If you have one week to prepare for the GRE revised General Test, you will need to have realistic expectations of what you can achieve in your studying. Although one week is not enough time to learn new vocabulary words, it is enough time to review some of the math concepts that you might encounter when taking the exam. That way, you won't be surprised with the timing or the exam format.
Because you have only one week to prepare, do not be tempted to rush through practice exams. Rather, you'll want to use your time wisely. Review the exam format, and become familiar with each of the sections, including the essay, the quantitative, and the verbal sections. The tutorials explain the exam format, the scoring process, and the order of the sections. You will also find there a brief review of what you should expect at the examination center. Read these sections thoroughly. Next, you'll want to go over some of the practice questions to familiarize yourself with the types of questions that appear on the exam. And, be sure to get plenty of rest the day before the real exam.
We suggest that you spend at least 5 days preparing for the GRE revised General Test. Spend 2 hours each day, for a total of 10 hours. Here is a sample plan:
Become familiar with the types of math questions that you can expect to see on the exam. You will need to know and use concepts that you should have learned prior to 11th grade in high school. However, that doesn't mean that the GRE math questions are easy, especially if you haven't done mathematical calculations in a while! For the math section of the GRE, you will need to be familiar with the following:
If these concepts look easy to you, then do some practice questions to see that they can be quite tricky. If many of these concepts are not familiar to you, then you'll want to review them in detail in the tutorials. Chances are that you have in the past been exposed to all of these topics, and so a short review should suffice.
Your success on the verbal section of the GRE test is heavily dependent on the breadth of your vocabulary. Unfortunately one week is not enough time to learn new vocabulary words. Studies have shown that at least 3 months of preparation are required to significantly increase your verbal score. Memorizing vocabulary words won't help, either. Besides, chances are you cannot memorize 4,000 vocabulary words in one week! Instead, become familiar with the following four question types that appear in the verbal sections of the exam.
As with the math section, answer as many practice questions as possible, but don't just zip through them. Read the explanations. If you do this, you'll start to understand the structure and style of the GRE test!