GRE preparation tips by Princeton Review
An excellent GRE score is essential when it comes to getting into top colleges abroad. The GRE score plays a vital role in the admission process of universities apart from other elements like academic transcripts and interviews. Acceptance records of some of the top colleges in the world are proof that their selection process is competitive. A poor GRE score can, hence, affect your chances of getting into a university of your choice. For instance, Harvard Business School requires you to score at least within 163-168 out of 170 in each section. Therefore, if you are planning to get into your target college your first step should be to develop an effective GRE preparation strategy.
Princeton Review, known for its range of preparation materials for standardised tests like GRE test, shares some GRE preparation tips that its experts swear by. In this article, we bring you some of the most effective GRE preparation tips by Princeton Review.
Read below GRE preparation tips by Princeton Review:
Careers360: When is the ideal time to appear for GRE? When should a student start preparing for GRE?
Princeton Review: Admissions timelines and requirements can vary from department to department within the same university. So, the best advice is always to contact the programs and schools in which you are most interested to ask about their specific timelines. Of course, the most popular window for admissions deadlines is roughly mid-October to end of January. So, late summer to early fall is often the ideal time to take the GRE.
The amount of time a student spends preparing for the GRE depends, in large part, on the difference between the student's current score and the score needed to be eligible for their dream college. A student who only needs to add 3 to 5 points to a math or verbal score needs less preparation than a student who needs to add 15 points to both math and verbal scores. The student who needs to only add 3 to 5 points to a single score may only need to prepare for 2 or 3 weeks while the student who needs to add 15 points to both scores may need to start studying 6 months before taking the GRE. The best advice is to take a practice test, such as the free practice test offered on princetonreview.com, to see where your current score is in relation to your goal. To set your goal, be sure to contact the programs at the schools you are most interested in.
Of course, preparation for the GRE, in most cases, should start the year before finishing college.
Careers360: Which section is usually considered the toughest in the GRE test?
Princeton Review: Each section of the test has its own challenges! The toughest section of the test is very much a function of the educational background of the test-taker. Science and engineering students, for example, are likely to find the verbal and writing sections of the GRE more challenging than the math sections. On the other hand, students in humanities, commerce, and life sciences may find the math section more difficult.
Of course, the best way to determine your specific strengths and weaknesses is to take a practice test. Even math and engineering students sometimes find that the math section provides some unanticipated challenges because of the way that the questions are asked.
Careers360: Can you share some section wise GRE preparation strategies?
Princeton Review: The most basic advice here is to determine what the test writer expects you to do and then to do something else! The GRE test writers are very good at creating questions that have trap answers. Those traps, however, are designed with the standard approaches to questions in mind. So, for example, many test-takers try to answer Text Completion questions by reading the sentence with each of the words from the answer choices substituted into the blank. A better approach is to ignore the answers and come up with your own word for the blank before looking at the answer choices.
Another key strategy involves realizing that every question counts equally toward your score. Some test-takers get stubborn while trying to answer a challenging math question, for example, they may spend 4 or 5 minutes working on the question as a result, they then tend to rush through the following questions and may make careless mistakes. A better approach is to do what Princeton Review refers to as "Take the Easy Test First". To employ this strategy, simply skip over any question that you aren't sure how to solve or that you are worried will be time consuming to answer. Answer all of the straightforward questions first. Make sure you get those points! Then, go back to the questions that are more challenging or time consuming. You are likely to fetch more points out of the section!
Careers360: What kind of books/preparation materials should students prepare from?
Princeton Review: There are several books of practice questions available from the test writers. The GRE also makes available free software called PowerPrep which includes two full length tests. These materials will help with questions but they won't help with strategies for answering the questions. For that, you need a book such as The Princeton Review's Cracking the GRE.
Prep courses often include materials that aren't available for sale to non-students. For example, The Princeton Review's GRE course includes a course manual, which our instructors use to teach our proven methods. In addition, our students get access to 8 full length practice tests and over 2,000 additional online practice questions.
Careers360: How important are mock tests in this case?
Princeton Review: There's really no substitute for mock tests. Our data consistently shows that our students who do the greatest number of practice tests get the best overall score improvements.
Careers360: Can students prepare from online practice sets?
Princeton Review: You need to do more than just simply answer practice test questions. If you do not change the way you answer the questions that you find difficult, working on more questions from that topic will not solve your problem as you are more likely to repeat your mistakes rather than improving your score. One of the functions of a prep course is that teachers help you analyse your mistakes and learn approach troublesome topics in efficient ways. Then, you can practice those new approaches. That's where great score improvements come from.
Careers360: How should students prepare for subject tests?
Princeton Review: Most students prepare for subject tests on their own. GRE makes available a practice test for each subject test and students should certainly do that. The requirements for each subject test are also posted on the GRE.org website. The Princeton Review offers a series of books that are targeted toward specific subject tests. Those can help with strategies for answering the questions and provides a directed review of the content covered on each test.
Careers360: While many universities do not list subject tests as mandatory, it is seen that they are preferred. Do you think students should take GRE subject tests?
Princeton Review: While most universities list the subject tests as preferred rather than mandatory, it can be a good idea to take the subject tests. A great score on a subject test can help you to stand out among other well-qualified applicants.
It is important to keep in mind that subject tests are offered in paper and pencil format and only thrice a year. The tests are offered in April, September and test centres are limited. So, it's important to plan the best time to take subject tests and get registered early!
Careers360: Which subjects should engineering aspirants take? Does it matter on the specialization the student wants to take?
Princeton Review: There are only 7 subject tests available. Some of those, such as Literature in English, are pretty obviously not applicable to engineering disciplines! The best course of action is to consult the requirements of the specific school or program.
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Questions related to GRE
Im interested to do BBA in canada.Is it necessary to attempt GRE ?
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a 4-year full time undergraduate course. To study in Canada, you must have qualified their secondary level education or equivalent to pursue this course.Basic Requirement is :IELTS- 6.5, TOEFL- 88, CAEL- 70 and PTE- 65In Canada, GRE is required for master's level admission, and some universities and programs may need a good score in the test too.
As you intend to study business, you don't require appearing for GRE exam.
Hope this helps!
If I want to go to uk, canada or usa to pursue higher studies, which exam should i give? GMAT,GRE,SAT,ACT, TOEFL OR IELTS? Also, please give me a comparisons between these exams
The type of exam should you give depends on the University you're looking for and also the course.
SAT or ACT is basically for Undergraduate courses while GRE and GMAT is for Postgraduate courses. TOEFL and IELTS are basically English Proficiency tests. They are given by the candidates whose native language is not English, it too varies according to the university. Every university has it's different criteria but if you're looking for Undergraduate course then you should give SAT as it is accepted by many universities and the language exam based on what the university is accepting.
LPU is not AICTE Approved neither a Demmed University ? I know its UGC Approved but , Will it cause problem in Higher studies Abroad and in India (GRE/GMAT/GATE) or problems in Off Campus Placement and Company Switching ? Please Give Correct Answer !!!! DO NOT GIVE LPU WEBSITE NOT HAVING AICTEREASON
I want to mention here very clearly that Lovely Professional University does not require an AICTE approval as it is not any regulatory authority. Every university requires approval of a statutory body of the Government of India i.e UGC and LPU is UGC recognised which got established u/s 2F of UGC act and is not a deemed university rather a full fledged private university.
# The another point which you have highlighted is of clearing GATE/GRE/GMAT exam to do your studies abroad , I want to highlight that you can pursue the same without any exam as LPU is having more than 200 tie-ups(with certain conditions) with the countries like USA, UK, Canada and many more and the option of Credit Tansfer or International Exposure can be opted. In addition to this, thousands of students cleared GRE/GMAT/GATE exam after completing their studies from LPU and are successfully studying in their dream countries without any hurdle.
# To my knowledge LPU floats Pathways out of which one of the pathway is Government job in which the subjects required to compete in exam for Government job is floated and taught by the expert faculty. So, you can well imagine that LPU assists in getting your dream of Government Job true and many students are working in Government Jobs that too at high posts.
Hope this information will help you!
How to shortlist the universities that matches your profile and is it advisable to apply with the low GRE score if GPA is satisfactory?
Try searching for the top universities and apply for them. If your GRE score is low but above the required score then a strong LOR of SOP may compensate for it. While selecting the candidates GRE is not the only criterion taken into account.
I want to pursue a PhD from english- speaking country. So do I need to take IELTS and GRE both?
Dear Akira a,
As per your query there is no need to go for both ,You can choose any of one Where you should good score .You can either GRE or IELTS or TOFEL .Score is much more important So as per my suggest please focus in one .