New GRE Study Plan – by Vikas
I am looking for some advice on preparation for Verbal section in new GRE. I would really appreciate if you could help me out here.
Target Score: 1500+
I have been studying for GRE for over 3 months now and my exam date is a week away from today. I have thoroughly revised all the 3500+ words in Barron’s. I have finished books from Kaplan, Barron’s and ETS. I have solved RC from around 15 tests of Big Book.
- Quant: No complaints
- AWA: Ok
- Barron’s tests scores: 325+ in both tests in CD
- Kaplan Book Test: 330 (using table from Barron’s)
- Kaplan Online Test 1: 1310-1460
Having done all of what is mentioned above, I still don’t feel confident about facing Verbal section.
After every test or practice exercise, I do a thorough analysis of my answers and try to come up with statistics of my own pertaining to accuracy and where I am going wrong.
I have come to the conclusion that my accuracy wavers too much especially in RC(20%-100%).
I have tried everything from my end but I am still clueless as to how I can crack this section. The conventional methods to improve comprehension skills is not helping me out much.
I have tried a lot to quantify as to what change can lead to improvement in accuracy but so far I haven’t got any success. “Practice makes a man perfect”, is not working out for me.
As you would also gone through preparation for GRE, could you let me know if mine is a normal situation? Do people who get high scores have such a varying accuracy? Any tips as I have got just one week left?
How to prepare for GRE in 1 Week
Vikas, your email clearly shows your practical and above average student.
To sum it up, you want to know how to prepare for GRE in 1 Week.
You have analyzed all possibilities that could lead to your GRE Score improvement.
With 1 week left for your real GRE Exam, now you shouldn’t worry about learning new strategies.
Take Power Prep, revise all the concepts and strategies you have learned so far. Spend time building your confidence and visualizing solving all the problems in time.
I would suggest solving Big Book’s Analytical Section questions. Reading Comprehension questions are not just passages anymore, its more like the Analytical section in old GRE pattern, when GRE was offered for 2400.
Solving few analytical passage will help you improve RC’s scores.
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