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An average guy's GRE journey to 332

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An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2015, 23:29
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Hello all,

After a lot of ups and downs with my prep, took the GRE yesterday and scored a 332(V-162,Q-170). Thanks to all the awesome people here who made coming on the forum worth it.
Firstly, let me remark that I'm not a genius and never have been at the top of my class. I'm just an average guy who slogged it off and got there through sheer hardwork. I hope this will give some motivation to those who think that only high achievers can crack GRE.

What worked for me: I think what worked for me is my focus. I started my prep in January this year. Had less coursework in college and I thought that I would be able to focus given the lesser courseload. I also put everything else lower in the priority order during this time so that I could focus. I also knew that in case I don't score well in my first attempt, I’ll have the summer vacations to retake the exam.

My schedule

Here's my detailed schedule that will give you an idea about how I went about my preparation

Week 1: Jan 12-18- Got my hands on the ETS OG. Got familiar with the test in the first two days. Then took the first powerprep II on Day 4 and analyzed it for the next 2 days. Spoke to someone who had cracked the GRE and made a plan for myself

Week 2: Jan 19-26- text completion+ vocab from ETS OG and gre grail

Week 3: Jan 27-Feb 02- Sentence equivalence+ Vocab from ets og and gre grail

Week 4: Feb 03-10- Reading comprehension+ Vocab from ets og and gre grail

Week 5: Feb 11- 17- Reading comprehension+ vocab from ets og and gre grail

Week 6,7: Feb 18-March 2- Quant prep from nova gre

Week 8,9: March 3- 10 : Practice from manhattan 5 lbs book
Week 10: March 10-17- Reattempt of all questions i got wrong so far
Week 11: March 17-25- Vocab week
Week 12: March 25-April 1- Focus on all weak areas

Weeks 13,14,15,16: April 2- April 30- Practice tests. Took 2 power prep tests, 6 manhattan tests and 1 kaplan free test
Last 2 days of prep- Relaxation and a bit of studying

Resources I used:
I used a lot of resources but found the following few resources most helpful.
ETS Offcial Guide to get a feel of how the actual questions on the test would be like
GRE Verbal Grail to master the verbal section which was the difficult part for me to master
Nova GRE Math to get a good grasp on math concepts. GRE math is easy is no secret but getting familiar with all topics is important
Manhattan 5 lbs book for rigorous practice once I felt confident in most areas. Helped me build the muscle for practice tests
Manhattan 6 practice tests- Helped me take tests under timed circumstances and build the mental muscle need to ace the actual exam

Prep Tips
Here are some of things that worked for me and I hope will work for others.

Tip#1: Don’t prepare alone. Prepare with 2-3 other people who are planning to take the GRE. You’ll be much more motivated to study hard if you have others with you
Tip#2: Target Maximum GRE score: I see a lot of people asking here how much should I target on GRE as though by just knowing the target score, they will achieve that score. Forget all this and just target the maximum possible.
Tip#3: Make it top priority: While you’re preparing for GRE, make this your priority no.1 in life. I’d skip a lot of events which were waste of time while preparing.
Tip#4: Put time & effort: Time is a precious commodity so use it wisely. There’s no other formula for succeeding than putting in the hardwork. It PAYS OFF!
Tip#5: Mindset: Don’t take gre as an obstacle rather take it as a challenge. If you take it as an obstacle, you will always think it is a burden, if you think it is a challenge that will help you grow, you will push yourself harder.

To sum up, there’s no secret sauce to preparing for the GRE. Hardwork is the only thing that will pay off as it will pay off in every challenging thing that you undertake.
Good luck all. Hope that you'd have found this post motivating
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 27 May 2015, 04:20
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Nice story, thanks for sharing
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2015, 23:22
^^ Glad that it could be of help. Have you taken the GRE or still preparing?
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2015, 22:31
Motivated to crack gre after reading your post buddy.i m planning to take it in 2 months..does it sound fine?
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2015, 16:41
inspirational!
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2015, 03:07
lamb wrote:
Motivated to crack gre after reading your post buddy.i m planning to take it in 2 months..does it sound fine?


2 months should be fine if your basics are clear. Otherwise 3-4 months is ideal
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2015, 19:49
Really motivating!. How many hours you spent studying daily? Thanks!
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2015, 07:48
Great stuff!!
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2016, 04:02
Thank you all. Glad that you all found my post helpful. All the best to you all
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2016, 10:59
Congratulations! :)
It will be great if you can help me by dropping the links of free online source of Gre grail(ebooks/tests) ?
And what do you think about Barron's GRE book?(verbal section specially)
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Re: An average guy's GRE journey to 332 [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2016, 16:32
Very inspiring! Thanks!
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