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An efficient schedule for GRE preparation


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In any test preparation, having a good schedule is key to your success on the actual test day. It not only provides structure, but also allows you to vary your schedule if you notice some lacking areas. Below is a possible outline that works for most students. Because needs will vary on an individual basis, the following provides only a rough guide. It would be best to examine this and adapt it based on your specific needs.

The best first step would be to take a practice test. This will help you assess where you stand and what areas you should focus on. Depending on where you stand, you will figure out where you should spend the bulk of your time in your review. [For those who have been out of school for a while, I recommend skipping this step and focusing on the fundamentals -- the reason being that there are only so many practice tests, and it is more worth your time to save them for when you are ready to take them.]

Next, build up your fundamentals. For the Verbal, this really boils down mostly to flashcards. I recommend the “Common Decks” in the Magoosh App. Reading comprehension is typically the hardest to improve upon, and there is no easy way around it. Practice makes perfect here.

For the math, focus on sections with which you are most uncomfortable. Students often find trouble with probability and sequences. Reviewing these concepts in the beginning of any practice book and doing practice questions will help solidify your understanding. As with the reading comprehension, after this step, it really comes down to practice. First work on getting the questions right, and then worry later about time.