Two Week Plan

The two week study plan for the GRE revised General Test is very similar to the one week study plan. You should familiarize yourself with each of the quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing assessment sections of the GRE exam. Two weeks is not enough time to learn many new vocabulary words, but it is enough time for you to review hundreds of words and to become familiar with the type of words that you should expect to encounter on the GRE.

During the course of the two weeks, you should attempt many of the practice questions that are available on MyGRETutor. Your goal should be to get a sense of the format and structure of the exam. Use the results of your practice questions to hone in on those math topics and/or verbal question types that you have trouble with.

Expect to spend 2 hours each day, 5 days each week, for two whole weeks, for a total of 20 hours of study time.

During the first of the two weeks, become familiar with the three types of assessment measures on the GRE test. This includes not only going over all of the tutorials, but also involves the use of the practice questions that are offered by MyGRETutor. Consider using online resources to gain exposure to the type of words that you should expect to see on the GRE exam.

During week 1, we suggest that you spend at least 5 days preparing for the exam. If you spend 2 hours each day, you will accumulate 10 hours of total study time. Here is a sample plan:

  • Day 1: Become familiar with the format of the GRE revised General Test. This includes timing tactics, adaptive testing, scoring and section order. These and other relevant topics are all discussed in the tutorials available here at MyGRETutor. Spend approximately 1 hour in learning the format of the GRE. Next, go over each of the Arithmetic and Algebra sections of the tutorials, which should take you upwards of 1 hour. Finally, spend 10 minutes learning new vocabulary words.
  • Day 2: Read the Geometry, Data Analysis and Quantitative Comparison tutorials. At the same time, answer some of the practice questions, but do not attempt to answer all of them, because you will have time in the second week to answer more questions. Spend about 1 hour on this activity. Also, read the Reading Comprehension and Text Completion tutorials and attempt some of the accompanying practice questions. This, too, should take you about 1 hour.
  • Day 3: Complete the sentence equivalence tutorial, and attempt some of the sentence equivalence questions. At the same time, answer some of the practice math questions. Appropriate approximately 1 hour for this task. Finally, spend some time to review the issue and argument writing tasks, which are explained in the Essays and Writing Well section of MyGRETutor.
  • Day 4: More practice questions!
  • Day 5:Go over all of the verbal and math questions that you've completed so far. Based on how you did, review those tutorial pages that are most relevant.

Week Study Plan for Math Component of GRE

During the course of the week, you'll have ample time to read all of the tutorials sections that pertain to the math assessment sections of the GRE test. To do well on the math part of the exam, you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Simple arithmetic such as addition, subtraction and multiplication, including
  • exponents and percentages.
  • Be able to compute simple probabilities and answer counting problems.
  • Be proficient with simple algebra, including equations, inequalities, slopes and intercepts of lines.
  • Be familiar with basic geometry concepts, such as squares, circles, and triangles, lines and angles, parallel lines, and volumes of objects.
  • Be able to read tables, plots and graphs.

More importantly, study and become familiar with the actual types of questions that appear on the GRE exam. These include single and multiple answer multiple choices questions, quantitative analysis questions, and numeric entry questions.

Week Study Plan for Verbal Component of GRE

Here are the three main question types for the verbal component of the GRE:

  • Text Completion: You will be presented with one or several sentences, with a single, two, or three blanks. If the sentence that you are shown has a single blank, then you will have five answer choices, but if the sentence has two or three blanks, you will see three answer choices for each blank. Your task is to select that choice(s) for each blank so that the sentence is coherent and correct.
  • Reading comprehension: The bulk of the questions that you will see on the verbal sections of the GRE revised General Test will be reading comprehension questions. There are three types: single answer, multiple answers, and select in passage. The passages range in length from a single paragraph, to three or more paragraphs. Most of the reading passages are short.
  • Sentence Equivalence: You will be presented with a short snippet of text with a single blank, along with six answer choices. Your task is to select TWO of the answer choices, so that when either of them is inserted into the blank, the sentence is grammatically, stylistically, and logically correct. Moreover, the two answer choices that you select should generate sentences that are similar in meaning.

Become familiar with all of these verbal question types. As with the math section, attempt a fair share of verbal practice questions. These questions should help to solidify the concepts that you learned in the tutorials.

Week Study Plan for Essay Component of GRE

There is very little that you can do to prepare for the essay section if you only have only two weeks of time before you take the GRE exam. If you are a good writer, then you should do okay. If you haven't written in a long time, then we recommend that you read the Essay tutorials. Learn how to brainstorm, and get a sense of what the essay graders are looking for. As is often the case with learning how to write well, it is practice, practice, practice that makes perfect. There are two essays that you'll be asked to write:

  • Issue Essay: You are given a single essay topic, and you are allotted 30 minutes to analyze the topic and to present your stance on the issue.
  • Argument Essay: You are presented with an argument (often in the format of an editorial), and you are allotted 30 minutes to critique the effectiveness of the provided statement..

Be sure to read the tutorials section that discusses the essays. There you will find suggestions on how you can structure, analyze, plan, and execute your essays, concepts which should help you to improve your score.