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GRE 324 -> 335+ in two weeks? Possible? How?

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GRE 324 -> 335+ in two weeks? Possible? How? [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2019, 03:22
Hello,
I took my GRE on January 31, and scored 324. (v 155 q 169) and took my GMAT yesterday and scored 730 (v 38 q 50)
But since I am not satisfied with my scores, I think that I will give it a go again.


But I want to try GRE and submit it to my application, because GRE seems easier to me. My target score is 335+ this time.


Actually, I haven't studied at all for GRE. The school that I will apply for only looks at the quantitative score of the GRE. When I tried the GRE prep free resources on ETS, I scored 169-170 on the quantitative section. So I didn't study for the GRE and registered for the test right away. Now that I think of it again, I believe that I can do better if I actually study full-time for the next two weeks, focusing solely on the verbal section.


To tell you about my background, I come from a non-english country. But I am bilingual in my native language and English. So I don't think that English will be a problem at all.
I still remember some of my dusty vocabulary from the old SAT days; my vocabulary is not that strong. I have heard that vocabulary really does matter in GRE, but how many words in general should I study? Any good vocabulary resources to follow? Any study tips in the reading section please?


And what matters most to scoring high on the verbal section? 165+


Also any strategies or tip to share please? Your suggestions would be indeed appreciated.
Thank you. Wish you a great day. :-D
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Re: GRE 324 -> 335+ in two weeks? Possible? How? [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2019, 18:08
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Hi tamgkcuf,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Here is some advice you can follow to improve your GRE verbal skills.

I’m sure you know that as your vocabulary improves, your GRE verbal score very likely will improve. With that said, vocabulary on the GRE is a beast, and learning such a vast number of GRE vocab words will take many hours. Thus, you will want to find a large, reputable vocab list and study the heck out of it. Yes, the process of memorizing thousands of words is tedious and boring, but if your competition is memorizing 2,000 to 3,000 vocab words, then you must do the same or more! However, memorizing vocab words is just a part of the battle.

After improving your vocab, you need to improve your skills at answering Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions. When answering a single-sentence Text Completion question, for instance, you need to understand what the sentence is trying to say. In other words, you need to understand the logic of the sentence, the important clues that indicate what word or words are needed to complete the sentence. In problems that involve two or three sentences, you also need to understand the relationships between the sentences. There are always important clues to guide you in the existing sentences. Understanding the context around the blanks is the most important thing you can do. Likewise when answering Sentence Equivalence questions, focus on the BIG PICTURE or context clues that are provided in the sentence. If you can accurately assess the context of what you are reading, you will have a better shot at selecting the appropriate vocab word to complete the sentence.

While learning to effectively answer completion questions, you must also improve your Reading Comprehension skills. In that case, your ability to understand the logic of what you are reading matters even more. All Reading Comprehension passages involve arguments, so you must strive to understand what the point of each argument is. You also should understand that the main parts of the argument in the multi-paragraph passages are the different paragraphs, while the main parts of the argument in the single-paragraph passages are the sentences. Understanding how the different parts fit together, in each instance, is one of your more important tasks. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. Analyze your incorrect answers, and try to understand why the answer you picked was wrong.

To correctly answer single-paragraph passages, as mentioned above, you will need to be able to analyze the relationship between sentences. Furthermore, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various single-paragraph question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack these types of Reading Comprehension questions. Keep in mind that GRE Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read, so to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style that challenge you, such as The Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Feel free to reach out with further questions. Good luck!
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