3 simple steps I followed to score 340/340 in the revised General GRE test
How I did it in 3 simple steps!
1. Reading wordlists:
About one month before my exam, I started reading word lists – basically a set of words that most commonly appear in GRE. Over the course of the month I memorized the meanings of almost all the words in one list (about 800 or so) – although it did help that I was already acquainted with many of them.
2. Taking sample tests to realize my weak areas:
About 2 weeks from the exam, I took my first practice test and I saw that most of my mistakes were in the comprehension type questions and also a few “fill in the blank” type questions where I didn’t know the meanings of some words. The frequency of the latter type of errors would reduce as I learnt more words but the former type needed some practice.
3. Practice and strategy:
And practice is what I did. I stumbled on a particular technique that seemed to work well for these questions – before looking at any of the questions, read the given text completely, after this answer the questions and each time you pick an answer, ask yourself why none of the other answers can be right. Doing this gives you a good chance of catching a wrong inference on your part.
Other than this I didn’t do anything special, just took lots of practice tests, about 9-10 of them. One point to note is that “free prep test” that are available at most coaching sites are typically much harder than the actual GRE. The other point is that the Powerprep tests that you get online on GRE site is at almost the same difficulty level as the actual test so it is a good gauge of where you stand. I took the first Powerprep test about a week before my actual test and after noting my mistakes and working on them, I took the second Powerprep test two days before my GRE exam.
I was happy with my 2nd Powerprep score and anyway I had decided to take a rest on the day before the exam, and so that was the end of my preparation for GRE.”
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Aditya is a 4th year undergraduate majoring in Physics at IISc, Bangalore, India. He plans to be a theoretical physicist and work on the areas of High Energy physics and mathematical physics. His hobbies are football, reading and PC gaming.
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