One Week GRE Study Plan

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one week GRE study plan guide from Magoosh

So, you’ve procrastinated, or have maybe just learned that you have to take the test, because the program you are looking to get into happens to require the GRE. Obviously, this isn’t an enviable position to be in, but, if you have to take the GRE within a week or so, do not throw up your hands in despair.

Despite the belief that the GRE isn’t teachable (trust me, this attitude is quite common), you CAN study and cram for the GRE exam, even if you have very little time. Below is a 1 week GRE study guide to help you improve your score!

Looking for a study schedule spanning more time? Head over to our collection of other GRE study plans!

GRE One Week Study Schedule Table of Contents

Making the Most of Your GRE Study Schedule

Before you begin, check out some strategies for making the most of your study schedule.

Improve your GRE score with Magoosh.

Need to adapt this study schedule to meet your needs? Check out this blog post for adjustment tips!

GRE One Week Study Plan Essential Materials

  • Magoosh GRE Prep
  • Magoosh’s online GRE Flashcards. They’re free and you can use them on the web, on your iPhone/iPad or Android!
  • (In-context vocabulary), (on-line flashcards)
  • ETS’s PowerPrep Online (Test 1 and Test 2)
    (If you would prefer to take the practice test on paper, you can print out ETS’s practice test PDF (with video explanations here). Take note that PowerPrep Online and the paper-based test have overlapping material, so it won’t be of much help to do both! I recommend using PowerPrep Online if you can, since taking the test on a computer is a better simulation of test day conditions.)
  • Magoosh’s GRE Complete Guide
    This comprehensive, web-based guide to the GRE gives you the quick but very helpful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GRE is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GRE prep, and how to study for each test section.
  • A guide to GRE Practice Test Resources
    This page includes instructions on where to find good full-length GRE practice tests, and how to take practice tests and incorporate them into your studies. This page also has links to Magoosh’s free GRE diagnostic quizzes.

GRE One Week Study Plan Optional Materials

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How to Study for the GRE in One Week: Day 1 – 3

Identify your strengths and weaknesses

If you are struggling in Math, then begin with Magoosh Math Lessons. You should spend at least two days reviewing basic concepts. An effective learning strategy is to follow up a video by practicing questions that relate to the concept discussed in the video. For instance, if you watch a few lesson videos on exponents, make sure you complete the Quiz that accompanies each module.

For more practice questions, you can also go to the “Customize your practice” feature on your dashboard. You can then choose to only see questions that fall under “Powers and Roots,” for example. It’s also a good idea to select the “easy” option so that you can be sure to answer the question correctly. Conversely, if you sit back and only watch the lesson videos, you will not be able to apply the many concepts you learn (remember: use it or lose it!).

Often, students are more casual towards the verbal section then they are the math section. They reason that if they know how to read, then they should be able to score well. The Revised GRE has many obstacles that can stymie even careful readers. You must learn the lay of the land, so to speak. Spend time going through Magoosh’s lesson videos to learn essential tips and strategies. (And of course, learn what is a good Verbal Reasoning score.)

If vocabulary is daunting for you, use Magoosh’s GRE flashcards, which not only define words for you but provide example sentences gleaned written by the GRE content team at Magoosh. To memorize words as you go through practice questions, you can also use, which allows users to create online flashcards. Then, go through Magoosh’s verbal practice questions to hone your newfound strategies, and strengthen your vocabulary.

If you are having difficulty with both sections, then make sure not to neglect one. Try as much as possible to balance your prep. This goes for those topics that you find difficult. So let’s say you struggle with bar graphs and pie charts. Head over to Magoosh’s excellent Data Interpretation lessons.

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How to Study for the GRE in One Week: Day 4

Mock Test

Take a Practice Test – PowerPrep Online/The Official Guide to the GRE

There is no better way to prepare for the big day than by taking a practice test. Both the Official Revised Guide and the PowerPrep offer you tests—the former paper-based, the latter online. After a few days reviewing concepts and doing practice problems on Magoosh (you will have already become used to the stressful countdown timer), the test shouldn’t be as daunting as it may have been only four short days ago. While you many not get your target score, you shouldn’t despair. You still have time.

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How to Study for the GRE in One Week: Day 5

Continue to do questions and lessons.

Continue doing practice questions from Magoosh and, if you have it, the Official Guide. Just as importantly, revisit questions you missed in the past. Can you get them right the second time? If not, why? Are there certain techniques and strategies that you are struggling to apply? You may also want to consider going back over videos and lessons.

If you haven’t already, be sure to make your way through all of the lesson modules. By this time, you should have reviewed the basics.

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How to Study for the GRE in One Week: Day 6

Almost There

You are getting very close. It is key not to become too stressed out. I know this is hard, but even if you are still missing many questions at this point, know that each error is an opportunity for improvement.

If you are not ready to take another PowerPrep test, don’t feel you have to (if you have time, make sure to review your mistakes). Review questions, and do more questions from Magoosh.

If you are struggling with vocabulary, don’t worry too much (after all, memorizing a thousand words in a week is difficult – and won’t necessarily help you identify words in context). Do your best to eliminate. And don’t be afraid to guess on test day. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try to learn the words you encounter in Magoosh’s lessons. Many of these are high-frequency words.

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How to Study for the GRE in One Week: Day 7

Test Day

You should have gotten a good night’s rest. Make sure you are calm and as collected as possible. If you still need to go through formulas or strategies, do so, but make sure the experience isn’t making you feel stressed. If it is, stop. Remember, going in with a clear head is far better than shaking in trepidation as you walk into the test center. And remember, if you’ve followed the above GRE study guide, you have much to be proud of. You’ve come a long way in so little time.

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154 Responses to One Week GRE Study Plan

  1. Hadeel May 14, 2019 at 1:31 am #

    i am interested in math section only and i have test after one week
    Can you offer me a package for all vedios and practice questions and test
    Please replay urgently

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

      Hi Hadeel,

      You can see all of our plans and pricing here for our Premium Programs: . In order to get access to all of our videos, questions and support, you will need to purchase a Premium subscription. If you have more question, please reach out to us directly at 🙂

  2. Meghan January 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

    I am a week and a half out from my test and didn’t start studying until today. Do you know how accurate the practice test scores are? My current practice scores are good enough to get me into my program, but I want to make sure the scores are valid across both tests before completely sighing in relief.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 19, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Meghan!

      This is a great question. To clarify, are you referring to the ETS PowerPrep exams? If you aren’t, let me know.

      PowerPrep is actually the most accurate score prediction! This are free tests created by ETS, which is the same company that makes the GRE! The questions are the most similar to the test, the adaptive nature of the test is similar, and the scoring algorithm matches that of the actual test.

      Therefore, the score you see from the PowerPrep tests should pretty closely reflect the score you should expect to receive on the actual test! 😀

      • Meghan January 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

        Thank you for replying so quickly. Yes, I was referring to the PowerPrep exam. That does help. I will still be studying, but I feel a lot better with some of the pressure off.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2019 at 9:11 am #

          Glad we could help 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Wondering September 19, 2017 at 3:57 am #

    Could someone tell me if indeed the the GRE test (and the difficulty level including the *types* of questions asked, say, on the RC, are the same regardless of what you choose as the “intended major”.

    I would be curious to know what Magoosh’s coaches and tutors chose as their intended major when they took the test for themselves, and what difference did the intended major make?

    Would it be fair to say that if someone chooses Humanities or History as their subject, they will get one level of RCs, and someone who has chosen Engineering might get slightly easier or sciency RCs. Is that possible?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 19, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      Hi there,

      The chosen major will NOT affect the difficulty level of questions. From what I understand, this information is used for research purposes by ETS to see how different people do on the exam. The GRE is meant to be a ‘level playing field,’ so there is absolutely no difference between tests based on the answers you provide in your registration.

  4. Leala August 30, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    You are the best Magoosh, even though my score with practice tests still way below average, but I am the problem not Magoosh.

  5. lippi January 19, 2017 at 1:54 am #

    i m completely frustrated with gre preparation.
    being a non mathematical background student, i m not able to cope up with the quant part.
    please guide me.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 19, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Lippi,

      If you struggle with math, the best way to improve is first to review the basics. Basic math concepts make up the foundation of harder math questions. The better you are at the basics, the faster you’ll be at answering questions correctly.

      Also, check out the instructional videos from Khan Academy that review the general topics tested on the exam. The relevant videos are organized to correspond to the GRE Math Review from ETS:

      ETS GRE: Khan Academy Instructional Videos

      If you’d like an even more in-depth review of basic concepts, I’d recommend McGraw-Hill’s Conquering the New GRE Math. You can read our review here.

    • Arpan June 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm #


      So I’ve finished the material and have a week left for the test. Right now, my plan is to continuously do magoosh practice tests everyday even though I have finished the material and on the last 2 days take a manhattan and kaplan practice test. Is this a good plan?


      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 21, 2017 at 1:21 am #

        Hi Arpan! It’s awesome to hear how diligent you’ve been in your studies! 🙂 As we mention in our study plan, while you should definitely continue prepping this week (working through questions again is actually very beneficial), we recommend taking a break from your prep the day before your exam. You’ve been preparing consistently and want to arrive to the exam well-rested. Doing too much prep the day before the exam can leave you tired and groggy for the actual exam, which is definitely not what you want!

        I hope this helps 🙂 And from all of us here at Magoosh, good luck on your exam!

  6. M January 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks for this! I’ll let you know how it goes for me!

  7. Adeem November 28, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Hi, I have the GRE exam in a week. My current verbal score is 148, I really want to get it higher to at least 152. What do you think is the best way to do that? Last time I’ve memorized so many words but it seems that it didn’t help so well. Almost each chapter I get around 3-4 mistakes per question type (overall 9-12 mistakes per chapter) and I can’t seem to identify any weakness. 75% of my mistakes are vocabulary mistakes, but then again, I can’t memorize all the GRE words in the world, I’ve already memorized the 300 words found in your GRE vocabulary ebook. So I’m kind of lost on how should I advance from here? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Adeem. If you have just one week to boost your GRE Verbal score by a few points, you should focus on strategy rather than learning more words. This is because strategy skills can be boosted quickly, much more quickly. Try to focus on ways to eliminate wrong answers, ways to use context clues to find the meanings of vocabulary words, and so on.

  8. umair ali November 20, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    sir i want to join magoosh and i require 320 score and 4 in analytical writing.i have 1 month remaining.kindly guide me

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Umair,

      Given your 1 Month timeline, I recommend that you utilize the 1-Month GRE Daily Study Schedule. This plan will guide you through all of our content, and it will give structure to your studies for this month. Please note that our students typically realize an 8 point overall increase on average. And, it really depends on the student’s effort and determination. Good luck studying, and you can do this!

  9. Dave Maynard November 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    I find myself in a different boat than most posters…My verbal score at 166 is great. My quant of 142 is…not so much. Is there anything specific you’d suggest for quant score raising in a relatively short time and a realistic goal to set? I’m scheduled to take the GRe on Dec. 12 and am looking to apply to master’s programs in public policy.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi Dave,

      The best thing that you can do in the next month is to boost your understanding of basic math concepts. You have have noticed that the GRE doesn’t require complicated math or difficult equations, but rather it focuses on critical thinking and understanding how to apply fundamental principles. I recommend that you spend some quality time in the Math Basics Section of our blog, where you will find information to help you understand these concepts.

      I also highly recommend Khan Academy, which provides free educational videos that cover all of the math concepts on the GRE. This will help you to gain more confidence with these concepts so that you can apply them to more questions and improve your score! Here is the link:

      As for a realistic goal–you have a month, and a lot of room for improvement. I think if you can really boost your understanding and ability to apply these concepts, you will see a nice increase in your score 🙂 A key to math improvement is practice, however, so you need to make sure that you have access to high quality practice questions. I recommend that you check Magoosh out with a free 7-day trial:

  10. Preeti Khanna October 25, 2016 at 12:42 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I’ve taken GRE test yesterday. My score is 309(147 VA and 162 QA). Could you please suggest if I should take a re-test or not?
    I am an Engineering Graduate with 2 years of work experience in Management Consulting. I want to go for Master’s in Data Analytics or MIS. Please suggest which Universities I can target.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2016 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Preeti,

      As you may have read in other posts, we unfortunately don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with test prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. I would recommend checking out our post for Magoosh’s recommended grad school sites and resources. Specifically, the Grad Cafe may be a useful resource. In addition, I would look up some of your target programs to see where your score falls within the range. This will provide you with helpful information as to whether you should retake the exam.

      • Amruta August 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

        Hello sir m having my gre in 1 week and still m not able to get 150 in both section can u help me to get that

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2018 at 10:28 am #

          Hi Amruta,

          You’re in the right place! I recommend that you follow the advice that we provide in this blog post. In particular, you should focus on test strategies like pacing and section-specific strategies that will help you to work through questions efficiently and accurately. A week is a short amount of time, but you can certainly leverage your current understanding to improve as much as possible! Good luck!

  11. Bhavesh Magnani September 30, 2016 at 2:56 am #

    I have exactly 20 days left for my gre, can you please help me out with vocabulary it’s getting tougher day by day

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Hi Bhavesh,

      First, unfortunately, there’s no magic way to drastically improve your verbal score overnight. The verbal section is testing your overall ability to use and understand the English language. That’s a large task and one that takes a lot of time to fully prepare for.

      That said, you can definitely work to improve your performance and leverage your current knowledge so you can get the highest score possible 😀

      The first thing I’m going to recommend is that you work on making sure you are comfortable with high frequency words. So go to our Vocabulary eBook.

      You should look at the chapter “Most Common GRE Words” that starts on page 11. You will want to be as familiar as possible with all of these words. They are the most likely to show up and be important for you on the exam.

      If you already feel comfortable with those words, then I recommend continuing to work on our GRE vocabulary flashcards. Try to learn 10 new words each day. Instead of thinking about learning all the advanced words, focus on just adding a few more to your vocabulary each day. When learning new words, make sure you learn them in context. That means learning the definition AND learning when, where, why, and how the word is actually used.

  12. Yuan September 25, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m having my GRE test on 12 Oct, my previous score is 315(154V 158Q). Is there any way that I can improve my score to more than 320 within 2 weeks? Thank you so much for your help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 25, 2016 at 9:11 am #

      Hi Yuan,

      Typically, it’s difficult to realize significant gains within such a short period, and we recommend that students try to invest more time into their studies. However, if you are in a situation in which you only have 2 weeks, you’ll just have to maximize your time. Work with high intensity for these final two weeks. As this post describes, I recommend that you focus on your weaknesses. Review your old mock exams and practice problems to identify the areas you are weakest on. Then, review the lessons and practice more problems related to these areas. This is how you can realize your greatest gains in a short period. At the same time, identify any common carless errors you tend to make. Jot them down, so that you can remind yourself of them before you walk into the exam. Good luck!

  13. Nashid September 21, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Does anybody have Power Preparation I link?

  14. kruthika September 18, 2016 at 6:37 am #


    My gre exam is on 2nd of October and I haven’t prepared much for it. Is there any way for me to improve my scores in the limited time? I have practiced a few mock tests in Princeton and i am able to get a score of about 297. I tried in Manhattan prep test and was able to score only 300. Could you provide me tips to increase my score more in the next fortnight?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 24, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Kruthika,

      While two weeks isn’t a very long time to study, you can definitely see some improvement in a short time! First, you should make sure that you understand the format, pacing and questions types that you will see on the GRE. You can check out our Ultimate Guide to the GRE for this. You must also understand the best strategy for each question type. If you peruse through our blog you will definitely find these resources as well. You should also make sure that you are expanding your vocabulary with our flashcards! Then, you must make sure that you practice as much as possible. Since you have limited time, I encourage you to use the Official Guide to the GRE because they are the most authentic question materials. The key here is to make sure that you learn as much as you can about each question. Try to understand it inside and out, and research any methods or concepts that you are unfamiliar with. Before taking the test, I recommend that you try to complete at least one of the free ETS Powerprep II Practice Tests.

  15. Sidharth M Nair September 13, 2016 at 11:42 pm #

    Hi Chris

    I have exactly one week for my GRE test,and i have been scoring in the range of 290-300 in the practise test which i attended previously.I would love to score atleast 310 in the actual test.I have the magoosh online package as my tool.Could you provide me with a schedule and any other references which i need to take as a part of my preparation.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Hi Sidharth,

      Since you are a Premium student, I forwarded your email on to our team of tutors so that you can get a personalized and efficient answer. You should hear from them soon! Our blog comment policy is strict and it sometimes takes us a while to answer individual questions…but remember that as a Premium Student the best way to reach us is to send an email to or via the help tab when you are logged in to Magoosh 🙂

      • Sidharth M Nair September 17, 2016 at 3:57 am #

        I recieved the email thanks for your sincere reply.Appreciate It

  16. Dray September 13, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    I have 10 days before i take the GRE for the first time. Is there a more detailed study plan or guide for me to practice daily until then? I need a 300 or higher combined quant and verbal.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      When you have less than two weeks to study, exactly what you should do on each day depends a lot on your own individual learning needs. There’s no time to cover everything, and you need to figure out your exact priorities (as seen in “day 1-3: identify your strengths and weaknesses).

      But if you want some closer guidance, I have good news: all of Magoosh’s GRE study schedules are designed to be customizable and combinable. I suggest looking at some of the other longer and more detailed Magoosh GRE study plans. These plans can help you find the specific daily activities you’d like to incorporate into your 10 day plan. You may find the detail in our one month daily GRE study plan to be especially helpful. You can combine elements of the one month plan with this one week plan to create a tailor-made 10 day plan that really works for you!

  17. charushi September 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    I have my GRE on 30th Sep. I gave ETS practice test and got a score of 307(162 Q,145 V). I need to improve my Vocab. I am having trouble with my RC’s and also text completions.
    Please suggest some tips. It will be really helpful.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      I’m sorry to hear that your Verbal score isn’t where it needed to be in practice. That sounds frustrating. Fortunately, there are ways you can boost your GRE Verbal score in the next two weeks. One thing you should focus on is strategy. The strategies for correctly answering GRE Verbal multiple choice questions can be learned quickly. You can improve your strategic skills much more dramatically in two weeks, compared to improving your vocabulary knowledge.

      For strategy tips, use reliable third-party GRE prep resources such as Manhattan and (if I may say so) Magoosh GRE. 🙂 Even if you don’t have a subscription to Magoosh GRE, we have a lot of great answer explanation videos over on the Magoosh GRE Forums. These videos explain the answers for both Verbal and Quant questions from the official GRE guides. Each video acts as a really good mini-lesson on strategy. Our blog also has plenty of posts with sample GRE Verbal questions, answer keys, and strategy-oriented explanations of the answers.

      Also make sure that you are building the skills that can help you understand vocabulary words, even if they are new to you and aren’t ones you memorized via flashcard. Between now and the thirtieth, build up your active reading skills and be sure to practice reading vocabulary in context.

  18. Yash Jawale August 30, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    i have my GRE exam coming up in a week scheduled on 7th September. i have scored 152 in verbal and 160 in quant. i am working on verbal and have improved my score from 143 to 152…i hope to do much better in it. i am facing problem in quant. i feel i can score about 166 or so in quant because my maths isn’t that bad. though i am comitting a lot of careless mistakes. how do i get rid of them. plus what and how should i revise to score much more.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 31, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

      Hi Yash,

      First of all, congrats on the improvement! That is really a feat! I suggest that you read the following blog posts: avoiding silly mistakes on the GRE and Learning from Math Practice. They have great strategies that you can use in your final week to boost your math score a bit more 🙂

  19. Faisal August 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm #


    i have a exam on september 8 i got 156 in quant and 145 in verbal in ets test. Now i am planning to move the exam date from 8 to 25 september. What will be the best approach to score near 156 in verbal by this time.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 30, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Hi Faisal,

      Success on the verbal section requires knowledge of the best problem-solving strategies, strong reading comprehension skills and an expanded vocabulary. So, I recommend that you check out the verbal section of our blog for the strategies that you should follow for each question type. I also recommend that you read GRE-level material for at least an hour a day to improve your overall reading comprehension. You can find reading recommendations here. And finally, you should work on learning vocabulary in context and studying our flashcards to learn the most common GRE words. Finally, check out this blog post! I hope this helps 🙂

  20. mounika August 24, 2016 at 3:02 am #

    This guide will be very helpful for me to prepare for GRE.

  21. Sayli August 19, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    I am having my gre on 30th august .
    I am trying hard but i am not able to solve RC section . Eveytime i end up scoring 1/3 or 2/5 in RC . i am done with 333 barrons + magoosh basic words from vocab builder .
    Please help me out . i want to score 150+ in verbal .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Sayli. Sorry to hear your RC isn’t where it needs to be… yet. You’re definitely on the right track with your vocabulary word lists— Barron’s and Magoosh are both great resources. Consider also doing Barron’s 1100 and Magoosh GRE Flashcards as you move forward.

      You should also work to develop good reading strategies– RC is really a balance of vocabulary study and reading skills. Active reading strategies are a good place to start as you continue to improve your GRE Verbal RC skills. And there are many other Reading Comprehension Strategies you can look up on the Magoosh GRE Blog as well. See our GRE Reading Comprehension landing page for general advice and links to specific tutorials and posts.

  22. Shaivya August 5, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Hey, i am giving my gre on 17th. I am preparing for it. I gave 2 princeton review test and got 305 and 310. I learned barron’s 333 words but they are not seem to be sufficient. Please help i am freaking out.!! Can i score 320?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      Hi Shaivya,

      While you can definitely see improvement in a week, a 10-15 point increase in such a short time is, unfortunately, very unlikely. I won’t say it’s impossible, but we don’t see increases of that magnitude very often. I recommend that you take the ETS Powerprep mock tests, which are made by the same people who make the GRE and will provide you with the most authentic experience and best score prediction. After taking the test, spend ample time reviewing every question to try to understand the best methods and strategies for each problem. Our blog is a great place to explore if you have questions about the concepts or how to solve different question types! We also provide answers to many of the questions from Powerprep in our forum ( or by searching for Magoosh + “first few words of question” on Google.

      While I can’t guarantee such a large increase, this sort of focused review is a good way to achieve maximum improvement in a short time 🙂

  23. anushree July 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Chris!
    I have around 1 month to study.. I am studying the flashcards and vocab builder… I feel my vocab is pretty weak and I am freaking out. I am working as research engineer and get only 3 to 4 hrs at max to study for the test. Please help me put to score above 325..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

      In your situation, the best thing to do is to build your skills in strategy rather than in vocabulary knowledge. Look for good ways to refine your Reading Comprehension strategies. And build up your answer selection strategies for multiple choice questions.

      This kind of strategy can be learned relatively quickly, compared to the pace of learning new vocabulary one word at a time. And strategic approaches to RC and answering questions can help you find “workarounds” when you don’t know the meanings of all of the word sin a GRE Verbal passage or question.

  24. FRP Tower May 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    Cool article, It was helpful.

  25. Sujith October 2, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    I have 2 weeks to prepare for my GRE. But college timings have become a problem for me.I wrote ETS CD Test-1 and scored 305 (Math-162 Verbal-143).But recent test takers told me the original test has become tough compared to ETS prep.So I am little tensed whether my actual GRE score would be btw 302 and 310! So What should I do?Is 2 weeks sufficient for me to improve my score by 5?

  26. Ash September 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    I recently took the gre. I’d been getting around 325 in mock tests. However, I managed to get only 320 in my actual test (154v,166q). I know that I have the potential to cross the 330 mark. According to you, should I give it another go? and when , if at all, should I reappear?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan September 23, 2015 at 2:01 am #

      Hi Ash,

      Chris wrote a blog post about retaking the GRE that you may find helpful!

      All best,

  27. Ramya August 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    Question about the GRE materials for those without a thick wallet : I am planning to take the exam in two months from now and I don’t want to invest money or time in an overwhelming amount of resources. If I stick to the magoosh premium plan, would it be all inclusive for GRE prep or should I supplement it with one of the Manhattan’s, Barron’s etc. for a better score?

  28. Prateek July 5, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Hello Chris,
    I am currently learning words from YouTube playlist of vocabwednesday. so I just want to know, are these words are high frequency GRE words or they are just to improve types English words ?
    Thanks for free videos , I am loving them 🙂

  29. Sreeja June 27, 2015 at 4:50 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I am planning to attend GRE within 2 weeks from now. I tried out two practice tests and got scores 310(149 verbal + 161 quant) and 306(151 verbal + 155 quant). Can you advise me how to strategically plan my studies so that I can increase the scores to 160+ in verbal and 165+ in quant?

    Thanks in advance,

  30. Mahvash November 20, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    Dear Chris,
    I think I may be in need of SERIOUS HELP here. I started preparing for the GRE about a month ago and took the 1st ETS Practice Test (PowerPrep). I scored 145 and 152 in Quant and Verbal respectively. That was very discouraging, I admit. I prepared keeping in mind those scores. I have been devoting 4-5 hours daily with a work schedule.
    After a month’s worth of prep, I took the 2nd ETS test earlier today and to my dismay and despair my score had only improved by 9 points overall! 149 in Quant and 157 in Verbal. My Math skills are not so good but my English is generally quite good and, I cannot understand why I am languishing in the Verbal section! I hope to score atleast a 160 there. And I’ll be happy with myself if I score above 155 in Quant too (I make a lot of careless mistakes too). Also, I noticed I could not complete ANY of the sections in time (attempted 17-18 questions on average).
    Overall, I am horrified as I gave myself around a month to prepare and my scores did not improve much! I am using Barron’s and ETS as prep sources. My exam is only 11 days away now! Should I even bother to give it at this rate or reschedule? Is there a quick fix for me that woud improve the total score by 10 or so points in 11 days? Deadlines are fast approaching and I have other aspects of my application to work on as well.
    This is so depressing. Freaking out.

    • Pallavi November 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      I’m going through with the same thing. I just have a week left to and vocabulary is all hodgepodge in my head. Already there’s a paucity of vocabulary in my head. All applications’ deadlines are running out and I am so disheartened that I’m scared of taking tests looking at my previous scores. I’m having an apprehension since I am so scared of answering verbal questions wrong. I can’t get 4000 words in my head in 3-4 days. Also I have to study math. Both are disparate, so have to study differently and devote time equally. I don’t know how I’m going to do this. I’m drowning in tension. How can I turn things around in 7 days?

      • Mahvash November 21, 2014 at 10:39 am #

        Pallavi, I can totally relate. Focus on the ETS books for now. It is the best prep material out there I think, as it gives you the exact feel of the test. I think my techniques are already improving after practicing from the ETS Prep books for many hours today. But still that’s little consolation as there is a vast variety of questions that can appear anyway. I am extremely anxious and those wrought nerves aren’t doing any wonders for a stroke of brilliance and long term retention 🙁 We need help Chris!

  31. Frusrated November 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    The Magoosh website is great but I found out the only day for me to take the GRE is this Thursday (thats 4 days from now) and I am freaking out. I have been out of college for several years and I feel stupid as I am doing the practice tests. I am trying to follow your guide but I feel like I am very behind. HELP!!!!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 10, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Yikes! That is not a good situation.

      One way to lessen the anxiety is to tell yourself that you are only going to increase your score by a few points by studying these next four days. But those few points are still a big deal. That mindset should help you focus and start learning what you can in the next few days. You might even surprise yourself :).

      Good luck, and let me know if you need any more guidance these next few days!

  32. Susana Luis October 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I am taking the exam on 10/31/14 about 3 weeks away! DO you think you can help me figure out how to study using Magoosh..I took a prep course but I am not at all ready! Please help. I don’t know what I would score & I am weak in both subjects..especially math. The verbal I thought I had it down in the GMAT but now taking the GRE and it seems more difficult. I would love to use the STUDY SCHEDULE but need help.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 13, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Susana,

      Magoosh can definitely help you out. While it may seem overwhelming at first, I would try a study schedule (the one month should be fine). You don’t have to follow to the exact ‘T’. It is more like a map that will help you get to the right place–though there may be a few routes. I say this because you don’t have quite as much time as the 1-month schedule. Yet by following much of it, you will see improvements over the next 3 weeks.

      You’ll also want to tailor it to any weak areas you might have. If vocab is your bane, then spend more time there. If you do better on, say, algebra-related questions, then you might want to skip/gloss over some of the tutorials in favor of vocab or other weak areas.

      Let me know how that sounds, and let me know if you need more guidance along the way 🙂

  33. Rachael August 25, 2014 at 10:59 am #


    I got a 137 on the verbal part of this exam and a 139 on the math part. How long would you suggest that I need to study for the exam? I was going to try and take it in two weeks but I haven’t had a chance to look at anything until now so I’m not so sure that’s a great idea.

    Thank you

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele August 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Rachael,

      Not sure what deadline you are trying to meet, but if you could hold off taking the test for the next couple of months, at least, you could have a good chance at significantly improving your scores. With only a couple of weeks, while you might improve a little, it is hard to really see any monumental gains. By following the 90-day study plan, you could hit 150 in both sections.

      Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions along the way 🙂

  34. Ronak August 18, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    I am going to write GRE for the second time in about 10 days and still haven’t started with the preparations. I got 302 ( 159 quant , 143 verbal ) when i wrote the gre about a year ago. How do i go about the preparations now ?? I’m mainly concerned with the verbal part , should i try and read as many new words as possible and or follow another procedure to improve my verbal score ?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele August 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Ronak,

      Yes, learning new words is important, but you’ll want to be sure not just to cram words from a list, or even flashcards. Doing a lot of reading from websites like would be helpful. I go into a lot more depth in the vocabulary ebook:

      Hope that helps!

  35. Mira March 11, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have taken the GRE – scored 152Q/152V with a week of studying. I need to raise my total score by at least 20 points to get into the grad school I am looking into. I will be taking the GRE again on April 8th and will begin with magoosh today. I wanted to follow one of our suggested study plans, but none of them meet my time frame – any suggestions for best method of utilizing magoosh / prepping to meet my goal?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Mira,

      I would follow the “spirit” of the study plans–making sure to balance your prep, focusing on the weak areas. All too often students get lost in the forest, trying to conquer one or two trees.

      For the actual product, make sure that you alternate between lessons and questions (the quiz format makes this easier). But I would definitely start with the lessons, but feel free to skip around based on your strengths (no need to focus on Text Completions if you struggle on Reading Comp.).

      Always, make sure you are taking a mock test once a week. Try to understand your mistakes after the test and figure out ways to avoid them in the future.
      That way you can make sure you are homing in your 160+ goal on each section. If not, drop us a line at support and we can do our best to guide you there.

      Good luck!

  36. Betsy February 18, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    What are the chances of getting high points in the GRE with only 2 weeks of study (day and night crash study)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele February 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Betsy,

      Well, it depends on where you are starting from. Sub-150’s on both math and verbal will need more than 2 weeks time, even if you are studying around the clock. You’ll maybe go up by about 10 points–and that’s on the optimistic side. Of course you know yourself best and what you are capable of. Perhaps in 2 weeks you could even go up 15 points (a rare feat!), but will that get you into the coveted “high score” land?

      Take a practice test to see where you are at score-wise, and then see how far that is away from 320 total points. If it within 15 points, go for it — just make sure to get some sleep in there :).

  37. anchal February 11, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Hi chris!
    I have 12 days left.. I am really worried about my verbal and argument section
    I have tried several practice tests… but the last test that I gave- ets 1… I scored a 315… in which my quants was 166 and verbal was 149… I really need to improve my score in verbal.. I am not able to figure a way out.
    Pls help.. I dont really have a problem with vocab .. but somehow I am making mistakes in rc’s.
    Pls help pls….!!!
    I have a target of 330+

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am #


      I’d be glad to help! But first let me know more about where you struggle in Critical Reading. Certain types of passages, certain question types, etc. Also, let me know how you are currently approaching the passages. Do you spend a lot of time reading the passage, or do you find yourself spending much of the time going back and forth between a couple of answer choices.

      Additionally, do you understand the answer to a question once you see it, or are you still confused as to why the right answer is right. Finally, what prep materials have you used this far?

      Let me know 🙂

      • anchal February 12, 2014 at 11:07 am #

        Hi chris,
        Mostly I am struggling with passages related to “history” or inference type questions…
        Approach.. I read the entire passage first and try to jot down major points per para
        Then I try to solve questions using my notes or at times I have to go back to the passage as well..
        And yes.. rc’s for me are pretty time consuming… may be bescause I take time formulating the answers..normally I go for the elimination process…like in one of your vedios…but mostly I am stuck between two choices .. which eats my time….
        I am using magoosh… ets.. 5lb and some online prep sites…
        And Thanks alot for replying
        I am pretty worried. . Also I would like to know where can I give full mock tests except for ets n 5lb…

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele February 13, 2014 at 11:37 am #

          Hi Anchal,

          It looks like there are a few things you should change up in your approach. First off, spend more time understanding why the best answer is exactly that, and why the answer you were tempted by is wrong. There is always a clear reason that an wrong answer is wrong. Spotting this and being able to anticipate it in the future are key. Also get a sense of what makes the right answer right–try to figure out the test writers logic.

          Next, I’d get away from the note approach. At first it may seem difficult, and you’ll even be less effective. But with practice, you will become just as efficient with notes, but will be a lot faster. Here is a blog post where I write about this:

          Let me know how it goes, and good luck!

  38. Kashish November 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    really happy to have found a wonderful page like this. I gave GRE and i scored way below my mock test and powerprep scores.. ur book review made me realise that i wasnt on the right track.. hopefull i’ll be appearing for the GRE again.. i know the deadlines are coming up but applying with a better score will be advantageous anytime.. thanks for the wonderful tips! 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 12, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Kashish,

      You are welcome :)!

  39. shraddha November 10, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I have a week to go for my GRE. I have been preparing for the test using magoosh videos and practice questions. If you could please tell me what all I should do during this week so that I am all good for the test it will be great!
    Thanks a lot in advance!


  40. Bharat.S October 16, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Hello Chris,
    I have my exam on Oct 31. 2 weeks from now. I am comfortable with math and pretty unsure about verbal. I have heard from my friends that, verbal consists mostly of RCs than SCs and TCs. If this is true, does preparing more for RCs will be an advantage?

    Thanks in Advance!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 17, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Hi Bharat,

      The verbal is an even split between TC/SE and RC. That is, there will be ten TC/SE questions and 10 RC questions per verbal section. You must prep for both. If you notice that you are better than one than the other, than you should focus on the section that you struggle with more.

      Hope that helps!

      • Bharat.S October 20, 2013 at 6:59 am #

        Hi Chris,
        Thank you for the information.


        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele October 21, 2013 at 11:29 am #

          You’re welcome!

  41. Ugo March 26, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Good day, 
    Can I purchase an offline version with video tutorials and practice questions?  Internet connection isn’t great in my country.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette March 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi, Ugo

      Unfortunately, all of our material requires an internet connection! As an alternative, I’d recommend downloading our free eBook PDFs, which you can read even if you’re offline (there’s a link at the top of the blog).

      I hope that helps! 🙂


  42. srikanth March 13, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    hi chris.

    I’m going to write my gre on march 22nd.Its exactly one week from now but i have started my preparation just now..I’m not good enough in verbal as well as in Quant only from this 1 week preparation can i improve my skills…?suggest me the best way for securing 300 marks in gre it a big deal to get 300 from this one week..

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Srikanth,

      One week isn’t much time to study :). But if you are already getting close to 300, then you may well be able to get this score in one week. To find out where you are scoring, take the online test:

      If you are scoring well below 300, one week may not be enough time to get to 300. I’ve heard of a few Magoosh users who were able to raise their score by over 10 points in two weeks. It’s rare–and very difficult to do. But don’t despair–the 1 week plan will definitely help :).

      Good luck and let me know if you have any questions along the way :).

  43. srikanth July 19, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    dear chris,
    i recently took gre and scored 276 and surprised to see my score very low even now i couldnt make up wat are the mistakes done by me? i got maximum of answers while doing but failed to score so planning to take my gre again in august .so plz suggest me wat are fundamental things i have to keep in mind while preparing for gre……

  44. Shoo July 16, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Dear Chris,

    Thank you. I took a GRE exam last year and got 280 in verbal and 750 in Quan and 2 in AW. I have just two weeks to improve my Verbal number near 450. Is that possible for me?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi Shoo,

      If you are still scoring around 280, it is going to be very difficult to improve by 170 points (old scale). Try out Magoosh – we offer complete prep: concept lessons followed by hundreds of practice questions. Together with our ebook, and a lot of hard work, you could make an improvement.

      Good luck!

  45. aimer July 15, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    do you have video explanation of 2 test papers on ets cdrom of powerprep 2

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      Hi Aimer,

      We are working on that; those videos should be up soon!

  46. sanjana July 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    im getting around 313 in ets mock test.i want a score around 330+.
    waiting for your suggestion.
    i have gone through maximum of the maghoosh ebooks too.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Have you been taking any practice tests? Have you used Magoosh product itself and gone through the practice questions? It is key to do practice questions in addition to reading up on strategies or tips. To boost your score to such a level, you will want to do as many high-quality practice questions as possible.

      Hope that helps!

  47. sanjana July 3, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    hi chris,
    i have my exam in a week.can you suggest me how many hours per day minimum will be required?
    i have done most of my prep but not 100%.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Sanjana,

      There is no magic number – it really depends on how you are studying and the material you are using. A 313 is a strong score. To go about by 17+ points in a week is very, very difficult. That is not to say it is impossible, but even if you studied 12 hours a day, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to make such a jump. The GRE tests a lifetime of accumulated knowledge – one week is simply not enough for such a jump.

      That said spending at least a few hours a day focusing on your weak areas should help. Are you currently using Magoosh? If not, which materials are you using? I’ll devise a plan for you based on your response :).

      • sanjana July 5, 2012 at 6:21 am #

        i have gone through the words and math topics.i am using barrons and ets presently. i have completed maximum of both.

        • sanjana July 5, 2012 at 6:25 am #

          words and math topics of maghoosh.

  48. jibin jose July 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Thank you Chris. 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      You are welcome 🙂

  49. jibin jose July 2, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have joined your course 2 months back. It really helped to improve the verbal section.
    It really rocks.
    As I am planning to give the test next week, i want to know what needs to be done to get a good score in AWA. And also want to know do you have any facility to review my essays at least in couple o topics.I would appreciate If you can help me with some useful resource or cites which rates my essays.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

      Hi Jibin Jose,

      Unfortunately, we do not grade essays and I have yet to learn of anybody who provides this service :(. That said, have a look at the sample essays on the site. They will give you a good idea of where you are scoring. Speaking of which the issue and argument question banks are the single best source of practice. Not only the prompts written by ETS but the prompt you see test day will be one of the prompts from the bank.

      Sorry, I couldn’t be more helpful. Good luck :).

      • TJ October 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

        Hello! It’s a bit late… but actually Princeton Review the new online tests that come with the book come with complimentary grading of the AW. (this costs money)

        I still love and use magoosh online prep too! I am just letting people know if it helps!!

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele October 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

          Thanks TJ!

          I actually mentioned the PR service awhile back in a post. At that time, I was wondering if anyone had actually used the service–but I didn’t get any replies. I think this could be a great service to students. esp. because the PR website says that it will provide personalized feedback. I just want to make sure I’ve heard user feedback before I wholeheartedly endorse it :).

  50. mithra June 28, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Hi chris.I have one week left for my gre exam.And my practise is not good because of health problems.i took the barrons diagnostic test and scored 14/20 in verbal and 16/20 in quants.I hope to get around 330+ in the exam,so how many hours per day should i put in?
    Pls hel i’m really confused and upset as i did not get what i expected in the diagnostic test.pls help me as soon as you can..
    will be waiting for your reply

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi Mithra,

      The Barron’s Diagnostic test is only one test, and is not necessarily that accurate. Have you taken a diagnostic test from ETS, the one that comes with the official guide? In the last week, you should consider strengthening your vocabulary. I think you will find the Magoosh ebooks very helpful in terms of providing you with tips and strategies:

      Good luck on your test :), and don’t hesitate to ask any more questions.

      • mithra June 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

        thank you chris.i would definitely follow the ebooks and also try to improve my vocab.
        no i dint take ets dignostic test yet.i will do it soon.
        thanks for the prompt reply

        • Chris Lele
          Chris July 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

          You are welcome!

  51. Richard Valdivieso June 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I have my test June 30. Now I feel the pressure in my neck. I had cover almost all the videos, but I have remember all the algebra, but I am lacking on geometry and statistics. My first language is not English, so I am no going to lose time with the verbal. I would be happy with a good quantitative score.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Richard,

      Both the GRE Magoosh blog and the GMAT Magoosh blog are excellent resources for Geometry and Statistics questions. So if you want more practice with these concepts both blogs are always at your disposal :).

  52. Venkat June 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I ve 8 yrs of work experience and am planning to take GRE on 25th June. My scores are fluctuating. Sometimes my quanti pushes me up and verbal / RC part pushes me down.
    I am targetting 310 + . The score conversion is also confusing a bit. Out of 50 verbal & 50 quanti how much should i get correct.
    I started preparing 3 months back and honestly i couldnt dedicate daily brushing of the materials because of my work. I am preparing with ETS material.
    I was just surfing the internet and came across your website.
    I would appreciate if I can talk to you in person over phone / skype.
    Leave your thougths chris.

    Awaiting for your reply.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Venkat,

      The score conversion is definitely confusing :). I’m not sure if anybody–besides ETS–is sure of how many you can miss to get a certain score. For Q, you can answer all the questions correctly and still not receive a perfect score :(. For V, I’m guessing missing more than two will preclude a perfect score.

      There is of course a plethora of information on this website. If at any point you have a question, let me know and I’d love to answer it on the blog. As for Skype sessions, I do charge by the hour. So if you want to pursue that avenue let me know.


  53. Laila May 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    So, I finally took the GRE… It wasn’t as daunting or difficult as I imagined it to be, but even still, I wasn’t able to pace myself at all, leaving half the questions to “wild guessing.” I canceled my scores for this reason. I had taken the Powerprep exam two days before the GRE, and both my Verbal and Math scores were below average (around 143), so those were my expectations unless I could significantly improve in 2 days. Not to mention I felt extremely burned out from studying 12 hours a day.

    I have a lot of time on my hands, meaning, I have no responsibilities other than studying, so I think it would be wise to retake the GRE in 2 months. By then, I could get through a lot more Magoosh material, some additional materials, and maybe even complete a book to enhance my vocabulary. I want to improve my speed by learning shortcuts and memorizing basic concepts I should know instead of relying so heavily on the calculator (ex: powers, square roots, times tables, and some formulas). And I want to get familiar with certain types of questions so I won’t feel lost every time I see a new one (like combinations…ugh!).

    The essays were smooth sailing though! In fact, the issue task was the exact same as one of your prompts in the lessons. You had already given me the answers to it, haha. Maybe I won’t get as lucky next time, but I’m capable of writing level 5 and level 6 essays (had a couple graded before).

    So yeah…I will use these 2 months well.

    • Laila May 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      By the way, how can I increase my speed in the verbal sections? I skipped over long and difficult passages that had like…4 questions each, so I just wildly guessed on those. And even then, I wasn’t completely finished with sentence completion, as I kept going back to look at them to assure myself that they were correct. I just don’t know when to quit a problem, math or verbal. *sigh* How much is each question worth anyway?

      • Chris Lele
        Chris May 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

        Hi Laila,

        When to move on is definitely difficult to determine. Adding to that is the fact that often by going back we change an answer that was correct. To really get a feel of this I would recommend going through your log of questions on Magoosh and seeing which ones are taking a long time. Then, determine if you answered them correctly, or if you switched the answer only to get the question wrong.

        By completing all of the questions in Magoosh, you should see a pattern emerge. Also, you should try flagging questions and coming back to them. Oftentimes staring at a question is a case of diminishing returns: more time is spent yet you feel no closer to the answer.

        After going through all the Magoosh questions you may want to practice with some Manhattan GRE mock tests. Buying just one of its books gives you access to 6-online tests. The experience of taking that many GREs should help you hone your pacing strategies.

        Finally, each question is worth the same. I think you will find this following post very helpful:

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Great to hear that the essay prompt was very familiar :).

      For short cuts to math, have you checked out my youtube videos on the Revised GRE Official Guide? I go through every question, and whenever possible, show the fastest way to get to the answer, highlighting short cuts such as plugging in and estimating.

      Here is just one of many (but once you link to this it’ll take you to those questions in general. If you want a specific questions just add it into the youtube search field. Hope that helps!

  54. Laila May 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    I’d like your thoughts on my situation (questions at the end). I’m scheduled to take the GRE on the 24th (in 9 days). I spent six months reviewing over a thousand vocabulary words from Kaplan flashcards and online.

    But in regards to math, I am only just beginning. So far, I’ve completed most of the practice questions from the GRE math review online (ETS), which seem easy. I’m only stuck on four or five problems. I’m quick to grasp basic concepts that I had forgotten, like the rules for exponents, simplifying complex equations, unit conversions, and so forth. My background in math is decent: the highest level math course I took was Calculus II about five years ago, and my last math course was Statistics in Psychology last year. I was a B student.

    And now…I’m starting to feel intimidated by the math section. Freaking out in my head here. In particular, I’ve always struggled with translating verbal descriptions into algebraic expressions. Present me with a paragraph-long problem about two cars driving at different speeds, interest rates, or gallons of water, and I just freeze up. I have in possession The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test, in which I attempted to answer some questions last year and failed. So I let fear take over and avoided math altogether. Very smart. *sigh*

    Anyway…my questions are:

    1. Despite starting this late in the game, do I still have a chance to at least reach an average math score on the GRE? I have 12+ hours of freedom each of the nine days to study. I just feel discouraged knowing that people prepare 2+ months for this…and sometimes that’s not enough.

    2. I just signed up for the free 1-week trial on Magoosh. Would the material I have access to provide good practice for me?

    3. Can you please direct me to your materials that concern the kind of word problems I mentioned? I want to conquer this fear once and for all.

    4. Does PowerPrep provide explanations for missed problems?

    5. Am I, in reality, on a suicide mission? Any last words for this poor soul?

    Thanks so much for your time.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi Laila,

      Do not despair :).

      With the amount of time you have to study each day, you will be able to brush up on math, especially those pesky word problems.

      The good news is Magoosh offers plenty of practice problems that require algebraic translation from word problems. That is the product itself, though. The one-week trial version will have a few such questions, but it just doesn’t beat having hundreds of such problems (which is what the product offers).

      Your other options are Manhattan GRE, which is a book-based learning approach. One of their 8 volumes focuses on algebraic expressions/word problems/translations. That may be very helpful.

      As a last opportunity, I am always available for 1:1 Skype tutoring sessions and can help you on all things math-related.

      Anyhow, don’t hesitate to pepper me with any more questions. Let’s help you overcome your word problem phobia!


      P.S. PowerPrep does not provide explanations to missed problems.)

      • Laila May 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm #


        Thank you for getting back with me so quickly! I wish I had discovered Magoosh months ago, as I’m hesitant to spend a lot of money on new material just one week before the exam. I’m hoping it will be sufficient to plow through The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test using your video explanations for problems I get stuck on. Then I’ll test myself a couple times using PowerPrep, though I’m disappointed that they don’t provide any explanations. Once I finish those, I was thinking of visiting my local book store to practice word problems in other GRE guides, hoping that the Manhattan GRE material is in stock. Does this seem reasonable, or does it look like I’m going to crash on my own crash plan?

        I would definitely appreciate having your Skype contact information on hand for when I need help. When would be the best time to contact you there? I’d imagine that you’re super busy helping many others besides me, so I’ll try not to waste your time! Thanks again~

        • Laila May 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

          Oh yeah, I also have the GRE General Test 10th Edition, which I bought maybe 2 years ago when I was planning to take the old GRE. Maybe that will be somewhat helpful…

          • Chris Lele
            Chris May 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

            That should be fine from a vocab/RC standpoint. The math though is a little on the easy side though :).

        • Chris Lele
          Chris May 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

          Hi Laila,

          I think that is a pretty logical plan 🙂 The Official Guide has much more difficult questions than some of the books at the bookstore. As long as you can get your hands on some of MGRE material that should be fine (though the bookstore may be the tough part as they are quite the dying breed these days :)).

          For Skype my contact is username: christopherlele

          Evening time is usually best (I’m on the west coast). Though for Skype, I do charge by the hour :). (You can always email me directly at for the particulars).

          Hope that helps :).

          • Laila May 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

            Ah what the heck. I paid for the full Magoosh product so I can go crazy with the practice questions for the next 70 hours I’ll be awake. I’ve finished most of the Revised GRE book problems thanks to your explanations which are so much better than the book’s. And I definitely learn best by video/audio format. I’m sure this would beat browsing through random study guides at a crowded, noisy bookstore. We’ll, I’ll see how this goes and I’ll write back after my test.Thanks again. 😀

            • Chris Lele
              Chris May 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

              You’re welcome :).

  55. Vanan May 10, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I’m struggling with RC inference questions. Please give your suggestions to proceed with correctly answering inference questions. I don’t take notes while reading RCs.
    Plz give suggestions accordingly..

  56. Javed April 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm #


    I’m really impressed with your product but just have one concern which is whether your video and practice question work on iPad 2 or not because I use lots of time in travelling and have got my iPad with me all the time. Please reply ASAP. I haven’t got much time left.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette April 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      Hi, Javed

      Yes, all of our material will work on iPad through the browser. Let us know if you have any other questions and we’d be happy to help!


      • Javed May 3, 2012 at 7:03 am #

        Thanks. I have purchased your product. My strategy is to first finish the Math lessons. My exam is on 10 may. Can you give any advice?

        • Chris Lele
          Chris May 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

          Hi Javed,

          Wow, not much time :).

          That said, I wouldn’t break up your study time into only math and only verbal. You will want to give yourself time to become better at both sections. You also want to focus on the section you are weaker at (unless, you are applying to a program that stresses math above verbal, or vice versa).

          I’d recommend you spend an 30 – 45 min watching lesson videos followed by an hour practice. When you miss a question, you will be able to follow a link to lesson videos pertaining to that question. That way you can mix in both practice and lesson videos.

          Do this for both math and verbal, every day if possible. And don’t always feel you have to do new questions. Revisit questions you missed the first time around, to make sure you understand the concept.

          Don’t hesitate to ask any more questions :).

  57. suhail April 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    First of all thanks for an early reply and yes i have improved incrementally, i mean last time i scored 350 and this time it was 440 in verbal section. So, can you tell me what all material i should refer now and how much time should i take to give my gre exam.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Suhail.

      That’s great that you are improving so much. Definitely use official material. ETS Official Guide is an excellent resource for questions. If you still need more questions, I recommend MGRE, esp. there six computer-based tests. That said, remember to keep revisiting Magoosh material, making sure you are familiar with most of the vocab.

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

  58. suhail April 18, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    Hey Chris,
    I am a member of magoosh from past two months and have finished all the exercises related to verbal and maths twice. Frankly speaking, i am good at maths and always struggle with verbal section. Yesterday i gave my 2nd attempt in gre powerprep as suggested by you and got a perfect score in maths and 440 in verbal. Now that my gre exam is after 1 week, i am having second thoughts whether to postpone it or not. Can you please suggest what’s best for me in this regard.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Suhail,

      Well, first off congrats on the math score :).

      For the verbal, I’m curious to where you were starting. See, if you started at 400 and only went up 40 points, there is a problem in your approach (don’t worry if that’s the case, I can help you identify that problem). On the other if you went from 300 to 440 that is an excellent improvement. In that case, postpone your test and continue working on practice problems. Branch out to MGRE, read more in context, and strengthen your vocabulary.

      Regardless, you should postpone your test. But first let me know whether you are improving incrementally or whether you have more or less stagnated.

      Hope that helps :).

  59. Ramya March 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Hi chris,
    I’ve been preparing for gre from past 2 months.I didnt know abt ur site until recently.I did practise questions from kaplan,princeton.but when i took a mock test ,i only got 305,i couldnt manage time and the level of questions are quite different from what i practised in the kaplan,princeton.i m really confused what to do.please help me out giving a suggestion. my exam is on april 9.and my target score is 320.
    thank you

    • Chris Lele
      Chris March 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi Ramya,

      I wrote some book reviews for Magoosh awhile back that faulted Kaplan and PR for just that –their questions are not at all accurate of those found on the actual exam.

      My best advice to you is to try out Magoosh and/or Manhattan GRE. Though you only have about ten days left, using either can make a significant difference. Sure I am a bit biased in the case of Magoosh, but our questions are actually more difficult than those found on the exam. And you also get many excellent lesson videos that will help you with general and specific strategies for each question type.

      You can check out Magoosh at:

      With Manhattan GRE, you get access to 6 free online tests, if you buy just one of their books. Taking full length tests and improving your strategies would be a great way for you to make use of your last 10 days (and will help you hit your 320).

      Let me know if you have other questions :).

  60. Chetna February 18, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have been preparing for the gre for 2 months and took the gre previously in Nov 2011, but scored quite low (Verbal- 140, Math- 156). 2 months back, i bought the magoosh material and had finished off the verbal section. I am also done with Official Guide to GRE(ETS Book). I have gained some confidence in Text Completions and Sentence equivalence. But RC’s are still haunting me so much. I am going to take the GRE on 5th March, 2012. With approx 10 days left for the test, I am confused as to how to improve my RC skill. I am confused whether I should do just practice tests in these 10 days(full length, I have manhattan’s 6 online practice tests and 5 practice tests) or try to improve my RC skills for 4-5 days more and then start off with full length tests. I want to score above 315 this time in GRE. I am confident in maths, and have practiced more in this section, but really worried about the verbal section. Please guide me through this.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris February 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Hi Chetna,

      I’d love to help – but a few questions first.

      1. Why do you think you are currently struggling on RC?

      2. Did the RC lesson on Magoosh help? If so, how? If not, what did you think we were missing?

      3. Are there any particular type of passage you struggle on?

      4. Is there any particular type of question you struggle on?

      5. And finally, how you reading the passage? Slow vs. fast, note-taking vs. mentally processing vs. simply reading.

      Answer those questions and i think I will be able to devise a plan to help you crack 315 :).

  61. Niyati February 17, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Hey Chris,

    There have been many websites which have a lot of suggestions for GRE but nobody answers questions and queries so promptly as this one does.
    Well my GRE is on the 27th feb and till now I have been praticing a lot, NOVA for Math and Princeton for Verbal section. I tried taking one test and got only 150 in Verbal and around 140 in Quant. Will it be too difficult to score a 320 on the main GRE? I am sure I am going to take a lot of tests in this week. It would be great if you could give some suggestions that could help me reach my goal.

    Thank you,

    • Chris Lele
      Chris February 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Niyati,

      While I appreciate your grit, wIth only 10 days left, increasing your score by 30 total points is going to be very difficult. I’d hate to say it’s impossible but to see such a score improvement you would need at least a month. And a great tutor/awesome materials.

      Right now, your materials are def. not the best out there.

      Nova is pretty good – and def. comprehensive – but there questions do not capture the flavor of the actual GRE questions. Some of the logical twists found in GRE quant. simply aren’t in Nova. Anyhow, Nova espouses a very, very laborious way of getting the answer. Some of the explanations in the back of the book read like hieroglyphics.

      For verbal, PR is mediocre and basically dumbs down the test. You can do much better.

      I would recommend:

      Manhattan GRE, if you like book format.

      and/or, if you are amenable to the video format. We offer a free one-week trial upfront, so you can see if it is for you. And, as you mentioned, we always answer questions from customers promptly.

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

  62. yash January 28, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    Chris, I have been preparing for the last 6 months and am almost there in quants, but not as good as I’d like to be. I have test a on 1st of Feb and have taken a practice test using powerprep software; I got a range of 750-800 in quants and 590-690 in verbal. Do I have any chance of scoring more than 320 in the new pattern score?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris January 30, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Yash,

      Your Quant score may definitely put you up close to 320. So yes, you have a good chance!

      Let us know how you do. Best of luck!

      (of course let me know if you have any other questions!)

  63. greprep December 5, 2011 at 8:49 am #


    I took the PowerPrep Practice Test last week. You mention in the 1-week guide to take 2 PowerPrep Tests, one in the beginning and one towards the end. My question is, are there 2 Practice Tests available or do you mean to do the same test again as a refresher?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris December 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      Yeah, unfortunately there is only one Powerprep test. So take the same test twice but space it out enough that there won’t be too much recall.

  64. Chris Lele
    Chris November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Two things:

    1. Lots of timed practice

    2. Making sure not to waste time on really difficult questions. Each question is worth the same number of points. If you end up not attempting a few of the difficult questions that is fine. But it essential that you have enough time to answer the questions you are capable of getting right.

    Still, a 600 will be very difficult with such little time left. Study words – both their meanings and context – and read as much as you can.

    Let me know how that goes,


    • devandiran November 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      Thanks Chris.. wil let you know

  65. devandiran November 14, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Hi Chris, I took the power prep exam today. For verbal, I got 410 to 510 and in math 750 to 800. The problem I was faced with was running out of time in both verbal sections and being able to answer only 15 out of the 20 questions and hurried with RCs in the last two minutes. My actual exam is on the 23rd. How should I proceed from here to raise my verbal score to the 600 plus range?

  66. Mike September 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Great write-up. Magoosh definitely helped me. I only had approximately two weeks to study for the GRE. The first week I ended up using Kaplan guides which are completely useless. Luckily, I signed up with Magoosh early last week and got set on the right track. I ended up doing quite well on the math section and I credit it all to the new lessons. Now I just have to master the verbal. Any plans for an 8 week study guide?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette September 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      I’m glad you like the new lessons 🙂 As for the 8 week study guide, check back on the blog tomorrow morning and we’ll have it up!

  67. Vasuki September 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Chris, you are the best!!!!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris September 16, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks! Good luck!

      • Jeff June 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

        Hello Chris,

        I will have exactly 2 full weeks to study for GRE. I am in professional health science school, and almost graduating. I havent practiced had math and english is not my strongest subject since it is my second language. I want to try to do minimum of 150 on each section and minimum of 4 in the writing part. I would appreciate your advice. I have the Princeton book, your Magoosh software and the kaplan 500 vocab flash cards.

        Thanks alot

        • Chris Lele
          Chris July 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

          Hi Jeff,

          I think you have the right combo of materials. It is a question of how you use them these next couple weeks. For Math, watch Magoosh videos and follow up every 5 or 6 video lessons with relevant material. Meaning if you watch some videos on geometry, customize your practice session for geometry questions. You can also use the Princeton Review book (though it doesn’t have too many questions).

          For English, reading both the vocab ebook and general ebook, will provide excellent tips and strategies for attacking Text Completions, RC and vocab.

          A ‘4’ is definitely quite attainable. Watch the lesson videos, check about the blog samples, and practice some prompts from the website:

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

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