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Taking GRE in January!!! How do I study???

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Taking GRE in January!!! How do I study??? [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2018, 16:32
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Hi, I just registered for this forum couple days ago so its my first post! :)
Anyways, so Im taking the GRE on January 11th,2019. HOwever, I want to start studying from now on so that I can get a good score and get
in the college of my choice (ps. my gpa is low :( ). I plan on doing a MS in Finance, so im sure ill need a good quant socre more than anything. I am good in quant but struggle in verbal so I need help on how to approach the gre in terms of studying. My goal score is 160+ in quant and atleast 150 in verbal.
can someone please help me on how to study for the gre and important things I need to learn?

Colleges I plan on applying to:
University of Houston
SMU
Texas A&M
UT dallas
UTSA
Rutgers
Syracuse
Purdue
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Re: Taking GRE in January!!! How do I study??? [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2018, 16:34
BTW i havent taken a practice test yet but I will when I go back to college in the last week of august!
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Improve the verbal side of the test could be daunting. The easier answer could be : practice, practice, and practice.

This is true to some extent, however. If you make the same errors and do not fix them, making more questions not only will not make you to improve, but also this will cement your mistakes. Making your score stagnant or even worse.

The first advice I give to the students is to raise their level of standard English, then stick at vocabulary words without memorizing them and practice.

For instance: in TC to fill in the blank/s is important to understand the overall meaning of the sentence, before to memorize words at random pace.

This is the main way.

Ask for further assistance.

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Re: Taking GRE in January!!! How do I study??? [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2018, 10:49
@carcass Thanks for the advice! I think with adequate practice i can pull out 160+ in quant but the verbal sections really scares me. I have trouble with both vocab and reading comprehensions. DO you have any advice on how to study for reading comprehensions?
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Re: Taking GRE in January!!! How do I study??? [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2018, 11:34
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@carcass Thanks for the advice! I think with adequate practice i can pull out 160+ in quant but the verbal sections really scares me. I have trouble with both vocab and reading comprehensions. DO you have any advice on how to study for reading comprehensions?


Go through this https://gmatclub.com/forum/rc-verbal-qu ... 95438.html

And improve you level of English as a whole.

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Re: Taking GRE in January!!! How do I study??? [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2018, 05:51
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Hi Hamzaali2898,

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 and then take an ETS practice exam.Your experience taking that test will give you a good idea of what to expect on the GRE, and the results will serve as a baseline GRE score.

After completing your initial practice test, you will need to devise a solid preparation plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GRE mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, you will want to practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GRE quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in 1 minute and 45 seconds or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GRE or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GRE is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

For verbal, 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.

Accurately answering Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions is not as simple as knowing your vocab. 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. Thus, 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 of 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 multi-paragraph passages are the different paragraphs, while the main parts of the argument in 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 Reading Comprehension, 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 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. For instance, 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.

To follow the approach outlined above, you may consider using an online self-study course, so check out some reviews here on GRE Prep Club.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 330+ on your GRE.

Please reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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