How to Crack GRE Exam in 10 Days - Career Tips for Beginner
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Now Coming to point how to prepare for GRE exam in strategic way.
10 Days strategy to prepare GRE EXAM.
Assuming you have no preparation whatsoever I’d say start by taking a mock test on Day one. Along with this, get yourself acquainted with the pattern of the exam if you’re not already aware of it.
Note down your strengths and weaknesses. There are some really basic yet important questions you need to ask yourself.
1. Is time management your problem?
2. Do you have trouble remembering formulas? Do you not recognize most words on the verbal section?
3. Are you better at Geometry or Algebra?
This first test will be your diagnostic test.
After understanding your strengths and your weaker areas, solve quant problems from Manhattan 5lb that are your strengths. Yes, I’m talking about strengths. This should be your plan for Day two and Day Three. Along with this, go through words from the Magoosh App. Maintain an “error log” to note down your mistakes from these sections and also make notes of those words that you have trouble remembering. Have the ETS official manual by your side on all days to make sure you’re covering all topics from there.
Start off Day four and Day Five with more vocabulary from Magoosh and solve a few solved examples of the quant problems that you’re weak at while also looking up formulas you do not know. Don’t forget to maintain that error log, by the way. Work on Text completion, Sentence Equivalence and Reading Comprehension as well.
Take another mock during the end of Day Five and assess your performance.
Day Six can start with quant. Solve multiple quant topics and time yourself now. Same with Verbal, especially for Reading Comprehensions.
Day seven can begin with you properly understanding Data Interpretation questions’ pattern. I think Data Interpretation is usually not given enough attention either because people get too overwhelmed with those complex looking graphs or they’re too confident about how they can easily tackle these questions on the spot. Solve various DI questions to get yourself to believe that DI is doable and not hard at all. Work again on verbal, make sure to use words in their context. There is no point in remembering meanings of words if you cannot put these words into use in your own sentences.
Take a full length test on Day Eight along with AWA. See if you are making any progress. Don’t panic if the improvement is not drastic. You will come across new words from these tests so make a note of those too. Check the reports of your mocks again to see what sections you’re weak at. Solve some more solved examples from these topics. Do not overlook verbal at all costs. It can make or break your score.
Day Nine can begin with having a look over your error log and taking a full length test along with AWA after you have made sure to go through rules to be followed on AWA essays which are Issue and Argument on Day Eight. After the test, read some more AWA samples that had a good score and understand the differences between the structure of your essays and theirs. Have a look over vocabulary and formulas.
Day Ten: don’t study or cram any new information on this last day. Don’t google GRE failure stories. Don’t be moved by your friend’s amazing score. Realize that this is not the end of the world and you can try and retake the test in the worst case. Calm down and have a good night’s sleep.
This is one approach you can follow, it may or may not work for you depending on how consistent you are and how well you do with sticking to schedules. This plan works only if you properly divide the number of quant sections you want to solve per day and the number of new words you want to learn per day. Be aware of the part you’ve finished too and don’t just focus on what is left to be done ahead, make a note of what sections you had completed when.
Some tips for the big day:
1. If you feel overwhelmed by pressure during the test, take a few seconds to take a deep breath. This will help you collect your thoughts again.
2. Stop thinking during the test about what the final score might be. It will only add to your anxiety.
3. Don’t skip the breaks you get between sections just to get done with the test sooner. You deserve these breaks, put that pencil down and calm down.
Best of Luck !!!