Thinking about taking GRE (The Graduate Record Examination) can be stressful leave and make you feel anxious. Well the key to successful test takers is preparation. Studying for the GRE can help you achieve top scores, and give you a great sense of accomplishment. Here are a few strategies that will help prepare you for the verbal and quantitative sections of the test.
Specific Plan for Improving Verbal GRE Test Scores
Strategy 1: Read Articles
Information Obtained from: Example: This information was obtained from science daily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/mind_brain/psychology/
How This Will Help: This will help because it gives broad information on all things related to your career choice, therefore increasing chances for a higher score.
Costs: The cost for learning new information from these articles on this website if fee.
Strategy 2: Go to Your School Writing Lab (Tutor Lab)
Information Obtained from: Example: I obtained this information from the KSU Website. http://ksuwritingcenter.com/2012/02/09/hello-world/
How This Will Help: This will help improve your writing skills for the verbal part of the test.
Costs: It is free to go to the writing lab and get assistance usually. All you have to do is set up an appointment.
Strategy 3: Reading Journals (Journals)
Information Obtained from: Example: Galileo
How This Will Help: This will help by acquiring more knowledge relating to the psychology field.
Costs: The cost for getting these journals is free usually through your school. You can either check them out at the library, or view them online through the school library website.
Strategy 4: Psychology Practice Test Book/Verbal (Practice Test)
Information Obtained from: Example: I obtained this information from the ETS website. https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/practice_book_psych.pdf
How This Will Help: This will help because it will provide practice on how to answer exam questions and give an idea what you will encounter.
Costs: The cost for taking this practice test is free. All you have to do is download the practice book to your computer.
Strategy 5: Practice Flash Cards (Flash Cards)
Information Obtained from: I obtained this information from the quizlet website. http://quizlet.com/2888813/gre-psychology-practice-flash-cards/ I can either learn these terms online or write them down on actual flash cards.
How This Will Help: Learning different terms related to psychology will help because it’s necessary to be able to define these terms, and this will help improve my score.
Costs: The cost for learning these terms on flash cards is free.
Specific Plan for Improving Quantitative GRE Test Scores
Strategy 1: Kaplan 2013 GRE® Premier: with 5 Online Practice Tests + DVD (GRE Practice Test Software)
Can Be Obtained from: You can get this cheaper on EBay and Amazon
How This Will Help: The Kaplan 2013 GRE Premier with 5 Computer Adaptive Practice Tests + DVD has practice questions with in detail explanations; it covers Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing Assessment Test sections, and strategies.
Costs: The cost for this is 21.77, and since I’m a college student the shipping and handling is free if I choose the two day shipping.
Strategy 2: Practice book for the Paper-based GRE. (Book)
Information Obtained from: I obtained this information from the ETS website. http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/
How This Will Help: Contains sample of Quantitative Reasoning.
Costs: The cost of this is free; all you have to do is download it to your computer.
Strategy 3: College Algebra 1111(Course related Class)
Information Obtained from: Your school website
How This Will Help: refresher on functions, graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
Costs: The cost for the class varies
Strategy 4: Reviewing notes/PowerPoint’s from classes (Notes)
Information Obtained from: Previous Classes
How This Will Help: This will help because studying is the key to passing any test. All you have learned thus far has prepared you, so the notes should be helpful.
Costs: The cost of this strategy is absolutely free of course