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Thousands of students every year take competitive exams to get into a reputed university, both abroad and in India. The most common exams are TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, and IELTS. GRE helps students get into Ivy League institutions in the United States such as Harvard, Columbia, Wharton, and so on. The purpose of the GRE is to calculate a students’ readiness for a grad school. It is common for both Masters programs and PhD programs as well. Thousands of masters and doctoral programs accept the GRE, at the moment. The exam contains three sections:

Verbal reasoning– your verbal capabilities.
Quantitative reasoning– your problem-solving ability and basic math functions.
Analytical writing– ability to write an essay using clear and correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Many students are alarmed by the GRE. Yes, it can be nerve-racking, but you don’t need to worry anymore! Here are 5 steps you should take before taking the GRE to ensure you crack it and get into the University of your dreams!

  • Start your preparation at least 6 months before you give the GRE.

If your University requires the GRE but you have not studied mathematics in years, studying last minute would be a terrible idea. Start studying at least 6 months in advance, to ensure you get an excellent score. Figure out the course material, find out where your weaknesses are, and work on them. If you lack in grammar, read a lot of books. If you lack in mathematics, solve at least 10 problems a day in order to get a hang of it. Try not to lag behind and procrastinate.

  • Do not let the excessive syllabus and content get your spirits down!

The course material in the GRE is excessive and vast. Oftentimes, students become overwhelmed and tend to worry too much about it. Do not let the syllabus scare you. Sit down, make a detailed roadmap of how you are going to go about it, work on your weaknesses, and keep your spirits up!

  • Decide a specific test date and keep moving forward! mark the calendar 5

Before you start preparing, decide a date to give the GRE. Once you have a clear date in mind, the wheels in your mind will automatically start grinding. A clear date gives you a source of direction and you won’t be tempted to slack off if you know that the date is coming closer.

  • Make a detailed strategy.

I know I said it before, but a detailed strategy will help you in more ways than one. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Work on them accordingly. Devote your time to subjects that you are not very confident with to get that excellent score.

  • Prepare thoroughly for verbal reasoning.

The GRE verbal reasoning section contains two sections, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Both these might sound easy, but they are more difficult than the mathematics section. It is advisable to learn new words and start using them in your day to day conversations. The verbal reasoning section is difficult to crack without thorough practice. The section is time-consuming and tedious, so make sure you don’t underestimate it.

Last but not least, give the GRE with a level head. Remain calm, take deep breaths and remember to drink a lot of water! We hope these tips help you! Good luck!



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