3-Month GRE Study Plan

4/20/2019

(See also our onetwo, and four month GRE study plans.)

Estimated time: 2 hours on weekdays, 3 - 4 hours on weekend days.

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What We Need To Do

 

  • 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. Gregmat.com is a great resource.

  • Practice: Do ETS GRE questions and tests, and analyze your mistakes.

 

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.
  • 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.
  • Manhattan Prep GRE tests (recommended)

    • Why buy: 6 more exams. Take 'em, but don't analyze 'em.
  • GRE Vocab Capacity or Manhattan Prep Flashcards (Essential and Advanced) (recommended)

    • Why buy: MGRE's flashcards are the best I've seen - sturdy cards, interesting sentences, synonyms, and etymologies.
    • Brian McElroy and I wrote GRE Vocab Capacity to help you learn GRE vocabulary and word roots using mnemonics like these.
  • 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 (60-ISH MINUTES)

 

 

WEEK 1

Read the essay chapter in the ETS verbal book

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 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

Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions

Read Vince’s test-day tips

 

WEEK 2

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

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 reading comprehension questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 5 - 10 questions in each of these 5-lb chapters 7, 11, 12, 14, 20

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

 

WEEK 3

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

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 5 - 10 questions from each of these 5-lb chapters: 8, 9, 10, 17, 28

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions

 

WEEK 4

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 5 - 10 questions from each of these 5-lb chapters: 21, 22, 23, 24

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

 

WEEK 5

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 5 - 10 questions from each of these 5-lb chapters: 25, 26, 27, 29

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions

 

WEEK 6

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 5 - 10 questions from each of these 5-lb chapters: 16, 18

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions

 

WEEK 7

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 5 - 10 questions from each of these 5-lb chapters: 19

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Saturday: Do Powerprep Online Test 1

Sunday: corrections

 

WEEK 8

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Saturday: Do remaining sections from Powerprep Online Test 1

Sunday: corrections

 

WEEK 9

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: Powerprep Online Test 2

Sunday: corrections

 

WEEK 10

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Saturday: do remaining sections from Powerprep Online test 2

Sunday: corrections

 

WEEK 11

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: do Powerprep Plus Test 1

Sunday: corrections

 

WEEK 12

Do 6 sentence equivalence questions and 6 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections

Do 12 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections

Do 3 ETS and 12 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions

Do 45 GMAT problem solving questions or 45 ETS math questions and corrections

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: Powerprep Plus Test 2

Sunday: corrections

Take the last three days of this week off - you've earned it!



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