Three Week Plan

In the course of three weeks, you should have enough time to become familiar with the content and format of the GRE revised General Test. Three weeks is also ample time to attempt many practice questions, and to review hundreds, as well as learn quite a few new, vocabulary words. Although three weeks is a long time, it is not long enough to learn hundreds of new vocabulary words, especially if you are not as good at vocabulary as you would like to be.

During the course of the three weeks, you will practice using many practice questions that are available on Each of the weekly timetables that are provided as part of the three-week plan span 6 days. Numerous studies have shown that it is not advisable to cram for standardized tests, and that any memorization that you do will all be wasted; most well-developed standardized tests are very good at testing your knowledge rather than your memorization skills. Do not be tempted to rush through all of the tutorials and questions.

Expect to spend 2 hours each day, 6 days each week, for three whole weeks, for a total of approximately 36-40 hours of study time. Unlike the two week and one week study plans, the 36 hours that you spend during the three week plan should not only help you to become familiar with the GRE, but you should be able to significantly improve to the score that you would get if you were not to study.

During the first of the three weeks for this study plan, make it a goal to become familiar with all of the sections of the GRE revised general Test. Take your time. Be sure to read the tutorials fully, and get into the habit of not only doing the practice questions, but also reviewing them. During the first week, go over all of the tutorials, and utilize the practice questions that are offered at MyGRETutor.

In the first week, spend at least 6 days in preparing for the GRE revised test, spending 2 hours each day, for a total of 12 hours. Here is a sample plan for the first week of the three week plan:

  • Day 1: Become familiar with the format of the GRE revised general test, including timing tactics, adaptive testing, scoring and section order. Be sure that you understand the format of the exam. On the first day, also look into where the closest exam center is located or where it is that you'd like to take the exam. If you haven't already registered for the exam, then do this as soon as possible. Examination centers have only a limited number of time slots each day, and once those time slots are filled, then no more exams can be taken on that day at that center. Don't leave registration until the last moment. As the exam date approaches, you don't want to be worrying about registration.
  • Day 2: Go over the Algebra and Arithmetic parts of the tutorials sections. There is quite a bit of information to review there, especially if you haven't practiced or done much math in a long time. Once you have completed these tutorial sections, do a handful of practice questions for each of the question types that appear on the GRE exam.
  • Day 3: Review the tutorials on reading comprehension. There are three kinds: single answer, multiple answer, and select in passage. Answer several reading comprehension question. Really study the questions, and don't just guess. Imagine that you are taking the test, and every answer can mean the difference between a good or bad score.
  • Day 4: Go over the tutorials on the essay section of the GRE exam. Note that there is quite a bit of information there regarding organization. Glance over the pool of essay topics that are available on the GRE website.
  • Day 5: Complete more practice questions.
  • Day 6: Go over some of the verbal and math questions that you've seen so far, and see why you may have made errors or why you may have gotten confused. Read those sections in the tutorials page that are most relevant.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During the first week of this study plan, to prepare for the math section of the GRE exam, concentrate on the arithmetic and algebra tutorials and questions. Look ONLY on these sections so that you don't swamp yourself with too much information in too short a time. Notice how the question material for the arithmetic and algebra sections is relatively straight-forward, but that does not mean that the questions are easy.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

To prepare for the verbal section of the GRE test, during the first week of this study guide you will concentrate on the reading comprehension questions. You should become familiar with the three types of reading comprehension questions that appear on the exam. Also, strive to read quickly, critically and actively. Merely memorizing facts as you read will not do you much good, because the questions on the exam require you to interpret facts, infer from the passage's tone and style, and to understand how the provided piece of text might help contribute to a larger piece of work.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

In the first week, after you have read the essay tutorials, also spend some time reviewing some of the tips on how to write well. Because you only have 30 minutes for each of the issue and argument writing tasks, you need to be insightful, concise, and clear. Also look over the provided pool of essay topics that are listed on the GRE website. On the day that you are slated to study the essay section, select some of the essay topics -- both issue and argument -- and brainstorm on some ideas and potential outlines for an essay. This is what you'll have to do during the real exam.