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Making the Most of Magoosh GRE Study Schedules

The most challenging aspect of studying for the GRE – and being a graduate student, for that matter – is learning to manage your study time wisely. Staying organized and self-motivated while keeping procrastination at bay is no small feat.

(Trust me. Candy Crush and Instagram were invented while I was in grad school. I know.)

Luckily, Magoosh’s Study Guides, which accompany our GRE prep, take care of all the organization and planning for you. In fact, we just revamped our most popular GRE Study Plans so that they are now in an easily printable Google Doc format, with page numbers and live links to all materials. Thanks to all the Magooshers who wrote in requesting this change – great idea!

So, whether you have one week to prepare for the GRE (I’ll bet you know a thing or two about procrastination) or several months, and whether you’re a true beginner or an advanced GRE student, we have a study schedule for you.


Revamped GRE Study Plans

Not only did we create printable versions of each study plan, but we also updated the essential and recommended materials, added strategies for studying with our flashcard app, added more Magoosh questions and practice tests, and updated the recommended vocabulary materials.

These study plans are up-to-date and reflect the newest and (in our opinion) best materials on the market. Take a look!

1 Week Study Schedule:

1 Month Study Schedules:


How to Use a Magoosh Study Plan

  • Determine how long you have to study for the GRE and pick the plan that most closely meets your needs.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses and pick the study plan that is best for you. (Consider: Do you want to focus on math or verbal? Are you a beginning or an advanced GRE student?)
  • Download all the essential materials listed in the study plan.
  • Print the Google Doc version of your chosen study plan. Use it to check off assignments that you’ve completed, highlight concepts that you need to review, and take notes on your progress. Carry it with you and study on the go!
  • Study a little bit six days a week, each week before your GRE, except the day before the test.
  • Follow the study schedule, keep track of your progress, eat well, get good sleep, exercise, and make sure to take meaningful study breaks and have some fun!
  • If you’re looking for more resources to turn to in your studies, check out our big list of free GRE resources.
  • Have questions or additions to the study guides? Find errors? Leave us a comment on the corresponding blog post and we will get right back to you!



Hi Magooshers!

I’ve decided to temporarily close comments on this post, so that I can focus more time on providing support and service to Magoosh GRE customers. I love hearing from you, but responding to comments is very time-consuming ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are a Magoosh customer, please send your questions to and we will respond as quickly as possible.

If you’re not a paying Magoosh GRE student, please refer to this blog post and to the existing comments below for answers to your questions – you should be able to find help there, as most comments seem to fall into only a couple of categories.

Thanks for understanding, and happy studying!

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103 Responses to Making the Most of Magoosh GRE Study Schedules

  1. Phanindra Saggurthi August 26, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Chris/Rita,

    I signed up for Magoosh Premium on last week.I wrote my GRE in December,2013 My scores are V:139 Q :154 . I’m puzzled about which study plan to take 3 months or 6 months plan. BTW I’m a software engineer so I don’t have much time daily but I can spare 1-2 hours for GRE preparation.Please suggest me one study plan,I’m not yet fixed any test date because I was not confident. ๐Ÿ™

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 26, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Hi Phanindra,

      Both options – the 3 and 6 month plans – will help guide you through the Magoosh prep. If you aren’t feeling confident, then you may want to spend more time preparing for the GRE, and allow your self to learn concepts at a slower pace. Taking a longer time to prepare for the GRE will allow you to spend a lot of time practicing GRE vocabulary, reading GRE-level materials to improve your reading comprehension, and taking practice exams. Plus, you will have time to go through the additional materials (recommended in the study plans) in a comprehensive manner. If you feel that three months is enough time for you to learn and practice all the material, then I would suggest choosing a 3 month plan. However, if you’re worried that you will feel unprepared in December, then I would recommend taking some extra time. Just use the time wisely! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy studying! Please let me know if you have any other questions, or feel free to email

      • Phanindra Saggurthi August 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

        Thanks for your advice Rita.
        Your advise is very helpful . 6 months is a very long run and I may not be able to concentrate , So, Im going with 3 month plan . ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig August 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

          Hi Phanindra,

          You’re very welcome! I think you made a good choice. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that I couldn’t concentrate for 6 months … I’d get bored. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. vijay August 25, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Hi Rita ,

    I Just started my GRE preparations from today .. I booked my GRE date on December 20th 2014. Iam Working in IT company that too in Shifts so I can lend only 1 hr on weekdays and weekends may be more than 5 hrs , also iam poor in Vocab section . I took GRE yestrerday and i got 142 in math and 138 in Vocab got upset with the scores. So can you Suggest me how to prepare for exams and improve my Vocab.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 25, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Vijay,

      I was also very frustrated with my GRE scores the first time around, so I definitely understand how you’re feeling right now. I’m happy to hear that you’ve given yourself a lot of time to prepare before you retake the GRE. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have you signed up for Magoosh? If so, then I would definitely suggest taking advantage of our study schedules, which accompany our Premium GRE prep. Since you have nearly 4 months to prepare, you have a lot of schedules to choose from. We have both 90 day schedules, and 6 month schedules, for students of all levels. The most popular is the 90 Day Weekly Schedule, which provides you with goals for each week of your practice. Since you’re very busy, you could break down your studying based on how much time you have for prep each day, and work on accomplishing weekly (rather than daily) goals.

      I would also recommend that you try Magoosh’s free Vocab Flashcards and Vocab Builder – two apps that really help students improve their vocabulary. Also, we have a new Vocabulary Wednesday lesson video each Wednesday on the Magoosh GRE Blog. They’re fun, and provide great practice.

      Best of luck with your studies! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

  3. Shawn P August 25, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Hello Rita,

    I purchased the Magoosh Premium Subscription over a week ago in order to prepare for a retake in a month. Most of the programs I’m applying for suggest a score in the 50-55th percentile, but my top choice says your application may be more competitive if you can score a M:150 and V:160. The first time I took the GRE, I made a M:150 and Q: 149 with 9 days of studying (I didn’t find Magoosh until 5 days before my test). I didn’t studying for the reading because I felt it was pretty impossible to learn that many words in a couple of days, but I’ve been using the Vocab app you guys have made and it has helped me immensely!

    However, my main concern now is that I seem to be lacking in math, as I keep answering practice questions incorrectly. I’ve been following the 1 month daily schedule, but I worry that this time, my math will suffer. Is this indicative of my potential math score, or is it normal for people to miss questions for the first few days/weeks until they re-learn or watch the videos? I still have 2 weeks until the GRE, but I’m stressing out.


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 25, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Shawn,

      First of all, I’m so happy to hear the you’re using the Vocab app and finding it useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s definitely common for students to miss a lot of math questions for the first few days of practice, simply because their skills are rusty. You’re probably just getting used to using your brain to do exam-style math again – which really isn’t applicable to daily life, and is an easy skill to lose. The best thing you can do in this situation is to stay calm (if you stress and panic, you’ll definitely miss more questions, make more simple mistakes, and retain less information) and to re-do the problems that you’re missing. Make sure that you understand your error (usually it’s just an error in one step, or a misunderstanding of one concept, rather than the entire problem), and that you know how to do that type of problem in the future. Like with any math, taking the extra time to understand your mistakes is the best way to prevent them in the future.

      If you get stuck on a concept, don’t stress! Email us at and we’ll walk you through it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best of luck, and don’t hesitate to let me know if I can help with anything else.


  4. Adithya August 23, 2014 at 9:19 am #


    I am a final year student Biotechnology student in the UK and going to USA for a postgraduate degree is definitely on the cards. I have never taken the GRE before. I have been browsing to gain information and still fail to have a very clear idea ๐Ÿ™ so my questions to you might sound a bit naive
    1) I want to do Genetic counselling at either Stanford or John Hopkins so I really need to get a good score. This is the funny part, I don’t actually know what an above average score for this exam is and google isn’t giving me a straightforward response.
    2) Magoosh seems to be an excellent resource. Many people told me it’s the best out there. I am a little fazed by all the score improvement hype though. Do you personally think its a good investment for a first timer?
    3) I have a month before university starts and want to dedicate this entire time to studying for this test and take it before I start university since final year will be terribly hectic. I am a fast learner but I’d like your opinion if one month of dedicated study is a decent prep time and i am okay taking the daily schedule for a month as a beginner?
    4) On a student budget affording Magoosh and the actual test isn’t the easiest. Your plans also recommend buying the official guide, how far can I form a personalised(read affordable) with your tool?

    I am sorry for the elaborate enquiry and thank you in advance for your trouble and time.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 25, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Adithya,

      I’m happy to answer all of your questions!

      1) The reason that it’s so difficult to find information about average GRE scores, is that each program within each university has a different idea of what a good minimum GRE score is. I would recommend checking out these blog posts: Average GRE Scores and GRE Scores for Top Universities, which can give you some good general information as you begin your research. The best way to determine your goal GRE score is to contact the programs directly, and ask them for their specific admissions requirements. It takes some extra work, but it also shows good initiative. ๐Ÿ™‚ P.S.: My best friend got her Masters in Genetic Counseling at Stanford and absolutely loved it.

      2) Yes, I definitely believe that Magoosh is an excellent resource for a first time GRE taker. I know many students who have used Magoosh, taken the GRE, and achieved their goal score on the first try. However, you will not be eligible for the score improvement guarantee, as you have not taken the exam before.

      3) Many students are able to do very well after studying for only a month. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it’s absolutely possible. It really depends on the student.

      4) Graduate school, in itself, is an expensive endeavor (it’s worth it, though!) Taking the GRE alone costs quite a bit of money, so it’s best to avoid retaking it, if possible. Magoosh premium GRE prep is only $99, and includes practice questions, video explanations, full-length practice tests, individualized email support, plus free resources such as eBooks, our Magoosh GRE Blog, our Vocabulary Flashcards, and our Vocab Builder Flashcard game app. If you choose to use a Magoosh Study Plan, to help guide your prep, then we definitely recommend that you also purchase the Official Guide, as it’s written by the same people who write the GRE and provides additional high-quality practice. You can purchase the book used, on Amazon, at a pretty decent price. If you are the type of student who can study with just a book, then that is definitely the least expensive option – a GRE class or one on one tutoring being the most expensive. Personally, I think it’s worth the investment to choose the method that will bring you the most success – whichever method that may be. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope that helps! Happy studying, and please let me know if I can answer any other questions you have.

  5. Priyanshi Agarwal August 18, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    Hi Team,

    Sorry if I am posting my question at the wrong place.

    I have not given GRE before, I took the assesment test at ETS site and scored 155 in Quant and 142 in Verbal. I am working full time as a software engineer in Australia from 1 year and have a total of 3+ years of experience.

    I feel I am ok in Quant, I need to brush some concepts and work on my speed, but I really need to work hard on my Vocab, I am ok at comprehensions but text completion is really hard for me because of poor vocabulary.

    I have been reading free books and flash cards provided from your site and found the content really good.

    I am planning to take GRE in October end, Iโ€™ve not registered at any courses and wanted to know if premium will be good for me and which study plan will be most suitable.

    Though through the blogs I found Magoosh focus more on GRE score, but will your team also be able to advise on the admissions as we progress or guide towards the right sources.

    Kind regards,

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 18, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Priyanshi,

      Thank you for writing in, and I hope you’re enjoying your time in Australia! This is the right place for your question. ๐Ÿ™‚

      First, I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been using Magoosh’s free eBooks and flashcards, and that you’ve found them useful. Now on to your questions:

      Magoosh’s Premium GRE prep contains explanation videos, practice problems, and mock exams to help you prepare for the GRE. Combined with our study schedules, most students find that Magoosh’s materials have all they need to meet their goals on the GRE. However, Magoosh’s prep is entirely online, so I recommend that you take some time to think about whether you’d learn better in a classroom setting or with a Magoosh-type self-study program. This really depends on your own preferences and learning style. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Since you’re taking the GRE in October, I would recommend that you try one of Magoosh’s 2-3 Month Study Plans. There are several that could work well for you, including the Weekly Schedule, Daily Schedule for Beginners (since you haven’t taken the GRE before), and the Verbal Focused Daily Schedule (since you are stronger in quant). Take a look at all three plans, and determine which one best suits your particular strengths and weaknesses. Whichever you choose, make sure that you focus your study time on the parts of the GRE that you find most challenging – this is how you’ll improve.

      Finally, our Magoosh GRE Blog does contain some articles on graduate admissions, particularly in the form of guest posts from some of our partners, but our strength is in test prep. For more detailed information about graduate admissions, I’d recommend looking at the websites of some of our partners, such and

      I hope this helps! Happy studying. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Priyanshi Agarwal August 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

        Hi Rita,

        Thanks for your comprehensive response about all my queries and recommending the sites:). It gives a sense of confidence when someone answers my doubts.

        I think I’ll be fine with the self study program if someone can help with the doubts, also because I am working full time that would be convinent too.

        I think it would be fun studying with your team. I’ll keep posting ๐Ÿ˜›

        thanks again for writing back ๐Ÿ™‚


        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig August 21, 2014 at 10:46 am #

          Hi Priyanshi,

          You’re so very welcome! Your response made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I’m very happy that you’ve decided to study with Magoosh – I think you will find it fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you ever need any help or encouragement, please leave a blog comment or email us at We’re always happy to help!

          Have a great day!

  6. Hossein August 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Rita
    I have decided to study for the GRE exam, i have 3 month for it.
    I am in a very low level in english. I haven’t memorized any vocabulary!
    I’ve downloaded the magoosh android app and I’m going to start it tomorrow.
    What I should do? THis exam is very important for me!

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi Hossein!

      I’m glad to hear that you downloaded the Magoosh Vocab app. We also have a new GRE Vocabulary Builder app that’s more of a quiz than a flashcard deck. You might want to try that, as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Since you have three months to study, I would recommend using one of our 2-3 month study guides. Since you are a beginner, you probably would benefit most from our newly updated Weekly Schedule or the Version A: For Beginners schedule. Each schedule recommends additional resources that can help you as you prepare for the GRE, and guides you through the Magoosh program week by week.

      Best of luck with your studies! Please let me know if I can help with anything else. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hossein August 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

        Hi Rita

        I have a question about your Android App, GRE Vocabulary Flashcards. From which deck I should start my study? In the other words, i want to know the priority of decks! Which deck is the first, Common Words or Basic?

        best regards

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig August 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

          Hi Hossein,

          It’s really up to you! The basic words are generally considered easier to learn, and are a good place to start if you want to build your vocabulary slowly – moving from basic through advanced. The common words are words that are frequently tested on the GRE, but they aren’t necessarily organized by level of difficulty. This is a good place to start if you don’t have much time, but want to memorize the words that you’re most likely to come across on the GRE. Personally, I like to start with Basic. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. chethan August 12, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    Hi Madam,

    Myself Chethan, i am working professional.
    Planning to take GRE on December second week and i have already booked the IELTS exam next month. Basically i wanted to know is Magoosh premium plan is sufficient or any other materials need to be studied along with it.
    When i contacted few of my friend who had already taken the GRE exam, i got variety of opinions or advice from each of them. Few suggested me to go through ETS and Barron and few suggested me study ETS and Princeton. i am so nonplussed on which materials to study, because they suggested me heap of materials.
    Finally i decided to take Magoosh 6 months premium, even thouh i have only three months left because there is no 3 months premium plans available.
    Please kindly suggest me about the study plan and the materials.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 12, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hello Chethan,

      Thank you for your questions! I’m happy to help. ๐Ÿ™‚

      To answer your first question, the Magoosh Premium GRE plan has everything you need to know to succeed on the GRE. However, we understand that all students learn differently and have unique strengths and weaknesses, so we also suggest additional materials in our study plans. For example, if you chose to use the 2-3 month GRE Study Guide, the “Essential Materials” include: Magoosh GRE Prep, ETS’s Official Guide to the GRE (2nd Edition), ETS’s PowerPrep Software, Magoosh’s online GRE flashcards,,, and a stopwatch or timer. “Optional/Supplemental Materials” include: McGraw Hill Conquering the GRE Math, Manhattan GRE, GMAT Official Guide, and LSAT 10 Actual Tests.

      These books are by no means required for you to achieve your GRE goals, but they are all materials that we recommend to students looking for something to supplement Magoosh’s online prep.

      Since you have approximately 3-4 months to study, I would recommend that you choose a study guide that is in the 2-3 month range. You will have time to complete all the material in the study guide, and then to go back and practice the concepts that you had the most trouble with. You’ll also have extra time to focus on improving your GRE vocabulary, and time to use additional materials to really boost your score.

      There are four 2-3 month plans to choose from. If you are a beginner (you haven’t taken the GRE before), then I would recommend either the Weekly Schedule or Version A: For Beginners. Be sure to skim the plans and find the one that seems to be the best fit for you.

      I hope this helps! Best of luck with your studies, and please let me know if I can answer any other questions.


  8. Ulziimaa August 2, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Dear Rita,

    I am very happy to find your program as there is no organization that helps for GRE preparation in my hometown.

    I am bit worried about my GRE test, because my test date is September 28th and I am complete GRE beginner. I am a mother of 6 month old and housewife, it is actually full time job and I am thinking to prepare for it during the midnight, everything seems to me very overwhelming but I will try hard to make max out of it.

    I have downloaded your Vocab flashcard app and pdf document, but my question is what study plan is best suited for me. Should I go for 90 day beginner or 2-3 months of weekly schedule? Is it beneficial to follow two schedules at the same time?

    Also is magoosh offer its lessons on offline mode? I spend next 20 days in somewhere where there is no internet and that is also a bit of a problem for me.

    Thank you,
    Best regards,

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

      Hello Ulziimaa,

      Thank you so much for writing in. ๐Ÿ™‚ May I say that I think you are very courageous for adding GRE prep to your already incredibly busy schedule, as a full-time mom of a 6 month old. I think your ambition is wonderful.

      To answer your first question, I would recommend trying one study schedule as your main schedule, rather than using two schedules at once. Each study schedule will guide you through Magoosh’s GRE prep, just at a different pace. For example, you could try a 90 Day Beginner plan, and then if you discover that you are running out of material and/or that you would like to go more slowly through certain topics, then you could borrow from a different 2-3 month schedule. This method will (hopefully) prevent you from becoming too overwhelmed, as you will know exactly what to accomplish each day.

      To answer your second question: unfortunately, Magoosh does not offer our lessons offline. I’m really sorry about that, as I know it will be inconvenient while you are out of town. During this time, I would recommend downloading and, if possible, printing out a Magoosh eBook to use on your trip. We have several: Magoosh’s Complete Guide to the GRE, Magoosh’s Complete Guide to GRE Vocabulary, GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, and the GRE Math Formula eBook. Also, the 90 Day Beginner study schedule recommends that you purchase ETS’s Official Guide to the GRE book, which you could bring on your trip for extra practice.

      Best of luck with your studies. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions you may have.

      All the best,

  9. Rahool hiremath August 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Respected teacher…I am doing my 2nd year of enggineering…I want to crack GRE ..plez tell me how should I…!..I would prefer verbal..please help …thank you

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Hello Rahool,

      There are different ways that you can prepare yourself for the GRE. The best one depends on your study preferences. I highly recommend Magoosh if you prefer to study online, at your own pace.

      Our Premium GRE plan can be found at It includes lesson videos, explanations, practice problems, practice tests, and personalized email support for any questions you may have. If you do choose to use Magoosh, then I’d recommend picking a study plan to help you stay on track and to guide you through Magoosh GRE prep. We have several to choose from, depending on how long you have until you take the GRE, whether or not you are a beginner, etc. You can find all of those study plans at this link.

      The study plans also contain a list of other required and recommended resources, including books that can help you with your studies.

      The best advice that I can give you would be to try to honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses heading into the GRE. Since you are an engineering student, you are probably quite good at math, and will likely find the math sections much easier than the verbal sections. Make sure that you focus your studying on improving your weakest areas, in order to boost your overall score.

      Good luck! Please let me know if I can help in the future.


  10. vijay August 1, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    Hi everyone,
    I just bought the premium plan of Magoosh as my main resource for the GRE preparation.
    my gre test is on 10th oct .i know nothing about GRE and i don’t how to start it too.
    i have to start from scratch, and i completed my UG recently i am completely free
    i am very poor in essay writing too
    my target score is that possible?..
    so please help me out

    Thank you & regards


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig August 1, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Vijay!

      Don’t worry – everyone has to start somewhere! When I signed up to take the GRE, I had no idea what it was about, or where to begin my preparations. It’s good to hear that you just completed your undergrad degree (congratulations!) because it means you’re probably still in study mode.

      I would suggest choosing a 90 day study schedule – either the weekly schedule or the beginner schedule. It will help guide you through your Magoosh prep, and keep you studying a little bit every day. Practice writing GRE essays, and ask a trusted friend to help you edit and proofread them so that you can learn from your mistakes.

      Your target score is definitely possible, but it will take a lot of hard work and dedication to attain – it’s a challenging score for anyone to attain!

      Best of luck with your studies, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions along the way.


  11. Utsav Mukherjee July 29, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Respected Maam/Sir

    I am panning to take GRE in the next 3months. I am a working professional so it becomes a bit difficult to study and keep myself motivated. Right now i have just purchased “Barrons 20th edition”. I dont have any other books right now. I also dont need a heap of books to study since it becomes confusing. I am thinking of purchasing the Magoosh premium study pan, so i just want to know that with only just Magoosh will it be helpful to score around 320+? I am good at maths but my verbal is very weak, u can say i have to start from scratch. I just get confused how to memorize those 3000 odd words :-). I have already completed the maths portion from Barrons but i haven’t yet got my hands to the verbal portion :-).

    It would very helpful if you guide me the way which i should follow to improve my verbal portion. And apart from Barron & Magoosh i wish to have another practice book for only maths so that i can target 170 in that portion. Kindly help..

    Thanks & Regards


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 29, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Hello Utsav,

      Thank you so much for your question. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree that you don’t need a heap of books to do well on the GRE. Especially as a working professional, it becomes challenging to haul your books from place to place, just to study for an hour or so in a free moment.

      We definitely see beginning GRE students achieving 320+ GRE scores using Magoosh. These are almost always the students who follow our study schedules, use Magoosh practice tests, and finish all the questions and videos in our product. ๐Ÿ™‚ So – it’s definitely possible, with a lot of hard work!

      Memorizing GRE vocabulary is really tough. Have you tried our free GRE vocabulary flashcards? You can download the iPhone or Android app, or you can study online. You’ll start with basic words and then work your way up through the most advanced GRE words. Personally, I love the app, because then I can study while on public transportation, while waiting in line at the grocery store, and during commercial breaks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anything helps, right?

      Another great way to improve your vocabulary is by reading GRE-level reading material. On the Magoosh GRE Blog, we have the GRE Article of the Month, which includes GRE-level reading material and a list of vocabulary to go along with it. Also, the GRE study schedules recommend reading material to help improve your GRE vocabulary.

      The GRE study schedules also recommend McGraw Hill’s Conquering the New GRE Math. It can help you learn math concepts that are common on the GRE.

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Utsav Mukherjee July 29, 2014 at 11:55 am #

        Thank you ma’am for your valuable suggestion. Yes, I have already downloaded the flashcards app on my phone and also I have downloaded the english video lessons of Magoosh. Will start preparing soon. Is the list of words that are present in the flashcards enough for GRE or we need to refer any other material.

        Also for the maths portion, is “nova math bible” goodapart from the magoosh study material?

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig July 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

          Hi Utsav,

          You’re very welcome!

          I’m glad to hear that you’re using the flashcard app. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can memorize all the words in the app, you should be in good shape for the vocabulary on the GRE. We also have a new Vocabulary Builder App coming next week (check the Blog on Wednesday) that can make studying a bit more fun and interesting. With these flashcards, plus GRE-level reading practice, I think your vocabulary can improve a lot.

          To be honest, I haven’t ever read the Nova Math Bible, so I can’t recommend it either way. Sorry about that!

          Happy Studying!

  12. Rachel July 28, 2014 at 2:02 am #

    Hi Rita,

    I have been studying GRE for a month and a half and taking it in early september. I’m not really worried about the math section but I have been struggling in verbal section for a whileโ€ฆ I also aware that I do not have enough vocabulary. Which study plan do you think would be the most effective for me?


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 28, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Rachel,

      I’m happy to help!

      First, have you tried Magoosh’s free flashcards? You can either download the flashcard app on your phone or you can study online. They only test you on common GRE vocabulary, and they are a great way to learn a lot of vocab in a short period of time. Sometimes, I use them just for fun when I’m on the subway – it’s a good way to learn in small moments of free time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      As for picking a study plan, you might want to consider combining two to make a plan that works best for your strengths and weaknesses. For example, you have enough time to complete a 1 month study schedule, which would give you a good background on everything you need to know for the GRE – both math and verbal. At the same time, you might want to focus a bit more of your time on verbal, in which case you could borrow pieces from the 90 Day Daily Schedule Version C (Verbal Focused).

      I like to think of the study schedules as guidelines to keep students on track and studying a little bit every day. Taking exercises from more than one schedule can be a great way to tailor your study schedule to your own specific needs.

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions for me. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Tanvi July 22, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    Hi I gave my GRE last year in July and got a score of verbal-159, quant-158 (total-317) and AWA-3.5. I was very disappointed with my quantitative score as in my practice tests I used to get 160 above. I had basically studied only for one month at that time but had started practicing my vocab at least 3-4 months prior to the exam as I thought I might screw that up. Anyway I am giving it again now most probably in mid-October. I really want a good score of around 325-330 and I think I can get it if I try hard enough. I have also subscribed to the Magoosh premium plan last month. I just want to know which study routine would suit me the most? Also, I have a problem that I am working in a lab for the next two months, i.e, till 7th September and the timings are pretty erratic. So I need to have a plan which takes this into account. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Hello Tanvi,

      I completely understand – I also had to take the GRE a second time because I wasn’t pleased with my quant score, and I was balancing work on top of everything. Not fun. Luckily, the second time you take the test is usually a bit less stressful because you already know what to expect.

      Since you’re already scoring above 310 on the GRE, you might want to try the 90 Day Advanced study plan. It’ll give you the strategies you need to succeed on the most challenging GRE problems. You could also pull some practice from the math-focused plan, if you want to spend more time improving your quant score. There’s no problem with mixing and matching in order to create a schedule that works best for you. I would recommend looking at all the 90 day plans and seeing which one suits your needs best, before making your final choice.

      Good luck with your studies! Let me know if I can ever help with anything else.

      Rita ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. limnash July 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Hi Rita,

    Your blog is of great help. I have recently bought the Magoosh premium package and also bought a few supplement materials mentioned in your advanced 90 day study plan.

    I will be taking the test on October 10th. That leaves me with 75-80 days of preparation time. My target score is 330+. I am taking the GRE for the first time. I can dedicate 2-3 hours daily on weekdays and 5-6 hours on weekends.

    I am confused on whether to follow the beginner 90 day course or the advanced 90 day course. Could you please help me out? ๐Ÿ™‚



    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Limnash,

      Thank you! I’m really glad you find the blog useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      And I’m happy to help you out! The difference between the 90 Day plan for beginners and the 90 Day advanced plan is basically this:

      If you took the GRE today, would you be comfortable enough with the Math and Verbal content to score 310-320 without any extra prep?

      If your answer is yes, then you would probably benefit more from the advanced plan, which can help you score above a 320, by focusing your efforts on the most challenging material. If your answer is no (or probably not), then you might want to try the beginner plan, which can help you score in the 310-320+ range by starting with the more basic content and then working up to the most advanced GRE content.

      I hope that helps! Happy studying, and good luck on the GRE!


      • limnash July 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

        Hi Rita,

        Thanks for your reply. It is of immense help. ๐Ÿ™‚



        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig July 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

          You’re very welcome! Have a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mounica August 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

        Hi Rita,

        Your suggestions are of great help. I have recently brought the Mangoosh premium package and I am going to give my gre i the last week of october. I really need a good score of about 320. I am starting from the scratch and I am a full time employee who can give about 3 hours a day in a week and 6hrs on week ends. Please suggest how to start my preparation. This would be of great help. Thank a ton in advance.

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig August 26, 2014 at 11:45 am #

          Hello Mounica,

          I’m happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

          Since you have approximately two months to study for the GRE, I would recommend choosing either a 1 month study schedule, or the 90 Day Weekly Schedule. Any of these options will help guide you through Magoosh GRE prep, and will keep you on track to finish your studying in time for your exam (though you’d have to work at an accelerated pace to get through the 90 Day Plan in time).

          If you choose a one month plan, then you can spend your extra time working on the concepts that you had the most trouble with, taking practice GREs, and improving your GRE-level vocabulary (definitely try the Magoosh GRE Vocab App and the Magoosh Vocabulary Builder App … they are free and so, so helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ The study schedules will also recommend additional materials that can help you achieve your high goal score.

          Best of luck with your GRE prep!

  15. hemachandra July 16, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    hi , i am planning to take my gre on 15th of august , so please can i know which study plan would be best for me. can i cover up the portions by that time.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      Hi Hemachandra!

      I think that one of the One Month schedules would work well for you, since you have nearly a month until your exam. Choosing the daily or the weekly version is up to you, and how you plan to fit studying into your busy schedule. You could also look at the longer schedules for additional assignments, if there is a specific section of the GRE that you’d like to spend more time focusing on.

      Happy studying! Let us know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. preeti July 15, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    hi , i have my gre exam on august 21st iam almost a beginner , just now i subscribed to mangoosh premium , is it possible to score 320+ with this little time if so plz tel me how to do it. if i follow 1 month schedule will it be possible for me to get above 320…….can i directly write exam after that scedule without much practice tests……..thanks

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      Hi Preeti!

      First of all, thank you for subscribing to Magoosh! I’m happy to help answer your questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It is definitely possible for a beginning student to score above a 320 on the GRE after studying regularly for a month. The likelihood of this happening really depends on several factors, including how strong you are in the concepts tested on the GRE, how good you are at taking standardized tests, and how well you focus on studying for the GRE over the next month.

      Using the One Month Study Schedule is a great way to stay on track and make sure that you’re covering all aspects of the GRE in your studying. Be sure to practice your GRE-level vocabulary at the same time, and to make sure that you re-try practice problems that you missed the first time.

      I would definitely recommend that you take at least one practice test before your exam, so you can see if you are on track to achieve your goal score. If you are far from your goal, then you can always reschedule your test for a later date, and give yourself a bit more time to study.

      Best of luck with your studies! Please let me know if I can help with any other questions.


  17. Jenny July 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi Rita,
    I’m planning to begin studying on Monday 7/14 (after my official guide to GRE book arrives), and my test date is September 15th. Which study plan do you recommend? I was looking at the 90 day plan and thinking I could condense it a bit down to approx. 60 days and study 2-3 hours per day.
    Thank you!

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 9, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Hey Jenny!

      You could certainly condense a 90 day plan into 2 months, but a word of warning: you’re going to live the GRE if you do that. If that’s your plan, then I’d recommend working with the 90 Day Weekly schedule. It’s a bit easier to condense than the daily schedules, and covers the same material.

      Either way, make sure to use the plan as a guide and tailor it to your own needs. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses on the test (for me, doing the math problems quickly was tricky), you’ll be able to adapt the study guide to work better for you.

      Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Harry July 8, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Rita,

    My GRE test is scheduled for August 28th, 2014. I just got Magoosh and I plan on starting my studies today. Which plan do you suggest I follow, and how should I follow it since I have a little less than two months?


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 8, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Harry!

      Since you have a little less than 2 months to study, I’d recommend trying a 1 month study schedule – both daily and weekly are good options. The reason that I recommend the monthly plan, even though you have extra time, is because the plan will provide a great way to structure your study time. You could try to go through it slowly, giving yourself extra time to review concepts that you miss and re-try problems that you found challenging the first time. Or, you could go through it at the recommended pace, and then spend the extra time brushing up on your weakest subjects, studying GRE vocabulary, and brushing up on your GRE-level reading comprehension.

      Whichever study schedule you choose, remember that these plans are meant to be guidelines. You should feel free to tailor the plan based on your own strengths, weaknesses, study preferences, and – of course – your busy schedule. And make sure you take Magoosh practice tests once you’re nearing the end of your study schedule.

      Good luck and happy studying! ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. Vibhuspeak June 21, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Are the videos on Magoosh Premium for offline viewing also ? Currently due to weak internet connectivity the videos take time to buffer

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 23, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Vibhuspeak,

      The videos in Magoosh Premium are only viewable online. I’m sorry to hear that they’re taking a long time to load for you. This isn’t a perfect solution, but perhaps you could download our eBooks to use for extra practice while the videos are buffering or on days when your internet connection is particularly slow. Here are the links:

      The Complete Guide to the Revised GRE
      Complete Guide to GRE Vocabulary
      Complete Guide to GRE Math Formulas

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help, but I hope you find the eBooks useful. Good luck as you study, and feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.


  20. Lucina June 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Hello there! I am planning on studying for the GRE over the next four months and taking it in middle to late October. My plan is to follow the three month daily study schedule but given that I have about four months to study, how would you suggest I break down the schedule?

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Lucina,

      Happy Thursday!

      I think there are a couple of ways that you could make the 90 day schedule work for your 4 month study time. One way would be to stick to the schedule as it’s written and then use the last month to review/re-try questions that you found extra challenging, take practice tests, and spend time focusing on the most difficult concepts. The other way would be to space the study schedule out a bit, giving yourself more days to complete tasks, so that you’ll have a bit more free time.

      It’s up to you! Either way, good luck studying and don’t forget to take some time to enjoy the summer. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns, and I’ll do my best to help. ๐Ÿ™‚


  21. tarun June 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    thank you ma’am, for the valuable guidance, I’ll contemplate on which study schedule to go for ,well I’m more biased towards 90 day program tho , as for self study part that’s not a problem for me , I’m doing it since childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s – I’ll give magoosh a Sure try and you guys doing a great work.Thank you again

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

      Hi Tarun!

      You’re very welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re a practiced self-studier (it really is a great skill to have), and I hope that you will give Magoosh a try.

      All the best,

  22. tarun June 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks for fast reply .Yes I have few more questions (hope you won’t mind )
    1) I can choose any of the study schedule 90 days or 6 months as I haven’t enrolled for the exam yet, the problem is my verbal part including grammar is really week . which I think more no. of days more improvement, so if I follow any of the schedule ; is improvement will be same in both case? or its the intensity of program that matters ,which is best you can recommend, as for me I want to give exam earliest so that I can get enough time for the application procedure e.t.c. to enroll in autumn season next year

    2) My aim is to peruse ms from electronics or communication engineering ,do I have to also give subjective gre exam if yes then tell its pattern and all necessary information

    p.s- I never did any Online study course before so I’m little nervous and hesitate

    thank you again

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Hey Tarun,

      You’re very welcome, and I certainly don’t mind more questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1) If you choose a Verbal-focused study schedule, then you will work harder on the Verbal sections while still doing some Math practice to make sure your skills don’t fade. You will still complete the Math sections of Magoosh’s prep, but at a faster pace, leaving you more time to spend on the Verbal sections. The program is quite intensive no matter which study schedule you choose, but since it’s self-study online you must be sure to work hard and stay on track to finish the program in order to receive the total benefit. Self-studying can be tricky: on the one hand, you can study at your own pace and on the other hand you have to motivate yourself to study every day. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2) This depends entirely on the programs that you are applying to. Once you decide which programs you prefer, you might want to research online, and even contact the admissions office, to see if GRE Subject Tests are required for admission.

      P.S.: That’s completely fair! Online courses aren’t for everyone, and you should definitely consider whether or not you think it’s the best fit for you. I encourage you to try the One Week Free Trial to see if you like the format before deciding whether or not you want to purchase Magoosh.

      Good luck with your decision, and with your studying! I wish you all the best.

      • tarun June 19, 2014 at 5:51 am #

        hii, I have one last question ahh I’m keep asking, there are certain universities which also require tofel score card ,please guide me its exam pattern,topics of exam and when I can give the exam like in which month.And does preparing for gre will also prepare me for tofel?
        thank you

        p.s I’ll Sure give magoosh a try. ๐Ÿ˜€ and you guys really helping us I really appreciate it.

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig June 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

          Hey Tarun,

          Preparing for the GRE will help a bit as you prepare for the TOEFL, but the two tests are structured differently and test different concepts, so it’s important to study individually for both.

          For information on the TOEFL exam structure, and tips for studying, you can look at the Magoosh TOEFL Blog:

          If you look at the right-hand side of the blog, you’ll notice a section called “Getting Started”. We chose these posts to help beginners learn the basics of the TOEFL. This is probably a good place for you to start reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

          This post explains the format of the test:

          The TOEFL is given at different times depending on where you live, but you can go to the ETS’s website and search by your country to see when the exam will be given near you:

          I hope that’s helpful! Have a great day.

  23. tarun June 18, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I m planing to give gre next year in January(because I’m a totally novice ), please help me choose the study plan.and strategies , I’m good in mathematics and below average in verbal or vocabulary I m targeting at least 330+ and want to ace it in one shot. Right now i m on long holidays which will last till mid august therefore i can easily give 4+ hours a day in study after holidays due to college work i can max give 1-2 hours a day .Also help me choose study material, after a little research I found heeps of material guides, help me pick best ones. And I currently don’t have premium study plan, how it will benefit me if I sign up for it.
    Thank you

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      Hi Tarun,

      Happy to help!

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve given yourself a lot of time to study for the GRE. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s break your question down into several parts:

      1) Magoosh Premium: The Magoosh Premium Plan gives you 6 months of access to practice tests, over 200 lessons, over 1000 practice questions, and provides step-by-step video explanations for practice problems. Plus, we guarantee that your score will improve by 5 points. The study plans that we provide are intended to go hand-in-hand with Magoosh prep, so you will need to sign up for Magoosh in order to follow the assignments in the study plan.

      2) Study Schedules: Since you have a lot of time to study this summer, you could try one of the 90 Day study schedules, or one of the 6 month study schedules. We have more options for the 90 Day schedules, and you can pick whichever you think best meets your strengths and weaknesses – Beginner, Verbal Focused, or General Weekly would probably all work well for you.

      3) Study Materials: The study schedules include both required materials and recommended materials. If you choose to purchase Magoosh (you can get a 1 Week Trial for free if you need help deciding) and use one of our study schedules, then all the materials you need are listed in the schedules. You can even look through them now to see the types of materials that Magoosh recommends – both free materials and materials that you can purchase.

      I hope you find this helpful! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions.


  24. Krishna June 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm #


    I am planning to subscribe to Magoosh Premium and schedule my exams in early/ mid August. Given that I have about 2 months, what kind of a study schedule do you reckon a day? I would rate my vocab a 8/10 and my math a 9/10. I’m planning on about 2 hours a day during the week and about 4 -6 hours on weekend. You reckon it looks fine?

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Krishna,

      Given that you have 2 months to study, you might want to try either a One Month schedule or a 90 Day schedule. The benefit of a One Month schedule is that you could use your leftover time to do extra practice problems and practice tests, and spend extra time on the subjects that you find the most challenging.

      The benefit of a 90 Day schedule is that you have more options to choose from – Weekly, Beginner, or Advanced might work well for you depending on how you assess your skills.

      Either way, pick a plan that you can stick to and remember that it’s okay to adjust the plan to fit your own particular strengths and weaknesses.

      Good luck! Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. ๐Ÿ™‚


  25. NF June 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm #


    I purchased the GRE premium in February. I took the GRE in April and got really disappointing, laughable scores. I admit that I could have followed the study plans more diligently and I could have taken more practice tests. I plan to re-take the GRE in August (I have two months) and my Magoosh plan is also expiring then. I know it’s crunch time and I really have to dedicate all my time and effort in getting a respectable and high score.

    Considering that I am familiar with the test format and I have watched all the Magoosh videos, which plan would you recommend for me? Should I do the 90-day Advanced or the 1 Month plan and perhaps do it twice? I am very desperate now….

    Thanks for your help!

    • NF June 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Sorry…Me again. My premium expires on August 5th (7 weeks). I am wondering if I should just try to do the 1-month daily plan – I have 2-3 hours I can do daily on weekdays (but probably will get 7.5 hours of sleep max) and I have all weekend to study.

      I got 147 on Quant and 142 on Verbal and my goal is 164 on Quant and 159 on Verbal…I know this is VERY ambitious…Please be honest, and let me know which is a better plan for me. Magoosh has been great and I wish I made use of it the past 5 months. Please let me know if I should do the 2-3 month plan or if I can do it all with the 1-month daily plan, considering my hours.

      Again, I am very desperate…:(

      Of course, the other option is to re-purchase the premium, instead of re-taking the GRE so soon and not have any materials with me, with the risk of spending more on the GRE fee….Ahhh, so torn.

      • Rita Kreig
        Rita Kreig June 13, 2014 at 11:58 am #


        No need to apologize – we are happy to help!

        It sounds to me like you’ve done a good job assessing the weak aspects of your test preparation— taking practice tests and sticking to a study schedule. Since you’re taking the GRE again in August, then perhaps you should start with a shorter-duration study schedule and spend your extra time preparing for the topics that you find the most challenging. Re-working problems that you’ve gotten wrong, to determine your errors, is also a great strategy that can help you prevent making the same mistakes on the test. If you still don’t feel ready for your test in late July, you can always postpone and keep practicing.

        I hope that helps. Please feel free to follow up if you have any other questions. Good luck studying! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Apurv June 10, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    I had given my GRE exam and scored Q-154 V-134.Studied seriously for 1 month though.Didn’t give any practice tests.Which of the given study schedule should i follow to score in the range of 320?

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Apurv,

      Happy to help!

      Choosing a study schedule that works best for you depends on several things:
      1) Timeline – How long do you have until your test? If you only have 1-2 months, then using a 1 month study schedule might work best for you. You can pick one that outlines work to be done each day, or one that outlines work to be done each week.

      2) Your strengths and weaknesses. It appears that you may be a bit stronger in the math section, but to score in the 320 range you’ll need to do very well on both sections. Focus your time on the topics that you find the most challenging, and make sure to practice those types of questions a lot.

      3) Keep in mind that a study schedule is a guide to help you study each day. Find one that closely suites your needs and then tailor it to work best for your needs. (And definitely try some practice tests this time.) ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope you find this helpful! Best of luck and please let me know if I can answer any other questions you may have.


      • Apurv June 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

        Thank you mam for the reply! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Am thinking to follow ‘verbal focused’ schedule since i feel am weak at it.And will surely ask for your help when in need. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thank you!

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig June 14, 2014 at 11:33 am #

          You are most welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Aniruddha June 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Hello, I recently bought Magoosh premium. I have my exam in mid of August , so how should I start preparing? Which plan would help me?. I’m currently working and I can spend 2-3 hours daily on GRE preparation and 6-8 hours on weekend. I’m pretty good at mathematics but my verbal is not so good. Please help me, I’m targeting 310+.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Aniruddha,

      It sounds to me like you could prepare a couple of different ways.

      First, you’ll have to do an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. You could try the 1 Month Daily schedule, and then spend your extra time working on Verbal. Or, you could try the 90 Day Verbal Focused schedule, but you may find it challenging to fit that much study material in before your test. Either way, I recommend picking a schedule that you think you can stick to and finish, and then tailoring it to fit your own strengths and weaknesses.

      Good luck studying, and please let me know if I can answer any questions along the way.


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Aniruddha,

      I think there are 2 options that might work well for you, given that your test is in August and you are more concerned with the Verbal section than with the Math section. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1) You might want to try a One Month study plan and then spend your leftover time focusing on the sections that you found difficult, and re-doing the problems that you got wrong during your prep.

      2) Alternatively, you could try a 90-Day study plan (any will do) and spend extra time reviewing the Verbal section and less time worrying about the math.

      Ultimately, the point of the study schedule is to act as a guide. You should always feel free to adjust the plan to work best with your strengths and weaknesses.

      I wish you the best of luck! Please reach out again if I can help with anything else.


      • Aniruddha June 20, 2014 at 3:07 am #

        Hi Rita,

        Hope you are doing good :). Thank you so much for the guidance, much appreciated. On ETS website under Analytical writing section I read that we will be presented with one Argument and one Issue topic from “this” pool of topics. Is it true? Well there are 200+ topics, so do not have time to go through all of them :D. Anyways I would like to practice more of RCs, can you tell me any source ? Any good books or online sources?

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig June 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

          Hey Aniruddha!

          ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so welcome! I’m happy to help.

          To answer your questions:
          1) Yes, it’s true that in the Analytical Writing section, you will be asked to write 2 separate analytical essays: a 30-minute Issue task and a 30-minute Argument task. There really is no way to review and prepare for all of the individual topics that they might choose from. The best strategy is to look at a few of the topics on the pool to see how the GRE writes their essay questions, and then focus on improving your timed writing skills.

          2) We have great posts on the GRE Blog about preparing for RC. Take a look at this page, which include general strategies at the top and a list of great posts and resources at the bottom.

          Happy Studying! And let me know if I can help with anything else. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Aniruddha June 23, 2014 at 5:16 am #

            Hello Rita,

            Thanks for your help. I will definitely get back to you with some other queries soon :D.

            • Rita Kreig
              Rita Kreig June 23, 2014 at 10:41 am #

              You’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Abi June 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm #


    I am taking my exams in 3 months and i am a beginner especially with math, i am currently taking 4 summer classes (8 hrs a week until early july and 16hrs a week until mid august) and i have a part time job (8 – 10hrs a week).
    what plan would you recommend:
    90 day weekly schedule
    90 day plan for beginners (daily)
    90 day plan math focused (daily)

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Abi,

      Wow, sounds like you have a busy summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Based on your full schedule, we would recommend that you try the 90 Day Weekly Schedule. This will allow you to focus on math and verbal, which will be good since you say you are a beginner. Also, you will be able to complete weekly assignments, rather than daily ones, which should work better given your heavy class workload.

      Good luck with your studying and have a wonderful summer!

      • Abi June 5, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

        Hey Rita.
        Thanks a lot for the swift reply, the weekly schedule it is

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig June 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm #


  29. siri June 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    hi sir,
    I’ve been looking through some preparation material and timetable for my placements and cam across your posts and i find it really helpful. I understand that your work is completely related to gre stuff. But it would be really helpful if you could provide something(time table specially) for preparing for IT companies placements. Thank you

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi Siri,

      I’m so happy that you’re finding our GRE posts helpful as you prepare for your placements.

      Thank you so much for your feedback and for your recommendation. Unfortunately, we are not experts in preparing for placements in IT companies. I’m afraid that we wouldn’t have any insight into the process that you would find helpful. I wish you the best of luck, and hope you find the timetables you’re looking for.


  30. Danielle June 3, 2014 at 11:04 am #


    Which Magoosh package best accompanies the study guides? I’m planning on doing a focused verbal plan. Should I get the premium plan? Math? Verbal?

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 3, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Danielle!

      Happy to help. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The Premium Plan best accompanies the study guides. All of the Magoosh study schedules include both math and verbal practice, even the study schedules that are Math or Verbal focused. Even if you were to choose the 90 Day Verbal Focused study schedule, the study plan would still ask you to skim math materials and complete the occasional math practice test, just so that you don’t lose those important skills. The GRE tests math in a really specific way, so it’s important to get used to GRE-style questions. Plus, it’s always smart to practice both subjects, even if you don’t need to watch the math explanation videos.

      I hope that helps! Good luck with your GRE prep. ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. Adeliyi Oluwafemi June 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Good day Rita,

    I had taken the GRE before and I am not happy with my score. I had a Q151, V146 and AWA 3.5, I want to study Geophysics and I really need to improve on my scores. I went through your response to Cory and you advised that he choose the Advanced version of the study plan.

    I have decided to choose the beginners version and I have about 3 months to prepare so my questions is will the beginners version be perfect for me or I should stick with the Advanced version as you recommended it for Cory?


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 2, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Hello Adeliyi,

      This is a tricky question, because it requires you to do some self-diagnostics. ๐Ÿ™‚

      When you took the GRE the first time, did you find that you were only missing the most challenging questions, or did you find that you had some trouble with the beginner-level questions as well? If you found that the beginner questions were answerable, but you struggled with the toughest material, then I would recommend using the Advanced study schedule. However, if you need to review the beginner material, then I would recommend using the Beginner schedule. It’s always better to master the beginner material before the advanced material.

      Also, if you use the Beginner schedule, and you find that it’s too simple, then you can supplement your studies with material from the Advanced schedule. I think it’s always good to mix and match a bit in order to personalize a study plan.

      Good luck with your GRE prep!


  32. Maha Yusuf May 22, 2014 at 11:47 am #


    I took GRE last summers and my score was 315 (Quantitative: 163 and Verbal: 152 with 4.5 in Analytical). I plan to re-take GRE to improve my Verbal score >160. I am working as a Field Engineer so I can dedicate only an hour a day to the prep. I plan to re-take it in 2 months.

    Kindly suggest which plan should I go for on Magoosh.


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Hello Maha,

      Since you are most concerned with improving your Verbal score, and you have limited time to study, you might want to try a One Month study plan and then spend your extra time focusing on the Verbal section. You could do extra Verbal practice problems through Magoosh, and then take time to re-do the problems you’ve missed.

      The study plan would help you stay on track, and suggest the best practice problems for you, but then you would have the opportunity to tailor the plan based on your strengths and weaknesses.

      I hope you find this helpful! Best of luck, and please let me know if I can help with any other questions you may have.


  33. Ebuka May 13, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I have signed up for the premium package. I have taken the exam before but my scores were very low, quan-143 and verbal-142 and essay-3.0. I didn’t really prepare much for the test. I’m targeting a 165 in quan and 158-160 in verbal and a 4-5 on essay. Please I would want to know the best study plan I could use considering my timeframe of about 45 days to go to my test date which is on the 27th of June. Thanks.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Ebuka,

      You should try the 30-day study guide, throwing in some extra practice tests, if you don’t have too much time. If you do have the time, which you’ll need if you want to se those score increases, then buckle down and try the 2-3 month schedule. You might have to shave off a little here and there to keep with the schedule, but otherwise you should do your best to follow it. Make sure you use the vocabulary quiz app/flashcards to make sure that your vocab is in top shape for the exam.

      Let me know if you have any questions along the way ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ebuka May 14, 2014 at 12:09 am #

        I read for about 5-6 hours everyday, with 45days more to my test date. Please would the 2-3 month plan for beginners or advanced be accomplished with 45days to my test date. Thanks

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele May 14, 2014 at 11:45 am #

          Hi Ebuka,

          Yes, with that much time you could finish the 2-3 month guide. Make sure to read the blog throughout that process, looking for ways to improve your score (esp. if you find yourself stuck).

          • NF June 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

            I did not see these responses before I posted my comment. This is exactly what I was looking for…Thanks!

            • Chris Lele
              Chris Lele June 13, 2014 at 11:39 am #

              You are welcome!

  34. Jony May 8, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I took GRE in last October and scored 312 ( Verbal -153, Quantitative-159 & AWA- 3.5) but not satisfied with the scores as they didn’t prove fruitful in Fall 2014. Now I want to retake the test somewhere around December & my target score is 325.I am good at math & can score 165 but really worried about verbal section. If I subscribe for a magoosh premium account, Do you think it would be possible for me to reach my anticipated score? Is there any guarantee?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 8, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Jony,

      Good question! We do have a 5-point score guarantee. But five points isn’t much compared to how some of our students have done. So the 13 point increase you need is very possible with Magoosh in your pocket. Of course, it comes down to hard work, focus, and all that stuff. But give us that; and we can probably get you to 325.

      You’ll of course want to focus on the 3.5 AWA score. That may have played some role, depending on the program you were looking to get into. Bump that up to a 4.5 and you should be fine.

      Hope that helps!

  35. Armel Djangone May 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    I just bought the premium plan of Magoosh as my main resource for the GRE preparation.
    My target score is 322. I plan to take the test in about 2 months from now.
    Any suggestion of study plan???

    Thank you.

    • Armel Djangone May 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

      I meant, my target score is 332 and not 322.

      • Chris Lele
        Chris Lele May 2, 2014 at 10:30 am #

        Hi Armel,

        It really depends on how much time you have to study GRE each day. If you only have an hour or so, the 2-3 month plan will be too aggressive. In that case, use the one-month study plan and supplement it with extra work. Specifically, you should target those areas in which you are the weakest. For instance, if you struggle in Reading Comp. you should do more of those exercises from the Magoosh product and other prep materials. Also, you should make sure to throw in a couple of more practice tests.

        If you have about 2.5 hours a day that you can dedicate to GRE prep, then the 2-3 month study plan makes sense.

        Hope that helps!

        • Armel Djangone May 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

          thank you for your suggestion. I plan to dedicate 2 to 3 hours a day. So I am going for the 2-3 month plan.

          Thanks again.


          • Chris Lele
            Chris Lele May 5, 2014 at 11:58 am #

            You are welcome, Armel ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Cory May 1, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Hey Rita, I recently took the gre and scored a 148 Q and 153 V. I took a prep course which helped me improve from where i started and taught me the basics. When taking the test, I got stuck on the more challenging math and verbal problems. Im looking at purchasing the premium Magoosh plan for gre to try and bring my score up more. Id like to retake in about 2 months, would the 2-3 month plan benefit me?

    Thanks, Cory

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      Hi Cory,

      The 2-3 month plan would definitely help you! It’s a great accompaniment to the Magoosh Premium plan. ๐Ÿ™‚

      We have five 2-3 month plans to choose from, and any of them can be adjusted depending on exactly how long you have to study. The Weekly version is definitely the most abridged of all the options, if you’re worried about getting through all the material in the schedule on time. But, since you’ve already taken the GRE once, I would recommend that you use Version D, for Advanced Students. It’ll help you conquer the more challenging math and verbal problems that you’ll encounter on the GRE.

      Good luck! And feel free to let me know if you have any more questions.


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