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GRE Student Post: “On test day, just relax.”

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This Thursday, Francois shares his experience. Thanks, Francois! 😀 

About me: I am originally from Hyattsville, MD, but I go to school at UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County). There, I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In graduate school, I plan on studying Aeronautical engineering. Whenever I am not studying, I like to enjoy time with friends. I have also recently taken up the hobby of metalworking, so that is fun too. 

Biggest challenge: The Verbal Section of the GRE was initially the most challenging for me. I knew this a few months ahead of taking the test and focused most heavily on that area. Fortunately, while studying, I noticed that the verbal section is 80% vocabulary. Because of this I found it most effective to plow through the verbal flashcards provided by Magoosh and learn as many of them as possible. 

If I could re-do my studies: I would have used Magoosh sooner, rather than books from ETS and other third party providers. I think I would have also started sooner and just gone through a practice set a day. 

Advice for other students: If I was to give anyone a tip to the GRE, I would say that just like the SAT, the GRE is designed a certain way. If you know how to take the test, you will probably do better than if you were just good at math or writing. For math, just know the tricks for doing each kind of problem. For verbal, focus on vocabulary. Also, on test day, just relax. Being too tense will throw all your good studying out the window. 

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