The GRE forms an important stepping stone to your pursuit of overseas education and so, in order to do the best you can at it, it is essential to know and prepare for it well in advance, and understand all possible aspects of it to be ready on the day of the test. In order for the entire process of preparing for the GRE to go smoothly, SEICCO’s GRE classes in Pune offer an excellent program for all students. It trains you from the beginning to the end, right up till giving you last-minute tips which are not-so-last-minute, on how to excel at the GRE!
#1: Learn the directions by heart
In order to save time, you can go the extra mile and memorize the format and directions of the test by heart, which will definitely give you additional benefits. Knowing the test format is an essential part of any GRE study plan. You can then save time on each section and you will also be able to take short breaks when the direction screen is displayed before each subsection! Understanding the directions in depth will remove any confusion you may have and you won’t have to worry about making any silly mistakes by misreading directions.
#2: Solve the easy questions before the others
Within a subsection, all GRE questions are worth the same amount of points and so, it would be better to collect the easy points first! So if a question seems too confusing, you can skip it for the time being, mark it so that you remember that you have skipped it, move on to solving the easier ones and then come back to this one at the end! This would ensure that you have solved all the easy questions fast, so you already have a good number of points and then when you return to the difficult ones, you might realize that they do not seem as difficult anymore!
#3: Solve all the questions
There’s no guessing penalty on the GRE. Sometimes, if you do not know the answer to a question, it’s still better to guess and answer anyway. An educated guess which is quick could give you some surprise points! You never know! So even if you have to randomly pick an answer with just a few seconds left, you should definitely choose one one of them and answer anyway! You can only gain points.
#4: Try and use the elimination process
If you are trying to answer a question and are unsure of the answer, do not panic. Try to use the process of elimination to remove as many incorrect answers from the options as you can, so that you can focus on the ones that may be correct. This will still increase the odds of you choosing the right answer even though you may be unsure of which exact one it is.
#5: Make sure to read each question carefully
It is extremely important to read each question carefully. There may be nothing worse than having misread a particular question and then having answered incorrectly because of that! The GRE often anticipates that students will make careless reading errors so they put in several dummy answer choices that align with those errors to trip you up.
#6: Good time management
If you fail to manage your time properly in the GRE, this could really affect how many points you gather. Make sure to keep checking the time as you are filling in your answers. Verbal and Quant both have 20 questions per section. Verbal sections have a 30-minute time limit, leaving you about 1:30 per question. Quant has a slightly longer 35-minute time limit; you have about 1:45 per question. Obviously, there will be differences in how long questions take to answer, but you must practice staying on track.
#7: Check for errors
At the end of your exam, if you have some time left, do make sure to check all your answers for any careless mistakes that you may have made. This will help you ensure that you have not misread questions and then written incorrect answers. I
#8: Keep your scratch paper in order
You are entitled to unlimited scratch paper on the GRE. However, it is best kept neat in order to make full use of it. You must write systematically and avoid writing untidily so that you reduce the risk of error in your work, especially in the math section.
#9: Keep calm
Taking the GRE can be a stressful experience, especially when you face a confusing or difficult question, or if you feel like you’ve forgotten something you studied. However, the best way to achieve success is to keep calm amidst stressful situations. Do not let your momentary panic get out of control or affect you negatively. Move on to the next questions and tell yourself that you can come back to it and you will be able to solve it.
#10: Take breaks!
Even if you don’t think you need the break, take the break. Having time away from the stress of the exam, a moment to just relax and get back into the groove really helps! Hydrating yourself during such breaks, or eating something to keep your sugar level in check is important as well!