7 tips while preparing for GRE

GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam that is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Every year thousands of students take this exam to apply for a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in any field overseas. Acing the GRE exam can be a grueling task for someone who doesn’t follow a proper preparation strategy. So these are the 7 things you should keep in mind while preparing for GRE:

Effective preparation plan

It is important to have a study plan in place, in order to make the most of your precious time. The GRE preparation strategy may vary from person to person but the core part of the plan will remain the same.

Learn new concepts, then practice questions related to these concepts. Doing rigorous practice of questions from easy to medium level will help you in retaining the concepts you learn. Find out the problem areas, by figuring out which sections (Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction) and which question types (Arguments, Idioms) trouble you the most. Give more time to learn and practice these concepts. Do not allow a chapter to be a dead weight on your score.

Build upon the conceptual knowledge by some really challenging questions. These questions will put your application ability to test. Let’s suppose if you face difficulty in tackling questions related to sentence correction. Then again brush up on grammar rules and only study key GRE-specific concepts. Practice SC for twice the amount of time you spend on everything else, on a weekly basis.

2. Mark your resources


Good books can be extremely vital for preparation for anyone, who is preparing for GRE. They can be used for building an effective strategy and a strong base. Methods for fast scoring are provided in all good books. Good GRE books provide many methods to the reader to choose from, for solving questions of a certain type. There are some popular books available online, in the form of e-books and pdf files. Such as:-

1. The Official Guide To the GRE General Test

2. Best if you struggle with math – McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GRE Math

3. Best one-stop shop — Barron’s GRE, 22nd edition

4. Best for top math scorers — Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Online learning:

Online learning platforms have truly revolutionized the way of learning. Online preparation offers certain advantages over classroom preparation such as:-

Learn at your own pace

The biggest disadvantage of classroom learning is that the pace of delivery of lessons is determined by the grasping power of the entire class. Online preparation enables you to focus on the areas of your choice and creates a more personalized experience. This way you can focus more on your weak subjects.

Constant guidance

Online coaching can be a source of constant guidance for the students. There are some online platforms like BYJU’S, which provide a personalized learning experience to students. They focus on the weak areas of every individual, for better all-round development. Having the guidance of experts can make the entire learning process both easy and fun.

Better study material

A large amount of content is available online, which could enhance the learning process. The videos provided by the online tutors can be watched over and over again. In case of loss of concentration, students can simply rewind the video to go through any lesson as many times as he likes.

Easy availability

Distance barriers are no longer a hurdle for students, who want to obtain a quality education. All the knowledge in the world is just a click away. Online platforms of learning have made it possible for students to learn without any restrictions. Mobile apps like BYJU’S are truly transforming the way education is provided nowadays.

3. Build a good vocabulary

Develop a habit of reading in your pass time. It will not only introduce you to new words but it will also help in improving your writing skills. Make sure that you go through all the definitions and usage that are possible for a particular word. Half knowledge can do you more harm than good. Ensure that you are thorough in your search.

4. Focus on quant concepts

The Quantitative section tests the candidate’s competency in Maths. The questions involved are taken from topics like – Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic and Data Analysis. The candidates needn’t worry about tougher Maths topics like Calculus, Trigonometry, etc. In order to score good marks in this section, you must build a strong conceptual understanding of all the related topics. Practice more in order to retain the learned concepts.

5. Mock tests

There are a lot of GRE mock tests that are provided for free on various platforms. ETS Powerprep II software is completely free. It offers two complete section-adaptive, timed GRE tests, as well as some untimed practice sections to help you get acclimated to the format and feel of taking a computer-based test. This is the absolute closest to the real GRE experience you can get.

Check out the mock tests provided by BYJU’S. They will help you to your performance in each section, through diagnostics provided after each test. Take a mock test to know your current level of preparation and to find out your weak subjects. Focus more on these subjects and give at least one mock test every week to keep a track of your preparation. Giving mocks in an exam like environment can further increase the confidence of the test taker and help in getting a better score.

6. Build your profile

Getting a master’s degree from a top college overseas is becoming increasingly difficult. Thousands of students apply for a limited number of seats every year. In order to make a mark in the minds of people in the Admission Committee, your profile needs to stand out in some way or the other. In order to build a good profile, you can work for a reputed firm, do some research work, volunteer in your community, write an engaging SOP etc.

7. Prioritize your target universities

It is very important to make a list of the universities, which you are targeting for admissions. You can prioritize them on the basis of factors like reputation, location, tuition fee, GRE cut-offs etc. You can also talk to the professors in those colleges about your ideas for research, before making a final decision.

BYJU’S will be glad to help you in your GRE preparation journey. You can ask for any assistance related to GRE from us by just giving a missed call at +918884544444, or you can drop an SMS. You can write to us at gre@byjus.com.