Study Plan : How to Prepare GRE in 30 Days / 1 Month / 4 Weeks

One of the most comprehensive question that one would ask while preparing for a competitive exam is the duration needed to prepare. Next plan of action after deciding to do masters would be How to Start preparing for GRE? Where to acquire the materials needed to prepare for GRE? Mostly importantly, how to prepare for GRE in 1 Month ?

We will try to address all the queries in a detailed manner. Before we look into how to prepare for GRE in 30 days, need to first ask yourself how much time in a day you can spend to prepare GRE? If you are having a professional career, the time for preparation will be less when compared to a college graduate. Time constraint is something one has to deal with while preparing for a competitive exam like GRE (Graduate Record Examination). Many would be thinking that, 30 Day preparation would be enough to fetch a good score. Not always, first you need to define how much time you can spend every day.

This can be summarized in simple math. I.e. Hours Per Day X Days (Total) = GRE Preparation. More the time spent, more the practice and confidence. We would strongly recommend you to allocate time for 30 days to prepare GRE.

How to Prepare GRE in 30 Days 

How to Prepare GRE in 30 Days

How to Prepare GRE in 30 Days

Study Materials for Preparing GRE Examination

All said and done, you would be getting many GRE study materials online for free but it is always better to refer a recommended publishers material. The material available online can be used for practice exams and get a better understanding for solving tricky questions. The study materials can be helpful to reflect the pattern in which the questions will be asked in GRE examination.

Below is the list of best books that could be used for preparing GRE:

  1. ETS Official GRE verbal Reasoning Practice Questions
  2. ETS Official GRE Quantitative Practice Questions
  3. Barron’s GRE Verbal Book
  4. Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides
  5. Barron’s GRE
  6. Barron’s Essential Words for GRE
  7. GRE for Dummies
  8. Kalpan Test Prep: GRE Premium 2017
  9. Barron’s 6 GRE Practice Tests

Here are few Do’s and Don’ts before you start preparing for GRE

  1. Take ETS GRE Sample exam to understand where you are standing in terms of GRE standards. This will help to concentrate on the areas needed to be improved. It would be very hard to prepare if you don’t take the sample exam as you won’t be knowing the areas to be focused more.
  2. You have to start reading newspapers, blogs, articles on daily basis. This will help you to increase the rate of interpreting a sentence. This gives an additional plus in Vocabulary section as you would be running against the time to complete each section. Failing to read would make you to spend more time during the final GRE exam.
  3. Build Proper Study Network. Connecting with like-minded people who are preparing for GRE would help to know many aspects of the examination. Also, it would help in knowing information about many universities.
  4. Follow Proper GRE Study plan. Sticking to the study plan and preparing according to that would be useful in maintaining timeline. This would also help while taking the final GRE exam. Skipping the limited timeline that’s been allocated for preparation would cost to postpone your examination.

4 Week Study Plan for GRE Preparation

Following is the 4 Week Schedule that needs to follow for preparing GRE. Remember, this schedule can be adopted, if you can spend minimum 2-3 Hours on daily basis.

Week 1:

Quantitative Reasoning Measure

During the first week of the preparation, brush up all the basic concepts of mathematics.  The purpose of GRE examination is to check your basic arithmetic and communication skills. Keeping this in mind, make sure you learn the basics of all the concepts. GRE can become very tricky if you miss out this part.

Out of four sections in Quantitative Reasoning I.e. Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis, pick one section for each week. The time duration would depend on person to person depending on their IQ levels and how strong they are in basic arithmetic concepts.

If you are choosing Arithmetic, following are the topics to prepare

  1. Integers
  2. Fractions
  3. Exponents and Roots
  4. Decimals
  5. Real Numbers
  6. Ratio
  7. Percent

Verbal Reasoning Measure

Start understanding the basic concepts of verbal questions. Learning 150-200 words per week would help for the course of the examination unless it is being implemented properly. Write two articles on the topic that interest you with a minimum of 500 words. This would help in expanding vocabulary and using the words newly learnt in the essay would help to place words according to the context.

Spend 30 minutes daily readying newspaperon various topics. This would help is comprehending the phrases in reading comprehension section.

Week 2:

In this week, concentrate more on concepts as well as practice questions. You need to go through all the quantitative and verbal reasoning methods that was learntin Week 1. Probably, Week 2 and 3 are the most crucial period in GRE examination. In this week, prepare yourself to stretch at least 1-2 Hours more than the usual time so that you will be having time to review the earlier concepts and learn new key techniques.

Quantitative Reasoning Measure

The Goals that has to be accomplished for Quantitative Reasoning are practicing Arithmetic concepts and formulas. While learning the concepts of Quantitative reasoning, you have to learn the shortcuts for solving a problem. GRE examination is all about adaptability and solving issues quickly.

Upon reviewing Arithmetic topics, learn the concepts of Algebra. The topics covered under Algebra are

  1. Operations with Algebraic Expressions
  2. Rules of Exponents
  3. Functions
  4. Solving Linear Equations
  5. Coordinate Geometry
  6. Solving Linear Inequalities
  7. Applications
  8. Solving Quadratic Equations
  9. Graphs of Functions

Upon Completing Algebra, proceed to next section of quantitative reasoning Geometry. Try to cover part of this section to make sure you finish all the sections of Quantitative Reasoning by Week 3.

  1. Lines and Angles
  2. Polygons
  3. Triangles

By end of the week, take sample exam of the topics covered till now. Now, you can compare the current score to that of the first time you took the sample exam. More than the score, check the rate at which you are solving problem. This will help to analyze the areas to improve further.

Verbal Reasoning Measure

Continue doing the weekly routine of learning 150-200 words and writing articles of your choice. Also, review the words learnt in the previous week. While learning verbal words, rather than memorizing try to create a sentence which would help you remember in contextual manner.

This week start practicing Reading comprehension and Text completion. Reading comprehension would probably take time to complete but the challenge lies in completing it fast. During the final GRE examination, the comprehensions would be given in such a way that it would consume more time. This would impact Text completion and sentence equivalence. Proper completion of reading comprehension might give an edge in completing other sections of verbal reasoning.

By end of this week, take sample examination to know where you are currently standing in terms of learning verbal reasoning. If you feel there is room to improve, spend more time on comprehending the phrases and text completion.

Week 3:

In this week, complete all the remaining topics in Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. You need to spend the same amount of time as the earlier week. This week, you have to additionally go through the topics covered in earlier week. The study plan should be same as earlier weeks, just to make sure you complete the deadlines.

Quantitative Reasoning Measure

This week, gear up to complete rest of the Quantitative Reasoning topics and start sample exams. This week would be most difficult as you need to cover new topics and review topics learnt in the earlier weeks.

After reviewing concepts learnt in earlier weeks, Complete rest of the concepts in Geometry Section.

  1. Quadrilaterals
  2. Circles
  3. Three-Dimensional Figures

The final section in Quantitative reasoning is Data Analysis. Topics covered under this sections are

  1. Graphical Methods for Describing Data
  2. Numerical Methods for Describing Data
  3. Counting Methods
  4. Probability
  5. Distribution of Data Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
  6. Data interpretation Examples

Verbal Reasoning

By this week, you would be noticing a gradual improvement in verbal reasoning skills. Having said that, you have to increase the pace of practice exams and learning new verbal words. Main aspect in Verbal reasoning is to interpret the sentence and fill with correct verbiage.

In this week, learn the tips and tricks of text completion and make sure all sections are completed. Also, go through the concepts covered in the earlier weeks. Daily reviewing of the verbal words would help in remembering the tips and tricks to be used in the final examination.

Upon completing all the sections of Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning, take a mock exam to test your knowledge in all the sections. This will help to know where you are currently standing after 3 weeks of preparation.

Week 4:

The final week would be to get ready for the GRE examination. This week, work on those topics which you feel more practice is needed. In the first day of week, write and review the mock exam. Please make a note of positives and needs to be improved areas. During the 2nd and 3rd day, work on those areas to be improved which you feel are important for examination.  In the remaining days, practice one mock test every day to build confidence and accuracy.

The day before the exam, go through all the formulas and Tips/tricks to make sure nothing is missed.

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