prepare for the GRE exam, including books, online courses, and practice tests. You can also find free practice tests and quizzes online.
Some of the most popular books include:
“The Official Guide to the GRE General Test” by ETS,
“GRE Prep Plus 2021” by Kaplan, and
“Cracking the GRE” by The Princeton Review.
ETS (official website for GRE)
The Princeton Review
All the Best! 🙂