GRE 322 - H.S


Success race


  • Score: 322 (161 V, 161 Q)

  • Time of preparation:2.5 months

  • Time dedicated per week:1-2 hours on weekdays after office hours, 5-6 hours on weekends


Resources



  • Magoosh Blog (for vocabulary)

  • Scholar Den (for general discussions and sharing problems)

  • Barron’s Book (used only for Quant)

  • ETS Books

  • Manhattan Books

  • PowerPrep Tests


Verbal


I completed 650 words from Magoosh (Basic and Common). On test day around 80% of the words were from these 650. I started doing vocabulary from Day 1, used magoosh mobile app and learnt the words while commuting, during breaks etc. After around 1.5 months my vocabulary was in a good state. The main challenge for me was Reading Comprehension. I attempted doing it for the first time around 3 weeks before exam, and it turned out to be a mistake, I would recommend doing 1-2 reading comprehensions per day so as to develop the stamina and train your brain to capture elusive concepts. The challenge in reading comprehension is not to understand it, but to understand it within the time constraints. The only thing that can make it better is practice.


Recommendation


Dedicate 45 minutes everyday to verbal, 30 mins for vocabulary and 15 minutes for reading comprehension. Start doing it as early as possible.


Quantitative


I started with Barrons book as it was short. 6 heavy books of manhattan used to scare me. After barrons book I did all the practice questions from ETS which is also a short book. One can easily complete the quantitative book of ETS in one weekend.


The main challenge for me in quantitative portion was quantitative comparisons, so in the last days, I did the manhattan booklet on quantitative comparisons. Overall, the maths questions aren’t that difficult, but within time constraints, one tends to do silly mistakes that lose the overall marks.


Recommendation


Give mocks tests to practice timing. Your scores on the test day are close to what you get on the mocks, if you are uncomfortable with your mock scores, delay your exam