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Thursday, January 08, 2009

How to Prepare for GRE

Loads of people ask me this question - How do I start my preparation for the GRE exam? I normally just point them to this blog. But even people who visit greghost.blogspot.com ask this question in the comments section. So i decided to write a short guide on preparing for the Graduate Record Examination.

Firstly, make sure that when you register for the test, you have at least 3 months to study! Anything less than that is educational suicide - unless you're in the IIT...

Secondly, there is no such strategy which says that you should start studying from the Verbal section and then move on to Quants or vice-versa. Start with whatever you are comfortable with! I started preparing with the verbal section because my language skills are far better than my mathematical skills. Starting your preparation with something you find easy helps defuse stress and arouse interest in what you're studying.
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The GRE preparation study is never ending...you can't have enough practice in maths and almost nobody can memorize the meanings of all those thousands of words. So these 2 things - Quants and Words - should be universal in your preparation, i.e. you should study them every day even as you set up targets for the more particular sections.

Those who are good with English should not get overconfident. The reading comprehension section can be quite tricky. Its not like those simple comprehension passages that you get in your 10th and 12th standard board exams.

Some of the books I recommend for GRE preparation you will find on the right sidebar of this blog. Quite a few are available on this blog for free download if you know where to look (just click in the right places!) make your preparation a mixture of online and offline study. I always recommend number2.com for their short mock tests.

Finally, dont procrastinate (if you don't know the meaning of this word, your GRE preparation is lagging!). Laziness never did you any good and never will. If you find it difficult to study in the morning, then be a night bird and work hard.

Once you think you have studied enough, start giving the mock test in the ETS powerprep CD. That test will give you a good indication of where you stand. Identify your weak areas from the result of the test and try to strengthen them with practice. As the Bhagwad Gita says, "karma kar, Fal ki Chinta Mat kar" . May the force be with you!

Those who have already given their GRE are most welcome to share their experiences and provide tips in the comments section.

79 comments:

Anirudh Maitra said...

Hi,

Just browsed through your blog. Some neat stuff.

Me and a few friends have started an initiative called www.weboword.com [/link]
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We are looking to spread the word around and want to change the way people build on their vocabulary. We quite hate the brute force way of doing it.It would be great if you can help us spread the word through your blog. Waiting to hear back from you.

maggyy said...

Hi,
Am not able to download the books. Can u post the link for download.

Pooja said...

Hi! Sarthak,I would be very greatful if you could find time and send me the e-copy of GRE big book to my e-mail id-poojatihg@gmail.com. Kindly suggest me the best book to prepare for GRE math section as I dont ve an IT background.
Thanks in advance
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Taken said...

Allo. Can I please have a copy of the Big Book mailed to taken.andhow@gmail.com? Thanks a ton.

Kirstin Airmet said...

Hey, good blog; the only trouble is that all of the items that you show in your photo must have cost quite a bit. I only bought and used the Barron's book, and it was great, but I also used two websites:

mygretutor.com and number2.comI found these two websites quite useful, especially the vocabulary parts of each. Mygretutor has tons of questions, so they were helpful, too. Good luck!

richa said...

hi, my gre exam is on 21st of july but i can start preparing only after 24th may after my pg entrance exam. as such i'm regularly giving an hour for grepreparation but i think its not enough..moreover even after 24th, i can give MAXIMUM OF 10 HOURS ONLY AS I HAVE INTERNSHIP ALSO...SO,tell me wat r my prospects or shall i cancel my test date...? also, suggest me some sites for math practice & links for download.

Petit said...

Hi, I have taken the GRE twice, and here's some of my advice:

- the Math section is ridiculously hard now, but it's still able to get 800. I didn't have time to finish my last question, but still got an 800. Don't panic if u face a hard question. Calm down and try solving it. If you succeed, u will prolly hit 800. If not, u still have a chance if u got the rest of the questions.

-You need to learn at least the whole barron's list to hit a good score. I learned the PR's hit parade and barron's 800, then ended up with a score less than 500, which is a damn blow. You should also practice alot alot alot.

- The writing is probably the easiest part. Just do a few practice to get comfortable with the process, and don't blow it because it can affect ur mind later on the verbal and math parts.

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sumanth said...

hai can u plz sent me the gre ebig book to my id tkrishnasumanth@yahoo.com.iam unable to download,its showing error.

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medha said...

hi Sarthak!

I was unable to download the GRE Bog Book. Would you be kind enough to send me an e-copy to roy.medha@gmail.com ? Am taking the GRE next month and I need it, really bad.

Waiting eagerly for the e-copy. Thanks a ton!

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doxic said...

Hi there,

Thanks for this wonderful blog. I am sure this will really help all GRE aspirants and all of us will be forever thankful to you.

I have downloaded all the material that you have put online, but realised that the BIG BOOK tests only contain English Tests. Is there another link for all the 27 Maths tests? If you haven't been able to upload the Maths tests from the BIG BOOK, would it be possible for you to send them by email? My email is poojasureshkrishnan@gmail.com

Thanks, pooja

seeknshare said...

I have written GRE back in 2000. Verbal section was the nightmare for me. Root Approach of mastering vocab, as given in "Word Power Made Easy" book by Norman Lewis helped me a lot. Hope this helps!

kate said...

How recently did you update the information you have on studying for the GRE?

As I understand it, the exam undergoes major changes yearly, so I just wanted to be sure that I am learning the right stuff.

Thanks for the info!

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Hi
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jamuna said...

hi,
i have fixed my exam date on jan11....i am completely scared...I am following barrons. just started.... but i am not able to remember it. I find verbal very tough. Math part i can do it with some effort. but verbal is completely flustering. Will i be able to do it?? also send me the ebook to my mail id.

jamuna said...

hi,
i just downloaded your Kaplan verbal guide. I found words at the end of the guide. I find many words present in Barrons are missing here. IS it enough if i study from Kaplans word list?????????

Bane said...

You can find more than 60 GRE books and software (2009), all sorted in sections, with big description and contents,

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Jayshree said...

Hii

Can anyone please send me an ecopy of kaplan GRE math work book.
My email address is ag.jayshree@gmail.com.

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You can find more than 60 GRE books and software (2009), all sorted in sections, with big description and contents,

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GradGRE said...

Good post. I agree with pretty much everything. Personally, I think that a combination of Baron's guide and some flashcards (homemade or bought) give 80-90% of what a test taker needs. One thing that I do not support is tutoring. I tend to think that it is usually a waste of money. Sure, it might yield slightly better scores than self-study alone, but the extra 20-80 points are hardly worth the $1000s spent on tutoring. I wrote a post on this if you are interested: GRE Tutoring vs GRE Books

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Hi,

Really great work with the blog.

For all people using android phones,there's this application made specifically for GRE vocab by Appkettle.Its available in the market for free
Here's a video link for it,
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Swetha said...

Hello,
I gave my GRE today and got a 570 in verbal and 800 in Quant, on the higher range. I found quant very easy in comparison with GMAT. Verbal was tough for me.
I was praying for quant as experimental section. But got the opposite -3verbal sections and 2quant sections! Couldnt finish the 3rd verbal section in time...was almost exhausted by then!
My preparation for GRE was for less than a month and i had very little resources. I started with Official Guide & McGraw Hill. McGraw hill has easy questions in both Verbal & Quant when compared to actual GRE. Official guide has very few quesns and is generally not sufficient for practice. I could lay my hands on Kaplan only 10days back and it proved to be very useful. I used to get similar scores in my practice tests in Kaplan. The free tests on www.majortests.com also helped me to a certain extent.
But i dont agree that one can do away with vocab in New GRE. Vocab is important and one should understand the intensity in usage of words that are similar. However, mugging up of 4300 words like in Barrons wouldn't help.GRE Verbal tests the comprehension skills rigorously and i guess the vocab from regular reading of newspaper or Economist would greatly help. One needs to have a lot of practice in verbal questions. Probably other publishers would release some more material very soon.

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Mohan_Nitish said...

please tell me where to do the word list from i have both kaplan and barrons... kaplan has worlist at d end..is tha enough?? or i need to do sumthing else aswell???? please reply soon!

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wht should an IITian do?

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