The GRE, as you may already know, is a very important aspect of the application process to Post Grad Universities in the US. The exam is gruellingly long and will test your ability to think critically under stressful circumstances. Though there are various other factors that also play an equal role in determining your admission into the universities you apply to, the GRE is one of the few factors that you have control over. Preparing well for GRE and getting a high score, significantly improves your chances of admission into your dream schools.

That said, let’s look at a few things you must do to Kickstart your GRE Test Preparation on the right note:

 

Start Early

Do not postpone taking the GRE for the last minute. Know that the GRE is valid for 5 years. Universities, though, prefer a test score that isn’t more than 2 years old.

If you’re an Engineering Student, plan to start your GRE preparation sometime in your third year. This doesn’t mean that you will have to spend a year preparing – on the contrary the GRE only requires about 2-3 months of prep time. Starting early ensure that you have contingency time in case your first GRE attempt didn’t go as planned; also, it lets you apply early to universities – ensuring that you have a higher probability of admission into Universities.

Strategy Strategy Strategy

It is important to know that the GRE isn’t really a test of theory. To do well, you need to be able to think critically and understand what approach best lets you get to the correct answer in time. Knowing the right strategies for the differend kind of questions you’re bound to see on the day of the test and for the different circumstances you may encounter is essential for scoring well.

Full-length Tests

Understanding overall test taking strategies is another important factor that affects scores; this combined with your ability to stay focused through the 3.5+ hrs of the GRE test will take you a long way. It is important that you are very familiar with how the test works and are well prepared for the gruelling experience of the actual test. The only way to ensure this is by periodically taking full-length practice tests.

Where do I get these? There are two full length official mock tests you can download from ets.org. A good test prep program should also provide you with ample number of simulated GRE mocks. Be warned though, that not all simulated mocks are created equally. It is important to practice tests that are closest to the actual GRE. Companies such as Kaplan and MGMAT tend to have dedicated research teams and budgets to pull off exactly this.

Enrol into a test prep program

Just like a gym membership, enrolling into a good test prep program provides you with a structured approach and consistent mentoring. It also gets you acquainted with the strategies and test perspectives you need to perform better on the day of the test. Make sure that the test prep program you join includes a robust support system, with one on one interaction time with experts to get your queries sorted.
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