4 Week Study Plan, Third Week

Plan for the Week

Week three is for practice questions and your second 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 Geometry tutorials. Do approximately 20 of the practice questions in 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.
  • Day 2: Spend approximately 30 minutes in the vocabulary section.
  • Day 3 and 4: Complete the Data Analysis tutorials. 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 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 second practice test. Do the WHOLE test, including the essays. You'll be required to do the essays during the real test, so it's best that you get used to the actual test format.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During week #3, you'll just be doing as many practice questions as possible. At this time, you may be approaching some of the more difficult math questions. Try to notice how the difficult questions often require you to have a firm understanding of relatively easy concepts. Also, note that some of the harder math questions will require you to perform a series of steps, each of which in themselves is easy. It is knowing which steps to carry out and which information you should use that makes such questions difficult.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

By now you will have noticed that your success on the verbal part of the GRE is based primarily on one thing: your depth and breadth of your vocabulary. By now you should have reviewed hundreds of words, and hopefully you have learned many new ones. 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

Simply as was the case in week #2, you'll want to practice on brainstorming and on writing sample paragraphs. There is only one way for you to prepare for the essay sections, and that is to practice, Practice, and PRACTICE. 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.