2 Week Study Plan, First Week

Plan for the Week

During the first of the two weeks, become familiar with the three types of assessment measures on the GRE test. This includes not only going over all of the tutorials, but also involves the use of the practice questions that are offered by MyGRETutor. Utilize the vocabulary section of MyGRETutor.com every day; not as a means to learn and/or memorize new words, but as a way for you to gain exposure to the type of words that you should expect to see on the GRE exam.

During week 1, we suggest that you spend at least 5 days preparing for the exam. If you spend 2 hours each day, you will accumulate 10 hours of total study time. Here is a sample plan:

  • Day 1: Become familiar with the format of the GRE revised General Test. This includes timing tactics, adaptive testing, scoring and section order. These and other relevant topics are all discussed in the tutorials available here at MyGRETutor. Spend approximately 1 hour in learning the format of the GRE. Next, go over each of the Arithmetic and Algebra sections of the tutorials, which should take you upwards of 1 hour. Finally, spend 10 minutes or so reviewing some of the vocabulary words. Go through a handful of words to get a feel of the difficulty of the words that often appear on the real GRE exam.
  • Day 2: Read the Geometry, Data Analysis and Quantitative Comparison tutorials. At the same time, answer some of the practice questions, but do not attempt to answer all of them, because you will have time in the second week to answer more questions. Spend about 1 hour on this activity. Also, read the Reading Comprehension and Text Completion tutorials and attempt some of the accompanying practice questions. This, too, should take you about 1 hour.
  • Day 3: Complete the sentence equivalence tutorial, and attempt some of the sentence equivalence questions. At the same time, answer some of the practice math questions. Appropriate approximately 1 hour for this task. Finally, spend some time to review the issue and argument writing tasks, which are explained in the Essays & Writing Well section of MyGRETutor. Conclude the day with a visit to the vocabulary tutor; continue to leisurely view new vocabulary words.
  • Day 4: Take a full-length practice exam, and do not skip the analytic writing assessment section. Also, take the entire exam in one sitting!
  • Day 5: Review each of the sections of the practice exam that you took. If you click on the "Show analysis" button in the practice tests section of the test 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. Based on how you did on your simulation exam, review those tutorials page that are most relevant. Finish the day by viewing some of the vocabulary words in the vocabulary tutor section of MyGRETutor.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During the course of the week, you'll have ample time to read all of the tutorials sections that pertain to the math assessment sections of the GRE test. To do well on the math part of the exam, you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Simple arithmetic such as addition, subtraction and multiplication, including
  • exponents and percentages.
  • Be able to compute simple probabilities and answer counting problems.
  • Be proficient with simple algebra, including equations, inequalities, slopes and intercepts of lines.
  • Be familiar with basic geometry concepts, such as squares, circles, and triangles, lines and angles, parallel lines, and volumes of objects.
  • Be able to read tables, plots and graphs.

More importantly, study and become familiar with the actual types of questions that appear on the GRE exam. These include single and multiple answer multiple choices questions, quantitative analysis questions, and numeric entry questions.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

Here are the three main question types for the verbal component of the GRE:

  • 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.
  • Reading comprehension: The bulk of the questions that you will see on the verbal sections of the GRE revised General Test will be reading comprehension questions. There are three types: single answer,, multiple answers, and select in passage. The passages range in length from a single paragraph, to three or more paragraphs. Most of the reading passages are short.
  • Sentence Equivalence: You will be presented with a short snippet of text with a single blank, along with six answer choices. Your task is to select TWO of the answer choices, so that when either of them is inserted into the blank, the sentence is grammatically, stylistically, and logically correct. Moreover, the two answer choices that you select should generate sentences that are similar in meaning.

Become familiar with all of these verbal question types. As with the math section, attempt a fair share of verbal practice questions. These questions should help to solidify the concepts that you learned in the tutorials.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

There is very little that you can do to prepare for the essay section if you only have only two weeks of time before you take the GRE exam. If you are a good writer, then you should do okay. If you haven't written in a long time, then we recommend that you read the Essay tutorials. Learn how to brainstorm, and get a sense of what the essay graders are looking for. As is often the case with learning how to write well, it is practice, practice, practice that makes perfect. There are two essays that you'll be asked to write:

  • Issue Essay: You are given a single essay topic, and you are allotted 30 minutes to analyze the topic and to present your stance on the issue.
  • Argument Essay: You are presented with an argument (often in the format of an editorial), and you are allotted 30 minutes to critique the effectiveness of the provided statement.

Be sure to read the tutorials section that discusses the essays. There you will find suggestions on how you can structure, analyze, plan, and execute your essays, concepts which should help you to improve your score.