8 Week Study Plan, Fourth Week

Plan for the Week

Week 4 is for practice questions and your third practice exam. 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: Go over the simulation exam that you took on the last day of week 3. Don't just look at the scores, but actually look at the questions. Was there a trick that you missed? Truly study the test.
  • Day 2: Do approximately 10 of the practice questions in the Arithmetic and Algebra sections of the practice questions part of MyGRETutor.com. Twenty questions is quite a few, but be sure not to rush. Spend time to understand the reasoning behind the explanation for each question. Don't just check if you get the question right or wrong, but try to understand WHY it is that you may have gotten it wrong. Spend approximately 30 minutes in the vocabulary section.
  • Day 3: Spend approximately 30 minutes in the vocabulary section.
  • Day 4: Do approximately 10 of the practice questions in the Geometry and Data Analysis sections of the practice questions part of MyGRETutor.com. Spend time to understand the reasoning behind the explanation for each question. Don't just check if you get the question right or wrong, but try to understand WHY it is that you may have gotten it wrong. Spend approximately 30 minutes in the vocabulary section.
  • Day 5: Do approximately 20 of the practice questions in the Geometry and Data Analysis sections of the practice questions part of MyGRETutor.com. Spend time to understand the reasoning behind the explanation for each question. Don't just check if you get the question right or wrong, but try to understand WHY it is that you may have gotten it wrong. Spend approximately 30 minutes in the vocabulary section.
  • Day 6: Again practice brainstorming for the essays sections, and go over some of the essay topics in the pool of topics that are available on the GRE website.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During week 4, try to make a list of the "tricks" that you are expected to know. For example, one commonly-used trick on the GRE is that a negative number squared will give you a positive number, and thus for the equation x2=4, x 2 OR -2. You have to remember this tricks that the test takes will throw at you. When doing the various practice questions, think of these tricks and be sure that you can spot such tricks right away.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

During each day that you are preparing for the vocabulary section, access the vocabulary page and select to view those words that you have mastered and words that you have not mastered. Those lists will be populated with words that you have seen, and so those lists are a great way to review all of the words that you have seen.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

Practice writing short, concise statements, and again continue to look over the pool of essay topic questions that are available on the GRE website. Pick a few of the topics and brainstorm with some ideas. What would be the main point of an essay if were you were given such a topic? What proof or examples would you use? These types of questions are the questions that you'll need to answer right away when taking the real test, so prepare yourself now by getting used to such reasoning processes. Writing is something that takes a very long time to perfect, and so get as much practice as possible. Luckily, the types of essays that are deserving of high scores are not necessarily complicated; instead good academic essays are brief, to the point, and precise.