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What is the recommended time to study for the GRE?

Asked by mcbolden (264 points ) September 18th, 2011

I recently took the MCAT and although I haven’t gotten my score back, I would like to have a back up. I would like to ideally take the test in early November, but am just now beginning to study for it. I studied for over a year to take the MCAT, and was wondering if there is a recommended amount of study time for the GRE.

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marinelife's avatar

” Preparation books do the job, but the official exams from ETS are only published after they’re given. This is the test that you need more than any other. To supplement it you can use others, which may offer good advice and questions that are close to the real thing, but concentrate first and foremost on past exam questions.

How should you organize yourself?

You’ll have to be strict with yourself. Here’s a recommended plan of action:

* Start by completing a mock GRE to get yourself into exam mode (get up early, no long breaks between sections, silence, etc.).
* Depending on your first score, decide on the amount of work you’re going to have to do. If you think you’ll need a significant amount of preparation time, set aside weekly blocks of time.
* Go over the word list for the vocabulary questions. Get into the habit of reading as much as possible. This also has the benefit of improving your awareness of current affairs.
* At the same time, keep testing yourself with questions from past exams.
* Half-way through, do another practice GRE test under exam conditions so you can check on your progress. Depending on the results, you might now be able to turn your undivided attention to the question types that still cause problems for you. Learn to recognize such questions, so that you do not waste an inordinate amount of time on these weakness during the real test.
* Lastly, finish your preparation with one or two practice GREs under exam conditions. The last one should be close to your set target. date”

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I studied for a month using a Kaplan course (classes twice a week + homework) and did well.

wundayatta's avatar

You study enough to do a good job. There’s no formula for this. It depends on how smart yuo are and how much you know already and how good you are at tests. I never studied for the tests except maybe for taking a few practice tests. I did well enough to get into pretty good schools. In fact, I never spent a whole lot of time studying in my life. I got better things to do.

But your situations is different and only you know your situation and how much you need to do to prepare.

lifeflame's avatar

Why don’t you do a practice test and start gauging how long you think it will take you?

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