GRE Strategy and Tips

  • Become familiar with the test before test day. Read on to learn about the purpose of the test, the content of the questions, test day procedures and test preparation strategies and materials.
  • Once you know what to expect, it's time to practice.
    • Review the free GRE Powerprep software.
    • Try answering the free, interactive sample questions.
    • Review your knowledge of quantitative reasoning concepts.
    • Download the Math Review (PDF) or the full-length paper-based GRE® General Test Practice Book (PDF).
  • Review the two new question types that are included in the computer-based GRE General Test. You may see one new Verbal or one new Quantitative question in your test. These new questions will be counted toward examinee scores as soon as an adequate sample of data has been collected. View sample questions and additional information.
  • For the Analytical Writing section, the Powerprep software will give you advice about how to write effective essays for the "Issue" and "Argument" tasks. It will also let you practice writing essay responses under simulated testing conditions. For the Verbal and Quantitative sections, try to answer some sample questions to become familiar with the question format.

Pace yourself throughout the test — You want to finish!

  • Use the resources available for test practicing (test preparation books, software) to become familiar with the test and test instructions before you get to the test center.
  • Read the directions carefully before you begin. The directions at the beginning of each test section give the total number of questions in that section as well as total time allotted for that section.
  • Budget enough time for each question so as to be able to complete the test without having to rush at the end of each section. Keep in mind the average amount of time to spend per question.
  • Once you start the test, an on-screen clock display will continuously count down the remaining time. You can hide this display if you want, but it is a good idea to check the clock periodically to monitor your progress. The clock will automatically alert you when five minutes remain in the allotted time for that section.
  • Use your time wisely. Read each question carefully to determine exactly what is being asked. Eliminate the wrong answers and select the best choice. Don't get stuck on a tough question and lose time. Keep moving through the test and try to finish each section.
  • You may want to use the one-minute break between test sections to replenish your supply of scratch paper. After the Analytical Writing section, an on-screen message indicates a 10-minute break is available. Section timing does not stop for unscheduled breaks.

Know the rules.

  • Computer-adaptive tests require that you answer every question in the order in which it is presented. You can't skip a question and go back. The computer selects the next question from a large pool of available questions based upon your previous responses.
  • Click on the appropriate answer. Answer each question by clicking on the oval next to the answer choice or by clicking on any part of the text of that answer choice. Complete the answer by clicking on "Next" and then "Answer Confirm." You can change an answer any time before confirming it by clicking on a different answer choice.
  • Understand the implications of exiting a section or quitting the test. Once you exit a section, you cannot return to it. Click on the "Test Quit" box at the bottom of the screen only to end the testing session. If you quit the test, you will not receive a score for any section, even for sections already completed. If you click on "Section Exit" or "Test Quit" by mistake, you will be given the opportunity to reverse or confirm that decision.
  • You may take the computer-based GRE General Test once per calendar month up to five times in a 12-month period. This applies even if you ended the testing session by clicking on "Test Quit" or canceled your scores after completing the test.

Understand how the test is scored.

  • The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are adaptive tests. Computer-adaptive tests are scored differently from most paper-and-pencil tests. The score on the computer-adaptive test depends on a combination of such factors as:
    • the number of questions answered within the allotted time
    • performance on questions answered throughout the test
    • the statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of questions answered throughout the test

Don't panic if you don't know an answer.

  • Don't spend too much time on any one question. The last thing you want to do is waste a lot of valuable time on any one question. If, after a reasonable amount of thought, you don't know the answer, eliminate as many answer choices as possible and then select and confirm the best answer. Keep going and aim to complete the test.
  • If you are running out of time at the end of a section, make every effort to complete the test. Data indicate that most test takers get higher scores if they finish the test. In fact, based on analyses of test takers, a majority of test takers will score higher if they finish the test than if they do not attempt to answer all of the questions. There is a chance that guessing at the end of the test can seriously lower your score. The best strategy is to pace yourself so that you have time to consider each test question and won't have to guess.

(Source: ETS)

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