4 Week Study Plan, First Week

Plan for the Week

In the first week of the four-week study plan, you will become familiar with the structure and timing of the GRE revised General Test. Be sure not to rush. Read the tutorials fully. The key to success on the GRE exam is to practice, practice, and practice. You do not want to memorize question answers, but instead you want to become fully prepare, which means having a firm grasp of the topics that you can expected to see on the test.

In terms of vocabulary, you should utilize the vocabulary section of MyGRETutor.com every day; not as a means to memorize many words, but as a way for you to gain exposure to the type of words that you can expect to see on the GRE exam. The vocabulary tutor in MyGRETutor.com will monitor your progress; you can view new words, or review those that you have already seen and not mastered.

Spend at least 6 days in preparing for the GRE exam. Spend 2 hours each day, for a total of 12 hours. Here is a sample plan:

  • Day 1: Become familiar with the format of the GRE revised general test, including timing tactics, adaptive testing, scoring and section order. Be sure that you understand the format of the exam. If you have not already registered for the GRE test, then do this as soon as possible. Examination centers have only a limited number of time slots each day, and if no more slots are available on the day that you want to take the exam, then you will have to schedule to take the exam elsewhere or at another date. Don't leave registration until the last moment. And, get into the habit of visiting the vocabulary tutor every day. Yes. Every day. Spend the last 30 minutes of your study time in the vocabulary section of MyGRETutor.com. View a handful of words to get a feel for the types of words that you can expect to see on the GRE test. In 30 minutes, you should strive to view approximately 20 new vocabulary words. And don't shuffle through them too quickly. Read the word. Read the definition, and use the word in a sentence.
  • Day 2: Read the Arithmetic tutorials, and complete approximately 10 practice GRE questions. Do not be tempted to complete all of the available practice questions, because you will have time in the upcoming weeks to finish most of the questions. Remember, you want to slowly absorb the tutorial and website information, because if you rush, there is a good chance that any new knowledge will retain in your short-term memory only, and so that won't help you during exam day. As always, spend the last 30 minutes in the vocabulary section.
  • Day 3: On the third day of this first week, read the Reading Comprehension tutorials. Complete approximately 10 reading comprehension question. Conclude the day with approximately 45 minutes of vocabulary practice.
  • Day 4: On this day, complete the Arithmetic tutorial, and complete approximately 10 practice math questions.
  • Day 5: On the fifth day of the first week, read the Text Completion tutorial. Like you've done before, complete approximately 10 of text completion practice questions. Finish the day with a visit to the vocabulary tutor.
  • Day 6: On day 6, complete the GRE Issue & Argument Essays tutorials of the Essays & Writing Well Section of MyGRETutor. Become familiar with the type and scope of the essay topics that you'll be given.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During the course of the week, you'll have ample time to go over all of the tutorial sections that pertain to the arithmetic topics that appear on the GRE exam. While you are doing this, note that most of the math concepts are the type of math topics that you probably saw in 8th or 9th grade. Although you may experience tricky equations, there are no questions from trigonometry, calculus, or any similar high level math. But be warned, because that doesn't mean that the GRE math questions are easy. For the math component of the GRE, you will need to know or at least be familiar with the following arithmetic topics:

  • Integers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Exponents
  • Square Roots
  • The Number Line
  • Percents
  • Ratios
  • Absolute Value

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

There are three main question types that appear on the verbal section of the GRE test, two of which you will study in this first week.

  • Reading Comprehension: There are three types of reading comprehension questions that appear on the GRE exam: Single Answer Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers Multiple Choice, and Select in Passage. Become familiar with them as you read the tutorials. Also learn how to read critically and actively. Merely memorizing facts as you read will not do you much good, because the questions on the exam require you to interpret facts, infer from the passage's tone and style, and to understand how the provided piece of text might help contribute to a larger piece of work.
  • Text Completion: You will be presented with one or several sentences, with a single, two, or three blanks. If the sentence that you are shown has a single blank, then you will have five answer choices, but if the sentence has two or three blanks, you will see three answer choices for each blank. Your task is to select that choice(s) for each blank so that the sentence is coherent and correct, both in terms of grammar, but also in terms of meaning.

Attempt a fair share of reading comprehension and text completion question. These questions should help to solidify the concepts that you learned in the tutorials.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

Essay writing is one of those things that takes years of practice, and so do not expect to learn how to write well over the course of four weeks, especially it has been a long time since you have written anything. You can, however, learn what to expect on test day, and if you know the format and the grader expectations of the your essays, then you should do just fine. If you haven't written in a long time, then we recommend that you glance over the different essay topics that you'll find on the GRE website. All of the topics for both the issue and argument essay are listed on the GRE website, but because there are so many of them, it is not feasible to prepare and memorize an essay for each topic. However, just glancing at the list should give you an idea of what the topics are like. Look at these topics, and brainstorm on ideas and themes that you could write about if you were given those topics. There are two essays that you'll be asked to write:

  • Issue Essay: You are given a single essay topic, and you have 30 minutes to write a personal response.
  • Argument Essay: You have no choice for the essay topic; you are presented with an snippet of an argument or an editorial, and you are allotted 30 minutes to critique the effectiveness of the provided statement.