Hello Readers. I get a lot of messages in my inbox and email about how to get admission in USA/Canada? First of all, to get Fully Funded admission to USA/Canada you need to prepare GRE.In this post, Opportunity Desks describing you about smart and easy steps for GRE preparation Online Course. We provide you GRE preparation online material & tell you how you can score 300+.
Many of the people don’t know about GRE so Its essential to get know What is GRE? The Graduate Record Examinations is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Dream graduate schools in the United States. But Now GRE is also accepted in All the top universities around the world US, Europe, Singapore, Australia accept GRE scores.
Just follow the smart and easy Guidelines and sources below for the GRE Tips & tricks. if you promise yourself to act upon these GRE Study tips guideline, I guarantee a score of 310.310 score on GRE is considered decent enough for most candidates applying to US/Canada/Singapore etc to get scholarships.
GRE Test Details
The GRE General Test has three main divisions:
Analytical Writing( in this portion 2 essays written tasks are given, the topic can be different) the Issue and the Argument. Time is 30 Minutes)
Verbal Reasoning; ( Further it has 2 sections each with 20 questions to be completed in 30 Minutes.)
Quantitative Reasoning ( Its has also 2 sections each having 20 questions and the time span is 35 minutes)
The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE General Test is about 3H 45M. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the section.
Time Requirement to prepare the GRE
Now come to the point of preparation for the GRE test. For GRE Preparation with good scores, you need 40 Days just to appear in GRE Test. and if you plan your schedule daily then you just need 3 – 4 hours daily.
Required Resources for GRE Preparation
Below are resources for GRE test preparation:
- GRE Website
- Powerprep 2 timed tests accessible for FREE online on GRE Website
- Manhattan 8 Strategy Guides
- Manhattan 5lb book
- Three ETS OFFICIAL guides
- GRE maths basic foundations
- Magoosh Vocabulary Mobile App or website.
Free GRE Preparation Online Guides
Download the Following Free GRE Preparation Online Materials.
After Downloading these resources and get prepare your self you can apply in below scholarships.
GRE Preparation Strategy
Follow this GRE strategy in the given order.
You should have a passport to appear in GRE therefore if you don’t have to get one. (Random time required not a formal GRE task)
Register your account on GRE website. Make sure you enter correct NAME AS PER PASSPORT, what to enter in the first name, middle and last, to leave middle or last as empty. Date of birth and other details should also correct and must match with passport otherwise you will not be allowed to sit for GRE.
NOW you should read full GRE WEBSITE with attention. Read the whole website at least 3 times, get to know about each and every minute detail such that you memorize all details, the time required for each section,
- how many questions,
- what is a research section,
- AWA section and how the sections are scored in GRE,
- what is meant by easy,
- medium and hard sections,
- how scores can be high or low based on maximum correct answers in different sections,
- what is section adaptive test,
- what are the percentiles at what scores in quant and verbal,
I mean literally you should be 100% sure about any detail about GRE.
Use google for all kinds of questions, read magoosh or manhattan GRE forums and there are numerous articles online to answer such questions.
Make sure you are done with step 2 completely, then Access the 2 timed free tests on GRE website, just access the 1st one, leave the 2nd one for last days before the actual test. (Random task)
Without taking mock, first do the book “GRE Maths basic foundations” (It is primarily for GMAT but very helpful to revise basic maths especially if you are from non-numerical subjects’ majors). You need to do it from page 1 to end including max practice questions, whatever seems tough use internet always, manually google your topics and you will find good videos and links, read and make sure you learn them well. (15 Hours)
Now take the 1st mock test as an actual test with no distractions in a separate room at home etc.
REGISTER FOR THE GRE TEST and make payment online. Approximately register for a suitable date which should be at maximum 35 days later from this date. As you will be done by 5 days of work before it. Make sure from this day to the test DATE, the gap must not be greater than 35-37 days for those who have extremely busy weekdays even.
Now, start with two things at the same time. Manhattan 1-6 Quant guides and Magoosh app for vocabulary. Do all first 6 out of 8 guides (for Quant) in the same order as they are, FOCUS AND LEARN THE CONCEPTS AND RULES AND TRICKS, don’t practice many questions especially medium and hard ones. Manhattan guides are not a true indicator of how GRE questions are tested. USE these 6 guides for specialized learning of various QUANT areas that are tested. Spend a bit more time on weak areas may be geometry or probability or whatever.
Make sure you are good with strong areas. Along with these 6 guides, you will maintain a register for Magoosh vocab, 25 words with their meanings and 1 sentence each written and learned as you did in schools. Don’t go to next 25 every next day until you have revised the previous 25 by narrating meanings to a friend or sibling etc. You have to finish only 650 EASY and MEDIUM words and not the hard ones.
Take a break after every week on Sunday and just revise the already learned words, start every day by revising all words learned until then. Running ahead is useless if you are forgetting to focus more on revising then learning maximum words. In GRE the contextual understanding is tested, so you don’t need to know the exact word written as meaning in magoosh app, write the meaning may be from google or any other dictionary if you may like. (50 Hours)
Now complete Manhattan 7 and 8 verbal guides and also with that you will also keep on doing magoosh words according to the previous point. AWA will also be covered here, just take it easy not to score too low in it. A simple tool: Write as you write in matric essay, Intro, body, and conclusion.
The first paragraph should rephrase and highlight what is asked, last should summarize and conclude. The body should have a few paras but don’t think you need to write too long to score well. Brevity is the soul of wit. For Analysis of Argument, you critically analyze its assumptions, weaknesses, correlations, and causations made BUT you don’t give your own opinions and judgments just analyze someone else’s argument that is given in the question, for ANALYSIS OF ISSUE you give your OWN OPINIONS AND JUDGEMENTS as well. In other words for ISSUE task, you are one step behind the ARGUMENT task, you yourself are to the argument, while in ARGUMENT task someone else has already given an argument on an issue and you need to critically analyze the argument only not the issue in itself. (18 Hours)
Complete Manhattan 5lb book, again being manhattan book you will not attempt any question from it apart from random easy questions here and there and just SKIM IT OVER, with a bit closer look to concepts and theory and smart tools. (20 hours)
Complete official general ETS guide then quant and verbal guides. Focus both on concepts/theory and practice maximum medium level and easy questions but not all. Focus more on strategy and how questions are solved than solving full books. REMEMBER THE SAYING, If you have 6 hours to chop down GRE, spend first 4 on sharpening the concepts. (45 Hours)
Take the 2nd online ETS GRE website based test even if you score around 302-305, be sure you will touch 310 on the test day (GUARANTEED). (3 Hours)
Revise all 650 words from the register, even if you forget a few that is all OK. Revise your shortcuts, formulas, smart strategies that you will have written in your register while preparing the above resources. (6 Hours)
Don’t study at least one day before the exam, play and enjoy and sleep well. Target 9 AM slot for the test ideally on a Monday if you work or go to university on the other days so Monday can be a great day to take the test.
Before the test, during preparation days, also calculate the time approximately you should spend on each question, etc. Take DIGITAL WATCH with you and note down on your rough sheet the exact time when you actually press the START TEST button.
Don’t overthink, go with 1st instinct, many GRE questions can be solved by eliminating wrong options and also don’t forget all questions within a section carry equal marks regardless of their difficulty level. Use rough work and onscreen calculator wisely and to good effect.
Take the test and share the results with me, you are good to go for Fulbright, direct admissions and other similar pursuits etc.
GRE is like a game, whosoever learn the rules of this game plays better and wins. Focus more on how it operates, the procedures, concepts and smart tools than a lot of practice. For 310, only practice from ETS official 3 books and randomly from manhattan guides. No HARD questions to be done from any source.
For 310 score range, you will be attempting max easy and medium questions. P.S. GRE is not a tough exam and I am saying again this strategy is only for 310 targets in GRE. Also, keep in mind your educational background and intended majors will be different so you can monitor you need to pay more efforts on both if you are weak in maths and English or just on any one of them.
Similarly, sometimes you need a higher score on maths or verbal depending upon your intended majors. So you can divide that 310 according to your needs as depicted by desired universities’ class profiles.
You don’t need to practice more, you need to get the BASICS right. How it operates and the concepts! You can recalibrate time according to your strong and weak areas and your personal constraints. I GUARANTEE a score of 310 (and maybe a bit more) if you follow this guide as it is.