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GRE Student Post: Focus on Your Weaknesses

This Thursday, Amanda has some tips to help you focus on improving your weakest areas. Thanks, Amanda! 🙂 

About me: Hi I’m Amanda, I currently live in Logan Square of Chicago, but I grew up near New Orleans. I am 30 years old and a mother of two young children. My undergraduate major was Mass Communications and I minored in Spanish. I worked in TV as an associate producer up until I started my family. Now I teach Pilates while chipping away at science prerequisite requirements for candidacy into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I enjoy Pilates, cooking, traveling, and quality time with my friends and family.

My GRE experience: My most challenging topics were probability, combinations and counting in Math, and Reading Comprehension in Verbal. I focused on math practice problems and vocabulary flashcards. I relied on Magoosh Review to determine where my lowest percentages were on particular topics once I completed all practice math problems. I went back and redid problems where I sucked most. My scores were 153 Math and 159 Verbal on my first try. I think I rocked the essay. I hope I get into a graduate program with those scores so I never have to take the GRE again!

Tips: My tips for GRE test takers: find your weaknesses, take 3+ mock tests, and bring brain food on test day. I scored higher on the actual GRE than I did on any of my 3 practice tests. The main benefit of mock practice tests, including ETS’s PowerPrep, was that I felt completely comfortable with the format and wasted no time having to familiarize myself with the program or instructions. I was laser sharp through the essays and the first verbal set but then I got tired 1.5 hours in when the first math set came around. I kept thinking that I blew it because the second math set seemed so easy. By the second and third set of Reading Comprehension questions I couldn’t think straight so I know I could have scored higher if I would have had more clarity. I ate my snack before the test started so I had nothing during that short break- my one regret.


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2 Responses to GRE Student Post: Focus on Your Weaknesses

  1. Gersha November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    What do you consider to be brain food?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel November 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hey Gersha! We like bananas and nuts. 🙂

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