About me: I’m a Dutch undergraduate student in Econometrics and Operational Research at the University of Amsterdam. Although I’m really enjoying my student life here, I still hope to be able to pursue my Masters Degree in the USA, preferably a masters in Mathematical Finance or anything similar in a top 20 university. In Holland I love to engage myself in sports like football and tennis as well as working out in the gym. Next to that I try to find time to be active in several student associations, as well as hanging out with friends.
My Prep Experience: For me, a non-native English speaker, the verbal part of the GRE was definitely the most challenging. Even though I consider myself reasonably fluent in English, I noticed that my vocabulary lacked immensely for the kind of English expected from me on the GRE. I tried to improve this by studying long lists of vocabulary, but it wasn’t before long that I found out that it was kind of a mission impossible to improve my English enough to get a great score on the GRE. Considering that my interests lie in the quantitative fields I therefore decided to prioritize and try to earn full marks there. The concept I perceived as most difficult on the quantitative part of the GRE was probably not making unnecessary mistakes. Any undergrad with a quantitative background will probably agree that if you are given 45 minutes instead of 35 you will get a full mark. However due to the time constraints you sometimes make mistakes on questions of which you actually know the correct answer to. For me this happened like 2 or 3 times of every 20 questions. For that reason I decided to purchase the Magoosh Quant package. Because of the vast amount of practice questions I got more and more used to the tricky questions that would lead me to make unnecessary mistakes and was able to identify those on the actual test. I therefore was extremely happy that my hard study with the help of Magoosh paid off and I received a 170 score on quant.
Tips: Well, I suppose I started quite late with preparing. Only 4 weeks in advance, while at the same time being very busy with other activities. My first tip would therefore be not to underestimate the difficulty of the test, especially as a non-native. However when you do only have a little time just like me, I believe it is very important to get your priorities straight. You cannot have it all, so focus on the part that you believe is most important or that you believe you can progress in the most in the short time period. Don’t try to study it all, because it will have a detrimental effect on your overall performance.