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# GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake?

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GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  27 May 2018, 18:21
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Hello!

I took my GRE this weekend and received scores of 150V and 154Q (AWA pending). These scores are okay but not great (they meet the minimum for 2 of 4 schools I'm applying to). At this point, I know I need to take the test a second time to reach my goal score of 156V and 158Q. I am asking for suggestions of how to study better this time around. I did a lot through an ETS book and the Ready 4 GRE app, and I also took free practice tests through power prep, Kaplan, and Manhattan prep. I felt that in some sections (especially with quant) I ran out of time and couldn't solve the questions I had marked and planned to go back to. So I guess I'm looking for strategies to manage my time better and for shortcuts that can help me solve questions faster. I also feel I need to improve on vocab. Any good resources besides flashcards?

Also, I'm considering getting a GRE prep course for some extra help but don't want to pay an arm and a leg. Prep scholar and magoosh seem fairly reasonable as far as price goes, but do they actually help? Any testimonials or other suggestions?

Thank you!!
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Re: GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  29 May 2018, 14:43
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cam539 wrote:
Hello!

I took my GRE this weekend and received scores of 150V and 154Q (AWA pending). These scores are okay but not great (they meet the minimum for 2 of 4 schools I'm applying to). At this point, I know I need to take the test a second time to reach my goal score of 156V and 158Q. I am asking for suggestions of how to study better this time around. I did a lot through an ETS book and the Ready 4 GRE app, and I also took free practice tests through power prep, Kaplan, and Manhattan prep. I felt that in some sections (especially with quant) I ran out of time and couldn't solve the questions I had marked and planned to go back to. So I guess I'm looking for strategies to manage my time better and for shortcuts that can help me solve questions faster. I also feel I need to improve on vocab. Any good resources besides flashcards?

Also, I'm considering getting a GRE prep course for some extra help but don't want to pay an arm and a leg. Prep scholar and magoosh seem fairly reasonable as far as price goes, but do they actually help? Any testimonials or other suggestions?

Thank you!!

Hi,

There are a few things to consider.

1. How much time do you have? Ideally 2 to 3 months is needed at least for a through prep.

2. What your current level? This is already answererd as you have taken the GRE once and have a rough idea in what range your scores currently lie.

3. What is your weak areas? You have identified Vocabs and Quants (time management). While both these problems are typically ameliorated with enough practice.

For the above 3 points this post might be a good place for you to start: https://greprepclub.com/forum/gre-study ... -8885.html

For reiew of course you could find them here:

https://greprepclub.com/reviews/

You can also find details about dicount codes and other offers here:

https://greprepclub.com/forum/gre-cours ... -3155.html

Hope this helps,
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Re: GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  14 Jun 2018, 23:40
Hello,

When you took the test, what type of scratch paper did you get, grid or plain paper?
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Re: GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  17 Jun 2018, 02:09
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Honestly, no information about that is provided neither by ETS nor from other sources.

Here https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/test_day/
Here https://magoosh.com/gre/2016/scratch-paper-on-gre/

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Re: GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  17 Jun 2018, 14:31
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Thanks for the reply. I was hoping someone who took the test could shed some light about the scratch paper. If the scratch paper has line, then it would be easier to make a verbal grid and do quant problems, especially geometry problems. If the scratch paper is just a plain white paper, it would be tougher to make the verbal grid and do quant problems. Either way, I want to know the type of scratch papers that are given during the test so I can practice using the same type of paper during my mock tests.
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Re: GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  17 Jun 2018, 14:50
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I understand your point of view. I agree, as well.

However, the way you have in mind to tackle a question I do think is more important than a paper on which you will jot down your thoughts.

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Re: GRE Score 150V and 154Q. How to study for retake? [#permalink]  21 Jul 2018, 20:28
i've taken the test twice, and the scratch paper has not had lines. just plain.
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