8 Week Study Plan, Second Week

Plan for the Week

In week 2, you'll finish the tutorials, do more practice questions, and you'll take your first practice test. You'll need to spend at least 6 days in preparing for the GRE, spending upwards of 2 hours each day, for a total of 12 hours. Here is a sample week plan:

  • Day 1: Complete the Algebra tutorials section, and complete approximately 10 practice questions on that topic. Finish the day with more vocabulary practice.
  • Day 2: Go over the reading comprehension tutorials section, and do the first 10 practice reading comprehension questions. Finish with more vocabulary practice.
  • Day 3: Start and finish the data analysis and quantitative analysis tutorials section, and do approximately 10 practice data analysis questions.
  • Day 4: Take the first simulation exam. Take it under real test conditions, meaning that you should do the entire practice test in one sitting. This is how it is going to be when you take the actual GRE, so you should practice under realistic testing conditions.
  • Day 5: Review the questions that you saw on the first simulation exam. If time permits, quickly brush up on some of the topics that you had trouble with during the course of the two weeks. Don't skip the review of the practice test. Don't just look at the answers, but try to understand why it is that you got a question wrong. What went wrong? Were you confused? Learn from your mistakes!
  • Day 6: This is a vocabulary day! Take 2 hours going over vocabulary words, both new and ones that you have seen.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

When doing the math practice questions, be sure to notice the format of the questions. After having read the tutorials section, and while you are doing the practice questions, keep these ideas in mind:

  • If at any time you find that you are doing a lengthy calculation, then STOP! The GRE will never require you to do long math problems. Instead, look for a shortcut. Can you simply the problem?
  • Often-times, you can estimate the answer to eliminate several of the possible choices. This is an especially good tactic when you are running out of time. View the tutorials section on more information on how to estimate and, if necessary, how to guess.
  • Learn how to use the provided scratch paper that you'll get during the exam. Don't scribble, and write legibly. Practice using only one or two pieces of paper when doing the math problems, and this should mimic real test conditions.
  • For the Quantitative Analysis questions, learn how to spot tricks or how to know when NOT to choose choice E: The relationship cannot be determined. Review the tutorials section on quantitative analysis if you need to.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

Again, as is the case with the math section, really try to understand the practice questions. Don't try to memorize the problems, but just try to get a sense for the type of problems that you should expect on the verbal section of the GRE. Here are two additional tips:

  • Practice active reading -- you can do this outside of your daily two hour study session. When you are reading a newspaper, try to imagine that you are taking the GRE. Can you summarize the article that you have just read? What's the main idea? What is the author's tone? Such active thinking will help you to focus your thoughts.
  • By now you have seen many vocabulary words, and you'll see many more. But, be sure to review those words that you have seen, and try to master as many words as you possibly can. Utilize the mastered and "not mastered" lists that are available in the vocabulary section. This list is populated with those words that you've seen and mastered and with those words that you've seen and have not yet mastered.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

Remember that because you only have a short time during which you can compose your essays, so try to write using simple, straight-forward English. Simple is better, especially if you are stressed and under a time limit! Again view the essay topic pool that is available on the GRE website, and for several of the topics, brainstorm on ideas and also try to come up with possible paragraphs that you would write if you were given that topic. Try to come up with paragraphs that are convincing, concise, and which help to further you main hypothesis.