Taking the GRE with a full time job is tough! Below, we’re hearing from Katherine, who proves it’s possible to work a full-time job and score well on the GRE with only one month of prep! 🙂
I’m a recent college graduate and I received a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I’m currently working a full-time job as a veterinary assistant in the San Francisco Bay Area while applying to vet schools.
My biggest struggle was finding the time to study while working a full schedule. I work 10-hour days so I found that I was brain dead by the end of a shift and could only study on my days off. I only gave myself a month of prep time for the GRE so I decided to omit studying for the verbal section of the GRE and devote my time fully to the math section. I had not touched geometry or algebra since the first half of my high school career and remembering basic math equations was tedious. I watched every single video and once I completed everything I powered through as many math problems as I could fit in before test day.
My biggest advice is to stay positive. I didn’t let the pressure of studying in only a month get to me or freak out when I realized I was still watching new videos two days before test day. If you remain confident in yourself you will end up doing a lot better than you expect! Also, trust your instincts when selecting answers on the test, go with your gut feeling. Don’t fear pressing the button to submit your scores at the end of the test. By the end of the test I had thought that I had bombed the whole thing and was considering canceling my scores. Fortunately, I decided to just go for it and receive my scores. You can’t let your emotions get you down during the test, but you must believe in yourself. The test is so long and you will want to give up by the end, but just remember to push through it!