GRE Advice? Anyone else stressing?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
25 posts

I took the GRE November 2011 and I felt all the practice tests were actually more difficult than the actual exam. I ended up with a 319 on the exam (159 verbal, 170 math).

My one recommendation is to read this book: Crash Course for the New GRE (Princeton Review)

It is a quick read, you can finish it in one night. But it really teaches you HOW to take the test and saved me so much time on the exam. I wish I had found it before I started studying but I didn’t read it until a couple of weeks before. It was still a lifesaver!

Good luck 😀

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I think the GRE is hit or miss.  I did decent the first time, but wanted to try one more to raise my score a bit.  I studied like crazy, learned tons of new words, etc. and actually did much worse the 2nd time.  

Don’t take it too many times or grad schools will count that against you, even if you do better each time.


Post # 6
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did okay on the GRE, nothing fantastic – and I got offered a full ride scholarship to a top grad school.  So, honestly, don’t stress yourself too much.  If you have prepared, and you have good grades/personal statement/writing samples/references, you’ll be golden!

Post # 7
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I took the GRE in May. I studied the day before the test only, and I got above a 300. Another friend did the same thing, and we made about the same. My other friend studied for a few weeks and did a whole book of GRE stuff, and I made higher than him. It’s not that he’s dumb. He made better grades than me in college. Like one poster said the test seems to be hit or miss.

Post # 8
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I agree with the hit or miss.  Your practic scores seem consistently good though, so I’m sure it’ll be ok.  My main piece of advice is keep track of time and don’t get hung up on one question!

Post # 9
4367 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t study at all for the GRE.  I ended up getting into the school I wanted to which has the #2 Master’s program in my field in the country… Cornell being #1.  Usually colleges take a comprehensive approach at admitting students for graduate school, not just their GRE scores.  My undergrad GPA was very high & my references & letters & all that hoopla was more of a pain in the ass than the GRE.

Get a good night sleep, try not to stress and just get it done.  It will be fin!

Post # 10
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I took the GRE before the new score format, but all I did was the typical practice books and practice tests and did fine (got into my top choice grad school).

Risky to buy a house in an area before getting accepted, though?!

Post # 11
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I got in to one of the top public health masters programs in the country followed by a competitive Ph.D. program with decent GRE scores. As a PP said, most take a holistic approach, obviously you don’t want to bomb it but my advice would be to not overload this week. Keep practicing as you have but don’t go nuts, as it will have the opposite effect. Have a good breakfast the morning of and stay as calm as you can. 

Funny story-I actually threw up in between the sections because I was so nervous. Don’t do that. If you do, take comfort in the fact that I pulled out an okay score even with that little incident.

Post # 13
6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Don’t overprepare or overstudy – the anxiety can make you do much worse than you would have otherwise. It sounds like you’ve done all you can and you need to just relax, get plenty of sleep and find your test center! I was almost late because my test center didn’t have a sign! That was super stressful. Luckily I still did fine and got into my number 1 choice for Grad School, but it was something to consider. 🙂 I even gave myself extra time to find it, but for whatever reason the directions were terrible and there was no sign on the door or anything.

For the verbal I found flash cards to be helpful. There is a website with flashcards that has prefixes and word roots. 🙂 I can’t remember the name, I took the GRE in 2010.

Good luck!


Post # 14
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m taking mine in September (trying to get into grad school for Fall 2014) and I’m super nervous! I have four prep books – one from ETS, one from Princeton, one from Kaplan, and one just for vocab words. I’ve been studying but not enough – I need to step up my game!

I’m going into speech pathology so I’m really focusing about the verbal sections. I’m not so worried about the math. I’ve been reviewing but I’ve always been good at math.

Post # 15
4367 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think is THE best for vocab! 🙂  And it is fun, so that doesn’t hurt!


Post # 16
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I randomly decided to take it and apply to some grad schools that require it. I have 3 weeks! Eeek!

I purchased the ETS book, and borrowed Kaplan from a friend. I have a few apps on my smartphone for vocab words. However, I need something more interactive. I sucked it up and spent the $99 on Magoosh…and so far it has been great! I really like the verbal lessons…keeps me entertained and it has been helpful. Haven’t looked at quant yet, though!

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