1. Register early once you have started planning

Register for the GRE revised General Test as soon you can to ensure that you get your preferred test time, location and date. A “goal” date will help you keep your preparations on track.

2. You can find sample questions on GRE’s official website.

Reviewing the GRE website’s free sample questions is a great way to get started on your preparation. This will give you an idea of the type of questions that you’ll encounter in each section of the test, which includes Verbal Reasoning (quantitative reasoning), Analytical Writing (analytical writing).

3. Review your math skills in extra time

GRE Program provides a 100-page review of math that you can use to refresh your math skills and review concepts that you might encounter on the revised General Test. This practice guide, which includes problem solving exercises, is great for math beginners and those who haven’t been to a class in awhile.

4. Get FREE POWERPREP (r-) II software

The makers of the GRE test created this free software. It is as close as possible to the real thing. It simulates the test-taking experience. Practice tests can be taken to familiarize yourself with test instructions, question types, test software, test design, and testing software.

5. Make sure to use the calculator in a responsible manner

Although the on-screen calculator was introduced in August 2011, it is not necessary to be used on all questions. The calculator can be used for complicated calculations or when you have completed all questions. Make sure you test it in the POWERPREP II software to get a feel for what to expect on test day.

6. Plan your test-taking strategy

It is possible to speed through each section, stopping only when you are confident that you have answered the question. Next, go back to the beginning and answer any questions that require more thought. If you have the time, finish with the most difficult questions. To identify questions that you skipped, make sure to use the Review and Mark features. It’s better to answer all questions than leave blank responses, since incorrect answers don’t count.

7. Final preparations for the test day

You can pack water, snacks and any other items you might need during your break. Set an alarm and pack your bag the night before. Wear comfortable clothing and dress for the test day.

8. Keep your valid photo ID handy

You can check the GRE website for valid and acceptable identification to ensure you are allowed to test at the test center on the day you schedule your GRE appointment. You must match the name you registered with exactly the same name as the ID documents you will present to the test center.

9. Get connected with other test-takers

Go to the GRE Facebook page (r), to interact with other GRE test-takers and exchange ideas.

10. Take advantage of the GRE free services

You can opt in to the GRE Search Service as a GRE Revised General Test Taker for free so that business schools and graduate schools can get in touch with you about fellowships, scholarships, and other information. You can also send four ETS Personal Potential Index reports (r) to institutions. This will give you more information about your personality traits, such as teamwork and resilience. These are two great ways for you to be noticed.

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