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GRE Student Post: The Importance of Full Length, Timed Practice

Today, Nick is providing us with some strategies to help you get acclimated to the length of the exam. Thanks, Nick! 🙂 

About me: I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. I graduated with a degree in neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. I want to attend a graduate program in evolutionary social psychology. For fun, I enjoy reading, running and hanging out with friends.

My biggest challenge: I struggled with quantitative comparison, counting and integer problems. I used the lessons section to target my practice with conceptual videos and quizzes. I tried to take a practice test every week, but much of my practice was completing timed quant. and verbal questions.

Tips for other students: Pick one or two prep sources (ideally Magoosh as one of them) and stick to them. Study regularly in a targeted way and with review. It’s easy to feel like you’re studying when you’re consulting multiple books, flashcards, and websites you have access to. The thing is that success with any of these prep materials depends on their consistent use. Magoosh provides plans based on the time you have and the study methods you feel comfortable with. Pick one of these and tackle it.

I’d also suggest a full on, test-like condition practice test (yes, with the experimental AND the writing). I don’t mean to be discouraging, but taking practice sections and even 2 quant/2 verbal sections doesn’t quite simulate the exhaustion you’ll feel on the back end of a 4 ½ to 5 hour test. Magoosh has a ton of pooled questions to create tests. Manhattan GRE has ‘HELLA’ accurate practice tests as well (note: they’re hard!).

Magoosh has the best vocabulary flashcards app. Hands down.

Read the Magoosh GRE (even GMAT) blogs on the quant sections. They’re delightful and USEFUL.



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