I scored 327 in GRE: 170Q, 157V and 4.0 AWA
I prepared for a total of 2-3 months with an ongoing job. Starting from the first official PowerPREP II test, I got 315 in first attempt without any preparation. Having studied Maths extensively during my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, I was more concerned with Verbal section throughout.
- Magoosh GRE Premium Account
- Magoosh GRE Vocabulary Flashcards
- Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions
- Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions
- Manhattan Prep online full-length practice tests
- 1014 Practice Questions for the New GRE
- Verbal Workout for the New GRE – The Princeton Review
For vocabulary build up I used Magoosh GRE Flashcards application. I learned and revised almost 700 words from this app. This number is enough for around 155 - 160 score in verbal.
I bought 6 months’ subscription of Magoosh Premium for GRE. It was a very fruitful investment. I was able to go through the Maths lectures in over a week (fast-forwarding most of them). The interface for attempting practice questions is very good. It provides a detailed solution to each question, as well as the difficulty level of the question to judge how harmful it is get a particular question wrong.
The Maths questions in Magoosh were slightly difficult than the ones encountered in the final test. As I had graduated almost a year before my GRE exam, I was out of practice and was prone to making silly calculation mistakes. I overcame this by attempting almost 200 questions from "1014 Practice Questions for the New GRE" available online in PDF. These questions, although different from pattern of GRE Maths, were a good practice of polishing quick calculation skills.
The techniques for sentence completion and sentence equivalence worked very well for me. I was able to save time in these questions. Reading passages gave a me a very hard time and were the most challenging aspect of the test for me. I would run out of time following the technique described in Magoosh prep. Consequently, I used the technique described in Chapter # 3 of “Verbal Workout for the New GRE”. This improved reading comprehension portion a lot for me.
For AWA, I wrote 5 essays before the exam. I read almost 20 sample essays, 10 of each type to get a hang of what to write.
In the last 10 days before test, I did practice questions from “Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions” and “Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions” followed by 3 full length online practice tests from Manhattan prep.
On the test day, I was very nervous (slept only for 4 hours). I took some chocolates and caffeinated drinks with me to the test center. I finished second my Verbal section 3 minutes early and took a break to get relax for the last Quant section (the most difficult of them all).
Best of luck !