4-Month GRE Study Plan

4/20/2019

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

Estimated time: 90 minutes per weekday, 3 - 4 hours on weekend days.

Basics

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MATERIALS

  • ETS GRE Official Guide

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

    • Why buy: 150 official verbal reasoning questions that are unique to this book.
  • ETS GRE Math Practice

    • 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 list of every single GRE math concept (with practice / videos on Khan Academy)

  • CliffsNotes Math Review (for people who prefer books to review math concepts. Use the "Look Inside" feature on the Amazon listing to view the Table of Contents to see what's in each chapter if you're using Khan Academy - do the equivalent subjects in Khan if this is you.)

    • Why buy: It's much better than CliffsNotes Math for the GRE, and it covers math concepts at a basic level. This for people who prefer books to review math concepts.
  • Manhattan 5-lb GRE book

    • 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

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

  • Manhattan Prep GRE tests

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

    • Why buy: MGRE's flashcards are the best I've seen - sturdy cards, interesting sentences, and synonyms.
  • 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?

    • What went wrong?

    • What was it testing?

    • Cue to notice it was testing that thing?

    • Easiest way to get answer?

    • Lesson learned?

    • Extra practice in 5-lb I should do based on this mistake? (math only)

 

Why we do what we do

Complete as many ETS and GMAT math questions as possible

Fully understand ETS and GMAT verbal questions (quality > quantity)

Take several tests under realistic conditions

 

Daily to-dos (30-ish minutes)

Study vocab (15 words)

Study word roots (15 roots)

Read an article from 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

 

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Math Review Chapter 7

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 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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Chapter 1

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

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

 

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Chapter 2

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

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Chapter 3

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

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Chapter 4

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

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

Read Vince’s test-day 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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Chapter 5

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

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

Do CliffsNotes Chapter 6

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

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: Do Powerprep Online Test 1

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Read Vince’s test-day 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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Saturday: take a Manhattan Prep GRE test under realistic conditions

 

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: do Powerprep Online Test 2

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Saturday: do remaining verbal and math sections from Powerprep Online Test 2

Sunday: 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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Read Vince’s test-day tips

 

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: take PowerPrep Plus Test 1

Sunday: do corrections

 

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

Watch a video from Choose Your Own GRE Math Adventure!

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

Read Vince’s test-day tips

Saturday: take PowerPrep Plus test 2

Sunday: do corrections

 

Week 16

You have the week off. Relax and do some self-care this week! 

Important: do not study the day before the real test!

Read Vince’s test-day tips



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