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TIPS TO SCORE 310+ IN GRE

Tips to score 310 plus in gre

The Graduate Record Examinations or GRE, as it is widely known, is a test conducted by the ETS Testing Agency and happens to be one of the most popular tests that universities all across the world swear by for the admission of foreign students at the postgraduate level. Students from all walks of life, regardless of their undergraduate course backgrounds, are eligible to take the GRE, if their future course of studies demands it. 

The GRE General Test curriculum is fairly simple and is designed to test a person’s skills in basic mathematics and english vocabulary. While the math is usually based on what you learn at the high school level, the verbal section often gets demanding for anyone who doesn’t have English as their mother tongue. However, since both sections carry equal weightage in your final score, you need to put equal effort in both. There is also an additional Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section that tests your ability to analyse and put your conclusion into words in the form of an essay. 

Most students often find the idea of scoring above 310 a scary affair. However, with determination, proper practise and hard work, you can easily meet your aim.

Format of the Test

Format for gre exam

The GRE is a lengthy test with 6 sections in total. It is important to understand the format well in order to strategize and target your practice.

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Listed below are pointers about the format-

  • 6 Sections carrying equal weightage:

The first section in the GRE General test is the AWA which you need to complete in 30 minutes. It consists of two comprehensions followed by questions you need to answer in your essay. You must practise in a computer to increase your typing speed as you will have to write about 1400 words in the given time after reading and analysing the passages. It is important to stay calm and manage your time well. You will be graded out of 5.0 points in this section.

The next 4 sections will consist of verbal and math questions alternatively. You will be given 35 minutes to complete the math sections and 30 minutes for the verbal sections. The number of questions in each section will be 20. 

The last section will either be math or a verbal section chosen randomly. 

  • Varying difficulty level: 

While every section in the GRE is of moderate difficulty, no two test takes will have the same set of questions. This is because the questions are chosen randomly from a pool of questions by the computer based on your performance in the previous section. Hence, the better you perform, the tougher it gets.

  •  Distribution of marks: 

You already know that in the GRE, the AWA section marks you on a grade of 5.0 while the verbal and math sections carry 170 points each. The importance of a single question however is uncertain and is based on the level of difficulty decided by the computer. Hence it is better to attempt every question as there is no scope for negative marking. 

  • Breaks between sections:

You will get 1 minute breaks between all sections and an optional 10 minute break after the third section. However, you are not allowed to go outside the test centre during these breaks, except to the restroom.

Tips for a 310+ score

1. Start early

It is important for you to decide whether you need to take the test as early as possible. It doesn’t matter which year of undergraduate studies you are in. There are mainly two reasons behind this – the first being the fact that you may not find your desirable date and time due to the large number of test takers and second, you may need to take it again for improvement. While it is advisable to work hard and ace the test in your first attempt (due to the cost incurred), you never know what the actual scenario could turn out to be on the test day. So, go through the course requirements of the universities of your choice and decide early. It will be great if you could start your preparation before you book the date. This will give you a rough idea of how long you probably need to prepare.

2. Take a diagnostic test

It is important for you to decide whether you need to take the test as early as possible. It doesn’t matter which year of undergraduate studies you are in. There are mainly two reasons behind this – the first being the fact that you may not find your desirable date and time due to the large number of test takers and second, you may need to take it again for improvement. While it is advisable to work hard and ace the test in your first attempt (due to the cost incurred), you never know what the actual scenario could turn out to be on the test day. So, go through the course requirements of the universities of your choice and decide early. It will be great if you could start your preparation before you book the date. This will give you a rough idea of how long you probably need to prepare.

3. Build a good testing strategy

Once you understand where you need to target your hard work, make sure that you build a sound testing strategy to facilitate it. If you think you are unable to understand how to divide your time, approach a mentor with experience or take help from the various resources available online that schedule your preparation based on the amount of time you have before the actual test. A simple Google search can get you many such results. 

While you must fill the loopholes in your knowledge, do not make the mistake of ignoring the parts that you are familiar with. Constant practise will help you achieve a high desired score. Make sure that you divide your time equally between both the sections for best results.

4. Take a service resource if you can afford it

While many people prepare for the GRE on their own, some people may find it difficult. To assist them, there are several online and classroom resources available for preparation. Some of the most popular online resources include Magoosh, Kaplan, Barron’s, Manhattan Prep and The Princeton Review. There are several classroom programmes available all across the world, provided by several educational consultants, in order to facilitate your prep. All these programmes have their own study material which are usually very handy. They contain all important questions for the actual test as well as a large number of practise questions. For the best results, you must try to solve every question. 

5. Take Practise Tests every weekend

The most important parts of your preparation are constant practise tests. Make sure you take a practise test every weekend till your test day in order to understand the level of your preparation and rectify your mistakes. Studying alone and finishing the syllabus is never enough. You need to take these tests and find out where you are making mistakes constantly and change your strategy accordingly. Also, make sure that you take these tests in an actual GRE-like environment without skipping any section or question. This will help you build the immense amount of stamina required to sit through the 4-hour long test. This will also familiarise you with the test format and strategies.

6. Review your incorrect answers

Understanding the points where you are going wrong, reviewing your wrong answers thoroughly and making strategies so that you don’t make them again are all very essential parts of the whole preparation process. Make sure that you don’t read the explanation to the question immediately but instead try solving it on your own first. An important fact about GRE prep is more than understanding why an answer is correct, you have to reason why the others are not. This is because most of the options are very closely related to each other and hence you must be careful while selecting the correct answer and ensuring you do not make the same mistake again.

7. Maintain a note of all your errors and test shortcuts

This is one of the most important tips in the list. Maintain a notebook where you write down every mistake you make during your practise sessions and also note the easier strategies that you adopt while solving a question and that you think you may need again later. This is important because it keeps all your mistakes and strategies organised at one place and in the last few days, you can go through this notebook to make sure that you do not make the same mistakes again and also solve the questions easily with your strategies.

These strategies will be immensely helpful because these have been developed by you and hence they are to the best of your understanding. 

8. Go through the entire test curriculum and focus on your weak areas

Right before you start your preparation in full swing after taking the diagnostic test, go through the entire syllabus and make separate lists of what you know and what you don’t. This will make it easier for you to prepare your test strategy and help you understand how to divide your time. This is also going to boost our confidence when you realise that you actually know a lot of the topics beforehand since everything was more or less a part of your high school grades.

9. Go through the explanations

Always make sure that you go through explanations for each answer. This is especially important for wrong answers but you must read explanations for correct answers too because sometimes, the way you approach a question may not be right and you may go wrong the next time you do it. Hence, read thoroughly and understand what is being said and where you went wrong, if you did. Since the patterns are usually repeated in the actual test, your familiarity with them will give you an edge over the other test takers.

10. Learn to speed read

The GRE analytical and verbal sections require you to read long passages and comprehensions very fast in order to be able to answer all questions. You will not only have to read fast but also understand and analyse what you read. Hence, it is important that you develop a habit of reading as soon as you start your prep. You can read various important newspapers and magazines like The Times, The Guardian etc. You can also read fiction, classics especially, and give yourself deadlines to finish a book in order to develop this habit.

11. Enhance your vocabulary

While you are developing your habit of reading, you must try to enhance your stock of words as well because the verbal section is very demanding when it comes to testing it. Also, try to learn words from the articles, reports and stories that you read. Most students try to learn words by heart but this method is not very feasible because it’s difficult to remember these meanings unless you use it somewhere. So make a list of all new words you learn in your readings and try to use them in your way. This way they are engraved in your memory for a long time.

12. The Official Guide is the most important book

The official GRE Guide published and released by ETS is the most important book to practise and prep from for your test. This consists of real GRE questions and the pattern is exactly the same as the real Test. You must make sure that you solve every question in this guide because that will grow your chances of common questions and scoring higher by manifolds. Anyone who has scored very high in the GRE within your network would say the same.

13. Don’t ignore the AWA section

Make sure that you pay necessary attention to the Analytical Writing Assessment or the AWA section as well because you will be marked out of 5.0 in it and most grad schools also pay attention to your grade score here. It is advisable that you develop a fast typing speed. You will have to write about 700 words answering the question given for each passage. Your fast reading and quick thinking skills will also come extremely handy here. It’s definitely not something that you should worry about too much but do not ignore it either.

14. Consistency

Remember that the key to scoring high in the GRE is not just hard work and practise but consistency. Make sure that you study in small chunks at regular intervals, if possible every day. Remember that the GRE is not a test of your intelligence but of your consistency, hard work and basic knowledge. Hence you must make sure that you don’t lose connection with your books and your course material for too long as that may hamper your preparation. 

15. On the test day

On the day of the test, you must remember to stay calm and confident. No amount of panic will help you reach your dream score. Remember the 2-minute rule here where you must not spend more than 2 minutes on any question as that would probably lead to your inability in answering your test by cent percent. Hence, you must move to the next question as soon as two minutes are over and come back to this question later, if you still have time left in the section. Familiarise yourself with all the tools of marking, skipping and answering a question and make proper use of these on the day of the test. Also, don’t spend too much time scribbling on the scratch paper on test day but also make use of it to the maximum.

Conclusion

Last but not the least, do not forget to have fun during the whole process. It is immensely important for you to remain confident throughout the entire process and believe in yourself. Do not miss out on your college activities and classes as these are some of the best years of your life.  Have fun with your friends and stay positive. All your dreams are about to come true and you are probably going to move to a foreign country soon and hence you must spend all the time you possibly can with your loved ones. Also, you must remember that your GRE score is just one part of your application. Almost every school looks at an applicant’s overall profile and not just their GRE scores. While it is certainly a very important aspect, your college grades, extra curriculars, recommendation letters from your professors, your work and internship records and your volunteering experiences are equally important and hence do not ignore any aspect of your application in order to maximise your chances of making it to a university of your choice.

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