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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! :)

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Margarette Jung graduated from UC Berkeley as a double major in English Literature and Linguistics. She has been teaching for large companies and tutoring privately for more than 5 years. Follow her on Google+!

80 Responses to GRE Study Plans and Guides

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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.



  4. 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
      Rachel November 10, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      Hey Kaushal,

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

      Happy studying!


  5. 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! I’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
    (I’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 graduate…)

    If I retake it, I think…
    My dream scores is V :150+ , Q :168+
    Your 30 days plan was really written great!
    I’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 :)

      • 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 :)

      • 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.

  6. 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 :).

  7. 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!

  8. 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 :).

  9. 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 ??

  10. 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. :)
        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… :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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. :P

  13. 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 :).

  14. 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 :).

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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 :).

  18. 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 :).

  19. 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 :).

  20. 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!

  21. 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,

  22. 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 :).

  23. 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 :).

  24. 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 :).

  25. 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 :).

  26. 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 :).

  27. 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!

  28. 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 :).

  29. 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 Barron’s and see 20 Barron’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 Barron’s. Though if you memorize all MGRE then you should move on to Barron’s. There is significant overlap so you wouldn’t have to memorize the whole list.

      Hope that helps!

  30. 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 :).

  31. 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.

  32. 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 :).

  33. 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.

  34. 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 :)

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.


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

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


  39. 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) :(

    • 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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