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90 Day GRE Study Plan for Advanced Students

This study schedule was updated in June 2015.

Questions about the revised schedule? If you’re a Magoosh Premium GRE student, send us an email at help@magoosh.com. Not a Magoosh student yet? Leave a comment on this post, and we’ll get back to you.

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

Bonus: This study schedule is also available in a redesigned, printable version!

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

Magoosh GRE 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Advanced Students Google Docs

OK, you are starting more or less from scratch, and you want to prepare for the GRE in 90 days.  You need a strategic plan to organize yourself.  I designed four different versions of the 90 Day Plan, and I need you to start with a little self-diagnosis.  Which sounds most like you?

  • 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Beginners: Help! Math and verbal both scare the living bejeebers out of me!  I need all the help and support I can get!  Help!
  • 90 Day GRE Study Plan (Math Focused): I have a natural affinity with the verbal, but the math is far less intuitive for me. I would like to focus more there.
  • 90 Day GRE Study Plan (Verbal Focused): Me a math nerd. Me think all math easy. Me have big verbal problems. One day, me will talk good.
  • 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Advanced Students: I actually feel reasonably comfortable with math & verbal; if I took the test today, I’d get around 310-320 combined score. I’m interested in refining my understanding and getting into the 320s region in the next twelve weeks.

This schedule would be right for you if you already know just about all the basic material and you just want to sharpen your test-taking skills.  This plan involves watching very few lessons videos, because I am assuming you know almost all the basics already.  Instead, this plan revolves around doing a TON of practice material, some at the GRE level and some harder, so that you will be ready for absolutely anything the GRE throws at you.

Essential Materials:

Supplemental/Optional Materials:

Any of the steps listed in the schedule for the materials below are purely for extra practice, so they are to be done as optional tasks if you have extra time.

  • The collections of real LSAT tests, Volume One or Two or any other volume. For practice with the GRE Paragraph Argument Reading Comprehension questions, I am assigning GMAT Critical Reasoning questions from the GMAT OG, since you are getting that anyway for other questions.  Some people think that the LSAT Logical Reasoning questions are more similar to the GRE Paragraph Argument RC questions than are the GMAT CR questions.  If you want to get another book, you can do LSAT practice instead of GMAT practice for these GRE questions.
  • Quizlet.com: gives you online access to flashcards, making it easier, say, to quiz yourself on your mobile device
  • Vocabulary.com: provides conversational example sentences and a flood of example sentences
  • Word Dynamo (Dictionary.com): give you little quizzes & games to add some variety to vocab learning
  • Magoosh iPhone/Android app, for mobile practice
  • Magoosh’s free Study Timer app for iPhone/iPad for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. Currently only available in iTunes.

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

A note on learning GRE vocabulary:  first of all, it’s important not only to learn the literal dictionary definition (the denotation), but also to understand the metaphorical use of the word in context (the connotation).  For example, the word “opaque” literally means “not transparent”, but metaphorically it can means “hard to understand” or, describing a person, it can mean “thick-headed, stupid.”  Ultimately, you should strive to learn both the denotation and the connotation of each word.

Daily review of vocab is vital. I wrote this schedule recommending the Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, but DO NOT limit yourself to just these words. AS YOU READ and find more words you don’t know, look them up, make flash cards (including context), and make your own flashcard decks. You could have one pile for words whose denotation you are trying to master, another containing words for which you know the denotation but not the connotation, and a “done” stack that gets reviewed only rarely.

A note on the prep books: Don’t write in any of the test prep books, because for any of them, after a period of time you may want to go back and do a problem again that you haven’t seen for a while.  You can only start it fresh if the page is free of your marks.

A note on repeating material: This schedule is fairly intensive, and if you follow it to the T, you will run out of practice questions or certain question types from the bank of 1000+ Magoosh questions around the end of Week 9. That’s okay. See the instructions on Week 10, Day 1.  Review is vital if you want to really learn the information. Our students who make the largest score improvements often have answered every Magoosh question more than once.

This 90-day plan is demands a manageable pace that must be followed diligently so things don’t get out of hand.  It’s designed to have you improve as much as you can improve in a three month period.  I have designed twelve weeks, assuming 2-3 hours for each of the five weekdays, and one 4-5 stint on the weekend (“Day Six”).  If you would prefer to work on both weekend days, and free up some weeknight time, feel free to make those changes.  Note: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 2-3 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students

Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this month.  REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM.  If you are getting 7 hours/night instead of 8 hours/night, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering.  Caffeine and energy drinks will keep you feeling awake if you don’t get enough sleep, but they don’t do bupkis to replace the lost opportunity to encode more information into long term memory.

As you move through this plan, I will recommend that you also put into practice stress-reduction techniques.  If you can practice these regularly, then you will be excellent shape by test day.  These are four GMAT blogs, but everything here is just as relevant for the GRE:

1) Overcome Exam Anxiety: Breathe

2) Stress and Your Thoughts

3) Stress and Your Stories

4) Zen Boot Camp for Test-taking

 

Week One

Week One, Day One

1) Go to ETS.org/gre, and read about the content of the GRE.  Click on and read each sub-heading link.

2) In the Official Guide,

Read Chapter 1, “Introducing the GRE revised General Test”

Read Chapter 2, “GRE Analytic Writing” (just the descriptions of the question, not all the sample material)

Read the introductory few pages of Chapter 3, “GRE Verbal Reasoning” (everything up to the sample questions)

Read the introductory few pages of Chapter 5, “GRE Quantitative Reasoning” (everything up to the sample questions)

3) Start skimming through the GRE Math Review in the Official Guide, the entire Arithmetic & Algebra section. Do the Arithmetic Exercises & Algebra Exercises and check your answers.  Presumably, these will be easy for you.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Begin the first deck, Algebra.

5) In the Magoosh Lessons, watch

the first five lessons in the “Intro to the GRE” module

 

Week One, Day Two

1) Continue skimming through the GRE Math Review: the Geometry section & Data Analysis sections.  Do the Geometry Exercises & Data Analysis Exercises and check your answers. Again, these probably will not be unusually challenging for you.

2) Download and start reading the Magoosh GRE eBook. Continue reading whenever you have the time over the course of the next two weeks.

3) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the first deck, Algebra.  Review any cards you haven’t mastered.

4) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

the remaining lessons in the “Intro to the GRE” module

 

Week One, Day Three

1) Download the Magoosh Complete Guide to GRE Vocabulary

Read carefully the section “Making Words Stick,” about learning vocabulary, and the section “Vocabulary in Context: Articles from Magazines and Newspapers.”  Skim the rest of the book to get a sense of the layout and style. As you build vocab through this plan, periodically go back to this book to verify your understanding and to make connections to other words.  The more ways you have of remembering a word, the more likely you are to remember it!

2) In Magoosh Video Lessons

Watch the first five Math lessons in the General Math Strategies module

3) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the first deck, Algebra.  Review any cards you haven’t mastered.

4) In Magoosh, set up a practice session by clicking on the “Practice” tab —> “Custom Practice.” Under “Section,” select the sub-category “Multiple Choice” under “Math.” Leave all of the subjects checked, set the difficulty to “adaptive”, the question pool to “unanswered”, the number of questions to 20, the time to “no limit”, and the mode to “practice mode.”  You are not entering a practice time beforehand, but keep a pace of 90 sec/question, or 30 minutes for 20 questions.

Do the following practice sets:

20 Multiple Choice math questions

Notice that you are doing all topics from the get-go, whether you have already studied these or not.  This means that you will make some mistakes at the beginning: see this post on a productive attitude toward making mistakes. If, after a week or so of practice, you find that there is simply too much new material for you, then narrow your studies to those topics you’re more actively studying plus one or two that you’re unfamiliar with. You should be constantly challenged. If you do narrow the topics of study, expand back to as wide a scope as possible as quickly as possible.

For each Magoosh problem, after you submit your answer, on the next page which tells you whether you were right or wrong, there’s a video solution and below that a text summary.  If you got the question right, skim the text summary to verify you got it right for the right reason.  If you got the question wrong, watch the video, taking notes in your journal about any concept or any aspect of the question type that was unclear to you.

 

Week One, Day Four

1) In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book, skim the first two chapters, paying the closest attention to pp. 14-39, which explains the types of questions in detail.

2) In Magoosh Video Lessons

Watch the remaining Math lessons in the General Math Strategies module

3) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the first deck, Algebra.  Review any cards you haven’t mastered.

4) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week One, Day Five

1) In Magoosh Video Lessons

Watch the all Math lessons in the Advanced QC Strategies module

NOTE: I wanted you to see these videos, just to get you familiar with the Quantitative Comparison question type, which is unique to the GRE.  These are the only math lessons I have assigned in this schedule: the rest of the assigned lessons are Verbal.  As you do practice problems, if you feel you need clarification or your are curious on my take on a particular mathematical idea, dip into the library of math lesson videos ala carte, as needed.

2) Download the Magoosh GRE Math Formula eBook.

Read carefully the first section, “GRE Math Formulas: How to (Not) Use Them.”  Right now, just skim the rest of the book, just to get a sense of what topics are covered.  As you move through this plan, you will cover all of these.  Use this for reinforcement and review: as you cover a particular math topic in the Magoosh lessons, read the corresponding part of this book to verify your understanding.  By the end of this plan, you should know every section of this book.

3) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the first deck, Algebra.  Review any cards you haven’t mastered.

4) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

 

Week One, Day Six

1) In Magoosh Video Lessons

Skim all 10 Videos in the Writing section

2) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  You will write an Issue essay and an Argument essay.

For topics, go to the ETS GRE Issue Pool and the ETS GRE Argument Pool. Figure out a way to pick topics at random (maybe you print the lists, cut it into slips of paper, and choose some at random).  Write the essays in a word processing program.  Observe a strict 30 minute time limit for each.

Now that you have these essays, what do you do with them?  If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, ask them to read the essays for you and critique them. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the Official Guide, and ask them to follow it. If you can afford it, hire a writing coach or writing tutor: show that tutor the assessment criteria in the OG, and have them give you feedback.  If you can’t afford a writing tutor and can’t convince anyone else to read it, you may try posting them on TheGradCafe, and see whether an expert there will critique your essay.  Failing any of these options, at least you can set the essays aside, and in a couple days re-read them with the Official Guide’s rubric beside you. (Notice whatever route worked for you with these essays; you can repeat that will all the essays you write in the practice tests you take as part of this plan.)

3) In the Official Guide & the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

a) in Official Guide, do the Verbal Reasoning Practice Sets 1-6

b) in Official Guide, do the Quantitative Reasoning Practice Sets 1-4

c) in the MGRE 5-lb book, do the Math Diagnostic test (pp. 27-32)

Follow strict time limits, to give you sense of the pace you need to keep on the GRE.  Set a timer for the time limits.  Here are the time limits to observe:

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 1 = 12 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 2 = 15 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 3 = 12 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 4 = 15 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 5 = 14 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 6 = 16 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 1 = 22 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 2 = 23 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 3 = 24 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 4 = 11 minutes

MGRE Math Diagnostic test = 35 minutes

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.   You can also watch the Magoosh Video Explanations of the OG practice questions.

If you are not performing at a high level in math, or if your verbal is much stronger than you expected, this might be a good time to consider whether you should switch to another version of the 3-month plan (see explanations of them at the top).

 

Week Two

Week Two, Day One

1) In Magoosh Video Lessons

Watch the lessons

Integer Property Strategies

Geometry Strategies – Part II

Counting Strategies

General Probability Strategies

Those are short summary videos, that will give you a sense of the material covered in some math modules.  If you hear topics with which you are not entire familiar, feel free to watch those particular videos at some point during this schedule, perhaps on an upcoming weekend.

Also, watch the 5 Data Interpretation videos.

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 7, “Arithmetic,” do the practice problems starting at #15.

NOTE, in the practice sections of this MGRE book, the practice problems start at a very basic level.  In each chapter, my default recommendation will be to start a problem #20, so that you skip the very easy ones at the beginning of the section.  In each section, you may skim the first 20, to see if anything looks challenging or interesting, but the more challenging problems come in the second half of the problem set.  If the subject matter is one in which you don’t feel you have mastery, you can start earlier in the problem set, even at the beginning, to make sure you have all the basics of that topic.

NOTE: Do all the work from the Manhattan GRE book without touching a calculator.

NOTE: Do just the math from this book.  The math in this book is of very high quality.  We do not recommend the verbal material in this book.

NOTE: In the practice problems from the MGRE book and in the other math practice problems in other books, always check your answers.  Presumably, you will get the majority of the math practice questions correct.  When you do get a problem wrong, engage serious effort in understanding your mistake and guaranteeing that you will not repeat it.  If you are diligent in learning from your mistake, each problem you get wrong is a potential gold mine of possible improvements you could make to your understanding.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master at least 20 words from the first deck.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the second deck, Fractions, Ratios, and Percents.  Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read 1-3 articles from your reading source of choice, noting grammatical structures.  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Reading Comprehension verbal questions

(Some RC questions are stand-alone single questions with a short paragraph, and sometimes a group of two or three come with a longer passage.  Make sure you finish all the questions associated with a passage on one sitting.  This may mean that you do a couple more than 20 questions one time, and then a couple fewer the next time.)

 

Week Two, Day Two

1) In Magoosh Video Lessons

At this point in the schedule, since you have seen the introductory material, I will assign no more lesson videos as part of this schedule.  As you do Magoosh practice problems and get questions wrong, of course watch the video explanation of the question, but also check out the related lesson to make sure there’s nothing you are missing.  In fact, it’s a good idea just to peruse the list of Magoosh video lessons, just to get a sense of what’s there, and if topics strike your fancy or look as though they might be helpful for you, find time in the course of this schedule to watch them.

2)  In the Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems book,

In Question Type 1, Reading Comprehension, do

Practice Set 2: Medium, and

Practice Set 3: Hard

starting on p. 22

3) In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 8, “Algebra,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

4) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck).

5) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the second deck, Fractions, Ratios, and Percents.  Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you haven’t mastered.

6) Read 1-3 articles from your reading source of choice, noting grammatical structures.  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

7) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Two, Day Three

1)  In the Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems book,

In Question Type 2, Text Completion, do

Practice Set 2: Medium, and

Practice Set 3: Hard

starting on p. 61

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 9, “Inequalities and Absolute Values,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the second deck, Fractions, Ratios, and Percents.  Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Two, Day Four

1)  In the Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems book,

In Question Type 3, Sentence Equivalence, do

Practice Set 2: Medium, and

Practice Set 3: Hard

starting on p. 82

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 10, “Functions, Formulas, and Sequences,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the second deck, Fractions, Ratios, and Percents.  Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

 

Week Two, Day Five

1)  In the Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems book,

In the Mixed Practice Sets, do

Practice Set 1, starting on p. 102

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 11, “Fractions and Decimals,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the second deck, Fractions, Ratios, and Percents.  Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6)  In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Reading Comprehension verbal questions

 

Week Two, Day Six

1) Today, you will take a mock GRE on Magoosh.  At the heading at the top inside the Magoosh practice, select “Practice Test,” which will lead you to this page.

Make sure you have four hours of uninterrupted time set aside, and make sure you have writing implements and plenty of scratch paper.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, watch the explanation video for the question, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

Don’t attach great importance to the score on this test.  You are still at the beginning of your studying.  🙂

 

Week Three

Week Three, Day One

1)  In the Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems book,

In the Mixed Practice Sets, do

Practice Set 2, starting on p. 126

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 12, “Percents,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the third deck, Geometry.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Three, Day Two

1)  In the Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems book,

In the Mixed Practice Sets, do

Practice Set 3, starting on p. 152

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 13, “Divisibility and Primes,” do the practice problems starting at #17.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the third deck, Geometry.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Three, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the first RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 14, “Exponents and Roots,” do the practice problems starting at #14.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the third deck, Geometry.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Data Interpretation math questions

(As with some of the Reading Comprehension questions, the Data Interpretation questions come in batches, typically 2 or 3 questions, pertaining to the same graph or chart.  Do all the questions in a set at once.  This mean you may do a few more than 10 DI questions one time, and then during the next session in which you are doing DI questions, you will do a couple fewer.)

 

Week Three, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the first five Critical Reasoning questions

NOTE: If you have the LSAT book mentioned above, then wherever I assign 5 GMAT CR questions on this schedule, feel free to substitute 5 LSAT Logical Reasoning questions.  Either practicing either kind of question will give you excellent preparation for the GRE Paragraph Argument Reading Comprehension questions.

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 15, “Number Properties,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the third deck, Geometry.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Reading Comprehension verbal questions

 

Week Three, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 16, “Word Problems,” do the practice problems starting at #15.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the third deck, Geometry.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Three, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take one of the paper-based GREs in the back of the Official Guide, Practice Test #1, beginning on p. 303.  For each of the essays, write the essay in a word-processing program on the computer, and keep a strict time limit.  For the other sections, you can write the answers either in a word-processing program on the computer, or on paper: just don’t write in the book.  Observe strict time-limits for each section.

This is still early in your practice, so you get a choice about how strictly you want to observe the structure of a whole GRE.  You could chose to make it very GRE-like, with only a 1-minute break between sections, and only a 10-minute break between sections 3 and 4: that would be very rigorous.  Or, you could be far more casual: do a couple sections, take a break and do something else for a while, then do a few more sections, etc.  Right now, it is more important to get a feel for the layout of the sections and for the calibre of the questions.  Building your test-taking stamina will come later.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.   You should also watch the Magoosh video explanations for the first practice test, at the bottom of that page.

 

Week Four

Week Four, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 17, “Two-Variable Word Problems,” do the practice problems starting at #12.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the fourth deck, Number Properties I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Four, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 18, “Rates and Work,” do the practice problems starting at #15.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fourth deck, Number Properties I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

 

Week Four, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 19, ‘Variables-in-the-Choices Problems,’ do ALL the practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fourth deck, Number Properties I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Sentence Equivalence

 

Week Four, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 20, “Ratios,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fourth deck, Number Properties I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Data Interpretation math questions

 

Week Four, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 21, “Averages, Weighted Averages, Median, and Mode,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fourth deck, Number Properties I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Reading Comprehension questions

 

Week Four, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the other of the paper-based GREs in the back of the Official Guide, Practice Test #2, beginning on p. 431.  For each of the essays, write the essay in a word-processing program on the computer, and keep a strict time limit.  For the other sections, you can write the answers either in a word-processing program on the computer, or on paper: just don’t write in the book.  Observe strict time-limits for each section.

Once again, this is relatively early in your practice, so you get a choice about how strictly you want to observe the structure of a whole GRE.  You could chose to make it very GRE-like, with only a 1-minute break between sections, and only a 10-minute break between sections 3 and 4: that would be very rigorous.  Or, you could be far more casual: do a couple sections, take a break and do something else for a while, then do a few more sections, etc.  Right now, it is more important to get a feel for the layout of the sections and for the calibre of the questions.  Building your test-taking stamina will come later.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.   You should also watch the Magoosh video explanations for the second practice test.

 

Week Five

Week Five, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 22, “Standard Deviation and Normal Distribution,” do ALL the practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the fifth deck, Number Properties II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Multiple Answer math questions

 

Week Five, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 23, “Probability, Combinatorics, and Overlapping Sets,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fifth deck, Number Properties II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Five, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 24, “Data Interpretation,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fifth deck, Number Properties II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

 

Week Five, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 25, “Polygons and Rectangular Solids,” do ALL the practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fifth deck, Number Properties II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

 

Week Five, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 26, “Circles and Cylinders,” do ALL the practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the fifth deck, Number Properties II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Numerical Entry math questions

10 Data Interpretation math questions

 

Week Five, Day Six

1)  Today, you are going to take a full-length practice test, using the first of the six Manhattan GRE practice tests online (the MGRE Strategy Guide you bought should give you you bought should give you the code to access these).

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Six

Week Six, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 27, “Triangles,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Reading Comprehension verbal questions

 

Week Six, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 28, “Coordinate Geometry,” do ALL the practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Six, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 29, “Mixed Geometry,” do ALL the practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Six, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 30, “Advanced Quant,” do the practice problems #1-20.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

 

Week Six, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 30, “Advanced Quant,” do the practice problems #21-40.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

 

Week Six, Day Six

1)  Today, you are going to take a full-length practice test, using another of the six Manhattan GRE practice tests online.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Seven

Week Seven, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 30, “Advanced Quant,” do any remaining practice problems.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the seventh deck, Mixed Practice I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Seven, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 33, “Math Practice Sections,” do the Math Practice Section 2: Medium Difficulty.  Keep a 35 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the seventh deck, Mixed Practice I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Reading Comprehension verbal questions

 

Week Seven, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems:

In Chapter 33, “Math Practice Sections,” do the Math Practice Section 3: Hard Difficulty.  Keep a 35 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the seventh deck, Mixed Practice I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Multiple Answer math questions

 

Week Seven, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Arithmetic practice problems, pp. 45-50.  Keep a strict 33 minute time limit.

NOTE: Do all the problems in this book without touching a calculator.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the seventh deck, Mixed Practice I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Seven, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Algebra practice problems, pp. 67-72.  Keep a strict 30 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the seventh deck, Mixed Practice I.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

10 Data Interpretation math questions

 

Week Seven, Day Six

1)  Today, you are going to take a full-length practice test, using another of the six Manhattan GRE practice tests online.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Eight

Week Eight, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Geometry practice problems, pp. 87-92.  Keep a strict 23 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the eighth deck, Mixed Practice II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

 

Week Eight, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Data Analysis practice problems #1-13, pp. 107-112.  Keep a strict 23 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eighth deck, Mixed Practice II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Numeric Entry math questions

 

Week Eight, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Data Analysis practice problems #14-26, pp. 113-117.  Keep a strict 23 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eighth deck, Mixed Practice II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Reading Comprehension verbal questions

 

Week Eight, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Mixed Practice Set #1, pp. 141-150.  Keep a strict 44 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eighth deck, Mixed Practice II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Eight, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Mixed Practice Set #2, pp. 173-182.  Keep a strict 44 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eighth deck, Mixed Practice II.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems

20 Text Completion verbal questions

 

Week Eight, Day Six

1)  Today, you are going to take a full-length practice test, using another of the six Manhattan GRE practice tests online.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Nine

Week Nine, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions book,

Do the Mixed Practice Set #3, pp. 199-209.  Keep a strict 44 minute time limit.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the ninth deck, Mixed Practice III.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Data Interpretation math questions

 

Week Nine, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the first 20 questions

NOTE: the “Problem Solving” Quantitative questions on the GMAT are five-choice multiple choice, identical in format to the GRE Multiple Choice questions.  Math on the GMAT is a shade harder than GRE math, so these questions will provide challenging practice.  No calculator is allowed on the GMAT Quantitative section, so all of these questions are meant to be done without a calculator.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the ninth deck, Mixed Practice III.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Reading comprehension verbal questions

 

Week Nine, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the ninth deck, Mixed Practice III.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Multiple Choice math questions

 

Week Nine, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the ninth deck, Mixed Practice III.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 Text completion verbal questions

 

Week Nine, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the ninth deck, Mixed Practice III.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

10 Multiple Choice math questions

10 Quantitative Comparison math questions

 

Week Nine, Day Six

1)  Today, you are going to take a full-length practice test, using another of the six Manhattan GRE practice tests online.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Ten

Week Ten, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the tenth deck, Mixed Practice IV.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

At this point, you should be finished with most of the Magoosh questions.  Over the subsequent days, do 20 questions a day for practice.  First of all, finish any remaining unanswered questions, Math or Verbal.  Once you are done with unanswered questions, then select “incorrect” as your pool, and do the questions you got wrong again, to see how well you learned from your mistakes.  Once your pool of incorrect questions gets relatively small, reset your question stats, and continue to do 20 questions a day.  Vary Math and Verbal as needed.

 

Week Ten, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the tenth deck, Mixed Practice IV.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Ten, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the tenth deck, Mixed Practice IV.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Ten, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the tenth deck, Mixed Practice IV.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Ten, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the tenth deck, Mixed Practice IV.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Ten, Day Six

1)  Today, you are going to take a full-length practice test, using the last of the six Manhattan GRE practice tests online.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Eleven

Week Eleven, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the eleventh deck, Mixed Practice V.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Eleven, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 15 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eleventh deck, Mixed Practice V.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Eleven, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the last 15 questions

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eleventh deck, Mixed Practice V.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Eleven, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2)  In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 3.1, the Diagnostic Test, do the 24 Problem Solving questions at the start of the test.

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eleventh deck, Mixed Practice V.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Eleven, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2) Math Practice

Having exhausted several collections of practice problems, I will give you some challenging problems in the last days of the exam.  These will come from the Magoosh GMAT blog.

Magoosh GMAT Blog: Challenging Problems with Roots and Exponents

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the eleventh deck, Mixed Practice V.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Eleven, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the first practice GRE available through the GRE PowerPrep software.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

Week Twelve

Week Twelve, Day One

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2) Math Practice

Magoosh GMAT Blog: Challenging Coordinate Geometry practice problems

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Start learning the twelfth deck, Mixed Practice VI.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Twelve, Day Two

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2) Math Practice

Magoosh GMAT Blog: Counting Practice Problems for the GMAT

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the twelfth deck, Mixed Practice VI.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Twelve, Day Three

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2) Math Practice

Magoosh GMAT Blog: Circle Problems on the GMAT

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, spend 30 minutes reviewing mastered decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the twelfth deck, Mixed Practice VI.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Twelve, Day Four

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 7.4, Reading Comprehension Practice Questions, read the next RC passage, and do the associated questions

2) Math Practice

Magoosh GMAT Blog: GMAT Practice Problems with Fractions and Decimals

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, spend 30 minutes reviewing mastered decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the twelfth deck, Mixed Practice VI.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Twelve, Day Five

1) In the GMAT Official Guide (any edition),

In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

2) Math Practice

Magoosh GMAT Blog: practice problems on Sets and Geometry

3) In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, spend 30 minutes reviewing mastered decks.

4) In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes.  Finish learning the twelfth deck, Mixed Practice VI.  Review any cards from this or the previous decks that you haven’t mastered.

5) Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles).  Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

6) In Magoosh, do the following problems:

20 questions; see Week 10, Day 1 for details.

 

Week Twelve, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the second practice GRE available through the GRE PowerPrep software.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.

 

After Week 12: Concentrated Review

At this point, if you have been following the schedule, you should have done every question in Magoosh at least once.  For whatever days remain before the test, keep up work on GRE math and verbal.  Some suggestions for what to do:

1) Through selecting question type & difficulty on the “Dashboard”, do Magoosh problems over again, and see how you do a second time.

3) Watch or re-watch any Magoosh lesson videos, on whatever topics you feel you need to review

4) Keep reading your challenging material, to build vocabulary and acclimate your ear to eloquent style.

5) Keep drilling your vocab flashcards and any math flashcards you haven’t mastered.

6) Finishing the remaining Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions in the GMAT Official Guide, and in section 3.2, the Diagnostic Test, do the RC and CR questions (these are the among the hardest in this Guide).

7) Review or redo any math problems you got wrong in earlier practice.  Notice how well you have learned from your mistakes.

 

Day before the test:

1) No GRE preparation all day

2) Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!

3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

 

Day of test

1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GRE PREPARATION!

2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein

3) Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test

 

Bring to the test

1) A liter of water

2) Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)

3) On breaks, make sure to get up, move & stretch – moving & stretching the large muscles of the body (legs & torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

 

Any questions on this plan?  Just leave us a comment!

 

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70 Responses to 90 Day GRE Study Plan for Advanced Students

  1. Courtney Phillips May 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Are there pdf versions of the study plans so they can be printed?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Dear Courtney,
      No, unfortunately, there are not pdf versions. It’s a bit clunky, but you could copy the text of the plan into a Word doc, and print from there (or save as a pdf if you wish.)
      Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  2. Stephanie G May 29, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I was wondering if the GMAT 12th edition guide can be used instead of the 13th edition ( my school library has the 12th edition but not the 13th for free loan). Is there much of a difference between the two editions that you know of?

    Thanks,
    -Stephanie

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 29, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Stephanie —
      For your purposes, the differences don’t matter. You always should have up-to-date materials for the test you are taking, but for something like this —- extra challenge material from another test, the edition doesn’t matter at all.
      Mike 🙂

      • Stephanie G May 29, 2013 at 11:56 am #

        Thanks Mike you’re a huge help ! 😀 Really glad I found Magoosh.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

          Stephanie,
          You are quite welcome.
          Mike 🙂

  3. shah May 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Hello,
    First of all, thank you for the study schedule. Really helpful. I recently took the GRE and scored 151Q and 148V (299). I had only 2 weeks to study and rushed it. I found your program and believe I can better my score by using the 90 day study plan. I believe the beginner’s program should be best for me. I am a full-time worker so I wanted to ask you how long (average time) would I be spending each day. I don’t want to start the study plan and realize I am getting left behind. I have also ordered the Barrons word book and have the ETS book.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 29, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Shah,
      To be honest, different students find it takes them different amounts of time, but as a rough guide, the daily sessions are between 1 hr and 2 hr — say, around 90 minutes, and the weekend sessions are 4-5 hours. The daily sessions are manageable in an ordinary after-work, after-dinner timeslot. although it may require the sacrifice of various forms of entertainment.
      Does this help?
      Mike 🙂

      • Shah May 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

        Thank you! Very helpful! glad to hear that I can work and manage to study. So obviously this study plan should be started on a monday. Am I right?

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

          Dear Shah,
          Yes, it is designed to be started on Monday. You could make adjustments to start another day (e.g. combine a couple extra weekdays on a weekend day), but it’s easiest to start on a Monday.
          Mike 🙂

          • shah May 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

            Thanks soo much Mike! Really appreciate it.

            • Mike MᶜGarry
              Mike May 30, 2013 at 9:51 am #

              Shah,
              You are quite welcome.
              Mike 🙂

  4. Stephanie G May 22, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Hello 🙂

    I’m not 100% sure which study plan is best for me. When I took the exam last November I scored
    159 (80%) verbal
    158 (74%) quantitative
    3.5 (30%) AW

    I am re-taking the exam at the end of September so I have just under 4 months to prepare.

    Ideally I would like to raise my marks to:

    163 verbal
    162 Quant
    4.5 AW

    Is this the plan for me?
    -Stephanie

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 22, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Stephanie,
      For you, I would recommend using this plan as a starting point, as a rubric. Since you have a little more than three months, you may want to glance over the Six Month: Advanced Math plan, and supplement some material from that to extend what’s in this plan. In particular, I would recommend the Barron’s Book:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/barrons-6-gre-practice-tests-book-review/
      so you have enough practice tests for the weekend sessions.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Stephanie gauvin May 23, 2013 at 9:59 am #

        Sounds great 😀 thanks for your help. Off to study I go!

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 23, 2013 at 11:18 am #

          Dear Stephanie,
          You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, my friend.
          Mike 🙂

  5. J. Kim May 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi! Mike,

    What means 10 MC in magoosh?
    Any 10 MC questions? or are there any specific questions?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      10 MC means 10 Multiple Choice Quantitative Questions. Since this is the advanced plan, you should be doing all topics, so any MC questions that the system randomly selects for you.
      Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  6. Michelle May 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    When trying to decide which one of the Manhattan Prep books from the set of 8-
    for the beginners you say not to by book 8 because the words but for the advanced plan you say to buy it for the words.
    Can you explain this more?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Dear Michelle:
      So, MGRE Vol 8, TC & SE, is a difficult volume — the problems rely on knowing some advanced vocab. For a beginning, especially someone for whom English is not a first language, that could be intimidating. BUT, for someone well-suited to this advanced plan, that’s precisely the level at which you should be practicing —- and, as a bonus, it has an alphabetic list of all those vocab cards you also should be practicing.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  7. Michelle May 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I have never taken the GRE but plan on taking it in about 3-4 months. For the school i would like to get into i need a score between 330-340. I am excited to use the magoosh program but am curious as to which plan would be best to follow.
    Also curious if it would be best to take a practice test at the beginning to see where i am or just to start studying and take the practice test when they come along in the program.
    Last question, in reading this plan-on the sixth day it says to take practice GMAT tests from the mgre, i thought the books were suppose to have practice GRE tests.
    Thank you 🙂

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 6, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Michelle,
      Assuming you are already in pretty good shape for the GRE, this would be the plan to follow. The results of a practice test might change this. Do NOT use the MGRE tests or the official tests from the OG for the initial practice — those are high quality tests, so save it for late in your practice, right before the real GRE. I would say, get a so-so source, say, Barron’s 6 GRE,
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/barrons-6-gre-practice-tests-book-review/
      and take one of those for practice. It’s not an ideal test, but for getting a rough idea about where you start it’s fine. Since you have a little more than 3 months, you can fill in some of the other Barron tests on earlier Day Six’s, and push the higher quality MGRE back into the fourth month, right before your real test.
      Also, yes, saying anything about the GMAT was a misprint on our part. I changed that. You are taking practice GREs from the MGRE books. Thank you for pointing that out.
      Mike 🙂

      • Michelle May 19, 2013 at 11:10 am #

        Thank you so much. With the MGRE books-if you get the full set and have multiple codes do you get more tests or would you just be taking the same 4 test multiple times?

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 19, 2013 at 11:43 am #

          Michelle,
          I believe you do get a different code with each volume, but I don’t think they have thousands upon thousands of different practice tests online. I believe the codes give you access to more or less the same handful of tests. You would have to check with them to ascertain the exact numbers — if you buy their products, they are very responsive.
          Mike 🙂

        • Michelle May 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

          sorry i meant to say the same 6 test.
          I am also curious about the fact on this plan weeks 5-11 day 6 is taking the the MGRE GRE test and if the code only give you access to 6 then how can you take 7?

          • Mike MᶜGarry
            Mike May 20, 2013 at 10:40 am #

            Michelle,
            I did some checking. Yes, MGRE has six tests — you may be able to take some over, but probably you would see some repeat questions. They guaranteed new individual questions for only six tests. Therefore, what we had on this study guide was a mistake, that I have now changed. Let me know if you have any further questions.
            Mike 🙂

            • Michelle May 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

              Thank you 🙂

              • Mike MᶜGarry
                Mike May 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

                Michelle,
                You are quite welcome.
                Mike 🙂

  8. Michael April 11, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Hi, I am looking to take the GRE in September or October and I think the Magoosh program looks very promising. I scored in the 80th percentile in the practice test for Quant and in the 60th percentile for Verbal. The 90 day plan looks like the best option for me in my opinion but I am also going to school full time and will be taking classes in the summer as well. What would you recommend for my situation? (e.g. the 90 day plan recommends 1-2 hours a day and depending on my workload I may not have time some days)

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike April 11, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Michael: for your situation, I also think the 90 Day plan would be good. I would recommend starting with the Verbal Focus 90 Day plan, and if you want more challenge on the Verbal side, dip into some of the resources on either this plan or the Six month daily plan. Those can be your two “go to” places to supplement the Verbal Focus plan. Does this make sense? Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

  9. sandeep March 13, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    in the day 6. it is written to read GMAt ebook but the link attached is gre e book. what should i read sir

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 13, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Dear Sandeep —
      Ooop! That was a typo. The text was wrong but the link is correct — read the GRE book. (The GMAT ebook is not going to help you much for the GRE!) Thank you very much for pointing out this typo: I just corrected it. I’m sorry for any confusion.
      Mike 🙂

  10. Alex March 4, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Hi Mike,

    Just have a quick question: do you think it’s more helpful to get a more recent LSAT PrepTest book instead of the older one recommended in this study plan?

    Thank you!

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 4, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Alex: Good question. Honestly, I don’t think it makes too much difference. For the GRE official material, it’s vitally important that you have the most up-to-date material, because if there’s a subtle change in their priorities, that crucial for someone taking the GRE to know. By contrast, subtle changes in the LSAT standards, from one edition to the next, while essential for someone taking the LSAT, are almost entirely irrelevant for someone preparing for the GRE. The two tests are made by different companies, and seasons & moods & tastes in writing one shed little light on the other. Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Alex March 5, 2013 at 6:04 am #

        Hi Mike,

        Yes, that makes perfect sense. Thanks so much!

        Can I ask you another question? I took Gmat about a year ago and scored 700 (Q48 V37). Now I’m aiming for 325+ on GRE (160+ verbal), and based on my performance, would you recommend me to use this advanced study plan? My concern is that I’ve already studied the Gmat OG for like three times, so I’m not sure if I should go over its PS, RC, and CR sections again, as suggested in this plan. I don’t have a strong vocabulary, but I’m more confident on the RC section.

        Also, since I can’t seem to find the Barron’s 1100 Words book here in my country (I’m an international student), would it be sufficient to use only Magoosh’s vocab ebook plus MGRE 500 Advance Words Flash Card?

        Sorry for so many questions, and thank you again for your time!

        Alex

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike March 5, 2013 at 11:24 am #

          Alex:
          (1) Since you have already worked through GMAT Verbal and taken the GMAT, don’t repeat that: I would say focus more on GRE sources. For RC, you might also give LSAT official material at look, just for more prep material. (2) You seem strong in math and you need to build vocab — I would say: use the Verbal Focus plan, and just supplement from this plan when you want something more challenging. (3) Barron’s book not available? Isn’t amazon.com worldwide? (4) In no aspect of your studying should you settle for the “is this sufficient” mentality. Achieving excellence entails the “what else can I do?” mentality. You need to build vocab — yes to the Magoosh ebook & MGRE card sets. Scour this blog for vocab — watch every vocab Wed posted on this blog, and make a flash card for every word you don’t know. Get the Barrons’ book if you can. Scour the web for GRE vocab lists, and make flash cards for any words you don’t know. Push yourself to read challenging material, and make flash cards for any words you don’t know. Create a stack of flashcards, and drill them constantly — you need at least 20 exposures to a fact to encoded into long term memory. —— Does all this make sense?
          Mike 🙂

          • Alex March 8, 2013 at 8:00 am #

            Hi Mike,

            This is really helpful. Thank you so much! Right now I’m going to book the Barron’s book on Amazon (although it takes like 3 weeks to be delivered to my country).

            Alex 🙂

            • Mike MᶜGarry
              Mike March 8, 2013 at 10:31 am #

              You are more than welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
              Mike 🙂

  11. manu August 20, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    hi.. you have mentioned about novas gre prep course book.. however there are many available with the same name and with different prices..is the nova gre math prep book (http://www.junglee.com/Nova-Math-Prep-Course-2012/dp/8172343817/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345469688&sr=1-1) is equivalent to the one you suggested?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike August 20, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Manu, The purpose of the NOVA is just to have a bank of difficult math practice questions, so I would say any edition is fine — you might as well buy one of the cheaper versions.
      Mike 🙂

  12. Jackie August 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I am getting organized to start studying for the GRE, and am excited about using Magoosh Premium as my primary prep tool. This study plan looks fabulous! Could you please clarify what you mean when you assign “10 MC” problems on Week One, Day Two, for example? I am assuming I am should go to the Practice Page, select Math-Multiple Choice, All Sections, Difficulty: Adaptive(?), Question Pool: Unanswered, Number of Questions: 10, Time Limit: No, Practice Mode. Am I correct? Thanks so much!!!!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi, Jackie

      Welcome to Magoosh! Yes, you’re exactly right– all of the filters should be just as you listed, though for Difficulty, you can start out with Easy or Medium if you’d like.

      Also, as a premium Magoosh member, you can send us questions through the Help tab (the small black rectangle on the left of your screen whenever you’re logged in to Magoosh), which should be much easier for you especially once you start practicing, since you may want help with individual practice questions or lessons, and we’ll be able to respond much more quickly.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

      Best,
      Margarette

      • Jackie August 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

        Yes, it helps!!! Thanks so much, Margarette!!

  13. Brian August 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Hello, I’ve never been a good standardized test taker but have a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. My scores were Q=147 and V=151. I’ll be taking the GRE again in 90 days but I’m a little unsure about which 90 day plan to go with. My future program puts more emphasis on the quantitative section, but my verbal score is slightly better.

    My question is which 90 day plan would you recommend for my situation? Version A or B?

    Thanks!

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike August 6, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Brian: I would say, start with version A. That will give you a grounding in all the basic content & strategies you need to improve. If you would like to beef up your Quant performance further, you might want to scan Version C and mix in a little advanced math review (for example, the exercises in the NOVA book). Use Version A as a template, and mix in as much of that advanced stuff as you as can.
      Mike 🙂

  14. Akshay.S July 11, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Chris/Mike
    Could you pls suggest some good topics to go through in new yorker? Something that interests you 🙂 I try to randomize the content’s I read across the magazines suggested above. It just gets a little tough in choosing the topics in new yorker. I am trying really hard to find topics related to art or may be I am blind eyed..

    Akshay

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 11, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Akshay: Here, I will give you some hard medicine. Any article that seems difficult, any article about a topic that doesn’t interest you in the least, any article in which you are struggling from the very first paragraph to figure out the topic —- those are the articles that will give you the greatest preparation for the GRE. Does that make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Akshay.S July 11, 2012 at 11:21 am #

        Yep, sounds good 🙂 Thanks Mike. Well I am trying pretty much what you have just suggested.
        BTW, have you come across engagingenglish.com? They have a 10 day trial, I see a few potential RC passages hidden there 🙂 It presents its readers with a variety of topics to read from say art, science fiction etc.

        Have a nice day ! 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike July 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

          Akshay: I’m not familiar with it. I will check it out some time.
          Mike 🙂

  15. Akshay July 10, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Thank you Mike 🙂 Appreciate it.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      You are quite welcome.
      Mike 🙂

  16. Akshay.S July 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Hi Mike
    I am planning to purchase the Manhattan 500 Advanced flash cards. The above link posted in the study schedule contains has the link for the essential 500 words.

    On Amazon, there are two different editions of the Manhattan advanced gre words:
    http://www.amazon.com/500-Advanced-Words-1st-Edition/dp/1935707604/ref=pd_sim_b_3

    http://www.amazon.com/500-Advanced-Words-Vocabulary-Flash/dp/1935707884/ref=pd_sim_b_4

    Can you pls tell me which book to purchase. Appreciated.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Akshay: You know, I don’t think there’s that much of a difference. If the price is about the same, go for the 2nd edition, but don’t think it would be a huge problem to get the first edition.
      Mike 🙂

  17. Akshay.S July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi Mike/Chris
    I have the below copy of Barrons 1100 words you need to know and not the one mentioned by Magoosh in the link above.

    http://www.flipkart.com/1100-words-you-need-know-0764113658/p/itmczzzhgbwzt5jf?pid=9780764113659&ref=02a36487-53a7-4ef2-b589-eb0f6ce65ede

    Pls let me know if this is ok. If so I will refer to this book according to the advance study schedule mentioned. 🙂

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      Akshay: That’s just an earlier edition of the same book: that should be fine. As always, in your other reading and GRE practice, make sure to keep track of any vocab word you find that you don’t know. — that’s a good practice to supplement any vocab book you use.
      Mike 🙂

      • Akshay.S July 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

        Mike: Thank you. Yep, I’ll be noting down the word with its attached meaning. 🙂 My date is Oct 10th. So I got exactly 3 months according to the plan to complete my preparation.

        Also, do you know if nova gre book is available as a PDF online? If not thats ok, I’ll figure a way out to get it 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike July 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

          Akshay: I don’t believe the NOVA book is available as a PDF: I think it’s only available as a hard copy. I hope this helps.
          Mike 🙂

      • Akshay July 9, 2012 at 12:17 am #

        Thanks Mike. Yes, I am making flash cards with the word, its meaning and its usage so that I understand the term holistically rather than just its literal meaning.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike July 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

          Akshay: That sounds like a good plan.
          Mike 🙂

  18. Elnaz June 12, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Mike,

    thank you for your good program for studying, but I’m concern about GRE revised new changes.
    I registered for GRE revised on 27th August, 2012 , and it’s my third time that wanna to take the GRE exam to achieve better score.
    is there any remarkable change after 1th July for GRE revised questions?

    In advance, I appreciate you to guide me,
    kindest regards,
    Elnaz

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi Elnaz,

      The GRE changed last year, 2011 in August. It will not be changing this year. In fact, the GRE is probably not going to change for quite awhile. So the study plan below is still relevant :).

  19. Praveena June 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I recently purchased the Premium subscription of Magoosh. It has been a great purchase and worth the money I spent. I had a question when I was looking at the basic and advanced 90 day study plan. I would like know couple of things
    1. What is the difference between Basic and Advanced study plan? Is the expected score higher in advanced than the basic.
    2. Is the expectation to complete Basic and then take up Advanced study plan?. Please advise.

    Thanks
    Praveena

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 12, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      These are great questions, and the answers completely depend on the student. The Basic plan assumes that the student needs a more thorough review of the basics, while the Advanced plan involves considerably less review and more of the challenging material. If the student is talented, is a fast learner, and works hard, then the sky’s the limit — there is no ceiling in expected score for either plan. Of course, if you start from knowing less, then you have further to go, but it’s possible if you are a fast learner. If you start the basic plan, and it’s simply too easy for you, then by all means, switch “in flight” to the more advanced plan. Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  20. Angela March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks Mike!

  21. Angela March 18, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I only have about 3 -4 months to study for the GRE, and I am having trouble deciding whether I should use Version A or Version D. I have just recently started studying for the first time, so I think I should use beginners. The problem is I only have 3 months. I would like to get to the Advanced stage and get the best score I possibly can. If I use the Advanced plan, would it be too difficult for someone who has just started studying for the GRE? Thanks!

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike McGarry March 19, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      Angela: Do you have any sense of your relative strengths and weaknesses, relative to the GRE? When we say Plan A is for “beginners”, we don’t necessarily mean everyone who is just beginning to study for the GRE. We mean, folks who essentially, will have to go back to the “beginnings” in both their math & verbal preparation —folks who are essentially beginning in square one in both math and verbal. If you are starting to study now and your math & verbal skills are quite strong, then plan D is the plan for you. If you are starting now, and you feel like you need a ton of help in both math and verbal, then plan A is for you. If you have no idea where your abilities rank, relative to the test, I’d suggest: get another GRE prep book, like the Barron’s (not a highly recommended book overall, but it does have practice tests). This weekend, for four hours, take a practice GRE from the Barron’s essentially cold, no prep. If taking the test cold, you still score quite well in math and verbal, then again, plan D is for you. If, when you take the test cold, it’s a trainwreck, start with plan A. Can you start with plan A and still get an elite score? It’s possible, but very difficult. If you take the GRE cold, and get, say, in the 400s, it’s going to be a lot of work to get that up into the 700s, much more than if your cold GRE were already in the 600s. Does that make sense? I would say, it’s crucial to get an idea of where you are starting by taking a practice GRE cold. (Don’t use up the ETS or MGRE ones for that — you want to save the higher quality GRE for much later in your practice — that’s why I suggest getting a Barron’s book for the cold GRE at the beginning). Does all this make sense? Please let me know if you have any further questions. Mike 🙂

      • Angela March 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

        Hi Mike,

        Thanks for your reply! After I sent the message, I realized how confusing I was being. I do understand what you are saying, and your message is very helpful. I have brushing up on my math using a Cliffnotes math review, and that has helped a lot.

        Thanks again!

        – Angela

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike March 21, 2012 at 11:45 am #

          Angela: you are more than welcome. Let me know if you have any further questions. Good luck in your preparation. Mike 🙂

  22. James March 6, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Once we’ve completed all of the problems Magoosh offers, is it beneficial to do them over again?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike McGarry March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      What I’d say — it’s no different from problems in the OG or problems in any other source. If you do a problem this week, and then re-do it next week, probably the memory of the problem/explanation is going to interfere with your ability to think through the problem in a fresh way. If you do a problem, wait 2+ months while doing many other problems, and then see it again — well, that’s a judgment call. It depends, in part, on: how good is your memory? If you did a problem, and read the explanation, say, two months ago, would you remember that explanation when you saw the problem again? Some people have fantastic memories, and others don’t remember anything. That’s really the deciding factor. It’s worth doing Magoosh (or any other) questions again if there’s been enough time that the memory of doing them the first time, and of seeing the explanation, doesn’t interfere with your process this time. Magoosh certainly has enough questions that its conceivable that enough time would pass so some repetitions after several months would be fine. Does this answer your question? Please let me know if you have any further questions.
      Mike 🙂


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