Every year, thousands of students appear for competitive exams in the hope for pursuing a Master’s degree from renowned educational institutions. Among the other educational competitive exams, GRE(Graduate Record Examination) plays a vital role in helping students get admissions in leading universities, and Ivy League colleges such as Insead, Harvard, Wharton and so on.
More details about GRE:
- This test is designed to evaluate students’ readiness and interest in advanced degree fellowships. With a good GRE score, one can enroll oneself for MS (technical, techno managerial), MIM, MBA, or PhD programmes
- GRE is generally required by universities in North America (USA and Canada). It can be a mere admission formality or a selection criterion for jobs as well
- GRE General Test is conducted in more than 2000 centers across 130 countries and accepted by more than 2100 graduate and/or B-schools
- In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year
- The test lasts for about 3 hours and 45 minutes and comprises of the following sections: Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Verbal reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude
- You can take the GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). If you take the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test, you can take it as often as it is offered
Validity of score: 5 years after testing year.
Here is the list of tips one should follow to get the desired results:
1.Start your preparation at least six months before the exam
Ideally, one needs to start preparing for GRE six months prior to the selected exam date. To ace GRE, the candidate must understand where s/he begins and where his or her pitfalls are. Hence, it is advisable to take a mock test before starting preparation and on a regular basis, as and when s/he completes the given topics.
- Don’t let the extent of syllabus and prep material throw you off your game
Often students panic at the thought of covering the entire syllabus of GRE. Don’t panic! Brush up your skills first, enhance your strengths, and work on your weak subjects.
- Have a clear test date in mind and start prepping towards it
Before you start prepping for the exam, it is advisable to book your test slots. Not only will this keep you motivated, but it will also help you in retaining the charm of studies even after hectic college schedule.
- Strategise your study plan
You know yourself best! Use this to your advantage. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and accordingly come up with a strategy for your study plan. Try to devote more time on subjects that you are not too sure of in order to achieve that ideal score.
- Preparation tips for Verbal Reasoning
GRE Verbal Reasoning constitutes of two sections — Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. It is advisable to learn new words regularly and include it in your regular conversation. Without practice, it will be difficult to crack the verbal reasoning.
Reading Comprehension is a time consuming and tedious section demanding utmost attention to find the answers in a specified time. To reduce the reading time, employ Pareto’s Principle (also called the 80/20 principle) that is, focus on the 20 per cent of important sentences that will help you uncover the essence of the passage to answer 80 per cent of questions. For instance, you could look for words like ‘since,’ ‘therefore’, ‘because’, ‘although,’ and so on, because the main sense of the sentence is usually mentioned after these words.
- Preparation tips for AWA
In this section, the students are supposed to write two essays: Analysis of Issue and Analysis of Argument within a limited time of 30 minutes each. While writing for AWA section, you need to remember that the essay is checked by the examiners for certain attributes. Hence, it is better to use a pre-practiced template that covers all the crucial points. Find a template that could most aptly express your points. But this is not enough. Practice writing essays using the template.
- Preparation tips for Quantitative Reasoning
The Quantitative Reasoning section is all about familiarity quotient. Your ability to crack the question accurately and under the time pressure will depend primarily on how familiar you are with the types of traps and words in the question. Practice GRE level questions and build an error log on the topics you have consistently made mistakes and review the error. Remember, it is human to err once not twice this is your bible for redemption in GRE. Understand the traps in answer choices; your ability to get a question right will not only depend on selection of the right choice but also on the negation of the wrong options.
- Select study materials wisely and use app based learning
For defined and methodical preparation, the test takers must follow the GRE preparation kit provided by ETS. Along with this, they can download the official GRE prep app from the ETS website.