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GRE preparation [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2019, 19:09
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I am starting my preparation for GRE. My target is to take the test by the first week of May.
Please suggest some resources which I should refer.
I need guidace especially regarding vocabulary. There are a lot of resources on the internet and I am confused which one to stick to for vocabulary.

I would really appreciate response from this community.

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Re: GRE preparation [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2019, 13:06
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If you are a native speaker then vocabulary would not be a difficult task for you. However if you are not, then you have to go about this strategically.

There are tonnes of vocab resources online that is indeed true however a few are among the students favorites these include Magooshes vocab app and Barrons 800 GRE. Learning 800 new words wont suffice you need to practice these words with context. The best way to do it, if you have the time is make a wordlist yourself.

Go through the verbal forums on this very website. There are 1000s of questions from GRE make note of the ones that you get wrong and add them to a note book so that you could revise them later.

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Re: GRE preparation [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2019, 06:02
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you are just starting out with your GRE prep, you should first familiarize yourself with the GRE [/ur], and then take [url=] an ETS practice exam. The results of that exam will give you a good idea of what to expect on the GRE as well as a baseline GRE score.

Once you have those results, you can determine how long it may take to achieve your score goal. Regardless of your length of study, you will want to follow a sound, thorough, and linear study plan to develop your GRE skills. Thus, you need a study plan that allows you to slowly build mastery of one GRE topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

Additionally, here is some advice you can follow to improve your GRE verbal skills. When studying verbal, 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!

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 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.

Finally, 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 challenging content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 330+ on your GRE.

Please reach out with any further questions.

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Re: GRE preparation [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2019, 15:53
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I am a huge fan of you Scott.

However, I have to disagree with you about memorizing 2000/3000 vocabulary words. Or even more. For me is a waste of time.

The real problem that the students are stubborn to catch is that if your level of standard English is really good and I mean really good it is in the upper-level range of mastering the language, then even if you do not know all those words you can smash the question either way.

The other way around is also NOT true. You can really know 2000 words but if you are not able to grasp the real essence of the question, then those words are sterile.


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