4Month GRE Study Plan
1/3/2020
(See also my one, two, and three month GRE study plans)
Why listen to me?? I've been doing this for 11 years. And 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: 90 minutes per weekday, 3  4 hours on weekend days.
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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 free verbal and math technique videos 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.

 FREE: Out of print, but online as a PDF if you search. Invaluable for extra math practice, especially for beginners, since many problems are easier than the more current ETS books' questions. Use the answer key for each test to find your desired difficulty level (each problem has a percent correct stat).

Our guide to learning math concepts on Khan Academy
 Free: For those who need to work on math concepts.
 Also, here's a handy math formula reference.

Manhattan 5lb 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.
 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 ebook 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)
 Could I redo the question without knowing the answer? I.e. try it again without knowing!
 What went wrong?
 What was it testing?
 Cue to notice it was testing that thing?
 Easiest way to get answer?
 Lesson learned?
Daily todos (30ish minutes)
 Study vocab (15 words)
 Study word roots (15 roots)
 Read for 15 minutes using aldaily.com (look up words you don’t know)
 Play mental math games (iPhone version) or (Android version)
 Read and brainstorm one Issue Essay and one Argument Essay prompt
 Go through the ETS Math Review to see if you know the math on the test, and use Khan Academy as needed for learning and practice. This todo should be completed ASAP  prioritize it until it's done.
 Watch a video or two my YouTube channel for verbal and math techniques and/or my complete GRE verbal course.
Week 1
Read the essay chapter in the ETS verbal book
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 30 quantitative comparison questions (5lb, any chapter)
Do 30 quantitative comparison questions (ETS books) and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Week 2
Write an issue essay (45 minute time limit) from any ETS prompt
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 reading comprehension questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5lb chapters 7, 11, 12, 14, 20. Ideally, get about 75% of each chapter done.
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Take Powerprep Online Test 1 (Saturday)
Correct the test (Sunday)
Week 3
Write an argument essay from any ETS prompt (45 minute limit)
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do at least 10 questions in each of these 5lb chapters: 8, 9, 10, 17, 28. Ideally, get about 75% of each chapter done.
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions
Week 4
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do at least 10 questions from each of these 5lb chapters: 21, 22, 23, 24. Ideally, get about 75% of each chapter done.
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Week 5
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do at least 10 questions from each of these 5lb chapters: 25, 26, 27, 29. Ideally, get about 75% of each chapter done.
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions
Week 6
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do at least 10 questions from each of these 5lb chapters: 16, 18. Ideally, get about 75% of each chapter done.
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions
Week 7
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do at least 10 questions from each of these 5lb chapters: 19. Ideally, get about 75% of each chapter done.
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions
Week 8
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Saturday: Do Powerprep Online Test 2
Sunday: corrections
Week 9
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Saturday: do remaining sections from Powerprep Online test 1
Week 10
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Saturday: do remaining sections from Powerprep Online Test 2
Week 11
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Saturday: do Powerprep Plus Test 1
Sunday: corrections
Week 12
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Week 13
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Saturday: Do Powerprep Plus Test 2
Sunday: Corrections
Week 14
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Week 15
Do 4 sentence equivalence questions and 4 text completion questions (ETS books) and corrections
Do 8 Reading Comp questions from GMAT or ETS books and corrections
Do 2 ETS and 8 GMAT Critical Reasoning questions
Do 30 GMAT problem solving questions or 30 ETS math questions and corrections
Read Vince’s testday tips
Saturday: take PowerPrep Plus test 3
Sunday: do corrections
Week 16
You have the week off  your reward for studying for four straight months. Relax, and do some selfcare this week!
Read Vince’s testday tips.