8 Week Study Plan, Seventh Week

Plan for the Week

Week 7; almost done -- one more week after this. 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:

  • Days 1-4: Practice with practice questions! Vary them from different categories. By now you should be nearing completion of the practice questions!
  • Day 5: 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.
  • Day 6: Take the next practice test. By now you should be familiar with the format, and so during this test, focus on spotting tricks and shortcuts in the math section, and when guessing on a verbal question, be sure that you eliminate at least some of the choices -- that's exactly what you'll want to do on the real test.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During week 5, continue to add to the list of "tricks" that you are expected to know. And, also review the list each day. Are you confided that you'll be able to spot such tricks right away when confronted with such questions?

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

Again, pick sample essay topics from the pool of available essay questions on the GRE website 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.