Are you ready for grad school?
Taking masters or doctorate is a great way to further your knowledge and career. And nowadays, it has been growing more popular with multipotentialites which millennials and Gen Z perfectly fit in. But if you think it’ll just be like your college years, then think again! (read: nope, it’s not.)
To determine whether you’re ready for graduate studies isn’t totally up to your will power or gut feel. More probable than not, your prospect schools will require you to present tangible proof such as your Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score. While GRE is just one of the many standardized tests used for admissions, most schools in the US and abroad look at this when reviewing your application.
If you already have your future alma mater in mind and you want to impress them with a good GRE score, we suggest ya take down notes and study with us… starting with this GRE study guide! Are you ready?
What is the coverage of the GRE?
There’s no better way to study for the GRE than to study strategically. And by strategically, we mean looking into the exam coverage so you won’t have to waste your time studying a gazillion things that won’t even appear in the test.
The three-hour and forty-five-minute standardized exam will include three sections, namely analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning.
Here’s a closer look on each GRE section:
|GRE Section||Number of items||Time allotment|
|Analytical Writing Test||2*||60 minutes|
|Quantitative Reasoning Test||20||35 minutes|
|Verbal Reasoning Test||20||30 minutes|
Aside from these three sections in the GRE, computer-based GRE takers will have to answer a fourth section which is an experimental/research test. This part can either be verbal or quantitative, and will not be labeled as such in the exam. So you just have to give it your best in each GRE section! You can do that, right?
How do I study for the GRE?
There are A LOT of ways you can study for the GRE. It really depends on your learning style, your target GRE score, or even your study availability. While the following might not detail down all the tips and tricks in the book, here are five basic yet important things to remember for your GRE review:
1. Take practice tests.
Yup, you read that right! The first thing to do when preparing for a test is to take a practice test. We can never overemphasize the importance of taking simulation tests, and preparing for the GRE is no different.
Your practice test result is a good starting point to know where you are in your studies. Think of it as a baseline so you know where to improve and focus your energy as you move forward in your review. When you have a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses, reviewing for the exam becomes a breeze.
P.S. Take the practice test straight from the GRE provider, ETS!
2. Set your target GRE score.
There is no such thing as a failing grade in GRE. What there is, however, are cut-off grades from your prospect graduate schools. After taking the practice test, you would’ve known what your GRE score could’ve been. This time, determine your target score!
Do your homework and research on the schools and degree programs you’re interested in. In this way, you know what GRE score to aim for and not just hope a “good GRE score” will get you admitted to your dream school (read: better safe than sorry!!).
3. Study with the right GRE study techniques.
Go ahead and search the web, and you’ll stumble upon a gazillion of exam tips that might’ve been helpful except they won’t be as applicable come exam day. As you go through your review, make sure to find study techniques that are specifically tailored for GRE!
For starters, since majority of the exam takers would take the computer-based exam, factor in an online practice on top of your test-taking strategies. Answering an exam on a screen is a completely different experience compared to paper-and-pencil test. This entails a lot of practice to improve your comprehension, pacing, and comfortability.
P.S. Practice yourself answering the quantitative section with and without a calculator. While a calculator can save you from the hassle of manual computations, watch out for times you can do away with mental math instead! Who knows how much time it can save you?
4. Choose your review materials carefully.
Your GRE review is only as good as your reviewer. Sure, you can study all you can and put in all the hours you want, but unless you use high-quality prep materials, it might not give you the best results you hope for. Choose your reviewer materials carefully!
There are A LOT of good resources you can use for review. You can ask your friends who already took the GRE, check out online learning resources, or better yet, go straight to the materials offered in the ETS website! Since they make the test, it’s just safe to assume that their reviewers will hit closest to the mark. Don’t you think?
5. Decide on your GRE study plan.
Here’s a fact: people learn differently. That’s why there’s really no one way to study for the GRE! It’s just a matter of finding which one works effectively for you. How do you learn best? When it comes to standardized exams like GRE, you can opt to choose from a handful of study setup.
If you’re more of a self-directed learner, you can go the good ‘ol way of self-studying. Should you be a lil’ more tech-savvy who needs structure when reviewing (but still needs your alone time), an online prep program might work well for you! And of course, if you need someone to really guide you throughout the process, getting help from a private tutor is the best way to go! Choose the one that works best for you.
Where can I review for the GRE in the Philippines?
While studying on your own (or with a private tutor) gives you the freedom to study at your own pace, you might want to check out these ~legit~ review centers that offer expert help when it comes to GRE review. You’re gonna need all the help ya can get!
- Prepare for GRE with Manhattan Review! Whether you have plenty of time to spare for review or a busy schedule at work, we’re pretty sure you’ll find the perfect setup for you! Manhattan Review offers several convenient and flexible review courses which range from on-site prep courses, online learning plans, private tutoring to practice tests.
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- With a promise of delivering no less than top-notch results, be GRE-ready with star instructors and extensive training at Princeton Review. You can choose among their classroom courses, small group electives, and 1-on-1 tutoring. The Princeton Review also provides free diagnostic and computer adaptive testing (CAT) so you will be all too familiar once you take the actual GRE!
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- Offered by the Enderun Colleges, this test preparation center provides test preparation for various local and international exams, and you can bet GRE is one of ‘em! At The Study, you can prepare for the GRE with a specialized and individualized approach to learning so you can learn the best way you know how.
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Studying for the GRE is gonna be a real stretch. That’s for sure! But why not think of it as your personal investment to grad school? As you prepare yourself for the GRE, we hope you remember these study tips and techniques and help you review in a way that makes learning fun and effective. Hey, we’re already claiming you’ll slay at the GRE!