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My GRE Prep Story (hopefully useful advice included)

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My GRE Prep Story (hopefully useful advice included) [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2016, 19:24
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My GRE preparation began this June when I took my first practice test and scored a 155 on the math and 153 on the verbal. With a target score of 160 for each section I knew that I had my work cut out for me. You might be feeling now as I did then, overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin. After recognizing that I had some serious deficiencies in both the math and verbal sections, I sought out the traditional Princeton Review GRE prep book and began reading. I found this text very useful to get a general understanding of the test and its layout. It helped demystify a lot of the questions I had surround the test and its structure. While excellent for a general overview, I found the Princeton Review severely lacking in the sorts of detailed information I would need to improve my math score. I felt confident that I could improve my verbal score using their vocabulary lists and by simply reading more books. However, I needed something else to supplement the Princeton Review's math content. After doing some cursory research online I concluded that hiring an online tutor would be too expensive (costing between $50-$120 for top-tear tutoring). Although tutoring might be a good way to go if money is not of concern, I continued to search for a more cost-effective way to prepare me for the math portion of the test. I stumbled across a website called Target Test Prep which has the sole purpose of preparing students for the math portion of the major standardized tests. I used the free 5-day trial and realized that this is what I needed! The website offered detail coverage of the 20 different types of problems I would encounter on the test. After a month of using this software and simply taking notes my score improved to a 157. However, the big improvement to my score came when I really began to do as many math problems as possible. Target Test Prep offered a number of problems for each of the 20 chapters and that is what helped me out the most. By the end I had done over 1,600 problems and felt much more comfortable with the math section in general. As a result, I scored a 163 just this past week on my test after two total months of preparation. My final verbal score, of 158, was good but not as high as I would have liked. I believe that if I would have found a similar software service to help me prepare for the verbal, I would have done equally as well on the verbal as I had done on the math! However, the advice I would give to students who may feel a little overwhelmed right now is not to worry. Solving lots of problems alone will improve your score drastically! Also, I would suggest Target Test Prep for those who feel their math skills might need a major brush up (as mine did). Best of luck studying!
My GRE Prep Story (hopefully useful advice included)   [#permalink] 25 Aug 2016, 19:24
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