Duration: August – December (5 months, about 1-2 hours each day, 4-5 days a week)
Actual Score: 323(158V, 165Q, 4AWA)
1. Magoosh Vocab Cards
2. GMAT RC99 Document
3. ETS GMAT Verbal Guide Official (Critical Reasoning Questions)
4. Manhattan GMAT Critical Reasoning
5. Manhattan GMAT Reading Comprehension
6. Manhattan TC/SE, RC (GRE)
7. ETS GRE Official Verbal
9. Scholar Den (for general discussions and sharing problems)
1. Manhattan 8 Books Series (Quant books)
2. ETS GRE Official Quant
10. Gmatclub.com (mostly for answer explanations)
11. Scholar Den (for general discussions and sharing problems)
1. Didn’t take GRE Diagnostic test in start
2. Didn’t maintain any error log when attempting question from Manhattan (Quant)
1. To improve your grip on RC, TC, SE questions, the only way is to read daily from Economist, National Geographic Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic Magazine
2. Use mnemonics to remember vocab meaning if you are having difficulty remembering word meaning and context.
3. To practice TC/SE questions, I would suggest Magoosh
1. Maintain an Error log and revise it before every practice session
2. Pay special attention to your mistakes and review the related content if you have any doubt in any concept
3. Save the last 5 minutes in quant section to review your answers. If you happen to make silly mistakes, then this is the best strategy to improve your quant score.
4. Write and solve the question on scratch paper very clearly so that you can go back when reviewing
5. Apply the low-hanging fruit principle. Leave any question if it is taking more than 40 seconds to understand it
1. Read AWA guide on GRE CrunchPrep blog
2. While attempting mocks, don’t skip AWA sections
3. Make a list of words that you will use in your AWA essays. (Like claim, recommendation, unpersuasive, weak evidence, bolster, survey etc.)
1. During prep, if you are feeling stressed or burdened, feel free to take 1-2 days’ break and chill out
2. Practice consistently
3. Read the experiences of past test takers
4. Know that preparing GRE takes time which is different for each student. Don’t compare your prep to other student’s prep or score.
5. Review your mocks
6. Before actual test, I would suggest to go to ETS Test Facility and give a mock there to accustom yourself to test environment and formulates
7. Take proper care of your health.
8. If you are unsure about prep material, do talk to ScholarDen mentors. They will guide you. Don’t choose any prep material on your own.
9. Constantly seek advice from mentors. This will help you to keep going especially if you aim to give GRE after 2-3 months.