Every year there is a sizeable increase in the number of students taking the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) for gaining admissions to graduate schools of their choice. As a result, the number of applications for admissions received by the graduate schools is on the rise, leading to a requirement of higher GRE scores for admissions to reputed schools.
Students tend to develop cold feet at the mention of preparing for the GRE. The general consensus is that GRE Review is extremely tough and requires lots and lots of hard work. Well, the good news is that the hard work can be reduced to an extent if your GRE Review is well planned right down to the minutest details. If you commence your GRE Review at the ideal time, spend adequate time for your GRE Review everyday and follow the correct procedure for GRE Review, then you will realize that succeeding in the GRE is not that difficult as it has been made out to be. Given below is a suggested sequence of events to be followed as a part of your GRE Review if you want to do well in the GRE.
The first step that you take in your GRE Review would be to identify the graduate schools to which you would like to apply for admissions. This is a very important aspect of your GRE Review as the admission schedules of these schools will help you decide the time when you should ideally take the GRE. Register for the GRE keeping in mind the time taken for the GRE scores to reach the colleges of your choice. Your GRE scores should reach the colleges before the last date of submission of applications for admissions. Also you would like to get an idea of the GRE scores that are considered competitive for admissions to the schools of your choice.
The second step in your GRE Review would be to collect relevant study materials. Do not be under the impression that your school books will be sufficient for review of the subject areas tested by the GRE. It is worth mentioning the fact that the GRE is not a test of knowledge; rather it is a test of your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. You would not have been taught these skills as a part of your academic studies. You are expected to have developed these skills on your own over a period of time. However, it will be incorrect to think that content review is not required to be included in your GRE Review. Your GRE Review should be a mix of content review and development of the required skills in equal proportions.
In order to develop the skills tested by the GRE, you will require expert advice, guidance and practice. You can achieve your aim of fine tuning your skills and subject based knowledge by building up a good collection of GRE Review guides. It is important for you to selectively pick up GRE Review guides as per your requirements. Your search for the ideal GRE Review guides and study materials can start from www.ets.org which is the official web site of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization that administers the GRE. This web site offers various materials and documents for assistance in your GRE Review. Most of these materials are available free of cost. You can search the internet for more materials for your GRE Review.
Carry out a survey to identify suitable GRE Review guides. There are innumerable GRE Review guides available in the market. Check out the local bookstores and online bookstores to segregate the popular GRE Review guides from the ones that may not be of much use. You may discuss with other students who are also preparing for the GRE or who have already taken the GRE to earmark suitable books for your GRE Review. Web sites like www.amazon.com allow students to post their views on the utility of a particular GRE Review guide. You may find these student reviews to be useful in your search for the ideal GRE Review guide. Do not plan to carry out your GRE Review from a single guide. You may have to study from a combination of two or more GRE Review guides because a single GRE Review guide may not be able to meet your requirements.
After you have taken an overview of the content tested by the GRE and you have a fairly good idea of the GRE test format, take an initial GRE practice test. This is a very important step of your GRE Review as the results of this initial GRE practice test will be able to help you schedule your GRE Review accordingly. Your GRE Review schedule should be planned in such a way that you are able to dedicate a large chunk of the time available with you for reviewing the subject areas in which you have scored low in the initial GRE practice test. The initial GRE practice test scores may not be an exact indication of your likely scores on the actual GRE, but they will definitely help you in identifying your weak subject areas.
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