The Graduate Record Exam, commonly referred to as the GRE, is a test that is widely used for admittance purposes into graduate school. Like the SAT and ACT the GRE is a standardized test. It comes in two different forms – the general test and subject matter tests. The general GRE covers analytical thinking, math, and verbal. Subject matter tests are on a wide variety of topics. Here are the top ten study tips for the GRE examination.
1. Start early – but not too early.
You will want to give yourself at least three months but not linger than one year. You will want to set up a study schedule where you spend short amounts of time each day studying for the exam.
2. Understand the Format
Students should understand that the format of the test is divided into three sections. Knowing the material on the test is important but so is the format of the actual test. Studies show that students who are familiar with the format feel more at ease and score higher on the GRE than those who are familiar with the test format.
3. Take a Practice Test
Taking a practice test is probably the best thing you can do to prepare for the actual exam. You will want to treat the practice test like the real thing. That means no notes, no calculator, and timing each section. Students who take practice tests in an untimed environment are not ready for the extra pressure added because of the time constraint.
Once you complete the practice tests you should evaluate your scores and do a thorough analysis of where you did well and the areas you did poorly.
5. Focus on your weak areas
Many students like to focus on the areas that they are strong in. You should spend time studying all sections but you should spend most of your time trying to improve your weaknesses. Improving on a weak area can mean huge jumps in your score.
6. Flashcards for Vocab
This may seem a little elementary but flashcards are great for increasing your vocabulary score.
7. Know the first 10 questions are the most important
The first ten questions are critical. Depending on how well you do you will get placed into a track.
8. Practice writing essays
You would do well to practice writing timed essays. The test has two essays in the analytical section.
9. Know the Directions
Knowing the directions beforehand will greatly increase your comfort level which can dramatically improve your scores. You head will be swirling with information and knowing the instructions will alleviate you having to recall even more facts from your already taxed brain.
10. Review your Basic Math
You will want to spend a lot of time reviewing your high school math like algebra and trigonometry.