Post # 1
I think I finally figured out what I would like to go to Grad School for and after researching the school/program online, I found that they do indeed require the GRE to be taken. Boo, I was hoping to avoid this, but oooohhh well. I will be going back to school full time after Fiance and I get married, and since we are choosing our date next week I am hoping to figure out my timeline for taking this test pretty soon, which means I should be starting to study. I’ve been out of school 2 years so this seems like a very daunting task.
Has anyone taken it recently, and if you have, can you suggest some study materials for me? There is always an overwhelming amount of study guides/programs at bookstores and online so I just wondered if anyone had, or didn’t have, success with a certain program/book/you name it. And…are those word flashcards worth it?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World
Im taking the GRE early next year, so I would be interested to hear what study materials are recommended as well!
Post # 4
I took the GRE’s two Christmases ago, and I scored pretty well (90th percentile). I used the Kaplan GRE comprehensive prep book (or something like that). I also asked around, and friends who had done them before gave me their prep books to study from.
The main thing you want to do when studying for the GREs is to practice, practice, practice!
Get through as many practice questions as you can, and memorize your vocab… good luck! : )
Post # 5
@earrings: We can research together! We can come up with something.
@Double_rainbow: How long did you study before you took it? I am thinking I’ll probably be studying 6 months ahead of time. AGH.
Post # 6
I need to take the GRE next year or in 2013, so I am definitely interested in this!
I checked out a GRE practice book from the library, just to see what kind of material they test. It seems like there is a lot of algebra and geometry, and tons of vocab. I’ll probably start studying next year.
Post # 7
Not the GREs but I took the GMAT and I found the online practice tests to be the best because you could get a feel for the progression of the questions as well as time allowed and you can’t cheat and go back so you get an idea of how to work under pressure.
Post # 8
I took the GRE a while ago, so I don’t know how the test I took compares, but I did use the Princeton Review book and I ended up scoring very well.
After reading and studying the book, I got a bunch of practice tests and took them under as close as I could approximate to “test conditions” but gave myself only 25 minutes per section instead of 30. That way, when I took the real test, it felt like I had a lot more time.
Post # 9
My husband just took the GRE last month and did really well! I also suggest the Princeton Review (that’s all Darling Husband used). Just make sure you study every vocab sections a little bit every night. How are you on math? My dh is a math wiz and he said it was really easy so I don’t know how accurate that is;) Don’t stress yourself out by getting a billion different study guides, all of his professors reccomended the PR and he did very well:) Oh, with the writing portion just make sure you look over every possible subject and come up with some ideas. I guess multiple sources said that if you write A LOT you’ll get an awesome score:)
Post # 10
I took the GRE 2 summers ago.. and I used the Kaplan review book (any book store should have serveral to choose from) and really reviewed the math portion (my weakest subject) and I also signed up for several “word of the day” emails.. it helped me learn some new vocab without feeling overwhelmed by the huge list of suggested words (but I also divided the list into I think 3-5 pages per week).. but they also have whole books dedicated to just the vocab..
like previous posters suggested.. take the practice exams.. the best thing I ever did was learn how to pace myself
also if it has been a while since you wrote an essay.. I would do a few practice runs you can google previous topics.. I think they only give you like 30 min to complete it.. and the books should give u tips on what theyre looking for
and the GRE websites has a lot of information relating to how to prepare for the test, the time restraints, etc..
Most importantly.. dont stress about it.. it wasnt nearly as hard as I made it out to be in my head.. just do a really good review of the materials and you should be fine!
Post # 11
I took the GMATs two Novembers ago and completely bombed them! But not bad enough not to get accepted into grad school…..
I hated taking it, blaghhh! Never again! Can’t wait to be done with grad school in May!!!!! Yipppeeee!!!! I’m looking foward to graduation more so than my undergrad.
Post # 12
@soyjoy222: I actually studied for only 20 days… I fit it into my schedule, and was solidly studying for all of those days.
It was pre-tty crazy, actually, but it worked out in the end!
Post # 13
I’ve taken it 5 times and have used tutors twice, I am in grad school but am trying to offset my wretched undergrad GPA to get into vet school, I am stupid apparently and don’t ever want to take that test again (I didn’t do all that well around 60th percentile for all portions, I wanted an 70-80th percentile).. remember that they changed the format.. So I don’t know how it’s going to be! Good luck. 🙂
Post # 14
I scored really well on the GRE — and I now teach GRE classes for one of the above-mentioned test prep companies.
Biggest advice: DO NOT STUDY WITH OLD PREP BOOKS. ETS revised the entire GRE in August, so there are notable changes in both the content and the format of the test. Make sure that any book you use specifically teaches the revised test.
Post # 15
@bunnees: wow, good to know. I have an old book from 2 years ago so I will probably recycle it.
AGH I am so bad at Math. Is the math section general stuff? I have not taken math in years!!
Post # 16
I don’t remember the exact books that I used to study, but I will pass along what I think was the most useful piece of advice in them. One of the books was basically like,
“Unless you are a math genius, there is no way you can ‘learn’ all of the possible forumulas that you might need to know for the math section. So don’t bother. Just use common sense. Eliminate the obvious ones or guess if you understand the problem at all, and/or look at the answers to find common numbers.”
I guess that must have worked for me, because I literally did not do a single bit of math, I just thought about them and guessed based on the relationship of the answers to each other. And somehow, even without having taken a math class in years, I think I got in like the 75th percentile. (I did spend time trying to study the math, and remember the proper equations to things like, “Joe can paint a wall in 5 hours, Sally can paint it in 3 hours. If the wall is 100 square feet, then how much faster is Sally painting.” or whatever, but I honestly did not remember nor was able to use any of those equations that I thought I had learned!)
It was the verbal section that killed me! ugh! I must be dumb or something!