3 Week Study Plan, Third Week

Plan for the Week

In the third and final week leading up to the GRE revised test, you will review your second practice exam that you completed in the second week, and you will continue to practice using the GRE practice questions available on MyGRETutor. Spend at least 5 days preparing for the GRE exam; spend 2 hours each day, for a total of 12 hours. Here is a sample plan for the third week of the three week plan:

  • Day 1: Review the second simulation exam. Go over all of the questions, and with whatever time you have remaining, study some new vocabulary words and review those that you have previously seen.
  • Days 2-4: Attempt as many practice questions as you can. Practice, practice, practice. Again, as was the case in week two, sample from all of the practice questions categories. If you spend 1.5 hours each day doing practice questions, you should be able to get through at least half of the questions in each section. As always, finish each day learning new vocabulary words and reviewing those that you have previously seen.
  • Day 5:It is now very close to the exam day, and so be sure that you do not try to learn new vocabulary words. If you try to do this, you'll be just memorizing. At this time, also finalize that you have your registration for your test AND that you know how to get there. Ideally, you should try and drive or otherwise visit the exam center just to make sure you know how long it takes to get there. It would be unfortunate if you were to find out on test day that the test center is 2 hours away as opposed to what you thought was 1 hour, in which case you'd add unnecessary stress on the test day. Also, briefly review any of the tutorials sections that you have had most trouble with, and review those questions that you've seen in those sections.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During the third week, you will just be doing as many practice questions as possible. By this time, you may have seen several difficult questions. 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 two things: your depth and breadth of your vocabulary and your ability to read critically and actively. 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

As was the case in week two of this study plan, practice on brainstorming and on writing sample paragraphs. There is only one way for you to prepare for the writing task of the GRE exam, 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.