Graduate Studies; One step at a time!!!!

10 ways to improve your GRE score

Posted by saintdeb on December 26, 2007

I have absolutely no idea why I am writing this post!! It’s probably the hour long follow-up session that I just had with all the universities that I have applied to! To be honest, I have come to feel that the toughest part of the graduate admission process is surely this seemingly neverending wait!!! Anyhow these ten steps are for all undergrads gearing up for GRE preparations!! Hope you guys are able to use these tips (I never had so much information on my hands…..guess was just too lazy to search for it!!!)
1. Relax:
Preparing for the GRE can be stressful. Try to focus on the task at hand and not so much on everything else you have to do. If you take GRE test prep step-by-step, day-by-day, and give yourself breaks when your body needs them, you’ll be able to concentrate on GRE studies a lot better.
2. GRE Diagnostic Test:
Begin GRE test prep with a GRE practice test to find out what you’re good at, and more importantly, what you’re not good at. Correct your completed practice test and evaluate the questions you missed. What kind of questions did you miss? Are they mostly Quantitative or mostly Verbal? What score would you give yourself on Analytical Writing? Did you miss a lot of analogies but do well on reading comprehension? With this information you’ll be able to focus your GRE test prep studies on your weaknesses.
3. GRE Study Plan:
With your GRE weaknesses in mind, make a very specific study plan for yourself. You should know what, how, and when you are going to study for the GRE test. Put your study plan somewhere in plain view, and make sure you stick to your plan.
Try to keep GRE test prep interesting by planning to study different things in different ways. For example, study GRE vocabulary from flash cards one day, from a list the second day, and by reading and learning words in context the third day.
4. GRE Vocabulary:
The single-most effective way to improve GRE Verbal score is with GRE vocabulary. Start studying GRE vocabulary now. Study a word list, use flash cards, learn with software, or learn words in context with The Wall Street Journal. Do whatever it takes to learn new words. Improve your vocabulary skills and watch your GRE score improve.
5. Active Reading:
Practice reading every day, but don’t read like you would your favorite book. Read actively. Ask yourself, “What is the main theme?”, “Report or opinion?”, and “What is the author’s purpose?” You’ll see these questions on the GRE, so you should be on the lookout for the answers. You should also use GRE-level material, such as The Wall Street Journal, to practice your GRE reading comprehension. You might not like the articles, but most likely you won’t like the passages on the GRE either, so you should get used to it.
6. Math Language:
Learning GRE math is like learning a new language. To improve your GRE Quantitative score you have to practice, and the more you practice the more fluent you will become. If you don’t practice, you’ll never improve.
Hence, do as many practice Quantitative problems as you can and learn from your mistakes. When examining your wrong answers, don’t move on to the next question until you understand the current one. The whole point of math practice is so that you can learn from mistakes during practice and not on the real GRE.
7. Essay:
Get used to writing an outline before you actualy start an essay. You’ll save time and know exactly what to write about if you have an outlined plan. Your paper will flow better and surely, you will score higher on the GRE Analytical Writing section.
8. GRE Practice Tests:
A GRE practice test is one of your most useful tools during GRE test prep. It’s an excellent indicator of what you need to work on. Take GRE practice tests every couple of weeks to find out your weak areas, and focus your GRE study plan on those things. Also, remember to learn from your mistakes on each practice test.
9. Do Not Procrastinate:
Start preparing for the GRE now. If you start GRE prep early enough, you’ll have the luxury of being able to study just an hour or so per day. When your time is limited, you have to study more hours per day, which will get tiring fast. Cramming for the GRE doesn’t work, so don’t procrastinate. I repeat, if you want to improve your GRE score, do not procrastinate.
10. Mentally Prepare:
Time yourself during GRE practice tests to get a feel for the length of the test and the pace you need to be answering questions at. Act like the practice test is the real GRE. The last thing you want on test day is to feel tired when you’re only half-way through.
If you follow these 10 steps, your GRE score will improve. If you don’t follow these 10 steps, you still might score high on the GRE, but I wouldn’t risk it. Happy preparing.
To be honest, I have no idea as to how much these pointers are worth!! Some of them like the one for quant seems to be unjustifiablly extreme! However these have been sourced from Please refer to the site for more information!!!!

14 Responses to “10 ways to improve your GRE score”

  1. mayur said

    Thanks a lot for your usefull tips.

  2. Indeed said

    Good tips. If you still check this any tips on where to find GRE tests to take as practice?

  3. raghuram41 said

    That was interesting article

  4. thanks buddy nie tips

  5. sam said

    hey thanks for the tips..i hope it will be usefull..can u pls suggest some more ideas on quants to how to study, study materials,,etc

  6. mb said

    Thank you so much!!! this will help me a lot!

  7. hari said

    thanx a lot for the tips

  8. azhar said

    thankx dude for kind information

  9. azhar said

    dude u really rock

  10. dictionup said

    thanks for the tips……:)
    we have a few tips of our own for increasing GRE verbal score. please review and any feedback is greatly appreciated.

  11. thank you
    very good post

  12. Sarah said

    Thanks a lot for the preparation tips. These are really helpful if practiced. I am preparing for GRE and evaluating different resources which can be of help to my preparation. I find this post helpful because of the tips given here.Being Quant my weakness and I dread it.So I am looking for some good online resources which can help me pick up basics first. I came across this resource and iv checked a few other test prep too. What do you suggest is the best for me. I am looking for something that will help me start with basics and then move forward to tougher problems.


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  14. This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Many thanks!

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