How to Prepare for the Graduate Record Examinations in 20 Days

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Students who are preparing for theirGraduate Record Examinations often feel tensed about how they could complete so many questions in such a short period. The syllabus seems ginormous, and after a few weeks, they tend to let go of a few chapters because they can’t remember all of them.

Students who are preparing for their Graduate Record Examinations often feel tensed about how they could complete so many questions in such a short period. The syllabus seems ginormous, and after a few weeks, they tend to let go of a few chapters because they can’t remember all of them.

Different students have different ways to prepare for these competitive tests. Some prefer to study along while the wise ones prefer to attend GRE tutor sessions to get professional help. But if you only have 20 days left to study and prepare for the test, here’s what you need to do:

Understand the pattern and syllabus

Before you even sit down to prepare for GRE, you should understand the pattern and syllabus. This will help to prepare strategically instead of trying to cover everything in one shot.

Your GRE test will have five sections in all divided into three types: quantitative ability, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing. You should target the first two sections because they are of 170 marks each. Let’s start with verbal reasoning first.

Verbal reasoning

The test will be divided into sections: 2 of verbal, 1 of analytical, 2 of quant, and 1 addiction section where you can get either quant or verbal. A quick tip here would be: the first section has somewhat easier questions than the second; so, it would be wise to solve the first sections quickly.

It is essential to be consistent with your efforts while attempting questions on verbal reasoning. Your attempt should be to get above 160+. The first section will have text completion and there will be six questions that you need to answer.

Your second set of questions will be based on reading comprehension passages and answering five questions from them. The trick here is to improve your vocabulary as much as you can. Read books, watch TV series or movies, solve questions on verbal reasoning; basically, do pretty much everything that will help to add more to your vocabulary.

You can also follow some of the famous books to memorize lists of words. If you focus on the words carefully, this part can be completed in one or two days of preparation.

Quantitative ability

Okay, for this, you have to be good at mathematics. There’s no substitute or bypassing this in any way. Your aim should be to score more than 160+ again.

Make sure you spend at least 10 to 12 days in preparing quantitative ability. The test will have questions on geometry, data analysis, algebra, and arithmetic. It would be best if you keep three days each for these chapters.

Try to finish data analysis first because that’s easy. You will have time for the trickier questions later. There will be six questions on data analysis, and you shouldn’t spend more than a minute on it.

Move on to geometry and arithmetic because that’s what takes more time. Get your concepts clear on rates, percentage, time distance and speed problems, and so on. Lastly, take on algebra one step at a time.

You have four long days to practice. Make the most of it and you will be on your way to cracking the GRE.

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