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.
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.
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
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 🙂