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Student Post: Studying for the GRE 4 Years After Graduating

IMG_0324Want to hear a first hand account from a high-scoring student? Meet Dipankar, a first-time GRE test taker who finished his bachelor’s in 2008 and intends to pursue a masters in Supply Chain Management. He works for the Merchant Navy, and lives in India.


His experience with Magoosh:
“I came back from my last stint at sea on the 15th of Dec 2012. I was pressed for time so I booked my GRE on the 25th Jan, giving me about a month to prepare. I started surfing the internet for any guidance on how to prepare and came across Magoosh. I liked it instantly (the aesthetics of the website are really great). As I did not have much time to hunt, I went along with my hunch and subscribed for the 1 week free trial. The more I delved deep into Magoosh the more I liked it. So, after 4-5 days, I bought the premium version. I have never depended solely on any online coaching material for my preparation for competitive exams so this was a leap of faith. I liked almost everything about Magoosh. More specifically, the video explanations, others’ time in comparison to your own time, and the mark and note feature were the highlights 🙂


Other Prep Materials: 
As suggested by Magoosh’s blogs, I got one of the MGRE books (RC) just for the 6 free online tests. Although when I went through the book I liked its comprehensive and detailed explanations, by then I had been pampered by Magoosh’s addictive interface and hence prepping from the book felt a little bland :). I finished 5 of the 6 online tests and would like to recommend it. These tests are the closest you will get to the actual GRE in terms of layout and arrangement of questions. (What I mean is just like the actual GRE these tests will have a few TCs at the start, followed by RCs and SEs at the end for verbal). Difficulty wise quant was similar to my actual GRE exam but a note of caution for the verbal- the TCs and SEs were replete with difficult and obsolete words, not a single such word I encountered on the GRE.


Biggest challenge on the exam: 
I was alright in quant, but I found verbal difficult because of the GRE’s inclination for difficult vocabulary. Magoosh’s Vocab eBook was my first resource. Apart from that, extensive reading and understanding vocabulary in context was what was suggested by Chris, and I tried to emulate it. I feel that having a good vocabulary will take you a long way in acing the verbal section. Still I felt I lacked in RC practice which ultimately pulled my scores down in Verbal.


Helpful tips for other GRE students:
1. Assess yourself before booking your GRE. In the Official Guide there is a test at the end. Take it and see where you stand in your preparation level. Book your exams accordingly. There is no point taking a test without complete confidence
2. Do not fret when you see arcane vocab on practice tests. However, when you read extensively you will find a lot of words that are frequently used (in newspaper articles, novels etc). Be sure to learn these. Learn all the vocab in the Magoosh Vocab eBook. Plus, when you answer TC and SE questions from Magoosh, make it a habit to learn all words that you come across. Frequently review these words, probably every other day to cement them in your memory.
3. Subscribe to Magoosh.
4. Make use of the MARK and NOTE feature on the questions and videos. These will help you diagnose what kind of questions you are frequently getting stuck in, NOTE the reasons beneath the question. Be sure to review these before the GRE.
5. Take full length practice tests from MGRE. Understand how the questions become difficult in the second section when you have done well in the first, which means you have to speed up without hampering your accuracy.
6. Keep your morale high. You never know what kind of questions you’re going to encounter on test day. You could end up doing well on topics you were the weakest on 🙂
Happy prepping :)”


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One Response to Student Post: Studying for the GRE 4 Years After Graduating

  1. Anurag February 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Something Inspiring. 🙂
    Thank You for the boost.

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