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GRE Study Plans and Guides


Whether you’re studying for 1 week or 6 months, it definitely helps to add some structure to your GRE study plan to keep you accountable and motivated. Below is a list of our study guides that include recommended materials and checklists for each stage of your prep.

Update: Want to print a schedule and study on the go? Now you can! Our most popular GRE Study Schedules are now available in Google Doc form. Just click the [Google Doc] link next to the schedule you like and go straight to the printable version. Enjoy! 🙂

Do you need to adapt these study schedule to meet your needs? Check out this blog post for adjustment tips!

1 Week Study Schedule:

1 Month Study Schedules:

6 Month Study Schedules:

Bonus: Watch this video for tips on how to use Magoosh’s GRE study schedules.

Learn techniques for making the most of your study schedule!


148 Responses to GRE Study Plans and Guides

  1. Mohammad May 19, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    Hi I want to try to get into UW Madison graduate program for structural engineering. At the moment I am taking the math, science and static requirements for the program. For my BA. in architecture I wasn’t much studios as I should have been and my GPA is 2.8.
    The class I am taking now I have all A’s. I would like to know when should start to study for GRE and what should be my target scores to be accepted in the program.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

      Mohammad— congratulations on your high marks in your most recent studies. Good academic performance on the program requirements is essential, as UW-Madison requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for their school of graduate studies. To find out GRE requirements, I suggest looking directly on the graduate Engineering website for UW Madison. Every grad program has slightly different requirements, so make sure you know exactly what scores you need.

      As for when you should start studying for the GRE– as soon as possible. UW-Madison is a very competitive state school, and you’ll want to prepare as much as you can and aim for the best score you can get, above and beyond the minimum for the program.

  2. Shanu Brahma May 6, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Hi there,
    I hope you are having a good day.
    I’m currently pursuing PhD(1st year) in India in Life Sciences and I don’t have any publications(and won’t have any in near future). I completed my Masters in 2014(CGPA-7/10), cleared national level PhD entrance exam later that year and joined PhD in 2015. Now I’m seriously(very) thinking about taking GRE ,TOEFL. My query is, will it be a problem cause I passed Masters in 2014, don’t have any publication and have no clue how good my CGPA is in this level? Do I have any chance in getting a good research institute/university? If yes, what is the minimum I need to score in these exams?
    Thank you for your time.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 9, 2016 at 2:09 am #

      Hi Shanu,

      Thanks for your message ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d definitely recommend contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in for more information about their admission requirements. Also, if you’d like personalized admissions consulting services, here are some companies whose services we recommend:

      1. Accepted
      2. Stacy Blackman Consulting

      Additionally, we have an admissions section on our blog where our partner companies often address common student admissions questions that you may find useful ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Pratyush Prateek May 5, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    Hi I am from India , currently studying in 2nd year but 3rd year will start from next months as 5th semester I will going to join tuition for GATE examination but i will appear in GRE also and I want a decent score to take admission in GRE ,and I am weak in verbal so Can you advice me what should i do what should I don’t do for GRE , pattern of GRE paper and all . Please also give me a idea about what marks I have to score in GRE for taking admission in good college or university in America .
    looking forward for your response .

    thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2016 at 12:54 am #

      Hi Pratyush ๐Ÿ™‚

      For a comprehensive overview of the structure of the GRE, I’d recommend reading our “Ultimate GRE Guide”. This will tell you everything you need to know about the exam, so it’s really useful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      To improve your verbal score, it’s essential to read as much as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as overall reading comprehension. Make flashcards of key words you don’t know. And you need to practice focused, active reading. For some specific reading 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.

      In addition to frequent reading, to boost your vocabulary, I’d suggest starting with our Magoosh GRE vocabulary flashcards. Our flashcards contain 1000 of the most useful GRE words. So, to begin, I encourage you to continue mastering these words, as discussed in the study plans. Knowing high-frequency GRE words can definitely help, which is why we made the flashcards, after all! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Regarding admission information, unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with GRE prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. What constitutes a “good” score depends on a variety of factors, including the your field and the specific schools/programs you’re interested in. That said, here are some blog posts to help you determine what an appropriate target score is for you ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. What is a Good GRE Score?
      2. GRE Scores Infographic
      3. GRE Scores for Top Universities
      4. GRE Scores by Program Major

      I hope this helps! Happy studying! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Neelabh Pandey May 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi, I have the exam on the 26th of June. I’m pretty much done with the Quant Stuff. As in I’m pretty good at it. I’ve completed the Quant Books from Manhattan 8 set series. Also I’ve done a pretty good number of questions from the ETS Quant guide and Official guide.

    The problem is actually verbal. I’m a non-native english speaker, but I’m not bad at it. The medium of instruction has always been English for me. The thing that I’m not really good at is Vocabulary. I mean those tough words on the GRE. They really lower my score on Text Completions and Sentence Equivalence. How do I go about it?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2016 at 1:33 am #

      Hi Neelabh ๐Ÿ™‚

      First off, to improve your vocabulary, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read as MUCH as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as your general comprehension. As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don’t know, and pause every so often and recap the main message in your own words. I’d recommend browsing through our “GRE Article of the Month” series for some GRE-level articles to read.

      Besides reading more, there are some other more traditional resources that you can use to improve, including our GRE Vocabulary Flashcards. Our flashcards contain 1000 high-frequency GRE words, and together with that high-level reading practice, they are a fantastic tool to help improve your verbal score ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hope this helps!

  5. raghav May 1, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Hello, I have got a doubt.
    I wanted to do a 6 month prep, but should I first buy Magoosh premium account for $99? Or can I do the 6 month prep through sources which are available for ‘free’?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2016 at 1:29 am #

      Hi Raghav,

      While it is possible to learn the format of the exam and go through some practice problems on our blog and using our free resources, you won’t get the level of practice or review that you would get with a Magoosh account. Magoosh is extremely comprehensive and provides a lot of information about everything from strategy, to approaches to learning and more, and in the way that a personal tutor would. Our lessons start from the beginning, and teach you everything you need to know about the GRE, so you’ll definitely benefit from the program! We also offer all our premium users email access to our student help team: they’re there to answer specific questions throughout the course of study and offer guidance if you get stuck. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Our study plans are designed to guide students through Magoosh lessons and practice problems, as well as the Official Guide and some of our free resources.

      If you’d like to give Premium a shot before you buy, you can always sign up for our free one week trial. This will let you see how navigating our site feels and will give you access to a limited number of lessons and practice questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy studying!

  6. Ramakrishnan April 28, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    I just wrote my GRE yesterday. I got a total of 322 (167 in Quants and 155 in Verbal). I am not satisfied with my verbal score and I’d like to increase the score to above 160, maybe even more if I can. I have used all the magoosh material and I scored well in verbal in the mock tests on Magoosh and MGRE. But then in the actual GRE, I suppose I got a lot of questions wrong. Any idea on how I can improve my score in a timeframe of about a month?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 30, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Hi there! I’ve noticed that your a Premium Magoosh User, so I’ve forwarded your message to our group of test prep experts to give you some tips to help you prepare for your retake ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ran Chen April 16, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    Hi Magoosh friends!
    I started using Magoosh and the one month plan about one and a half month ago and I just took my first GRE today! Thanks to that plan, I really think it work because I never thought about I could have 151 in verbal and 170 in math! However, as I am planning to apply a graduate program about archaeology, I am afraid that the verbal part may still need some improvement and I want to had a grade with 160 in verbal. So I wonder what should I do to improve my verbal grade? Thank you very much!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 9:27 am #

      Hi Ran,

      Good question! Since this is a big study help question and you are a premium member, I have sent this question to our team of test prep experts. They’ll be emailing you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Atharva April 14, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    I will be in my 3rd semester after 4 months,i want to start my preparations for GRE?from where shud I start?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      This is wonderful to hear. I always advise undergrad students to start planning for the GRE early. ๐Ÿ™‚ The nice thing about getting an early jump on your GRE studies is you have more time to feel out exactly what you need to focus on in the coming semesters. So my advice is to start by doing some official GRE practice questions (especially PowerPrep and the OG).

      This should be enough for you to gauge your skills and decide on a starting point. Pay attention to the sections and question types you feel weakest in and strongest in. Then start focusing on the stuff you’re not so good at– do practice questions, and try to find online tutorials/lessons on these more challenging skills too. (Magoosh GRE premium offers a large video lesson library and practice questions, as do some other third-party GRE prep companies.) Make sure that even from the beginning you do some light-but-regular practice with the aspects of the exam that you’re good at too— you don’t want to lose any of your test skills by neglecting them.

  9. Magoosh Test Prep Expert
    Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 8, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Daniela,

    First, to improve your verbal score, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read as MUCH as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as your comprehension. 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:

    Vocabulary in Context: The New York Times, The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker
    GRE Vocabulary Books: Recommended Fiction and Non-Fiction

    You should also take a look at our vocabulary flashcards and our vocabulary eBook! Together with that high-level reading practice, they’re a fantastic tool for bringing up your verbal score. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Additionally, here are some tips for non-native English speakers from our tutors:

    What to Do When You Donโ€™t Know a Word on the GRE
    GRE for Non-Native English Speakers- General Tips

    Finally, in terms of balancing work and studies, here are a couple of tips:

    Make a GRE study plan that you think will be feasible. I recommend using one of our 3-month study plans and adjusting it to your specific schedule and needs ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep your goals in mind, but also don’t get discouraged if you go off your study schedule a bit! Just get back on track the next day/week!

    If you don’t do a full study session one day that your schedule says you should, then instead do at least one small thing. You might review flashcards on the bus, do a few practice math problems while you eat breakfast, or read a difficult magazine article with a timer, for example. Doing at least one thing every day creates a positive snowball. If you start thinking of yourself as the type of person who practices vocab daily, youโ€™re much more likely to feel the motivation to do other things to raise your score.

    I hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy studying!

    • TEJA April 1, 2016 at 7:16 am #

      i am planning for ms in mechanical engineeering in fall ’17 ,currently im studying 6th semester and i only have an year from now to take the exam and complete all the process of visa and application for the please suggest me the best preparation plan and when to take the exam.i have not yet started my prep and i’m little weak in quant.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 11, 2016 at 5:20 am #

        It’s wonderful that you’re planning so far ahead Teja. Even with visa application and processing time,you’ll likely have more than half a year to prepare for the GRE as part of the overall road ahead. This is great, as it gives you more prep time than many students.

        I’d recommend the 6 month study plan for math beginners.This is a good plan for brushing up on any GRE Math areas that you’re weak in. Because our plans are flexible, it’s very possible to combine elements of different plans into one study schedule that meets your individual needs. So if you find yourself catching up on GRE math and really mastering it, you cna start incorporating materials and activities from our 6-month advanced math plan into your studies.

  10. Muhammad February 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    Hi, I am in final year and will be graduating in August so want to enroll in Spring and for that I have to take my GRE till May 10th and I have only 2 months left. I, really, am lacking in Verbal but have good understanding of Mathematics. If you could slightly push me in a right direction, that’d help a lot.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 3, 2016 at 3:17 am #

      Hi Muhammad,

      Happy to help and sorry for the late reply! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Verbal breaks down to a few key areas of study:

      Reading Skills

      We have a lot on this blog to get you started on all of those areas, and we also have free vocabulary flashcards you might want to start working through as you build your vocabulary! Familiarize yourself with the kind of tricky tasks the GRE expects of you in the verbal section and start working on your skills, beginning with the weakest ones. If you type “strategy” into the search bar, here, you’ll get a lot of good articles with varied strategy advice on the verbal section, too!

      I hope that helps get you started, Muhammad! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Nnamdi February 21, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    Hi. I took my GRE few weeks back. I scored 151Q, 152V and 5 AW. I used Kaplan entirely. I’m really disappointed and disgusted at my quant score. I put in 3 months of daily study, read in and out of the 2015 GRE Premier text by Kaplan. I was confident of a 160 plus on both sections but surprisingly, I received a mediocre score. I’m applying for a masters program in Economics so I need to score in the mid 160’s in the quant and upper 150’s on the verbal to get into a decent school. I want to retake the test in June. What are my chances of scoring significantly higher with Magoosh and Manhattan 5lb.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 23, 2016 at 1:48 am #

      Hi Nnamdi,

      First, I’m so sorry that your last GRE didn’t meet your expectations. It can be really frustrating to put in time and effort and then not see the results you need and want.

      While I want to emphasize that I stand behind our materials (and we also love Manhattan products!) it is not only about the materials. For the record, Kaplan doesn’t do as good of a job at presenting GRE-like study material in both verbal and quant. Your 151Q and 152V is a strong starting platform for your retake studies, though, so don’t despair! If you work with us at Magoosh, you have our expert-made bank of questions, lessons on key topics, and access to tutors through email to ask your own questions and get personal responses. Manhattan’s 5lb book you mention is full of great problems to work on, too, and can supplement your studies from anywhere.

      The key to improving on retake is partly in your materials and partly in your ability to self-analyze performance and notice small trends in your understanding and competencies. You should look into building yourself an error log to pinpoint where you can make the most difference in your abilities no matter what you choose to study with moving forward.

      If you want more information about the Magoosh product, definitely email our team and they’ll get back to you with tons more information. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Karesh A February 8, 2016 at 6:13 am #


    I have taken the GRE exam this month with just 1.5 month practice and scored 304
    (Verbal 144 , Quant 160). I really need to improve the score up to 325 and I have around 4 months to prepare. Which study plan do you recommend. ?
    Let me know any advice plz.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 10, 2016 at 1:33 am #

      Hi Karesh,

      Happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

      If you’ve used a study plan already, following another one from start to finish may not be the best plan. No matter what, though, you should definitely pick a plan with a verbal focus because that is where you have the most room to improve! You’ll also want to deeply analyze the weak areas you have remaining in quant, but with a maximum of 10 points to improve in math, you really need to give attention to the verbal side. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you wanted to take up the 90-day verbal-focused plan and adjust it slightly for the things you don’t need to revise (like the basic GRE structure lessons) that would work well!

    • Olivia February 12, 2016 at 7:46 am #


      I plan to prepare for GRE test. I have class and practicum until May, so donโ€™t have enough time to prepare. Maybe 16 hours/week. My vocabulary is weak. I plan to take the test around this September (first time) and November (second time). Is there any good plan for me?

      Thanks so much!


      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 12, 2016 at 9:23 am #

        Hi Olivia,

        I think that the 6-month plan would work well for you. You can start off slow, and then once you finish your studies in May, you can really kick into high gear. I would recommend modifying the monthly schedule to reflect this — you may have to move some of the work from the first months into the later months, but overall you should have enough time to get through it.

        For vocabulary, check out the Magoosh flashcards, and if you really want to help yourself get a head start in verbal, start doing some reading from outside sources like the New Yorker and the New York Times to supplement your vocab studying ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jojo February 21, 2016 at 9:02 am #

      Hi Magoosh team,

      I purchased the Magoosh premium for 6-months, however I actually have a full year to prep for the test. Do you guys have any suggestions for a one-year prep plan? I’m returning to school after years away, will be applying to MBA schools, and I really want to crush this test.

      Love Magoosh, thanks!

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 8, 2016 at 8:41 am #

        Hi Joseph ๐Ÿ™‚

        We love it when our students are stoked about Magoosh! Since you have a premium account, I’m going to forward your question to our test prep experts, so that they can give you a more detailed response ๐Ÿ™‚ And by the way, you can send us questions like this with the green ‘Help’ button in the lower right hand corner of the page when you’re logged into Magoosh ๐Ÿ˜€ That way, you’ll get a faster response, and we will know what page you came from (e.g. lesson video, question explanation, etc.), which allows us to provide you with better answers!

        Happy studying ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. sarika November 17, 2015 at 8:52 am #


    I got a 314 on my GRE and I plan to give GRE again in Jan. However, Dec 15th is the deadline for most colleges. I would like to know if I apply to universities with 314 and later send them the revised score in Jan?

  14. Cecelia November 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm #


    I want to take the GRE sometime in the next year but do not have any defined timeline. I only have 6 hours/week to study and would like to achieve a competitive score. Can you suggest any “slow burn” study schedules? I’m hoping to study a little each week for up to a year.

    Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

    • Cecilia November 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

      I also have the same predicament. Is the Revised GRE Significantly different from the previous version? I was going to use the 6-month study guide f on the Magoosh blog, but then I noticed it was posted in 2011 and so now I’m concerned whether or not it’s still accurate.

      • Dani Lichliter
        Dani Lichliter November 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

        Hi Cecilia,
        All of our study schedules have been updated recently, so please feel comfortable using any of them!

  15. Medhat November 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    I don’t see any “Contact us” link here or any where in the blog!!
    My GRE is on 30th of November and I think that I need some help.

    Can any body from the blog teachers contact me or send me his/her e-mail address so that we can communicate together?


    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter November 9, 2015 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Medhat,
      Thanks for reading our blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I see you’re signed up for a free trial of Magoosh. If you sign up for our one-month plan, you’ll be able to communicate with our remote team of tutors!
      Best of luck!

  16. Abby November 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Can you provide an example of how you could modify a daily study plan for a 2-month period instead of 3?

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter November 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi Abby,

      That’s a great question! I just chatted with Mike and he’s going to work on a blog post about how students can adapt a study schedule to meet their personal needs. It should be up soon! We’ll add it to this post when it’s ready.

      Have a great weekend!

  17. shruti November 5, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    Hello Chris

    I have taken up the magoosh 6 month study plan for my GRE but my exam is on this 27th Nov2015 which is quite soon .Is there any comprehensive study plan for verbal from magoosh.Aiming for atleast 160 in the same.

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter November 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

      Hi Shruti,
      Glad to hear you used our study plan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a 3-month Verbal Study Plan that you could adapt for your needs!
      Best of luck on your test!

  18. Pallavi Thakur October 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    Dear Magoosh Team,

    I gave my GRE few days back and got 308 (Q:155, V:153), I am still waiting for my AWA scores. However, I have enrolled for another GRE on 6th Nov 2015 as I am aiming for atleast 320.

    Could you please help me in making a study plan to achieve the same.
    Your help is greatly appreciated.


  19. Bharath vasisth October 8, 2015 at 11:31 pm #


    I just took 6 months plan and i am planning to go through GRE in this December first or second week, please tell me which book to refer with the magoosh classes and i can bear 3 to 4 hours of time daily, please help me planning my study accordingly,i have to complete by this December first week,

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter October 9, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Bharath,

      I’m excited to hear you signed up for our 6-month plan! Because you are a premium member, I went ahead and forwarded your message to our remote GRE experts. Someone from that team will reach out to you via email.

      Happy studying! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter October 9, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Bharath,

      I’m excited to hear you signed up for our 6-month plan! Because you are a premium member, I went ahead and forwarded your message to our remote GRE experts. Someone from that team will reach out to you via email.

      Happy studying! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Aminul October 2, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Hello Chris,

    I am going to take a site for the GRE exam on the first week in January. So please show me the proper guidelines which can give me a good score on the GRE exam. It is noticeable to me that I am not a native speaker in English.

  21. Arjun September 15, 2015 at 10:47 am #


    I scored 329 ( 170 Q+ 159 V) + 5 AWA thanks to your blogs and videos. Any tips on how to prepare for TOEFL within a week? I am not able to find any good study material for this purpose?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri September 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Hey Arjun,

      I’d suggest checking out this post: It will tell you how to prepare for the exam in a short period of time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy studying!

      • Arjun September 16, 2015 at 10:22 am #

        Hey Rachel, although I want to devote only a week, but I can devote upto 40 hours in around 8-9 days. Can you tell me what all material I should look to cover ?

      • Nick October 3, 2015 at 8:56 am #

        I scored a 169 for Verbal, but only a 158 for Quant. Do you have any accelerated math study guides for advanced students?

    • Naha September 21, 2015 at 7:30 am #

      please, I want to know if you have any study plan for non native speakers whose english is poor
      I’m good at the quantitative section !!
      I’m planning to give gre in 7 months
      thanks in advance !!

  22. Pankaj Gupta September 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Can you tell us how good is the scoring algorithm of They claim that they have cracked the GRE scoring algorithm and their score is very similar to the actual GRE.

    I am referring to the answer given by Deepak here: –

    I have also taken their quick test and scored 307, whereas in powerprep I got 310. Just wanted to re-confirm.

  23. Sunny September 9, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    Please give me some effective tactics for the next exam. I took the GRE test before and got the score, V145/Q154. I will take the test again in October 31th. Yes..I have to study hard..:( Which study plan is good for me? Thanks!

  24. Akhilesh August 15, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    Hi Magoosh,

    I am an old time magoosher! my account has expired now. I have given my GRE two years back with magoosh help only I scored a 160Q and 155V. Recently I have practiced cover to cover fro the quant from 5lb book.. and I am quite thorough with quant (i feel at least).. but i need to improve my Verbal… I am decent at vocabulary but I lack practice in all most all verbal sections… I run out of time during verbal section where I end up not answering one-two questions… I remember during the exam I could not answer 2 Quant questions in the last section and 3 verbal questions…
    I am unsure of a strategy now on how to improve my score to a high 165 in both, I believe I can get that but there is something that I miss in my preparation. Any help or advice would be of great help.

    Thanks in anticipation

  25. Manoj August 13, 2015 at 3:48 am #

    Hi Team,

    Thanks for the wealth of information you give us.

    I have a query:
    I’m planning to give GRE in first week of October ’15. I havent’ started my preparation yet. To start with, I have given one free mock Manhattan GRE (MGRE) and got 317 (V 153 Q 164). Within 60-70 days time left, what should be my ideal target score? How should I go about my prepartion ? (mocks, practice, resources)
    I plan to do MS in MIS.

    Will be much obliged if anyone can give me the directions as I’m pretty new to this entire idea of MS and GRE.


  26. Pallavi August 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm #


    I am in great trouble. My exam is just in 10 days and i am not able to ace up for the verbal section. Everytime I give a verbal practice test, the diagnostic test scores fall in between 150-152. I target 158 (atleast) in my verbal section. My quant scores are decent. But i really want to achieve a 158-160 in verbal.
    Please help.
    I have gone through the mangoosh vocab e-book and i am using it daily.

  27. Tala July 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi Magoosh,

    English is my second language and I am still learning. My level is upper intermediate or almost advanced.
    I need to take GRE, however I have not taken TOEFL yet.
    I want to make sure that can I start to study GRE?
    If I study hard, can I pass it?

    I am so glad to know Magoosh. Thank you!

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan July 29, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      Hi Tala!

      We do have a TOEFL product – you can check it out at!


  28. Enass July 1, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    Hi,,, I need help choosing which plan is the best to study Math in one month. Should I take the 90 days Math focused and study 3 days in 1 day. or should I go for the one month plan and study just the math.

  29. Yasna June 27, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    I gave me GRE in October 2014 and scored a poor 306(Q158+V148). I have a low GPA to compensate and need to score a minimum 325 to get into a decent school. I have the ETS Offficial Guide to GRE and have started improving my vocabulary by using your GRE vocabulary builder app. Could you suggest me a plan as to how to score as much? I also looked up a few plans on your website and would like to know whether I could go for the 2-3 month schedule for advanced students or will it be too long a shot? I want to give my next GRE in 2-3 months from now.

  30. Karthik Unnikrishnan June 26, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    Thank you for all the tips and suggestions that you’ve been providing. It has really helped my augment my vocabulary, especially the vocab wednesdays, which has made all those words quite indelible. Whenever i reach a plateau, I read your blogs which has helped my leap from a score of lower 150’s to 160.

    Plus I am looking out for good quality mock tests. I will register with Magoosh pretty soon too. Recently i came across ‘Wiseswan’ I had received a mail wherein i was taken to a link to give a free GRE mock test. Never having heard of this, i was pretty much apprehensive about going any further. Have you heard of this? If yes, would you recommend that i go further?

    Looking forward to your reply.

  31. Hussein June 1, 2015 at 1:11 am #

    I moved to Arizona for Masters in Mass Communications but I can’t start unless I have to take GRE Test. I’ve been waiting for two years to improve my English but Still GRE difficult and I am so stressed out of being homesick here and waiting the chance to take the test and pass. Eh!! English is Second language and I am so frustrated. I need help please.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Hi Hussein!

      I’m sorry that you’re feeling so stressed.

      Testing in a second language is always really, really hard. Have you looked at our Magoosh TOEFL Blog or checked out our free Magoosh English Prep? Both offer great English resources for non-native English speakers. They can offer you a place to start with your English prep, which in turn can help you on the GRE.

      Best of luck! We are cheering for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Ayush May 15, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    Hi Team Magoosh,

    I just came back from my GRE test center happily scoring 330/340 with a 170 in Math section which took me by surprise. Thanks for the great content on this website (including blogs and other topic discussions). I was constantly referring to all the content the website had to offer. From the first time I took GRE to now, I have been able to make a lot of improvement on my score and I am finally happy that I will not have to worry about GRE anymore. Continue the good work.


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig May 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Ayush,

      Congratulations! ๐Ÿ˜€

      We are all so happy that you found our content useful, and that we were able to help you achieve that great score. Enjoy being done with the GRE, and best of luck in grad school!


  33. Laura April 9, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    I’ve been out of school for about 4 years now and have signed up to take the GRE for the first time in August. I’m pretty rusty all around and am wondering which of the study plans would be best for me, seeing as I need help on both verbal and math. I read in the book reviews that the ETS Verbal & Quantitative question books are the best, but the study guides only have it as suggested and have the Official Guide as Essential. I’m also on a fairly tight budget and want to try to get the most bang for my buck. Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!

  34. yaseen March 30, 2015 at 2:19 am #

    Hi first of all this is a great site for gre preparation. Secondly i want to prepare myself for gre test in 3 months. The study plans and guides are of 2011 2012?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel March 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Yaseen!

      You’re right to point out that the schedules were originally published in 2011 — however, we update them very frequently, so they’re all up to date! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Laura January 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I am really interested on using Magoosh as a preparing tool, but one of the essential materials that you have in the plans is the ETS’s official guide to the GRE book. I am out of the city in this moment and I just have internet access, no way to buy the book here where I am but I have Cracking the GRE from Princeton Review ebook. I just want to know if i can use this book as a reference meanwhile I arrive to the city (maybe in 1 month) or in that case if I can follow a different study plan without using the ETS book and last two months using it. By the way, my plan is to have a 3 month study plan and I scored 146V/152Q/2.5AWA. Maybe can I focus on the verbal or writing sections for the first month? What do you recommend me on that case?

  36. Sarah January 16, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Magoosh friends!
    I’m going to take GRE exam in 7 month and I’m looking for a plan which works better for me.
    I have a good math background. So I’m not so worried about that. My English is OK since I have been living in US for 4 years and studied my MS here, however, I need help with my vocabulary. I’m currently working full time and I won’t be able to study more than 10-12 hours/week.
    Is there anyway I can talk with someone about this before I purchase a plan?
    Thank you so much!

  37. Navid December 10, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I wanted to say my thanks to your great study plan. I excerpted some parts of this plan and tuned my won plan!

    Last time I was a total of 305 and now it is a total of 319. The biggest help was reading magazines, which became my habit.



  38. Kaushal November 9, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    This website seems to be wonderful and I think if I follow magoosh I can definitely get near 330-335. My only concern is the 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Beginners which was posted in 2012. Also almost all the comments on this page are from 2011 to 2012.
    I really don’t want to follow an outdated study plan and don’t want to start on a wrong note.
    Please guide me through the latest Study Plans as I plan to give GRE sometime in March-April 2015.

    P.S: If there is a specific active community on Facebook or Magoosh website itself for the batch of March-April 2015, could you please send me the link?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel November 10, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      Hey Kaushal,

      We update these plans regularly, so you can use this for your upcoming exam! ๐Ÿ™‚ We just don’t change the date on the post.

      Happy studying!


  39. Grace November 2, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Hi Chris!

    I am Grace, an international junior student from Asia looking forward to applying the engineering and cs graduate school in US.
    I find this website just now and this seems great! Iโ€™m interested in how can I use the magoosh product based on my situation!

    Talking about my situation:
    Yesterday, I took my GRE and got V:146 Q:162
    (Iโ€™m really shocked on my Q since I took the PP2 once and I got 167,my testing always within 167~170! After reflecting, I think I was too nervous at that moment.)
    (And though V is 146, I think it may because I just prepare about 20 days. But I want to improve that!)
    And, my GPA is 4.0/4.0 in my school.
    After rethinking wether to retake the GRE, I plan to retake my test after about 30 days.
    Or do you suggest I can ” not retake it”? ( because I want to apply engineering or cs graduateโ€ฆ)

    If I retake it, I thinkโ€ฆ
    My dream scores is V :150+ , Q :168+
    Your 30 days plan was really written great!
    Iโ€™m wondering whether it is suitable for me to use based on I have 4~6 hrs a day I can study about GRE.
    Or how do you suggest to adjust ? Like based more on the Q hard ? and About Verbal how to adjust that can make my fundamental skill more strong?
    remember more new words or focusing on reading? I am confused!

    Looking forward to your reply! Thank you for looking!

    Best Regards,

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Grace,

      Good questions!

      I think a retake is a good idea, esp. if you know you can do better.

      I would tackle the 30-day plan for verbal (that will help you with the fundamentals). Make sure also to use vocab flashcards and read plenty of articles from in your down time.

      For math, just focus on doing more difficult material and taking practice tests (the Magoosh questions should keep you on your toes, though you might want to supplement that with some questions from MGRE).

      Remember, to assiduously (GRE word!) review and learn from your mistakes on both sections. Hopefully that should take you to the 168Q/150+ V level.

      Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Grace November 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

        Really thanks for your replying!

        all of you are so kind to reply my question.

        I will be more assiduous!!! And sign up to be magoosher!!

        Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Faruk January 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

        hi Chris,

        i recently signed up for magoosh and looking for a 60 day study plan. is there one available?

    • Pium Sen November 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Thanks to share such nice information.

  40. Nicole August 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I just signed up for Magoosh and the lessons have been helpful thus far!! Kudos to the team! Having just a month left before my second test, I am wondering if it’ll suffice to use the site as my only preparation material?

    (The last time I took the test was a year ago. I’m ashamed to report that I went into the test center without any preparation and only scored 314. I’m international; the programs I’m looking at require 320+.)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Nicole,

      I always promote the multi-faceted approach to GRE prep, which basically means using a combination of the best sources. Though as long as you couple your “magoosh-ing” with the 2nd. Edition Official Guide, I’d say you’ll have all the prep sources you’ll need to crack 320 :).

  41. Mike July 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I need a 140 quant and a 147 qual. is this a challenging score to get on the new GRE?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Mike,

      The answer to that question really depends on the range in which you are currently scoring. Overall though that score is on the lower side, so on the whole it is not a challenging score to get (150Q, 150V is closer to the average).

      Hope that helps!

  42. sab July 30, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Hi Chris, I am quite good at Quant and I want to improve my verbal. I have only 1 month for preparation. I have gone through the Princeton review GRE word smart and some flash cards. However I need some SE and TC practice..

    Do you have a 30 days plan for “verbal only” which could be cheaper than your 30 days premium package you currently offer(which includes quant as well which I dont need)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 30, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Sab,

      Unfortunately, we our 30-day plan is quant and verbal bundled together :).

  43. Ruchita Kshirsagar July 29, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    My GRE is on 22 oct, I want to take online practise tests please suggest some websites.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 30, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Ruchita,

      Most of the online GRE practice tests are not very reputable (meaning the questions are not all that great). Buying must one of MGRE guides gives you access to 6 online tests. That’s the best way to go :).

      • Ruchita Kshirsagar July 31, 2012 at 5:43 am #

        okay..then plz tell how much it will cost in INR if i only enroll for tests ??

  44. Rohit Chawda July 27, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have been referred to Magoosh by my friend and I see it very interesting and useful. I am pretty bad with the vocab, specially I am unable to remember all the words. I have given a couple of computer aided test at Princeton Review and my scores are
    V 146 Q 165
    V 148 Q 166

    My verbal scores aren’t much improving and my exam is scheduled on 28 August 2012. Kindly help me, I’m very tensed.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Improving vocab is very difficult in such a short time. Nonetheless with dedicated effort it is possible. Of course approach is just as important as time. Below is the magoosh vocab ebook that will set you on the right path :).

      Good luck!

      • Rohit Chawda July 31, 2012 at 5:11 am #

        Thanks Chris.

        I’ve downloaded the eBook and it’s great. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Yeah I understand the time complexity and the proper approach.
        Looking forward for a better development. And I’ll be following the blog….

        Thanks again… ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Ann July 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi Chris!

    GradCafe recommended your work to me so I thought I’d check it out.

    I’ve been studying for about two weeks seriously with about a month of on-and-off studying before that with the Princeton Review book and online content. My first practice test before I started studying was 157V, 145Q and after these two weeks of studying my verbal went down to 154 and my math stayed the same at 145. I need at least 80th percentile in Verbal to make myself as competitive as possible for grad school funding.

    To add another complication to the mix, I am moving to Wales at the end of September so I have less than two months left before I have to take the test. Is this going to be enough time to raise my Verbal score that much? Should I only focus on the Verbal and leave my Math score where it is?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Hi Ann,

      Two months is definitely enough time to raise your verbal score. I’d recommend a steady diet of practice questions and vocabulary, not just flashcards but also by reading and picking up words in context (I expand on this in the vocab ebook. I’ve posted a link below :).).

      As for practice questions Manhattan GRE has six online tests that will help you hone your verbal chops. We (magoosh) also have hundreds of verbal questions that will help make the questions you see test day a little less daunting.

      As for only focusing on the Verbal, it really depends which program you are looking to apply to. Unless it heavy on Verbal (Lit., History), Quant will probably be a factor in the admission’s consideration.

      Hope that helps, and let me know if you have any other questions.

  46. Poorva July 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    I went through some of the online trial questions that are available for free a week after signing up, and found them to be really helpful. I will be giving my GRE in october and I do not have much idea about the exam ( the types of questions i.e) . My verbal part is okay but the Quantitative sections is what gives me the jitters, I am currently working so an online preparatory course is what that would really help me…So could You please suggest if the 3 month course would help in me getting a decent score and if yes, how much time would it take for me to cover all my weak areas in the math section.

    PS: I thought verbal was my strong section, but my results were a reality check. ๐Ÿ˜›

  47. Drew July 16, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Hey Chris,

    Will try to make this as brief as possible. I have a strong quant. background academically but think the new Math section format through me off (had a 760 on the old format years ago). I got a 159/155 V/M in May (with 2 months of intense study) and need as close to a perfect Math score as possible (applying to a quant. PhD program). Frankly if I bomb the Verbal and get a perfect Math score I’d be ecstatic :-). Seriously considering the Magoosh Premium package and would like to know what you’d recommend for an approx. 2-3 month study program using this package with a focus on advanced math problem strategies. I’m also planning on getting the Manhattan GRE Word Problems and Quant. Comp. and Data Interpr. books. What’s your opinion of these books for someone with advanced math skills? I’m pretty certain I can teach myself anything in the other math books; I’m more concerned with mastering the ins and outs of the test format. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      Hi Drew,

      In conjunction with the Magoosh package, I’d recommend using the practice tests from MGRE (meaning you’ll have to buy one of its books). Using all of ETS prep material, and even practicing with official GMAT questions, should help you get close to perfect.

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

  48. Glenn July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi Chris, I took the GRE last November with just one month’s preparation and I scored nowhere near what I needed. I studied intensely with Magoosh since November and retook the test yesterday. My verbal score improved from 150 to 161! There’s no way I would’ve made such an improvement without Magoosh. The video lessons and practice questions are really helpful. So thank you very much!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      That’s an awesome score improvement :). I’m so happy that Magoosh could have been a part of it (and I’m happy my verbal videos are turning out to be even more effective than I’d imagined :)).

      Good luck with your applications :).

  49. vishnu July 8, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    hi chris,

    i hardly have 10 days left for my gre exam , and i am very scared about the vocab part.i can do quant perfectly but am not able to do the vocab part upto the mark. please suggest me with some tips so that i can do better .

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Vishnu,

      With so little time left, it is difficult for you to improve in vocab. Nonetheless, we at Magoosh have put together a vocabulary ebook, which provides helpful tips and strategies that should at least make a difference in the next 10 days:

      Good luck!

  50. Abhinav July 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi chris..I wantto know if my academic score in would affect my admission in US universities for MS?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi Abhinav,

      Actually, I only specialize in GRE-related stuff…I wish I could better answer your question. You may want to try

      Good luck!

  51. Meenakshi June 30, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have exactly 47 days to prepare for GRE.I am CA.My quant is much stronger than verbal but I dont have proper materials to get a perfect score in quant.(157-quant and 144-verbal as per diagonostic test).I need help for verbal.I am not able to sign up as it is showing some error.I aiming for a score of 320.I am bit lost with so much information.How do I go about it.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi Meeankshi,

      You said you were not able to sign up. Was that for the Magoosh gre product? In the meantime, take a look at our ebook. Hopefully, this will help make GRE-prep seem less overwhelming :).

  52. Justin June 29, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I stumbled upon magoosh when searching for an online prep website. I did the 1-week trial and I was quite happy with the layout of the website–in particular, how user friendly it was and the very informative videos that illustrated the process to solving the question.

    I took the GRE last August at the end of my toughest summer school semester. I was naive in thinking that two weeks was ample time to prepare for the test–my scores were reflective of my degree of preparedness as they were a combined total of 300 (60th percentile Verbal, 40th in Quant…yuck).

    I want to retake the GRE, this time with 10 weeks of preparation. I plan on retaking the GRE at the end of this upcoming August and I am currently in week 2 of my preparation. I stumbled across Magoosh and was wondering, do you think the 30 day plan will improve my scores? Money is currently tight at the moment (loans are now due and working minimum wage) but I have ample amounts of time I can use to study.

    Thank you so much for your help,


    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Justin,

      I definitely think the 30-day plan will help. Since you have a 10-week time frame you may also want to consider our 2-3 month study guide. The good news: We are having our 4th of July sale right now.

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

  53. Sandy June 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    I have exactly 2 months for my GRE preparation. I’m very very bad in maths and equally bad in english. This very thought of GRE in 2 months is haunting me. I’m currently doin Princeton book and quizlet. Since i work i’m finding it very difficult to manage between studying and working. Is there anyway i can score 320+ using Magoosh? Also can you list me few books ? I tried with RC passage and was unable to crack it. It would be really grateful if you can help me on this.

    PS: This is the first time i’m taking up GRE.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      Do not fear: many have been in your place and some (I know them personally) have been able to make significant strides in GRE prep. Anyhow, you’ve come to the right place.

      As for which books to use, check out our book reviews:

      As for an overall approach to the test, have a look at our Magoosh ebook:

      Let me know if you have any questions along the way :).

  54. Carlos June 20, 2012 at 6:38 am #


    I checked your study plans but my particular situation is one of someone with average Math AND Verbal (instead of either one). I have about 3 months to the time I would like to take the test and I have pre-ordered Manhattan material. Any study plan for me you would recommend?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Carlos,

      The best thing to do in your case is to merge each plan. By that I mean trying to combine as many as the lessons as possible. You of course would not want to do all of the problems listed in each study guide (unless you have lots of time).

      The key is these study guides are not set in stone but are a general overview for the “typical” student. So modify each according to your needs. For instance, if there is an area you struggle more in, then spend more time then the study guide suggests.

      Hope that helps!

  55. Stefano June 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Hi Chris!

    Thank you for your quick reply. I was thinking about using the GRE Math prep book by Nova. Do you think is a good idea? I would like to avoid books that are a waste of time (such as the 1,014 questions by Kaplan). As a tutor, which books for the quantitative section do you recommend? So far, I can study on Magoosh, ETS, Nova Math prep course. Any other ideas? I just want to be prepared for an average score on the quantitative section.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Stefano,

      The Nova’s should be good for general Quant practice. Make sure you are really strong on the fundamentals. In this case I recommend McGraw Hill’s Conquering the GRE Math (this is not the general guide, which you should def. avoid).

      I also recommend students practicing from the Manhattan GRE books, specifically from the online mock tests. Together with Magoosh content, you’ll have enough to keep you busy before the test.

      Good luck,

  56. Stefano June 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    First of all, I wanted to thank you (and all the crew behind Magoosh) for your ideas, and for your dedication. I have a peculiar question for you (well, I just think it may sound strange :). I have been preparing for the GRE new edition for about 2 months. I have studied all the quantitative lessons, but I am still struggle with various questions, even if I do understand the concepts behind them. I do not want to use all the practice questions offered on Magoosh because I am feeling like I am wasting a precious tool, but at the same time I want to practice as much as possibile. I am planning to take the GRE the first week of September. In addition, I also purchased the Math Prep Course of Nova (which I find particularly complex and not well developed), Cliff Notes Review of Math for the standardized tests, ETS the official guide for the GRE, and Barrons the new edition). Since you are a tutor, I thought you may know which is the best strategy to “crack” the GRE. I know you do not like the simple memorization of formulas, but you always recommend to apply them in context. Do you think I should review the entire material, and then start to practice on Magoosh (even if I get them wrong), or should I use other materials at the beginning and then practice directly here.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Hi Stefano,

      That is definitely an interesting question :). Sure, you don’t want to burn through all of Magoosh’s questions, but you do want tricky questions. You may want to try the GMAT Official Guide 12th/13th Edition. You basically get 200+ Problem Solving questions. Sure, none are in the same form of the GRE question types, but for the most part the math is pretty similar (and in some cases more difficult than that found on the GRE).

      Hopefully, that will give you enough ammunition before you get to the Magoosh questions :).

  57. Ankit June 9, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    I have my GRE in next 20 days.
    I have hunted a lot of material only to realize that most of the books copy materials from OLD GRE.
    I am still unsure, where to study for verbal.
    I am very good at quant and almost get all the Questions correct,
    but I am equally bad at verbal.
    Please suggest the right material for verbal for NewGRE.
    Also, I have started reading newyorker and flash cards, to increase my vocab but I fail to recollect the words when required !
    Please suggest..

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Hi Ankit,

      Have you tried using Magoosh? We have plenty of practice material and useful lessons. As for helpful tips to memorize words and learn vocabulary, here is our Ebook. Once you’ve gone through it let me know if you have any questions (I think it’ll def. help answer you question :).

  58. Benny May 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I just joined in hopes that this will be a great partnership that will prepare me to do well on my GRE. I tend to shy away from purchasing anything on the internet, but decided to take a leap of faith in your product. Looking forward to working with you on my education goals.

    I have yet to pick up a book and only looked at your site for a day and did a practice test and did not do well. Needless to say my confidence level is poor.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Benny,

      It’s great to have you on board :). At this point don’t lose heart: many people start at a score lower than they’d hoped. Over the years, I’ve seen many drastic score improvements. It takes persistence, dedication, and, of course, the right material. Let us know at any point along the way how your prepping with Magoosh is going.

      And don’t forget: this blog is a veritable trove of study tips and the like to sustain you during those inevitable trying prep times.

      Good luck :).

  59. Heather May 23, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I just found your site and will be using it for sure. I need your advise. I scored an 860 on the old GRE. I needed an 850 for my program. I am now changing programs and the minimum requirement is 1000 (it doesn’t say the new and I’m clueless on converting it).

    I have to have the official score to the university by November 15. What is your recommendation of when I should take it considering my desired score and timeline, so I can choose which timeline to follow in your program?

    Additionally, what is your recommendation regarding my focus. I scored a 410M and 450V origiginally. I was thinking I should do the beginner focusing on both.

    (BTW I’m carrying a 4.0 in 6 masters classes, but this test TERRIFIES me!)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Heather,

      Yes, the GRE is a daunting test :). But I’ve seen many make terrific score improvements, so it’s definitely conquerable.

      For you to get 1000 (old-scale), which schools have updated for the Revised GRE, you will need to do focus on both sections. From my experience, students are able to improve in Quant faster than in Verbal. Magoosh can definitely help you get there. Beyond the blog, we offer video GRE lessons and questions. We also offer a free trial so you can just dabble around a little:

      With a little work, I’m sure you will be able to break that 1000 threshold. Let me know if you have any other questions :).

  60. Mish April 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks Chris for the advise. I will definitely try that approach.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      You’re welcome :).

  61. Mish April 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    To begin with, I want to say thanks a lot for attending to my question in such a short notice. To answer your question, I used to use Kaplan until recently after I read the review on it. I discovered Magoosh about two months ago and normally use it purposely for practise test questions either for the verbal or quantitative part.

    I agree with what you said at the end, I go through a lot of practise problems but don’t progress well probably due to the way I am approaching the problem. I focus more on my timing that I rush through the problems and end up making some simple mistakes or not even understanding the question as I would had I read it slowly.

    Also what I noticed from the verbal section is that most of the time, i don’t guess the answer before going through the given options to chose the answer from. I am hoping you understand what I am talking about so you can suggest to me a better way out.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Mish

      I know exactly what you are talking about: trying to guess the answer beforehand will help you think about the question more analytically and make you less likely to fall for traps. Working on this skill – vs. just doing oodles of questions – will help you improve.

      Likewise, finding other areas in which you can improve on approach-wise, and then working on those areas, will be far more fruitful than simply going through questions.

      Hope that helps!

  62. Mish April 18, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I love the fact that for every mistake I make, there is a video explanation for it and even for the right ones, sometimes I do find an easier way of approaching the question. My question is, if I am to just focus on Magoosh instead of using the other sources, what will be my chances of getting a good score, saying 160M and 155V giving that I have 3 weeks to prepare for it? I am not working by the way so I have the whole day to study if I have to.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      Hi Mish,

      Using Magoosh you should definitely be able to hit those score targets. Of course there are a few factors:

      1. Point-wise, where did you start from?

      2. How many Magoosh questions have you gone through?

      If you started out far below your target scores, then you are doing very well, and should likely continue to improve. Which brings me to the second question: if you’ve exhausted most of the Magoosh questions that will help you target your weak spots, then you may need to use other material.

      If you have only gone up by a little, then we would need to focus on how you approach questions. Is there something you are not doing optimally, etc. In that case, I would recommend you watch the lesson videos. Doing more and more questions – whether from Magoosh or from another publisher – will not necessarily help.

      Hope that makes sense :).

  63. Naomi April 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Thanks. Is the manhattan gre 500 essential words flash card the best resource to use for vocabulary also or I should just stick with barrons. Am confused please help. And how many number of words u think I should learn per day.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Hi Naomi,

      There is no perfect word list. You could only study Barronโ€™s and see 20 Barronโ€™s words test day, or you could study the MGRE list and only see 5 words test day. Or those numbers could be reversed and you could see 20 MGRE words. There is no magic list.

      The best list is the one that has strong sentence examples and good memory tips. In this case, MGRE beats out Barronโ€™s. Though if you memorize all MGRE then you should move on to Barronโ€™s. There is significant overlap so you wouldnโ€™t have to memorize the whole list.

      Hope that helps!

  64. Naomi March 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Hey chris, thanks so much for your help. I am planning to retake it in June. Do you recommend any kind of book I can buy for verbal especially vocabulary or the lessons that you provide is ok. I hope to hear back again from you. My target is above 155 in both verbal and quantitative. I will do whatever it takes.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris March 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      Hi Naomi,

      With a lot of hard work, you can definitely achieve those scores. For vocabulary prep, Barron’s 1100 Word You Need to Know is a great self-study book. Make sure of course to bolster your vocab by reading, reading, and reading, making sure you look up words you don’t know and write these words down on flashcards.

      Best of luck, and don’t hesitate to ask any other questions :).

  65. Naomi March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi, Chris i did my GRE last week i had 134 v and 145 quan. i am planning to redo it again in june. i have weakness in both math and verbal but especially verbal. English is my second language. what can i do to improve. i already bought the premium with practise questions. Which study plan will help me improve. I found out about magoosh a few days to the last gre and there was nothing i could do. Please help

    • Chris Lele
      Chris March 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Naomi,

      Sorry to hear that the GRE didn’t go as well as you’d hoped. The best plan of action is to follow one of the Magoosh study plans. In the plans we have provided resources that will help you regardless of your English level. Which plan is best for you depends on when you plan to retake the test.

      Good luck, and please continue ask me questions as you use one of the Study Guides. I want to make sure that you are able to hit your target (and beyond!) when you retake the test.

  66. Nani March 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Hi Chris

    I want to Excel myself in Verbal Section, and the NEW Gre Pattren in worrying me alot. Can you please help me out in this concern. mainly those Sentence Completions….


    • Chris Lele
      Chris March 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Nani,

      An excellent guide for the Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions is this very blog. If you look at the top bar and click on ‘Verbal’ you will be brought to dozens of posts to help you prepare for and conquer Text Completions. Have at them, and let me know if you have any questions along the way :).

  67. vedant March 10, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Chris …

    well I was so looking forward to a reply from you .

    well let’s just get straight to the point … i have a habit of giving too many details, ” my bad ” :p

    1. Talking about the verbal part, my approach was very dull; I just used to learn all the words from the note book that i used to prepare for the GRE. my focus was on Maths . For Reading comprehension I practiced a lot but I could never really improve my score as i thought more and more practice might help me but it never did ….. you are right about that .

    2. For my second attempt on the Test, I think i should follow your strategy of learning words with their applications by reading New york Times and the wall street journal (saw your video)

    But I still have no idea how I can improve my Reading, as I think that the reading comprehensions that now appear on the new GRE are more for the students who use to get books on there birthdays rather than GI Joes ( as kids ) ….

    3. I always use to practice math questions under timed conditions .

    Chris i have already applied to a few colleges got accepted at one and got rejected by many haha ….. well that was expected which is not a good feeling, so I am determined to take the test again .

    I am planning to take my test after a couple of months. How much time should I give my self to prepare? With a lot of time on my hands, i tend to over do stuff .

    eagerly waiting for your reply .

    warm regards and respect

    Vedant Tiwari .

    • Chris Lele
      Chris March 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Vedant,

      So it sounds like the area you struggle in is reading comp. But do not despair :). You can – and will – improve by following some tips:

      Afterwards go through the study guides above incorporating RC techniques in the resources you encounter there.

  68. vedant January 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    hi chris …. well i took the new GRE in the month of OCT ….. well regarding my prep. i really tried my best and was pretty sure about my scores …. i was even doing well on the mock tests which comes with the ETS official guide …. even apart from that i did almost every book which was available in the market i started off with
    in the sequence

    1: nova’s
    2: barron’s
    3: Princeton review
    and finally the ETS official guide to the new GRE

    and apart from all of that i mugged almost each and every word on the word list

    i wrote all those words on a note book ” tried to make them look easier

    i have been following your video’s on the youtube from the month of sep 2011
    well they helped me in some way …
    but it was pretty late for me to change my strategy towards the vocabulary part
    and finally … the night before my test i couldnt sleep even for a second due to some trivial reasons …. n may be because of that i scored 154/170 i quant and 143/170 i the vocab section
    tho i have applied for few colleges but i am not happy about it ……
    want to take the test again this April …..
    Please help
    Vedant ( huge fan )

    • Chris Lele
      Chris February 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm #


      My sincere apologies – for some reason your comment never made it to me. This is strange, as your response was vey thoughtful and longer than most. But let me at least try to make up for the delayed response by doing my best to help you out.

      Reading your write-up, I can come up with a few scenarios for your lower score. I can also recommend ways for you to improve so that you are ready for your April test.

      1. Number of Questions do not equal Quality,

      Sometimes, by doing hundreds upon hundreds of practice questions you are not improving your skills, but are enforcing bad habits. For instance, if your approach to reading comp. is not ideal, doing as many questions as possible will only hurt you.

      My question: how do you approach the verbal section in general? How do you approach Text Completions, RC passages, etc.

      2. Know why wrong answers are wrong

      This may seem superflous but remember – understanding why you answer a question incorrectly will ideally help you avoid doing the same in the future. It will also help you to see how the test writers think, an invaluable insight that should help you break into the 150s.

      3. Learning vocabulary in context

      I know you weren’t able to apply my methods last month, but I’m curious if in-context learning has helped you since. Regardless, let me know how you are learning words now, and I will help you refine your strategy.

      4. Practice under timed conditions

      The GRE format of sitting at a computer as a clock relentlessly ticks downwards is unnerving, especially if you have not practiced under similar conditions. I would recommend trying out Magoosh. Our entire product – every question and lesson video – is computer-based. Every time you approach a question, there will be a clock.

      So get back to me on the first few points, but I definitely think with the right technique you will be able to break 150, if not 155, on the GRE verbal. (Magoosh offers a full-refund if a person re-taking the GRE doesn’t increase 5 total points).

      Hope that helped, and sorry again about the delayed reply ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Jean January 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    It’s Jean again.

    This is my first time to take the GRE exam and I want to get the score as high as possible.
    I went to cram school few years ago but I didn’t take the exam.
    So I’d like to know if I follow the 30-day GRE guide, will I get good grades?
    It’s like start from the beginning for me to take the exam, I’m kind of nervous…
    I really need help..haha

    • Chris Lele
      Chris January 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      Hi Jean,

      There is no magic formula – but if you follow the 30-day study guide, it is one of the most effective ways for anyone to prep. So even if a person is starting at a 135Math and ends up with a 150M after following the study guide, this is an amazing score improvement. 150M, however, is not a top score.

      So really it depends where you are starting from. Download the Powerprep test. It is free on the GRE site. Take the test and see what your score is. Then follow the study guide, focusing on your weak areas.

      Hope that helped!

  70. Jean January 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm #


    I’m curious about that if I just only follow the 30 days GRE guide, will it be enough for me to take the exam? I am really nervous about taking this exam, and I want to get good score. By the way, I just registered the prep today when I found here.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris January 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Jean,

      The answer really depends on your current score and the score you hope to attain. Following the 30-day GRE guide will definitely help, but unless I know your goals I do not know if it will be enough.

  71. Shay December 26, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I’m really interested to join the Magoosh as one of my many study prep tools. Can you please recommend your best GRE Math study tool for the new revised GRE exam?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris December 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Hi Shay,

      Our math study tool is our entire product – you get access to math video lessons that break down all the fundamentals you will need to do well on the test. On top of that we offer hundreds of math problems, each with a video explanation. We have a sale until the end of the month!

      Let me know if I can answer any other questions about the product.


  72. Nick December 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Are there full length tests offered by magoosh? Could you please send me the link?


  73. Vaisnavi December 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Please give me some effective tactics for quantitative section. I took the GRE before, but the score is simply embarrassing to enunciate. I really want to join Magoosh but the feeling to fail again in quant is haunting me. I did join some online coaching program but they were useless, only interested in extracting money without paying any considerations to my weakest areas. I am desperate to score in upper 700+, but it seems next to impossible (also because am a arts graduate) ๐Ÿ™

    • Chris Lele
      Chris December 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      Well Vaisnavi,

      I can positively say that no user of Magoosh has ever claimed that we “extract money.” Quite the contrary, we have such satisfied users that they are usually shocked we didn’t try to “extract” more money.

      As for your specific case, I’m not sure exactly why you are not doing well on quant, but I’m guessing your math skills have gotten rusty because of your arts background. Magoosh Quant will really help you out. Our lessons will help you brush up on all the fundamentals while helping you gain a better sense of the traps that the test-writers lay for the unsuspecting. Typically, “math tactics” are just a small part of the overall picture; the key is learning the concepts behind the math. And no one – in my not totally unbiased opinion – does a better job than Magoosh.

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