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Quiz: How long do you need to study for the GRE?

Welcome to our GRE Test Dates Quiz!

Before you jump in and start answering questions, take a moment to read our When Should You Take the GRE? post, which explains:

  • When and where the GRE exam is offered.
  • How to register for your chosen GRE test date.
  • Which factors to consider before selecting your GRE date.

Once you’re familiar with the importance of choosing your GRE test date wisely (it can absolutely affect your score!), it’s time to take the quiz.

About the Quiz

Don’t worry—this is not a diagnostic quiz! This five-question survey considers the basic factors that determine your GRE preparedness. With that information, we determine how much time you need to prepare before can confidently take the GRE exam.

It’ll only take about two minutes to complete, and your answers (plus some helpful next steps) will appear on this page. If you have questions about your results, please leave a comment on this post and we will get back to you with our best advice.

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How long do you need to study for the GRE?


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1. When do you want to take the GRE?

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2. How many hours a week do you have to study for the GRE?

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3. Are there any weeks where you won’t be able to study for the GRE (vacation, exams, etc.)?

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4. How much QUALITY study time have you already devoted to the GRE?

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5. How far away from your ideal score (in the section most important to your program), using the 130-170 GRE grading scale?

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16 Responses to Quiz: How long do you need to study for the GRE?

  1. Saurav Dev April 19, 2019 at 10:43 am #

    Hey I am trying to purchase the GRE premium account from India but my payment was declined many times ,I checked my account and it has sufficient balance and yeah I payed by debit card .Is there any alternate way of making the payment of 111$ please help me .I dont have a paypal account either .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 22, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Saurav,

      I’m going to forward this message on to our team of support specialists. You should hear from someone soon in a message directly to your email!

      • Risal Ahmed April 27, 2019 at 8:50 am #

        I am also facing this same problem for last couple of hours. I have been trying to purchase the GRE premium account of (111$) with my credit card but somehow I am still not being able to buy it. It will be really helpful if you fix this problem asap.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

          Hi Risal,

          It looks like you wrote in to our team of support specialists and got this taken care of! For issues like this, please email us directly at 🙂

  2. Parag February 13, 2019 at 6:28 am #

    Hello, I have appeared for GRE in October End and scored 290 (Q-143, V-147). My target score is 320+
    I just started my preparation 1 day ago. What do you recommend for me. I am planning to give GRE in April End or in first half of May.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 14, 2019 at 8:21 am #

      Hi Parag,

      This depends on a few different things–how much did you study for the first test? How comfortable do you feel with the concepts and methods tested on the GRE? There is certainly a lot of room for improvement, but it’s important to realize that it will be difficult to increase your score by 30 points in just a few months. It’s not impossible, just unlikely. You can certainly use these months to maximize your score improvement, particularly if you didn’t put in much study time for your first exam. I recommend that you check out our 3-month beginner’s study schedule. The schedule will take you through everything you need to know for the GRE, and help you to maximize your improvement in this time. If you are able to postpone the GRE a bit more and give yourself another month or two of study time, then you have a greater chance of improving! If you are looking for high-quality, accessible and affordable test preparation to help you meet your goals, check out our Magoosh Premium plans 🙂

  3. Brittney November 14, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Hello! I am interested in purchasing the Magoosh study program. I am wondering if you believe it is in my best interest to purchase now or wait until after the holidays. I am traveling Nov 23-27 and Dec 22-Jan 1. I am worried that this will interfere with studying. Should I still start the study program now or wait until the beginning of Dec? Not sure if skipping a few days will hurt my study strategy. Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Brittney,

      I’m forwarding your message on to our team of test prep experts who can provide you with a more detailed response! You’ll hear back from someone shortly in a separate email 🙂

    • Juliana Martinez January 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi!! I’ve already taken the GRE three times and even though my scores aren’t that bad I still need to get at least 7 extra points to have a competitive score on the program I want to apply to. I’m wondering if I should give the GRE one more chance or change to GMAT, do you have some recommendations abounmy situation?


      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2019 at 9:44 am #

        Hi Juliana,

        Interesting question! If your program accepts both the GRE and GMAT, then there are a few things to consider as you make this decision. This post provides a quick overview of both tests. There are some big similarities in both tests in terms of the quant, reading comprehension and paragraph argument questions, but the sentence correction part of the GMAT is very different from TC/SE questions on the GRE. The quant section of the GMAT also tends to be harder than that of the GRE. Your personal strengths and weaknesses can really determine which test is best for you! Also keep in mind that the GMAT requires a very different pacing and problem-solving strategies. You wouldn’t be starting from scratch on the GMAT, but you would have to learn a lot of new strategies in order to succeed on the GMAT! I hope this helps–ultimately, there is no clear answer. Your decision depends on your personal strengths/weaknesses, how much time you have, and how much work you are willing to put in to learning a new test. In general, students find it easier to improve on a test they already know rather than needing to learn an entirely new test. Good luck 🙂

  4. Sujit September 12, 2018 at 12:36 am #

    Just i started my preparation for gre. As a beginner how much hard work will take to score 320+.i will taking gre after 2 month in this perfect time for me for fall 19?l Let me guide please thnks in advance

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 16, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Sujit,

      A student’s ability to score 320+ in the GRE depends on his starting point, affinity for the test, work ethic and study materials. Many students want a 320+ score, but not all are able to achieve it. Two months is enough time to learn about the test and prepare for it, but there are a lot of factors that determine whether or that is enough time to reach your target score. I recommend that you check our our GRE Diagnostic Quizzes, which will give you a good sense of your level and how long you should prepare for the GRE.
      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, but we generally advise students to complete their standardized tests at least a month before their application is due. This allows time to craft a strong application. If you’re applying to a US school as an international student, you can check out this timeline that might be more specific to your situation. In any case, you should make sure that you know the deadlines and admissions requirements for all of your target schools so that you are prepared!

  5. Dhiru July 27, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    Hey,I have already taken the gre and scored 298 and I’m retaking the exam by September.Any tips you can give me in verbal ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 1, 2018 at 8:42 am #

      Some general Verbal advice: make sure you balance flashcards/memorization with good active reading and vocab-in-context skills practice. 🙂 Depending

  6. Ivy July 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    Hi! I am not applying to graduate school until fall of 2019. I am working a clinical research position from now until I matriculate into graduate school. With my work schedule in mind, I have 90 minutes a day to dedicate to GRE Prep…but I can stretch that further if need be. I am debating on whether I should do a 3 or 6 month study plan? Realistically, I can shoot for both…but was wondering if one is generally recommended over the other? Let me know if you have any advice.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

      I personally recommend going for the 3 month plan. It’s better to undershoot than to overshoot. If you do the 3 month plan and you wind up having time left over, you can always study more. But if you go with the 6 month plan and run out of time, then you simply won’t be able to finish a study plan by test day. And of course, the activities in a 3 month plan can be done at a slower pace in more than 3 months, if need be. 🙂

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