3 Simple Tips for GRE Time Management and Test Preparation

3 Simple Tips for GRE Time Management and Test Preparation

  • Bharat Sharma
  • 14/07/2018

GRE – Graduate Record Exam is a standardized test used to evaluate the potential of a candidate to get admissions in graduate schools and business schools abroad. Typically, GRE will test three major aspects of your professional aptitude which are – Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal and Writing skills.

Today, most of the top universities in the US rely on GRE score to judge the potential of an aspirant who is applying for their masters courses, doctoral degree or even MBA degree.

If you are reading this, chances are, you too are looking for tips to ace the GRE exam, get a good score and realize your dream to study abroad.

But how does one do that? What exactly is there to GRE preparation that most people miss (and only a few understand)?

For those aspirants seeking answers to the above questions, we have put together 3 simple tips to ace your GRE preparation and get a great GRE score.

Tip 1: Understand the Test Pattern

The key to success in GRE (or any competitive exam) lies in understanding the pattern and syllabus of the exam in detail. Before you start your GRE preparation, take some time out to assess the pattern and nuances for the exam.

You probably know the total duration for GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes but how well do you understand the latest test pattern of GRE test?

If you are a complete beginner, below is a breakdown of the GRE exam –

  • GRE has a total of 6 sections of 3 types – Quantitative Ability, Verbal Reasoning and Writing
  • Each section is followed by a 10 min break before the following section.
  • For Quantitative Ability: 20 questions per section (2 sections in total)
  • For Verbal Reasoning: 20 questions per section (2 sections in total)
  • For Analytical Writing: 2 writing tasks (30 minutes per task)

Now let’s look at the test pattern for each of the above sections –

  • Quantitative Reasoning: Comparison questions, Multiple choice questions, Numeric Entry questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning: Reading comprehension, Sentence Evaluation and Assessment, Text Completion
  • Analytical Writing: Analyze an Issue task, Analyze an Argument task

Since you now have a clear understanding of the GRE test pattern, the various sections involved and the time duration for each of them, the next step is preparation for each of these sections.

Tip 2: Prepare a Preparation Plan