1-Month GRE Study Plan

4/20/2019

(See also my two, three, and four month GRE study plans)

Why listen to me? Unlike study plans from companies like Magoosh, my plans are based on official ETS material and won't make you waste time with unrealistic test prep company questions.

Estimated time: Ideally, 5 - 6 hours per day, Monday through Saturday, and 2 hours on Sunday. If you don't have that much time, do what you can, and don't be discouraged if you can't finish everything. This is an intense plan!

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What We Need To Do To Study For The GRE

 

  • Build foundation: vocabulary, reading ability, and math concepts. The lower your fluency with English and / or math, the more time you'll need, and vice versa.

  • Learn technique: Try my YouTube channel for verbal and math technique and/or my complete GRE verbal course. Also try gregmat.com - great resource.

  • Practice: Do questions and tests, and analyze your mistakes. Move on from questions you can't figure out and try them later. The key metric is how many ETS questions you've successfully done and understood, so don't waste time battling questions you can't do.

Recommended GRE Study Materials

 

  • ETS GRE Official Guide (essential)

    • Why buy: This book is invaluable because it contains hundreds of ETS questions that are not found anywhere else.
  • ETS GRE Verbal Practice (essential)

    • Why buy: 150 official verbal reasoning questions that are unique to this book. I created a complete GRE verbal course that follows this book.
  • ETS GRE Math Practice (essential)

    • Why buy: 150 official ETS math questions that you can't find anywhere else.
    • (here's a link to which concept(s) each question tests in the Quant book)
  • GMAT Official Guide (recommended)

    • Why buy: The GMAT writes questions with the same attention to detail as ETS, so they're excellent supplemental practice. Use the Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions, and if you're working on math, use the Problem Solving questions.
  • Our guide to learning math concepts on Khan Academy

  • Manhattan 5-lb GRE book (recommended)

    • Why buy: A great way to get repetition with a certain concept or type of math question. Don't try to finish every question in a math chapter - some are unrealistically complicated - and ignore the verbal questions. Good bicep workout also.
  • ETS Powerprep tests (essential)

    • Why buy: Well, two of these tests are free, but the other three (which cost $40 each) are well worth the price, since they're essentially the same as taking an official GRE.
    • Powerprep Answer key (to access different difficulty levels)

      • After you take each of the two free Powerprep tests, you can do them again to access the difficulty levels for the second verbal and math sections that you didn't get the first time. More info on that process here.
  • One page (front and back) formula sheet (write down formulas as you learn them)

  • Our GRE prep journal or a notebook for corrections (only correct ETS and GMAT questions)

    1. Could I redo the question without knowing the answer? I.e. try it again without knowing!
    2. What went wrong?
    3. What was it testing?
    4. Cue to notice it was testing that thing?
    5. Easiest way to get answer?
    6. Lesson learned?

DAILY TO-DOS (105-ISH MINUTES)

 

 

WEEK 1

  • Read the essay chapter in the ETS verbal book
  • Do 16 sentence equivalence questions and 16 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
  • Do 32 reading comprehension questions from ETS books and corrections
  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters 7, 11, 12, 14, 20. Ideally, finish about 75% of each chapter.
  • Do 30 quantitative comparison questions (5-lb, any chapter)
  • Do 30 quantitative comparison questions (ETS books) and corrections
  • Read Vince’s test-day tips
  • Saturday: take a ETS Powerprep test under realistic conditions
  • Sunday: do corrections for that Powerprep test

 

WEEK 2

  • Do 16 sentence equivalence questions and 16 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
  • Do 32 Reading Comp questions from ETS books and corrections
  • Do 8 ETS and 32 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions and corrections
  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters: 8, 9, 10, 17, 28. Ideally, finish about 75% of each chapter.
  • Do 60 ETS math questions and 60 GMAT problem solving questions
  • Read Vince’s test-day tips
  • Saturday: take a ETS Powerprep test under realistic conditions
  • Sunday: do corrections for that Powerprep test

 

WEEK 3

  • Do 16 sentence equivalence questions and 16 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
  • Do 32 Reading Comp questions from ETS books and corrections
  • Do 8 ETS and 32 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions and corrections
  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these of these 5-lb chapters: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26. Ideally, finish 75% of each chapter.
  • Do 60 ETS math questions and 60 GMAT problem solving questions
  • Read Vince’s test-day tips
  • Saturday: take a ETS Powerprep Plus test under realistic conditions
  • Sunday: do corrections for that Powerprep test

 

WEEK 4

  • Do 16 sentence equivalence questions and 16 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
  • Do 32 Reading Comp questions from ETS books and corrections
  • Do 8 ETS and 32 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions and corrections
  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these of these 5-lb chapters: 27, 29, 16, 18, 19. Ideally, finish 75% of each chapter.
  • Do 60 ETS math questions and 60 GMAT problem solving questions
  • Read Vince’s test-day tips
  • Saturday: take a ETS Powerprep Plus test under realistic conditions
  • Sunday: do corrections for that Powerprep test
  • Important: do not study the day before the real test!


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