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How to Use a Magoosh GRE Study Schedule

Magoosh’s GRE experts have created comprehensive study schedules to help you stay on track while studying for the GRE. When I say comprehensive, I mean it–sometimes these schedules are dozens of pages long! Fortunately, Chris Lele, a Magoosh expert, created a video to help you navigate our study schedules and make the most of them!

Check out this video from Chris!

In the video, Chris explains how to choose a study schedule to fit your GRE prep timeline and what to expect from each plan. He also gives some insight on the reasoning behind the design of our study schedules. What’s the deal with mixed practice, mock tests, and supplementary reading? Watch to find out why all three are crucial to your prep. Lastly, he gives some tips on how to tailor study plans to your busy life. Press play and jump start your studying!

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12 Responses to How to Use a Magoosh GRE Study Schedule

  1. Ajay Sekar August 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    I have 1.5 years b4 I’m planning to take my gre exam.Im planning to score 165+ in both quant and verbal. I would like to know the best plan suitable for me.

    Also do these plans guarantee any definite scores in gre

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Ajay,

      First of all–it’s great that you are already thinking about the GRE and are planning ahead! If you follow any of our study plans diligently, all of the material you need for an elite score will pass before your eyes. How well you do depends on how deeply you remember, how well you make connections, how quickly you can process information and how profoundly you are able to understand the strategies and methods that we teach in Magoosh. In other words–we provide the building blocks, and what you build depends on you.:-) Many students have used Magoosh to get a 330+ score. However, our only guarantee is a five point increase over a previous GRE score–we don’t guarantee any specific score for first time test-takers.

      I would definitely recommend the six month plan (the longer you study, the better your chances at a great score). But, there are things that you can start doing right now to prepare! I recommend that you check out our vocabulary flashcards and peruse a few decks each month. You should also start a consistent high-level reading practice to improve your vocabulary in context and reading comprehension skills. You can also start to familiarize yourself with the fundamental math concepts that you will see on the GRE. Our blog and Khan Academy are great resources to get started there! Whenever you have a chance, solve a few GRE questions from our blog or Official Materials. This will prepare you for the types of questions and strategies you need to study effectively even before you start with a study plan!

  2. Darshan June 7, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    Hi, Chris! I am planning to take up GRE within 3 months. Although a beginner, my target score is 325/325+. Could you suggest me an appropriate magoosh study plan?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2016 at 7:13 am #

      Hi Darshan ๐Ÿ˜€

      Happy to help! If you’d like your test prep to include review of the fundamental math concepts you’ll be tested on, as well as key strategies for both the verbal and quant sections, then I’d recommend using our 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Beginners. While the plan has the word “beginner” in the name, really it is our most comprehensive plan, giving equal attention to the verbal and quant sections through lesson videos and practice problems. You’ll review the major concepts you’ll be tested on during the actual exam and be guided through a lot of practice to make sure you have those concepts down ๐Ÿ™‚

      On the other hand, if you feel comfortable with the general material and are looking for a schedule that includes more practice problems rather than lesson videos, I’d recommend using the 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Advanced Students. This plan has you watch very few lesson videos and focuses on a lot practice using a variety of sources ๐Ÿ™‚

      If you’re on the fence, I’d go with the Beginner plan. You can always skip a lesson video on a topic that you’re very comfortable with and use that time for extra practice ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope this helps! Happy studying ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. qi sun May 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    Hi~I am planing to take the GRE test at June 24th. I am not an English speaker. Therefore, my weakness is verbal and the target score is 146. I have tried several times, but my verbal part is still lower than 143. Can you give me some suggestions for my 1-month study?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 19, 2016 at 9:26 am #

      Hi Qi,

      I’m glad to give you some advice for improving on reading comprehension and text completion questions ๐Ÿ™‚

      GRE RC Strategies

      To help you on your journey to GRE Reading Comprehension domination, I am giving you some resources that will help you to succeed. Each one tackles a different aspect of reading comprehension, and if you want to read actively and understand the passage in front of you, dive into these resources:

      Introduction to Reading Comprehension (Strategies and Pacing)
      How to Approach Questions
      Example of How a Passage is Outlined
      Identifying Patterns in Passages
      Pacing Strategies
      Active Reading Strategies for the GRE

      Reading Recommendations

      In addition to practicing the strategies explained in these resources, you should be reading all the time to prepare for the GRE. Read. Read. Read. This will help you to learn new words, see different passage structures, and become familiar with the forms and styles employed by authors ๐Ÿ™‚ As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don’t know. Pause every so often, and recap the main message in your own words. Here are some suggested reading materials:

      The New York Times
      The Economist
      Arts & Letters Daily
      The New Yorker

      For some specific articles suggestions, I’d recommend browsing through our “GRE Article of the Month” series. About once a month, Chris selects an GRE-level article and provides both GRE vocabulary for you to focus on as you read, as well as a brief discussion of the piece.

      And if you would rather read books than articles, check out this post for fiction and non-fiction book recommendations!

      For tips on how to use these reading sources to learn really vocabulary in context, check out these blog posts:

      Vocabulary in Context
      Reading Vocabulary in Context: Where Should I Start?

      Truly, reading is the BEST way to improve your reading comprehension skills, I promise!

      Pacing on GRE RC

      In terms of improving your speed on GRE RC passages, I’d recommend first practicing without the timer–slow down, and try to truly understand the passage. You might think that time is lost when you read the passage too carefully, but in reality most time is wasted on questions that you don’t know the answer to because you read the passage too quickly. So step one, slow down, take notes on the passage, practice without the timer. Practice using all of the strategies you have learned, and don’t pay attention to the clock.

      Next, once you feel your accuracy is improving on RC questions, start using the timer again. The more confident you become in your reading skills, the faster you will be able to answer questions.

      Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence

      Text completion (TC) questions can be difficult and hard to understand, clearly! Fortunately, we have some great resources to help you understand what to do.

      On top of knowing vocabulary words, you need to be able to read a passage and decipher its meaning. Part of improving will be based on learning new words and part of improving will be based on learning about signal words in English that tell you about the relationship of ideas. Words like “because” or “however” or “more than” tell you about the relationship of ideas in a sentence and these are crucial to choosing the correct word to fill-in a blank.

      You want to make sure that you read passages that are similar to the ones you will find on the GRE. Some of the best places to look for good articles and writing are at The New York Times and The New Yorker. The style, tone, and level of writing will be very similar to what you will see on the test, so make it a point to read these news sourcesโ€”and/or others of their caliberโ€”everyday.

      Besides that, strategy is key! We have many blog posts that outline exactly how you should be tackling text completions and give some great examples (of course, that’s beside what’s in our lesson videos!). You can see those here:

      GRE Text Completion
      Magoosh Blog: Text Completion

  4. Sunil April 30, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

    I am preparing for GRE and after 3-4 months i will give GRE exam. How should i go for my study as a beginner, what books should i refer? Does the manhattan series 1-8 and 5lb sufficient? How could i get access to magoosh materials? Could you provide me e-copy of magoosh materials??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 9, 2016 at 1:33 am #

      Hi Sunil ๐Ÿ™‚

      For ideas on how to organize your studies, I recommend that you check out our 3-Month GRE Study Schedule for Beginners. The plan was written based on our lesson videos and practice problems, as well as review using the ETS Official Guide. You can get access to our materials by signing up for one of our GRE subscription plans. They offer online access to hundreds of video lessons and practice questions (with video explanations) along with email help for whatever questions you might have. Our premium plan includes all our content for both math and verbal, plus full-length practice tests and our score predictor. As a Magoosh user, you will have online access to our all of our video lessons and practice problems. If you’d like to give Premium a shot before you buy, you can always sign up for our free one week trial. ๐Ÿ™‚

      In terms of the Manhattan books, we typically recommend the series for students who like studying using books and are looking for a good score. On the other hand, we recommend Magoosh GRE for video learners and students who want a more personalized experience or top score. Magoosh GRE offers everything from the basics to highly advanced practice (the latter is missing from the Manhattan series). Magoosh is also a great way to establish a solid foundation of skills for the GRE, and it also offers support for any questions you may have. If price is not a factor and youโ€™re a โ€œbook learnerโ€, the Manhattan GRE series is the best prep book on the market. That said, taking price into account, you may want to consider other options.

      Hope this helps! Happy studying ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Kara April 5, 2016 at 9:21 am #


    I took the GRE 4 years ago and wasn’t pleased with my score. I had used the Kaplan books as well as taken a few GRE classes through Kaplan. I was very discouraged about my score and thought that graduate school was not for me. Now I am realizing that I do want to get my master’s degree and I am ready to conquer the GRE. I feel the 3 month study plan would work best for me. In this video, Chris mentioned that you should use Magoosh materials as well as other GRE materials to get a well rounded GRE studying experience. What type of GRE materials do you recommend that is not Magoosh materials?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 5, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Sorry to hear that your GRE didn’t go as well as you’d hoped the last time around. But congratulations on deciding to tackle the GRE once more and go to grad school. ๐Ÿ™‚ We actually offer five different three-month plans. You can check them out on our main study schedule page here, under the heading “2-3 Month (90 Day)Study Schedules.”

      The exact set of materials that we recommend varies a little bit from plan to plan (plans are separated by difficulty level and subject area focus), but we always recommend official GRE practice materials from ETS, especially the Official Guide book and the free PowerPrep practice software.

      We also usually recommend some Manhattan GRE prep books. Additional non-GRE materials such as the website and practice reading from publications such as the new York Times and the Atlantic are recommended for Verbal practice. For a complete look at the many materials we recommend beyond the ones right here on Magoosh, look over our study schedules.

  6. Aquib March 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm #


    I had a question about the GRE study plan you have posted here, more specifically the 6 month plan. I’ve looked it over and it seems to be comprehensive and I think it will genuinely help me. My concern is that it says the study plan was posted in 2012. It’s 2016 and it’ll a be while until I take my GRE so are the materials outdated?

    Will using this study plan help now, and will the videos and questions be consistent with the books and materials mentioned in this study plan which is at least 4 years old?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 23, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚

      Excellent question! The plan will definitely help now! The last time the GRE was revised was in April 2011, at which time major changes to the format and content of the exam were made. We have a variety of blog posts on these changes, which you can find here. With that being said, since then, the format and contents of the GRE have not undergone additional changes.

      That being said, to keep our plans up to date, we updated several of them, including the weekly 6-month plans, in summer of 2015 to include the most up to date resources and videos from Magoosh GRE Prep. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope you enjoy the plan you end up using! Happy studying ๐Ÿ™‚

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