I’m sure you should have read 20 Step GRE Study Plan.
Lets take step further and redefine how to create a study plan.
In previous posts, I gave a study plan, but this is about how you can create a customized GRE Study plan.
- First you need to have a target score and target school.
Mistake 1 – If your thinking is like “I will apply for schools based on the New GRE Score”.
You need to know where you want to study, courses and interest. This takes planning and execution. If you want to take charge of your career and life, then proper planning is required.
Studying in USA is not like, traveling in Unreserved train ticket in India.
Next to reach that target score, you need to know your current score level (or skill level). To identify current score level, take test condition simulated practice test.
I used to recommend Powerprep, but save those tests for later, when you are closer to taking the New GRE.
Manhattan GRE Practice Tests (comes when you buy the book) or Kaplan Diagnostic test will give an idea about your current score level.
During the test, make sure you make a note of time spent on different questions types. Analyze the test results (for weakness) and speed.
Next, you have to identify the learning style that you would feel comfortable.
- GRE coaching
New GRE Prep Time
Lets divide New GRE Prep into 2 phase
- Learning Phase
- Practice Tests
There has to be complete distinction between learning to tackle problems, strategies and actual simulated practice tests phase.
How long to allocate for practice vs practice tests?
Depends on your current score and target score, time commitments and your ability o follow the schedule to reach to target score.
- Typical time to improve your score by 10 Points = 4 to 6 weeks.
- If your current score is 140, you need to study for at least 4 weeks to get it to 150.
Don fantasize about study for 1 month to get very high score. Students doing that should have higher quants and verbal skills to start with. Their current score level will be higher.
If someone can score 320/340 with 2 weeks prep, then their current score level before 2 weeks will be higher than 300.
New GRE Prep Course
- Day 1 – Learn About New GRE
- Day 2 – Develop New GRE Study Plan
- Day 3 – Develop New GRE Study Plan (part 2)
- Day 4 – TBD
- Day 5 – TBD