3 Week Study Plan, First Week

Plan for the Week

During the first of the three weeks for this study plan, make it a goal to become familiar with all of the sections of the GRE revised general Test. Take your time. Be sure to read the tutorials fully, and get into the habit of not only doing the practice questions, but also reviewing them. During the first week, go over all of the tutorials, and utilize the practice questions that are offered at MyGRETutor. In terms of vocabulary, visit 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 ca expect to see on the GRE exam.

In the first week, spend at least 6 days in preparing for the GRE revised test, spending 2 hours each day, for a total of 12 hours. Here is a sample plan for the first week of the three week 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. On the first day, also look into where the closest exam center is located or where it is that you'd like to take the exam. If you haven't already registered for the exam, then do this as soon as possible. Examination centers have only a limited number of time slots each day, and once those time slots are filled, then no more exams can be taken on that day at that center. Don't leave registration until the last moment. As the exam date approaches, you don't want to be worrying about registration. For the last 15 minutes of your 2 hours of study, spend some time getting to know the vocabulary section of MyGRETutor.com. View and practice on as many words as you can in the 15 minutes. Get into the habit of doing this EVERY day.
  • Day 2: Go over the Algebra and Arithmetic parts of the tutorials sections. There is quite a bit of information to review there, especially if you haven't practiced or done much math in a long time. Once you have completed these tutorial sections, do a handful of practice questions for each of the question types that appear on the GRE exam. Finish by looking at some new vocabulary words.
  • Day 3: Review the tutorials on reading comprehension. There are three kinds: single answer, multiple answer, and select in passage. Answer several reading comprehension question. Really study the questions, and don't just guess. Imagine that you are taking the test, and every answer can mean the difference between a good or bad score. Finish by looking at some new vocabulary words.
  • Day 4: Go over the tutorials on the essay section of the GRE exam. Note that there is quite a bit of information there regarding organization. Glance over the pool of essay topics that are available on the GRE website. Finish by looking at some new vocabulary words.
  • Day 5: Take the first simulation practice exam. Don't worry too much about the scores; just concentrate on getting done. Also, complete all sections of the exam, one after the other. Don't stop between the sections to review your score for a completed section. On the real exam, you will not have access to scores until all sections are completed.
  • Day 6: Review each of the sections of the simulation exam that you took on the previous day. If you click on the "Show analysis" button in the practice testS section of the exam that you completed, you'll be able to view the questions that you saw and their correct answers. Go over all of the verbal and math questions, and see why you may have made errors or why you may have gotten confused. Read those sections in the tutorials page that are most relevant. Again, finish by visiting the vocabulary tutor.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During the first week of this study plan, to prepare for the math section of the GRE exam, concentrate on the arithmetic and algebra tutorials and questions. Look ONLY on these sections so that you don't swamp yourself with too much information in too short a time. Notice how the question material for the arithmetic and algebra sections is relatively straight-forward, but that does not mean that the questions are easy.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

To prepare for the verbal section of the GRE test, during the first week of this study guide you will concentrate on the reading comprehension questions. You should become familiar with the three types of reading comprehension questions that appear on the exam. Also, strive to read quickly, 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.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

In the first week, after you have read the essay tutorials, also spend some time reviewing some of the tips on how to write well. Because you only have 30 minutes for each of the issue and argument writing tasks, you need to be insightful, concise, and clear. Also look over the provided pool of essay topics that are listed on the GRE website. On the day that you are slated to study the essay section, select some of the essay topics -- both issue and argument -- and brainstorm on some ideas and potential outlines for an essay. This is what you'll have to do during the real exam.