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Should I Take the GRE Again? Is it Worth it?

Studying for and taking the GRE is a massive undertaking. You’ve probably asked, “How often can you take the GRE?” and “How long do you need to study for the GRE.” But instead of beginning with those questions, I’m going to start this post in a rather unorthodox way. Don’t worry — I’ll give a break down of who should (and shouldn’t) retake the GRE. But in agonizing over this question, students lose sight of the bigger picture: How do I maximize my chances of getting into grad school?

Taking the GRE for Grad School Admissions

For many, the answer to the question above appears simple: maximize my GRE score. However, the answer is not that straightforward. Indeed, many lose sight of the ivory tower beyond the austere gates of the GRE, spending 6 months on GRE prep, and, in some cases, only a day on essays and applications.

So yes, the GRE is important, but it is only a part of your application. In terms of getting into grad school, you may be hurting your chances by focusing on the GRE at the expense of your application. There are, after all, essays and letters of recommendation to get in order.

taking the gre, how often can you take the gre

(Even though prepping with Magoosh can be pretty fun … it’s still studying.)

How often can you take the GRE?

You can take the computer-based GRE every 21 days, and up to five times within any continuous 365 day period. Even if you cancel your scores for a GRE exam, this still counts towards one of your five annual test dates, and you’ll have to wait at least 21 days to take the test again.

As for the paper-based GRE General test, you can take that one as often as it’s offered.

But just because you can take the GRE that often, definitely doesn’t mean that you should. Keep reading.

Who Should Take the GRE Again?

As promised, I’ll get back to the main question at hand. It is not an easy one to answer, since everybody has a different story, different goals, different reasons they did not score where they hoped, and different time frames for when they have to submit their scores to prospective graduate programs. My hope is to be able to give an answer that is helpful to everyone. So, I’m going to break this into several different groups.

Click the links below to hop to the section that best suits your situation:

1. You don’t have enough time to prep

2. Your performance on test day was not up to expectations based on your mock scores

3. Your scores aren’t quite within the middle range of the schools you want to go to, but are within 5-10 points of these scores

4. You prepped for a while but you didn’t use the right materials or take advantage of all the resources out there

1. You didn’t have enough time to prep

So you rushed into this, thinking that you’d do okay. You might want to lambaste yourself for doing this, but don’t: there is nothing wrong with a retake. In fact, think of your first test as a trial run, one where you learned valuable things about the test and about how you functioned under pressure.

What to do: You’ll want to scrutinize any area in which you feel you can improve the second time around. Did you arrive a little late to the testing center? Did you not have enough snack (did you eat too much of your snack?) Were the testing center’s check-in procedures nerve-wracking? Whatever it may be, think of ways you can avoid this during the retake.

As for the content of the exam, what caused you the most issues? Was it the math section? The essays at the beginning? The length of the exam? Your pace on any one section? All of these?! You’ll have at least three weeks—the minimum time before you can retake the exam. So spend your time wisely before the retake, focusing on these areas.

2. Your performance test day was not up to expectations based on your mock scores

First off, the only mock scores that truly count are from the PowerPrep tests, the ones that ETS creates. Assuming you’ve taken both PowerPrep tests, if your test day score is much lower than your performance on the test was not consistent with your skill level.

Most likely, you stressed out and got flustered. It might have been running out of time; it might have been sheer never. Another common cause of not doing well test day is fatigue. Often students take the PowerPrep test without writing the essay. Or, they are not ready for the fact that there is experimental section—one more entire section—test day. It’s like training for a 10-mile race by never running more than 6 miles. Not a good idea.

What to do: The worst thing to do is to say that you are just bad at tests, or something similar. Yes, your nerves might have gotten the best of you, or you might have simply run out of steam after the 450-passage about isotope dating of the Ice Age. But it happens to many people—they just don’t often tell you.

So think of your first test as a trial run in which you learned something valuable about yourself. Whether it is taking an entire test with some Magoosh questions thrown in there for the experimental section (right before you begin the PowerPrep test) or whether it is learning breathing techniques to help you stay calm, make sure you do it this time around so you won’t let what happened to you the first time around happen again.

3. Your scores aren’t quite within to the middle range of the schools you want to go to, but are within 5-10 points of these scores

You might have already retaken the test and you aren’t quite where you want to be. I think if you have enough time—and you improved by 5-10 in your first retake—you should consider a second retake, if it will make you a more competitive candidate (this is especially the case for those whose transcript might lack in other departments).

What to do: Figure out ways that helped you improve the second time around. Make sure to keep at these, but also figure out ways you can improve in general. (Read “What to do” from point #1 above and also reading point #4 right below).

4. You prepped for a while but you didn’t use the right materials or take advantage of all the resources out there

There are many books out there (even ones that are well-reviewed on Amazon) and there are many Internet sites out there that provide material that is nothing like what you’ll see test day. Sure, superficially the questions might appear the same, but they are stripped of all nuance. To give you a quick example, I’ll give you two questions, one that is a real GRE question and another that is one I wrote that is a mock version of the subpar content that unfortunately accounts for about 50% of the material out there (to prove my point, I’m going to omit the answer and just focus on sentence complexity)

1. Shawna was upset that her husband Paul forgot to DVR favorite show. Therefore, when she got home she ______ him.

2. Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) ________ kind of story, the ghost story is a paradigm of form, and (ii) _________ was undoubtedly one effect that Poe had in mind when he wrote about how stories work.

If your practice consists of Shawna’s favorite show level of writing, you are not going to ready for turns of phrase like “paradigm of form” and the complex sentence structure in the second sentence (which is an official ETS question). This shoddiness carries over to other sections of the test, giving you a false sense of mastery. But practice should be challenging and to do well you’ll need questions like the second one and even ones that are easier. But nothing will be anywhere near the level (which is maybe 5th or 6th grade) of the first sentence.
Sadly, many use this type of content and then are shocked at how different the actual test is.

What to do: Don’t use this kind of content. It’s hard sometimes to tell the quality of content since not all of it is as egregiously bad as the first example. The best bet is to stick to official materials and official tests as much as possible. I highly recommend that you read our list of best GRE books before purchasing any new materials.

Who Should Consider NOT Retaking the GRE

Click the links below to hop to the section that best suits your situation:

1. You want to get a perfect score

2. You’ve taken the test more than four times

1. You want to get a perfect score

For those scoring above the 90%, retaking the GRE, just to get a 170 in math (vs. a 166) will only detract from time that could be spent hunting down an old professor for a glowing letter of recommendation. Even those who are trying to enter a math program, the extra bump in points may not carry as great a significance as one would expect.

Of course I cannot look into a crystal ball and divine what grad admissions are thinking. But one thing to keep in mind is that on the GRE 94% is 166. So if an admissions program is comparing your performance to somebody who only took the old GRE (which is valid until August 2016), then essentially you got the exact same score.

Would that same admissions program give more weight to the 170? Perhaps. But I think it could very well dump them all in the same bucket, so to speak, and look at other parts of the application. “Ooh, look at this glowing letter of recommendation that the 166 scorer got. Hmm… it looks like Mr. 170 wrote his own letter of rec—and did a poor job of it, at that.”

My one caveat: if your application is already strong and you are applying to a top engineering or physics program, then you might want to aim for that 170.

2. You’ve taken the test more than four times

It’s hard to say exactly when too much is too much with the GRE. But if you taken the test four times in less than 18 months, the chances are you should take a serious break from the GRE. That isn’t to say that you should never take the test again. Indeed, you may want to look at point #4 above. It might come down to you just taking a year off, working on your vocabulary and number sense in that time, and maybe even getting a tutor at some point.


The final assessment is up to you. Of course there are many who are on the fence. And on this blog I’ve had literally hundreds of comments asking me whether score x is a “good” score. For a helpful post read What is a Good Score on the Revised GRE?.

If you’re still not sure where you stand how to go about it, check out our Retaking the GRE Flowchart.

And if you’re looking for even more help in deciding, our free Ultimate Guide to the GRE might help!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

By the way, students who use Magoosh GRE improve their scores by an average of 8 points on the new scale (150 points on the old scale.) Click here to learn more.

82 Responses to Should I Take the GRE Again? Is it Worth it?

  1. gredummy October 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi Chris
    I took my GRE recently and that was my second attempt. First attempt i ended up getting 153 Quant and 143 verbal and 2nd attempt got me quant: 149 and verbal 143. I solved the entire kaplan books and the princeton review books. Studied for 2 months. I was scoring about 315 in the mock tests. And i wish to persue my further studied in Artificial Intelligence. Do you think i should write the GRE one more time before october 31st 2014 ? I have 25 days to prepare fully. Do u think i should retake the test?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      Sorry to hear that!

      It seems that the biggest issue here is the prep materials. Especially for verbal, neither Kaplan nor PR is going to help much. Sure the strategies are generally okay, but it is the test questions that don’t prepare you at all for the real thing.

      Those mock test scores, were those actual ETS tests or Kaplan/PR tests? If the latter, then it just underscores that those tests aren’t very accurate. If not, then there may be some test day anxiety going on–which is definitely something that can be reduced.

      My advice for now is to use as many ETS materials as possible. Supplementing them with Magoosh or MGRE wouldn’t hurt either. If you notice your practice test scores (remember, use ETS) going up, then I’d sign up for the test ASAP. You’ll probably want to give yourself about 10 days to re-prep before making that decision.

      Hope that helps 🙂

    • GRELoser October 7, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      In addition to Chris’s recommendation you could supplement your GRE prep by buying the Official ETS Practice questions for Quant and Verbal.. If your from India you can get them as Kindle books which you could read from your PC using the free Amazon Kindle PC app. AI is a great choice for PhD (I assume).. Any date after November would be risky and you may lose out on the deadlines for some of the universities.

  2. Pablo Seward October 4, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    Hi Chris:

    I took the GRE today and decided to send my scores to 4 institutions right away to save the $100 or so dollars. I was not fully satisfied with my scores, but at the time thought I will not take the GRE once again. Now I am reconsidering that decision, and may be taking the GRE again. Given that I took the GRE today, is it possible for me to request that they do not send the scores to the institutions? If that is not possible, do you know if it is OK to send a second set of scores to the institutions? Will they simply take my latest score and forget about the original score? Or will they not register my second score report? Thanks!!


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 6, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Hi Pablo,

      So the not-so-good news is that once you send out those scores to the institutions, you can’t take them back. The better news is that you can send the scores to any retakes, assuming those scores are better. As to how the multiple scores are assessed really depends on the institution. Some may take the higher of the two scores, other may average it out. Some may do so, if the time between the two takings of the test are significant. All that said, I’d definitely encourage you to retake the test if you think you can do much better :).

  3. Rizwan Ali October 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi Chris!
    I took the GRE on 22 sept 2014 and scored 325/340 (170/170 in Quant, 155/170 in Verbal). (Thanks to magoosh!) Unfortunately I was only able to get 3.5/6.0 in AWA, even though I expected at least 4.5. Should I get AWA rechecked for $55?
    (I am an engineering student btw)


  4. vedant August 23, 2014 at 3:22 am #

    Hi chris,
    i have been following your blog and I really need your help. I finished my GRE 2 days ago and got a score of 316 (157-verbal and 159-quants). I need you to guide me on whether I should take the test again. I am very confident on getting a much higher score in Quant’s, say above 165, but i don’t think ill be able to match up to my verbal score the second time. Will my chances of admission reduce if I manage to get 167 in Quant’s but only 153 in verbal?

    I am applying for a graduate program in mechanical engineering. Do most colleges take the best scores of the two sections? Please help me out.

    Thank you so much!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele August 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

      Hi Vedant,

      Since you are applying to an engineering program, the quant score is going to be weighed much more heavily than the verbal score. Even if you get a 153 on verbal the second time around, breaking 160 on the quant is imperative. A 167 quant score would greatly help your chances.

      Hope that helps!

  5. GREDummy June 9, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I gave my GRE today and got a dismal Q:150 and V:153.
    I had practiced problems from Manhattan 5lb,Nova’s,ETS OG. Even in the practice MST’s my score in Quant was not crossing 158 (I must be pretty dumb, as almost everybody universally seem to be able to get a 160+ without much effort). I had worked on the areas where I went wrong but even then I was not able to cross 158.
    I am now in a dilemma as to what to do next. I have exhausted the MSTs and the powerprep Tests and I have almost practiced the entire Manhattan 5lb. This has left me so disappointing and depressed. In verbal I have no problems regarding the words but I almost get all the RC and critical reasoning wrong. I am just not able to get even a single critical reasoning right.

    I am planning on taking a re-test and how do I go about preparing and how do I get an estimate of my scores as I have already given all the Practiced tests.

    Please could you suggest me any alternative ways of looking at things, if nothing works I guess I have wear a hat that says ‘Dummy’.

    Could you also tell me on how to approach critical reasoning in Verbal as most of the options to me seem right.

    Hoping this comment gets posted….

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 11, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      I see this comment now 🙂

      I replied to your most recent one though.

  6. adrienne June 8, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Hi there, I think your blog does an excellent job of addressing general questions and I was hoping to get some advice about my personal situation.

    I have taken the GRE twice now and my best score is a 164 Verbal and 161 Quant. Essay score was 5.

    I am looking into applying into a top 25 MBA school for marketing and do not have the most impressive resume. My undergrad cumulative GPA was a 3.4 from a top 25 university.

    Because scored a 161 on Quant, I am debating if I want to take the test for a third time (I need a score that will outshine my GPA and resume). I also feel as if I am running out of materials and study resources at this point.

    Any suggestions? Should I retake it?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 11, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Hmm…good question. A 161 is pretty good, as you know, but definitely wouldn’t help you shine (the verbal isn’t too shabby though–and marketing tends not to be as quant heavy as some of the other specialties).

      Should you take it again? I’d say ‘yes’, only because you can at least say you tried your best. Of course, that carries a note of resignation, so I should add that when you take it again, be confident that you are much stronger in math than previous outings (basically become a quant-killing machine). To get there you would need to use lots of challenging resources and also become really cool under pressure test day (so you don’t make any careless errors).

      I’d suggest using GMAT math resources (the Official Guide) and practice tests as well (though the MGMAT can sometimes be overly difficult). The MGRE tests, on the other hand, are very good for GRE prep (if you haven’t use these already). There’s also Magoosh if you haven’t tried that already. We are good for the high-scoring test taker since our questions are harder than those that appear on the actual exam.

      Hope that helps, and good luck!

  7. Eric May 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m looking to apply to top 20 MBA programs. I would REALLY prefer not to take the GRE again, but I wonder what you think of my scores: 165 V, 159Q 4.5 AWA. On practice tests I had scores between 160-167 V and 155 – 163 Q. I sort of ended up right in the middle. Do you think that my score will be competitive for top 20 programs? I have a non-traditional business background.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel May 15, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Hey Eric,

      I’m going to answer this one for Chris while he’s on vacation in France. 🙂

      First off, since we’re definitely not experts in admissions, I would recommend contacting the programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight.

      That said, you’re right on the border for top 20 schools. Check out the chart on this page:

      Hope that helps at least a little. Best of luck!


  8. Michelle May 10, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Hi Chris!
    Thanks for your helpful post!
    I actually just got out of my GRE exam, and I am considering retaking it. But I would really appreciate your honest opinion.
    My field is in East Asian Studies, and my reach school is Columbia for PhD, which has THE BEST EAS program in the country (or at least that’s what I think!)
    I don’t know my writing score yet, but the scores I received today is V159 and Q163.
    My verbal section previously had been 153 (around last year), and it took me about two months of study to get the score I got for today.
    I am thinking perhaps I should study another month and try to get over 160 for verbal….
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 12, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      Hi Michelle,

      I think studying for a retake is the way to go. It doesn’t sound like you plateau-ed during your prep, so another month could take you to the 160+ territory on the verbal. That could make a difference in a competitive program like the one at the Columbia.

      Good luck, and let me know how the prepping goes and if I can help any 🙂

  9. Sash May 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I have taken GRE 3 times now. Here are my scores:

    1st attempt: V151 Q155
    2nd attempt: V151 Q153
    3rd attempt: V149 Q155

    I used a mix of sources for preparation. For my 1st attempt I used Manhattan GRE (completed all 6 practice tests as well) and also went to a private tutor. For my second attempt, I learned all the common words from Magnoosh and went online and wrote as many practice tests I could get my hands on. The third time, I focused on the OG (finished all the verbal and quant problems in there as well as the 2 written tests and the power prep tests). II also focused more on strategies this time. However, my score is still not improving. Infact I was shocked to see my verbal score drop by two points. The schools that I am applying to have asked me to give it another shot. I am just wondering if is even possible for me to improve my score any further? Please advise.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Sash,

      Hmm…that’s interesting. It looks like you’ve worked with the most material out there, yet haven’t seen an increase in score. I’m very curious as to what your approach to questions are. For instance, how do you approach reading passages? What about the questions that follow? Are there pacing issues? To figure how to improve on all these, it seems that you might need a tutor, though you might want to try another one.

      Perhaps, you can give me a better idea of the types of questions you are missing, and where it is you feel you are struggling. I’d say definitely give the GRE a shot; but first let’s work out together where you need to improve and how to specifically go about doing so.

  10. kemi March 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi chris, when I took the ets practice test I got 166quant and 150 verbal on the first one and then 158quant and 151 verbal on the second one.when I took the magoosh practice test I scored 166quant 155 verbal. On the real test I scored 157 quant 151 verbal which wasnt encouraging atall as I am trying to be as competitive as possible becausei want to get an assistanship. Many people I have spoken to say that I most likely wont get much difference in my score if I take it again because the test is standardized.i am trying to apply for spring 2015 semester enviromental engineering. Please advise as I am confused on what to do next.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele April 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi Kemi,

      Wow, that’s quite a variation in scores!

      First off, I see countless re-takers who get significantly better on their retakes. Ideally, a standardized test is supposed to always yield the same score; however, that is not the case (and that attitude is defeatist). After all, myriad things can go wrong test day–things that you can control for during your retake.

      Given your score history, you are a testament to this. Those ETS tests shouldn’t be too much different (a ‘166’ and a ‘157’ are completely different). If possible, try to dissect what went wrong test day (pacing issues, question types, second-guessing, general stress, etc.). Then, as you study for the test again learn to improve in these areas. And yes–you should definitely retake the test.

      Let me know if that helps 🙂

  11. Pratik March 24, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Hey Chris!
    I love your blog! It helped me tremendously to prepare for the last few days before GRE. While I was scoring between 318-325 in mock tests,
    I took it just today and scored 320. (Q 160 V 160) and I expect about 4/4.5 on my AWA.
    However, given my below par UG percentage in my first two years (although I managed to improve by a solid 15% in my third year, and still going up), I feel my quant score is low.

    I plan to apply to the top 15 universities (Computer Science), Fall ’15.
    I’m working on some really good research in computational linguistics and intend to work on a research internship in summer, (if I don’t retake GRE, that is.)
    Should I retake my GRE because of quant? Will my application be trashed simply because my quant scores are too low for adcoms to consider my case? I really need to decide if retaking GRE is more important than that research internship.

    On the other hand, I need my scores to stay competitive. What’s your advice?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Pratik,

      That’s not an easy question to answer. It’s true that 160 is a bit on the low side for Comp. Science. But if you don’t really have much in the way of professional experience, the internship could make a much bigger difference. Also, I don’t think your application will automatically be “trashed” with a 160.

      One solution is for you to take internship and squeeze in a retake of the GRE. This makes sense if you were scoring above 160 in the practice mock tests–and 160 was simply a bad day. Also, if you can cram in some study time on the weekends, by prepping with more difficult material (MGRE, Magoosh) that might take you up into the mid-160s.

      But if you can’t retake the test and have to choose between the two, I’d lean towards the internship.

      Hope that helps!

      • Pratik March 25, 2014 at 9:06 am #

        It does, thanks a lot!

        I was scoring between 158-162 in the practice tests. Can I really push that to 165+ ? Is a 5 point increase in quant worth it?

  12. sai Sudarsan y March 17, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Dear Chris,
    I have subscribed to Magoosh premium account before a week. However, I am yet to start preparation. Can u please recommend an apt time to take the test if I have to apply for fall in 2015. Can u also please suggest me a study plan.(by the way, many people told me June would be right time for taking test, is that so?). It would be a big favor me if you answer my doubt’s and reccomend me an appropriate study plan….thank you.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Hi Sai,

      It seems that you have a very long time before you actually have to take the test–2015 is a long time away.

      Taking the test in June is a good idea because it will allow you to retake the test, if need be.

      A good place to start is with the Magoosh study guides. These give you a structured approach to doing well:

      I suggest the 2-3 months study guide:

      Hope that helps, and good luck!

  13. Storm Cloud March 15, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I gave my GRE yesterday after a good 2 months of preparation. I always used to score between 318 and 325 in timed mock tests. I subscribed to magoosh and was happy with the content. Sadly, reality was harsh on me :(.
    I ended up getting only 308( Q158, V150). I never encountered a score as low as this in my mocks. I think the unusual tension on the test day spoiled it for me. And yes, the quant section was definitely harder and deceiving! I thought I got most of the questions right, until I saw a below-par score of 158 on my screen 🙁 I never scored less than 163 in any of my mock tests. Also, I lost my concentration in the second verbal section which is telling in my score. First section, I should say went quite well.

    Do you think giving another shot at GRE will improve my score? Any suggestions will be taken gratefully.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 17, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Yes! I think you should definitely retake the test.

      You now have a lot more experience going into the test: you know what it is like to sit for 3-plus hours of GRE questions. You brought away the specific insights of being on guard in the Quant (just because it looks easy doesn’t mean it’s easy) and that you’ll need stamina for that last reading section (did you have any brain-fueling snacks–like nuts or bananas–during the break?).

      And given your success on all those practice exams, your skill level is clearly above your test day results. From what I gather, most Magoosh students get within +/- 3 points of their mock test scores. You can definitely break into the 160’s :).

      Good luck!

  14. Rawa January 21, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have GRE scores of 144 Quant and 150 Verb. and AWA 4. I did the test as part of my Fulbright enrollment process.
    I know most US universities do not accept scores as low as mine but I asked the folks responsible for my admission and they answered that it is not necessarily the end of the road for me.
    I do not have time to retake the test, as the next GRE test date in my country is past Fulbright application deadline.
    My question is, do you think I still have hope to be accepted in?



    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele January 23, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Rawa,

      I think you should still give it a shot–your scores are not as high as most programs look for, but there may be some other element to your application that intrigues a school. You might be pleasantly surprised. If not, you at least know that you have to get your GRE scores, and that can provide a strong impetus to do really well, if you decide to retake the test.

      Good luck, and I hope you are accepted somewhere :).

  15. Evgin January 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi !!

    I have taken GRE for the second time after I took it 4 years ago (310/770/3) and this time I got (149/158/3) ?

    I have singed up to retake it by the end of this month again. I have studied Magoosh Premium and found it pretty helpful.

    I have got a pretty good math background and did not expect to get a lower score on math. I got too panic on a few questions on the test date. Besides I did not sleep on the test night at all which was horrible. I think because of stress. I am planning to take some sleeping pill this time!!1 Do you have any suggestions on this ?

    Thanks for you guys effort. I have a suggestion that you guys can boost the quality of your test preps products especially on the Q section by adding more problems on word , statistic, data analysis, and conceptual problems where there is a long text that data are given within that. As English is not my first language I feel these kind of questions really take me a lot of time to comprehend !!

    Thanks anyways for you guys commitments, quality and care.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele January 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Evgin,

      Thanks for the great suggestions! “Wordy” problems, esp. Statistics will definitely be part of any future increase to the question base. In the meantime, we have quite a few word problems on the blog (like the ones in our challenge series). There is a smattering of statistical analyses questions as well.

      For your next attempt at the test try to take the test later in the day. That way if you are tired in the morning–because of a restless night–you can sleep in a little. I wouldn’t, however, try the sleeping pills because you could very well by drowsy during your test.

      Good luck on this next take, and, as you study, let me know if you have any other questions :).

  16. Daria November 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I just wanted to thank Magoosh for helpful reviews of GRE books, blog posts and great e-books.
    I took GRE in the middle of October, and I only scored 162 in quant section. Since I am applying to PhD programs in Economics with a focus on Econometrics, I wanted to score at least 164, so I decided to retake it. I used ETS Official GRE Guide 2nd edition, and Magoosh’s resources. I took so many practice tests — all 6 Manhattan tests, 2 tests in the GRE book and Powerprep tests– and the range of the scores was from 162 to 166. Yesterday I took GRE again, and I got 169 in quant part! I still cannot believe it as I was so nervous and a bit discouraged throughout the test. My verbal score is low though, but unfortunately I have no time to retake it.

    Thank you again!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Daria,

      Congrats on that excellent score in the retake–that is truly rising to the occasion on test day :). Hopefully, your story will resonate with those who are unsure about a retake.

      Good luck!

  17. angelica November 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I know this is an old blog post but I am hoping someone will answer me and help me out. I feel horribly stupid after taking a Kaplan prep course and scoring a 146 on Quant and 147 on Verbal. I honestly thought my scores had been improving throughout the course. I took a practice test every week, studied about three times a week (as my work schedule permitted/ I work nights). I am okay with my Quant score though I know that is low. My school has these standards for their program: Q 144 V 153. I am debating and trying to figure out how to prepare for the next time I take the GRE (end of January). I really want to focus on my verbal. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate it. I do not want my GRE scores to be the one thing to hold me back. Btw, I studied about 2 months and a half to prep for the GRE.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 12, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Angelica,

      Yes, you def. want GRE scores to hold you back! It seems that many students, after having taken Kaplan, are disappointed with their scores. First off, you want to use a combination of the best prep material out there (and for verbal Kaplan is very low on that list).

      I recommend a combination of Manhattan GRE and Magoosh (that’s us!) for a top verbal score, along with plenty of reading from challenging articles across the web.

      Vocab, of course, is important. Try these flaschards:

      Let me know if that helps 🙂

  18. Laura October 30, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I took the GRE this week, and my scores were not what I wanted. I got a 148 on the math and 151 on the Verbal. I took the kaplan course over the summer, and I have had private tutors help me in the last couple of months. So I have been studying already for about 5 months. I am applying to graduate school and if I decide to retake the test, I would only have one month to prepare. I need to increase my scores at least 8 more points on each section. Is it worth it for me prep again?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 4, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Laura,

      I never recommend Kaplan to students–mainly because I hear about so many Kaplan casualties. I can’t speak to your experience with private tutors–though quality differs wildly. Though you have just a month left, I suggest you give Magoosh a try. And I don’t mean just our product, but the blog and all its recommendations as well (you will also want to knock out some Manhattan GRE tests in the coming month).

      So you can definitely boost your score–it may very well have been the preparation materials that were holding you back.

      Good luck!

      • Tom November 11, 2013 at 8:35 am #

        Hi Chris,
        I took the GRE about two weeks ago and received scores of 166, 155 and 5.5 respectively for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. I know this is a decent score, but in a previous blog post by Magoosh (or perhaps another website), the concept of minimum quantitative scores for uni entrance was mentioned. I’m applying to, amongst others, Cornell, U Penn and NYU for urban planning and a minimum quant score for each of these institutions was listed. Do you think that it is in fact the case that my quantitative score might imperil my chances of getting into these places, even when my other scores are put into perspective? Also, given that I’m fairly sure my quant score was down to a few dumb errors (I severely mismanaged my timing in the first part of the test), would you recommend re-taking the test, even if it risks getting a lower verbal and analytical writing score?
        Long and tedious question, I know, but the page about minimum quant scores really freaked me out!
        All the best, Tom from London

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele November 12, 2013 at 10:54 am #

          Hi Tom,

          Whether the 155 will imperil your chances is hard to say–though I don’t think it is the application eyesore you assume it is (unless it really is below the minimum requirement for the schools you listed).

          I think the best tack would be to take the test again, but not send out any scores test day. Sure, you’ll have to pay a bit more, but if you receive your scores and they are not to your liking, then nobody has to know about it. Hopefully, the scores will be better and you can just send them once you’ve received your AWA score.

          Hope that helps diffuse some of your angst :).

  19. Lauren October 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Hey there Magoosh team,

    I took the GRE today and got a 156 Verbal and 152 Quantitative and have been working through your program for 23 days. I am taking it again in exactly a month and want to raise my scores to 160 each. Do you have any advice on how to do this, given that I generally soak in English tidbits much better than math? I would greatly appreciate it, as I am trying to earn a fancy scholarship.

    Also, can you select which scores to report? Let’s say I get a 161 Verbal on the next test but get lower (dear god I hope not!) in math, can I select the 161 V and 152 M and send it?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi Lauren,

      In the month you have, I would make sure to boost your vocabulary as much as possible (have you used the Magoosh flashcards yet?) and to practice with difficult questions on the TC/SE and Reading Comp.

      For math, figure out your weak areas. These could include geometry, pacing, mental math flubs, etc. The key is to identifying these pain points and finding ways to improve them (this blog has some helpful advice on many of these :)).

      Finally, make sure to do grueling practice sessions–sessions that should include full-length practice tests (that includes essays :)).

      Let me know how that sounds from a high-level, and I can answer any more specific questions you may have.

      Good luck!

  20. Alex October 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    I took the GRE this morning and got a 168 verbal and a 156 math. I’m happy with the verbal, but I’m applying into B school (NYU (which doesn’t require tests for its EMBA, but wants them if you don’t have a strong background in math, and I can’t say I have a great one) and Columbia, which cites 680-760 for middle 80%) and I feel like my math should be higher. I’m trying to apply early, so I’d like to submit everything before December.

    I took two practice exams in the three months I spent studying, and my last I got a 163 verbal, 162 math. I studied after work and on weekends about 20 hours per week with books, practice, apps, etc.

    Should I retake? And if so, how would you recommend I improve my math scores? Thank you!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 22, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Alex,

      That’s a strong verbal score, but you’re right–you’re going to have to boost the quant score to be competitive for b-school. I guess the question is how were you prepping and which material were you using? Were you just doing questions or were you really trying to understand why you answered questions incorrectly? Knowing the types of mistakes you are prone to and correcting/anticipating them is very important.

      As for the prep sources, you want to make sure to use material with challenging questions. The Manhattan GRE practice tests are excellent and Magoosh has a lot of tough questions. Kaplan and Princeton Review have questions that are much easier than what you’ll see test day.

      Finally, your 162 practice score suggests that you are capable of a much better score than you actually got. Make sure to be aware of the types of mistakes you make and why you make, practice with challenging material, and you should be able to crack 160 test day.

      Good luck!

  21. EO October 16, 2013 at 7:14 am #


    I quit my job last year to pursue an MBA at a business school in the US. I wrote the GRE last December and got 149 (Q) and 156 (V). I then took a Kaplan Prep Course and worked with a Kaplan private tutor using Kaplan questions. I retook the test in May this year and got 156(Q) and 155 (V). The scores were still not where I needed them to be. I was aiming for a score in the 600s. I continued using Kaplan prep material and took practice test twice a week for a month. My scores on the mock tests were in the high 600s, so I registered to take the test again. I took the GRE again yesterday and got 152(Q) and 159 (V).

    Can you offer me any advice?. Not sure if I should retake the test. I was hoping to apply to schools by December this year to make the second round deadline.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 17, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      Hi EO,

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t score as well as you’d hope. The thing is I don’t recommend Kaplan’s general material GRE. I’m not sure how much different the material they use for their classes is, but I’m inclined to say that you’d be much better off prepping with other materials.

      Check out my book review posts to get a sense of which materials will help you score 160 and above on both sections:

      Good luck!

  22. Rithun Raj Krishna October 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    This is regarding whether I should consider retaking my gre or not. I got only 306. (148 V + 158 Q). I am not at all satisfied with my performance.

    These were the practice test scores I received.
    Manhattan – 300
    Princeton – 304
    Barron’s test 1 – 316
    Barron’s test 2 -304
    ETS prep 1 – 316
    ETS prep 2 – 304

    I had started with my preparation about 3 months back. Back then, I had taken ETS prep 1 and 2 and the scores were 296 and 303 respectively.
    It was only during the last month of preparation that I had concentrated more on math.
    Will it be worth if I retake my exam?
    How can magoosh help me in getting my target score of 320?!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Rithun,

      Hmm…it seems to me that your scores fluctuate quite a bit :). I think you can definitely score 316 test day. But first you have to identify, why your scores move around so much. Bad sleep? Too much coffee? Not enough coffee? Time of day you take the test? Mood going into each test? All of these factors–and perhaps others that only you’ll be able to pinpoint–can help account for the ups and downs in your score. Figuring out what it is can make a big difference test day.

      As for Magoosh, you’ll get some of the most difficult practice questions out there–for both math and verbal. Many say that the questions may the real test seem relatively easy. We also provide a great support team who can help out whenever you’re in a pinch. Finally, our lesson videos can help you fine tune your current approach/techniques. Put that altogether and I think you can definitely crack 320 :).

      Good luck, and let me know if you have more questions!

  23. Elaine October 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    I took the GRE today with a bad case of the flu. I’m applying to interdisciplinary PhD programs i.e. (cultural studies, history of consciousness at ucsc, rhetoric @ berkeley). I was scoring 160-164 on average in verbal on the magoosh practice tests. I don’t know if it was the flu–because I felt fairly confident while taking the test–but I was surprised when I got my lowest score today on my actual exam–159. In order to make the Fall 2014 application deadlines, the latest exam I can take is early November. Do you think it’s worth it to retake? I’m afraid I won’t raise my score to a solid 160 range with only 4 weeks left to study again.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm #


      You are a true warrior :). If I had the flu, I’d be home–though I understand you don’t want to waste the money. I once took the GMAT sick and besides feeling like I was being tortured, I ended up getting 70 points below the practice exam.

      So definitely take the test again. Assuming you’ll be healthy, I’m sure you’ll score well into the 160’s. Just keep up the prepping over the next 4 weeks, and I’m sure you’ll get a competitive score for the Ph.d program you are applying to :).

  24. Norma September 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm #


    I just took my GREs today and did not do as well as I expected. I prepared for about 2 – 3 months and took two full-length (timed) practice tests in preparation (1st practice scores: Q – 157 V – 155; 2nd practice scores: Q – 163 V – 157). I was not completely satisfied with my practice scores but at least noticed an improvement. However, on test day (today) I did horrible! I got a 149 Verbal score and 150 Quantitative score and I do not feel these scores reflect my true potential.

    I am currently applying to Ph. D programs and most of the programs I have selected have a Dec. 1st deadline. Thus, my question is: Do you recommend I retake my GREs? I know this depends on many factors such as the competitiveness of the programs I intend to apply to. I do not want it to consume too much of my time since I have other material I could be preparing. My main concern is if I will even have enough time to prepare to retake the test, improve my scores, and send my scores out before the December deadline.
    Any suggestions???

    Study tools:
    – Kaplan GRE Prep book
    – Kaplan online events (free)
    – ETS Official Guide to the GRE 2nd Ed. (Prep book and POWERPREP II CD – ROM)
    – Grockit YouTube math videos

    Thank you,

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele September 27, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Norma,

      Hmm…The big question I have regards those practice tests: Were they Kaplan practice tests or ETS practice tests? If the latter, you should definitely take the test–and soon! You just had a bad day and will do much better this time around. The ETS practice tests are usually a very accurate indicator of your score test day. 21 points off test day from your ETS practice tests is an anomaly.

      On the other hand, if you used Kaplan’s tests than that more or less explains your scores. Kaplan’s tests are much easier than the real deal and thus the projected scores for students tend to be much higher. If this was the case, then I’d buckle down for next month prepping. First, ditch the Kaplan. Instead, get Manhattan GRE. Buy just one of their books and you’ll get access to their six free tests (which are actually harder than the actual GRE). Taking a test or two a week and constantly working on weak points (vocabulary, geometry, trap answer choices, etc.) you should have enough time to improve your scores on the real GRE to at least the high 150’s.

      Good luck, and hope that helps!

  25. Jason April 30, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Hi, quick question. I scored a 159 in verbal and 160 in quantitative, but got a 3.5 on my AWA. I am happy with my verbal and quantitative, but I need a 4.5 for my AWA. I’ve called the grad schools I would like to apply to and was told that they will take my highest scores. What would happen if I just focus on AWA and do a lot worse in my verbal and quantitative scores?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele April 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi Jason,

      Unfortunately, the schools will see your entire score for each test. It’s really hard to know what an admissions committee will think if they see that you retake the GRE and get an AWA with a 4.5, but a 130V and 130Q. Sure, most will correctly surmise that you decided to opt out of the test the second time, just for the AWA.

      But when it comes time to compare you to a candidate with a 4.5 AWA and a 159V and 160Q, they may lean towards that candidate. Or they may not. I wouldn’t take the chance. Do your best on this GRE — who knows, you may even do better :).

      • Jason May 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

        Hi Chris,

        I’ve been focusing on what I need to improve on with my AWA performance and one of the factors that needs work is my typing speed. It is at 30 wpm at the fastest! After some research I found that page length is considered in assigning a score to the essays and want to know if there is some way I can quickly remedy this problem or if there are some work around that I can exploit to ensure that I at least receive a 4.0 on my AWA. Admittedly, I am starting to panic as I quickly signed up to another test date in less than a month. This also brings me to my next question. Should I postpone my test date (May 21) or is sooner the better? Thank you so much for helping all the struggling grad applicants on this site.


  26. John March 27, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Dear Chris

    I took my gre today and i did bad!!! 143 on the verbal 🙁 which btw was better than any other practice test i did!!!but I am not a native speaker and i don’t think I will do better any other time!!! math was bad as well 159!!! I expected better what is you advice?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi John,

      Sorry you didn’t do as well as hoped :(.

      I’m not sure if 143 is the best you can do. Indeed, I’m confident you can do even better.

      My first question is what prep materials did you use? The next is how long did you prepare for? How you answer both questions is critical to how you’ll do test day – even if you are a non-native speaker. Many who’ve used Magoosh are non-native speakers. And many of them started around 143 in verbal but, with practice, were able to break 150.

      A good place to start is our study plans:

      Hope that helps and let me know if you have any questions :)!

      • John March 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

        Thank you Chris, to be honest I used Barrons and cracking the gre and I studied probably 2 weeks- not continuously- ! Cracking the gre is in my opinion so bad! it keeps babbling and wasting my time reading what it says! and it kept telling me GRE will never ask me a standard deviation question, guess what I had a question or two!!! it sucked!

        one more question, what is the best to study for toefl I have my test in 5 weeks and I need to prepare better than I did with the GRE!

        Many thanks

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele April 2, 2013 at 10:21 am #

          Hi John,

          Yeah, Cracking the GRE tries to make the GRE sound much easier than it actually is. But what’s really bad is when it gives you erroneous info. Two standard deviation questions per test sounds about right.

          In the TOEFL dept. I’m not as well versed as I am in the GRE dept. ETS, the creators of the GRE, also create the TOEFL. They have a TOEFL book with actual test questions. Much like the GRE official guide by ETS is the way to go, the TOEFL general guide is your best bet. Here’s the link:

          Good luck!

  27. Ishita Dasgupta March 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    I scored a 312 (166- Quants, 146-Verbal) and I’m going to apply for fall 2014. Since I have time in my hand and I’m yet to give my toefl, I was considering Retaking GRE(to improve my Verbal score) this July. I initially referred to ETS and Barrons for both verbal and quants and true Barrons isn’t a great help as well as ETS doesnt help with enough practice exercises & examples. I have 3 months time. Could you suggest me the best possible book to work on my verbal section(only)? I am confused between these 3 books:-

    1.Kaplan’s New GRE Verbal Workbook 7th Edition
    2. Kaplan New GRE: Strategies, Practice and Review 2013 With Computer Adaptive Practice Test
    3.Verbal Workout For The New GRE 4th Edition-Princeton Review

    Please help me with the best solution possible. (I am especially weak at the sentence equivalence and text completion sections.)

    Thank you. 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Ishita,

      For great practice for SE and TC, definitely do not use anything by Kaplan. They do an even worse job than Barron’s. PR is okay, but there are so few questions and are much easier than the TC you’ll see on the actual test.

      Not to toot the Magoosh trumpet, but in terms of SE/TC I think we definitely have the best questions out there. And by ‘best’, I mean the questions are very similar to the SE/TC questions you saw test day. In general, the Magoosh verbal material will get you ready for test day, and help you push that verbal score up well over 150 (as long as you practice :)).

      Since you have about three months, you might want to look into our 3-month study plan:

      Good luck, and let me know if you have other questions :).

  28. som March 18, 2013 at 6:01 am #


    I am taking my GRE exam in a week. I was wondering if I don’t get a good score this time and I have to give it another shot, would it in any way jeopardize my chances of getting into good college? I mean, would the schools take into consideration the number of times we attempt the GRE?

    Thank you very much:)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 20, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Hi Som,

      I don’t think colleges worry too much if you take the GRE a few times, esp. if there is an increase in score. If you take the test five times in six months, and your score barely goes up, this doesn’t look that great. On the other hand, if you take it three times in six months, and each time shows noticeable improvement, then that looks great.

      Hope that helps!

  29. Rachel August 30, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve taken the GRE twice and scored 158/159 on the Quantitative Section and 150/149 on the Verbal Section. I intend on pursuing Statistics in hopefully the top 20 universities in the US. Is it worth retaking the GRE to improve my Quantitative score?

    Also, I could understand and answer all the questions in the Barron’s Guide to the New GRE and also the practice tests but I could not answer many of the questions in the actual exam. What can I do to improve my Quantitative scores? What materials would you recommend for harder GRE Math questions? Would Magoosh be able to help me in this case?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      I think it is definitely worth retaking the test. The reason I say this is you used Barron’s guide, which is simply much easier than the questions you will see test day. At best Barron’s functions as extra practice, esp. for those looking to get an average–not a competitive–score.

      Basically, the content makes the score: practice with the easy stuff, the test be very difficult. I suggest MGRE’s 6 on-line practice test. The quant is actually more difficult than that found on the GRE.

      For verbal, if you are worried about this section, MGRE’s tests are challenging, as are Magoosh’s questions. For the quant side Magoosh also offers some pretty challenging questions (many of our users say how easy our questions made those on the actual test seem).

      Let me know if that helps – I definitely want to help you conquer the quant section this time around :).

  30. susmita July 25, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    hi chris,
    can u suggest mw the ways to improve my score

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      I posted a link of the study schedule, which should help improve your score :).

  31. susmita July 22, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    hi chris,
    i have gone through the was fine.can you suggest me the materials and online tests inorder to improve my score.can i increase my score to it possible to achieve in 2-3 months.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm #


      Our study schedules provide the best online and book resources. Esp. for a 2-3 month period. That said, improving by 37 points is going to very difficult. Joining Magoosh is a good first step :).

  32. susmita July 12, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    hi chris,
    i got a gre score of 283.can u suggest me the tips that i would improve my score.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Susmita,

      The Magoosh blog is filled with myriad tips to help you boost your score. Perhaps a good place for you to start is with our Ebook:

      Let me know if that helps :).

  33. Craig June 30, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Chris. I have taken the gre twice. I have not taken it since before 2010. My program just decided the gre is not needed. I terms of math, in your opinion, exclude the study guides for just a second. How would you approach the math to sTudy? Would u combine studying question types with the strategies or doing it separate. Thanks.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      That’s a good question – combine learning fundamentals and strategies, with actually doing questions. Too many students get wrapped up in learning strategies and fundamentals without ever practicing real questions. So if you learn how to do work rates, makes sure you do some actual work rate questions instead of just memorizing the work rate formula.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  34. Vaz June 7, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have given GRE twice and got Q-155 both times & V – 143/141. I have quit my job and been preparing GRE for the past 9 months and finding it very tough to crack it. I need to score 160 in quant and 150+ in verbal for a decent admission. I am looking for MS Fin in the states. I am going to give my final GRE attempt very soon probably next month. what is your take on this mate?? Q – 155 both times and the verbal scores plummeting were pretty scary but still i don’t have any other options other than reappearing. If you could devise me a strategy it would be great. I registered myself to magoosh last july when your product was at a nascent stage, and all i have to say about it is ” AWESOME”. Kindly provide me your personal magoosh id because all i have is the team id.

    Thanks Mate

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi Vaz,

      This is my personal Magoosh ID :). Meaning ask a question here, and I’ll always get back to you :).

      Sorry to hear that your second attempt didn’t go as plans. So yes, we’ve really added to our product (good use of the word ‘nascent’ by the way :)). Definitely give it another go, if you aren’t already.

      The blog is also a trove of information in terms of improving your score. Do you know of our Ebooks?

      Applying the strategies found in those books can help immensely. As for study plans, click on the Study Schedules tab at the top. After having a look at them, let me know if you have any questions, and I can advise accordingly.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  35. Craig June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Chris, Is there a way to study by looking at the GRE quetion types, then seeing what concept is in those quetion types? Like Looking at QC I have general strategies, then strategies for those math questions I could see like comparing, etc?

    What is the best study guide I could make by all the notes I have?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Craig,

      Actually, our product breaks down each question type, categorizing them as geometry, decimals, algebra, etc. That said, a similar approach will help any GRE student regardless of the text they use.

      As for study guides, I think you will find this page helpful:

  36. Ripudaman June 5, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Hello Chris,

    I have followed your blog and it helped me a lot. I had given the GRE exam a couple of days ago and got my scores as below :

    Quant :164
    total :316/340
    Still waiting for official score so does have details for AWA…

    I wish to persue Masters in MIS or finance course. Would these course achieved by me would help me get through to good universities in USA or Singapore. If yes could name them few.
    Would be grateful if you could help me and incase you require any more details i am willing to provide those to you.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Ripudaman June 5, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Scores achieved by me* instead of courses …

      • Chris Lele
        Chris June 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

        Got it :).

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Ripudamn,

      Congrats on your GRE scores :). I’m happy the blog was able to help!

      As for your question, I think it is best answered by the following post:

      Let me know if you have any other questions :).

      • ripudaman June 6, 2012 at 8:50 am #

        Hello Chris,

        Thanks a lot. I have thoroughly read that but i am unable to identify colleges that are among the best for MIS or Finance courses. Could you help me or adviice me where could i search.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris June 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

          Hi Ripudaman,

          Unfortunately, that falls way outside of our area of expertise. We do GRE and general admissions. As for specific programs either U.S. News and Report or following up with schools on their websites is the best way to go.

          Sorry I couldn’t help more 🙂

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