For some achieving the impossible is scaling Mt. Everest. For others it is bowling a 300. And for an even more select group, it is getting a perfect GRE score.
170 + 170 = 340
Perfect GRE Verbal score + Perfect GRE Math score = Perfect GRE Score
If you’re really shooting for the stars, a perfect 6 on the AWA essays should be on your list, too.
But who achieves such scores, and is it possible for anyone? That’s an interesting question, when I hope to answer – if there really is an answer – in this post. First off, let’s explore who scores a perfect (or at least close) on the GRE.
Who is most likely to get a perfect GRE score?
Tutors and teachers: The GRE math is actually very easy if you’ve taught math for years. As a result, of math tutors/teachers who sit for the GRE, many can score close to perfect.
Physics majors: On the old GRE, physics majors (like our Content Developer, Mike!) were more likely than any other major to get a perfect GRE score. A highly conceptual field, perhaps physics major were quicker to “get it.”
Poets who like permutations: Those with a strong affinity for language and a love of numbers are also at a strong advantage to do well on the GRE. Figuring out words in context is no problem. And the optional calculator will be nothing more than a floating icon.
Avid Readers: Those who read voraciously across a wide range will be at an advantage for text completions and reading comprehension. Avid readers are also more likely to hunker down and prep for the math section.
So let’s say you aren’t in any of these groups? Is it still possible for you to get a perfect score? Definitely. Will it take hard work? Well, is climbing Mt. Everest easy? Rhetorical question aside, you can still have a chance to do score perfect or close to perfect. So how do you get a perfect GRE score?
The Best Perfect Score Strategies
Approaching questions willy-nilly or without a refined strategy can lead you to miss questions or fall for traps. Definitely find a strategy that works for you. Some opt for Kaplan’s approach, some for PR. For a more thorough approach, either Magoosh or Manhattan GRE is best.
The Best Practice Questions
If you practice with questions that do not accurately reflect what you’ll see test day, guess what? You won’t be getting a perfect score on the GRE. As a result, you want to be picky when you prep. To boil down my New GRE book reviews to the essentials, Magoosh and Manhattan GRE offer the most and the best questions.
However, neither can prepare you as well as the questions released by ETS, the writers of the GRE. As of now there is a book and a free downloadable test/PDF file that you should definitely take before you walk into the test.
The Best Approach to Prep
I’ve written about this in numerous other blog posts. But here is the one that describes it best: How to Study for the New GRE.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Don’t underestimate it – you will need utmost concentration. After all, if you are not paying attention, all the prep in the world won’t save you.
Get in the Zone
Walking into the testing room can cause you to shake with anxiety. This is not a good place to be, figuratively speaking. Instead, you want to be in the zone: the mental space in which nervousness is channeled into focus, and you are confident that the GRE will be unable to trick you.
With the right prep, the right focus, and, in some cases, the right background, a perfect score on the GRE is not impossible.