2-Month GRE Study Plan

4/20/2019

(See also my one, 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, 3 hours per day Monday - Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday. If you don't have that much time, do what you can, and don't get 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.
  • My complete guide to GRE vocabulary

    • This is a free e-book with literally everything you need to know about studying vocab for the GRE
  • 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 (90-ish minutes)

 

 

Week 1

  • Read the essay chapter in the ETS verbal book

  • Write an issue essay (45 minute time limit) from any ETS prompt

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 30 quantitative comparison questions (5-lb, any chapter)

  • Do 30 quantitative comparison questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Read Vince’s test-day tips

 

Week 2

  • Write an argument essay from any ETS prompt (45 minute limit)

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters 7, 11, 12, 14, 20. Ideally, get 75% of each chapter done.

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

  • Saturday: take ETS Powerprep Online Test 1 under realistic conditions

  • Sunday: do corrections for the test

 

Week 3

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do 4 ETS and 16 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters: 8, 9, 10, 17, 28. Ideally, get 75% of each chapter done.

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

 

Week 4

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do 4 ETS and 16 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Ideally, get 75% of each chapter done.

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

  • Read Vince’s test-day tips

  • Saturday: take Powerprep Online Test 2

  • Sunday: corrections

 

Week 5

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do 4 ETS and 16 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters: 26, 27, 29, 16. Ideally, get 75% of each chapter done.

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

  • Read Vince’s test-day tips

  • Saturday: take Powerprep Plus Test 1

  • Sunday: corrections

 

Week 6

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do 4 ETS and 16 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

  • Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters: 18, 19. Ideally, get 75% of each chapter done.

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

  • Read Vince’s test-day tips

  • Saturday: do 2 verbal and 2 math sections from Powerprep Online Tests 1 and 2 (pick sections you haven’t yet done using answer key)

  • Sunday: corrections

 

Week 7 

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do 4 ETS and 16 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

  • Read Vince’s test-day tips

  • Saturday: take PowerPrep Plus Test 2

  • Sunday: do corrections

 

Week 8 

  • Do 8 sentence equivalence questions and 8 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

  • Do 16 Reading Comp questions from ETS / GMAT books and corrections

  • Do 4 ETS and 16 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

  • Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions and 30 ETS math questions and corrections

  • Read Vince’s test-day tips

  • Saturday: take PowerPrep Plus Test 3

  • Sunday: do corrections

  • Take the last day or two of this week off!



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