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How to Study for the GRE πŸ“˜

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hi I'm Kate Roy welcome back to my

channel I post videos about career and

education so I often get questions

asking about how to study for different

types of standardized exams one of them

being the GRE so today I want to share

how I studied for the GRE so I'll let

you know what score I got what books I

used how exactly I planned out my whole

study schedule all of that good stuff if

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video before we get into how to study

for the GRE let's talk about scores

because the first step to studying for

the GRE is to set a target or goal score

for yourself now the GRE has three

sections verbal reasoning aka reading

comprehension and vocab quantitative

reasoning or math and analytical writing

which includes two essays verbal and

quantitative sections are scored between

130 and 170 so the lowest score you can

get is 130 highest score is 174 each of

those sections and the analytical

writing section is scored from 0 to 6 in

half point increments the average score

on the verbal and quantitative sections

is about 150 to 152 and the average

score for writing is about a 3.5 now

that's the average score so in terms of

what a good score is or what your target

score should be that really depends on

the program that you're applying to for

example at the time I was applying to

UCL for a master's in management the

recommended minimum score for the GRE

was a 310 so that's a 155 on both verbal

and quantitative the more competitive

the program is the higher your score

probably has to be and also depending on

the subject of your course you might

need a higher score in a specific

section so if you're applying to an

engineering graduate program then you

probably need a higher score in the

quantitative reasoning section so in

terms of setting your goal take a look

all the programs you're applying to and

they usually share what the minimum

required score is in order to apply or

they might show a student profile and

share the average score of students that

are in that program and now for context

because I know some people will ask and

I do think it's helpful my scores were a

162 in verbal and in quantitative and I

got a 4.5 in analytical writing overall

it's a pretty good score I did better in

the verbal reasoning that in

quantitative in terms of percentile I

also could have done better overall it's

obviously not a perfect score which is

why this video is not called how to get

a perfect score on the GRE but hopefully

my tips for studying for the GRE will

help you and with some consistent

studying I really do think that you can

get to whatever your goal is so the next

step after you set your target score is

to sign up for your test and I guess

really this could be interchanged with

setting your goal score but anyway one

of the first things you need to do is

actually sign up for your exam that way

you not only have your goal for your

score but you have a target date that

you need to cover all of your exam

content by this will make it much easier

for you to plan out your studies and

figure out how much you need to get done

every single week because you have that

end date in mind once you've signed up

for your exam and have your date in

place now it's time to buy some books

there are lots of different brands and

companies out there but the one that I

used was Kaplan and not necessarily

recommending that one way or another but

it's just the brand that I happened to

use when I studied for the GRE so

whichever brand you use I recommend

getting at least four books so that is

one book for each of the three sections

of the exam then the fourth book you

should get is a book of practice exams

so a book that covers the entire test

and in addition to those books which are

going to be your core study materials I

recommend getting some supplemental

materials specifically a vocab card deck

so that you can use those cards or

flashcards on any free time that you

have in between your studies once you

have your books you can plan out your

study schedule what I would do is take a

look at how many weeks you have until

your exam and how many chapters or pages

you have

in your book then it's just about

dividing up the content so that you can

make sure you cover everything in all

four of those books at least a week or

two before the exam chances are you are

a full-time student or you're working at

least part-time if not full-time while

you're studying for the test so it's

really important to set aside your study

time and figure out what exactly you

need to cover to make sure you get

everything covered before your test now

your specific study schedule or calendar

will look different depending on how

many weeks you have until your test and

what exact books you've got but in

general I would do something like this

on weekdays you would study from the

three books that cover the three

specific sections of the exams so maybe

on Mondays and Wednesdays you're

covering quantitative reasoning on

Tuesdays and Thursdays you're doing

verbal reasoning and on Fridays you're

working on analytical writing then

during the weekends you would want to

reserve time to take your practice exams

so the exam takes about three hours and

forty-five minutes so you'll want about

four hours to take the exam as well as

some more time to review your answers

after you've taken it then during any

pockets of free time throughout the week

you can take out your vocab flashcards

and study those to supplement your

verbal reasoning studying I do think

it's important to build in a rest day

which can also be a catch-up day in case

you weren't able to keep up with your

schedule for a given week having a study

schedule or calendar shouldn't be

something that stresses you out by

making you feel like you have all these

deadlines you need to reach every day

but it really should do the opposite by

helping you plan ahead so you can feel

as prepared as you can when you take

your test the format you use for the

study schedule is up to you

I personally just used a Microsoft Word

calendar template and I filled it out on

my computer printed it out put it above

my desk and that way every day after I

completed that day's studies I just

checked it off my calendar and on that

calendar I wrote the specific chapters

or pages that I needed to cover in each

book and that way I knew that as long as

I stuck to the schedule I would get all

my studies done you can put your study

schedule in your phone calendar you can

put it in a spreadsheet you can even do

little sticky flags or

on your book to divide up the different

pages whatever works for you and of

course the next step after you actually

plan out your study schedule is to stick

to it it's not gonna be perfect there

are going to be days when you don't have

time to study there are gonna be days

when you do have time to study but it's

just not going into your brain but again

the schedule is not supposed to stress

you out it's supposed to help you plan

ahead and ensure that you get everything

covered

so you can make sure to use your rest

days if you need to catch up and as

you're writing your schedule build in

enough buffer time for yourself to allow

for those types of days so while there

will be some flexibility here and there

in your study schedule I would

definitely take your practice exams

seriously and I would recommend trying

to take those exams around the same time

that you'll be taking your actual exam

for example if your exam is at 8:00 in

the morning and maybe you're not a

morning person it will be good practice

for you to take those practice exams at

8 a.m. so you can get your body and mind

used to it that's all I have for this

video I hope that if you are taking the

GRE this is really helpful for you as

you plan out your studies and I wish you

the best of luck please let me know in

the comments what types of videos you'd

like to see because it really helps me

out to know what type of content you all

want on this channel as always thank you

so much for watching and I will see you

in the next one bye

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