**The content in this post applies in 2024 to the new, shorter GRE!**

If you’re aiming for a top score on the GRE, or you’re starting out with a strong background in the areas the GRE tests, then this 90 day study plan can help get you where you want to be! Here, you’ll find the guidance and materials you need from a GRE study plan (3 months) to master the material.

## Table of Contents

## Choosing Your GRE Study Plan: 3 Months

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 Study Plan, and I need you to start with a little self-diagnosis. Which sounds most like you?

**90 Day 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 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 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 Study Plan for Advanced Students:**I actually feel reasonably comfortable with math and 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.

**FAQ: I’m a working professional/English isn’t my first language/I need to adapt this 90 day study plan in some way!**

Check out this blog post for adjustment tips for Magoosh study plans!

**FAQ: I’m not sure if an “Advanced” plan is right for me!**

This advanced GRE 90 day study plan would be the best GRE study plan for you if you already know just about all the basic material and you mainly want to sharpen your test-taking skills. This plan involves watching very few lesson videos, because I am assuming you know almost all the basics already. Instead, this 90 day study 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 test throws at you.

**FAQ: How can I make sure I’m using this 90 day study plan most effectively?**

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

## How to Use This 90 Day Study Plan from Magoosh

This 90 day study plan 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 hour 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.

Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 2-3 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students.

## Essential Materials for the 90 Day Study Plan

- Magoosh GRE Prep
- ETS’s Official Guide to the GRE book (If you get the 1st edition, you can use our free video explanations)
- ETS’s PowerPrep Online
- The GMAT Official Guide. You DO NOT need the most up-to-date edition. In fact, I recommend getting an earlier edition (e.g., OG13 or OG12), which you probably can find used for a fraction of the cost of the newest edition. You are going to use this as a bank of additional practice problems for GRE reading comprehension during the 90 day study plan.

- I am not assigning any math out of this book, but if you want more math practice, feel free to do the GMAT Problem Solving practice questions, which are identical to GRE Multiple Choice math questions. GMAT math tends to be a shade more difficult than GRE math.

- The Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, for additional math practice
- The Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, for additional verbal practice
- Magoosh’s online GRE Flashcards. They’re free and you can use them on the web, on your iPhone/iPad or Android.
- The Manhattan GRE 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems (either edition) as well as Volumes #1-6 of the Manhattan GRE books. In addition to Magoosh problems, you will also do a great deal of math practice in these books.

- The MGRE series has eight volumes in total, but we do not recommend volumes 7 and 8.

- Manhattan’s 6 GRE online practice tests. One test is offered for free, with five additional tests available for purchase.
- a journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)

## Supplemental/Optional Materials for the 90 Day Study Plan

Any of the steps listed in the 90 day study plan for the materials below are purely for extra practice, so they are to be done as optional tasks if you have extra time.

- Reading material: This may be any non-fiction scholarly book, history and social science preferable. You may also choose one of the recommended magazines: Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Economist, or The New York Times (a Sunday subscription is a great idea!). Throughout the 90 day study plan, you are reading (a) to build your reading comprehension skills, (b) to refine your understanding of grammar and usage, and (c) to expand your vocabulary.
- Download the Magoosh Android or iPhone app, for mobile practice
- Quizlet.com: Gives you online access to flashcards, making it easier to quiz yourself on your mobile device
- Vocabulary.com: Provides conversational example sentences and a flood of example sentences
- Word Dynamo: Gives you little quizzes and games to add some variety to vocab learning during the 90 day study plan
- Magoosh’s GRE Complete Guide

This comprehensive, web-based guide to the GRE gives you the quick but very helpful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GRE is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GRE prep, and how to study for each test section. - A guide to GRE Practice Test Resources

This page includes instructions on where to find good full-length GRE practice tests, and how to take practice tests and incorporate them into your studies. This page also has links to Magoosh’s free GRE diagnostic quizzes.

## Week One

* Tasks marked with an asterisk indicate that this 90 day GRE study plan resource is only available to Magoosh students—sign up here for a free trial!

- Don’t write in any of the test prep books during the 90 day study plan, 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.

## Week One, Day One

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

- Start skimming through the GRE Math Review in the Official Guide, the entire Arithmetic and Algebra section. Do the Arithmetic Exercises and Algebra Exercises and check your answers. Presumably, these will be easy for you.
- In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes. Begin the first deck, Algebra.
- Watch the GRE Overview on ETS.org
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:

## Week One, Day Two

- Continue skimming through the GRE Math Review: the Geometry section and Data Analysis sections. Do the Geometry Exercises and Data Analysis Exercises and check your answers. Again, these probably will not be unusually challenging for you.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- Download and start reading the Magoosh GRE eBook. Continue reading whenever you have the time over the course of the next two weeks.
- In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes. Finish learning the first deck, Algebra. Review any cards you haven’t mastered.

## Week One, Day Three

- In Magoosh Video Lessons:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Multiple Choice QuestionsIn 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 seconds per question, or 30 minutes for 20 questions.

*Notice that in this 90 day study plan, 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.**After you submit your answer for each Magoosh problem in this 3 month GRE study plan, the next page will tell you whether you were right or wrong, with a video solution and 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.* - Download the Magoosh Complete Guide to GRE Vocabulary
Carefully read 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 90 day study plan, periodically go back to this book to verify your understanding and to make connections to other wods. The more ways you have of remembering a word, the more likely you are to remember it!

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

## Week One, Day Four

- 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. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions - In the GRE Math Flashcards, spend up to 10 minutes. Finish learning the first deck, Algebra. Review any cards you haven’t mastered.

## Week One, Day Five

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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 90 day study 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 90 day study plan, you should know every section of this book.

## Week One, Day Six

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

1 Issue Task EssayFor 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 90 day study plan.)

- In the Official Guide and 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. 27-3)

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 thoroughly, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that was unfamiliar. 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

- As much as possible, get enough sleep during the 90 day study plan. 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 seven hours a night instead of eight, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering.

## Week Two, Day One

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

15 Reading Comprehension QuestionsSome 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 in one sitting. This may mean that you do a couple more than 20 questions one time, and then a couple fewer the next time.

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 7, “Arithmetic,” do the practice problems starting at #15.

- 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 at 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.

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

- 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.

- 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.

- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master at least 20 words from the first deck.
- 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.
- Read 1-3 articles from your reading source of choice, noting grammatical structures. Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

## Week Two, Day Two

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Math Multiple Choice Questions - 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

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 8, “Algebra,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck).
- 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.
- Read 1-3 articles from your reading source of choice, noting grammatical structures. Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

## Week Two, Day Three

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions - 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

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 9, “Inequalities and Absolute Values,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.
- 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.
- Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles). Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

## Week Two, Day Four

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 10, “Functions, Formulas, and Sequences,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.
- 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.
- Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles). Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

## Week Two, Day Five

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

15 Reading Comprehension Questions - In the
*Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems*book,In the Mixed Practice Sets, do

Practice Set 1, starting on p. 102

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 11, “Fractions and Decimals,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, master 20 more words (a bit less than half a deck). Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks.
- Read your chosen reading material (one chapter, or a few articles). Look up and write down any words you don’t know.

## Week Two, Day Six

- In the Magoosh product, do:

1 Argument Task Essay

## Week Three

- 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.

## Week Three, Day One

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems*book,In the Mixed Practice Sets, do

Practice Set 2, starting on p. 126

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 12, “Percents,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- 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.

## Week Three, Day Two

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions - In the
*Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Problems*book,In the Mixed Practice Sets, do

Practice Set 3, starting on p. 152

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 13, “Divisibility and Primes,” do the practice problems starting at #17.

- 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.

## Week Three, Day Three

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
(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.)

- 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

- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 14, “Exponents and Roots,” do the practice problems starting at #14.

- 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.

## Week Three, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the first five Critical Reasoning questions

- If you have the LSAT book mentioned above, then wherever I assign 5 GMAT CR questions on this 90 day study plan, feel free to substitute 5 LSAT Logical Reasoning questions. Practicing either kind of question will give you excellent preparation for the GRE Paragraph Argument Reading Comprehension questions.

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 15, “Number Properties,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- 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.

## Week Three, Day Five

- 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

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Multiple Choice Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 16, “Word Problems,” do the practice problems starting at #15.

## Week Four

- Put into practice stress-reduction techniques. Start out with Overcome Exam Anxiety: Breathe

## Week Four, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 17, “Two-Variable Word Problems,” do the practice problems starting at #12.

- 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.

## Week Four, Day Two

- 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

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 18, “Rates and Work,” do the practice problems starting at #15.

- 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.

## Week Four, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

10 Sentence Equivalence Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:

In Chapter 19, “Variables-in-the-Choices Problems,” do ALL the practice problems. - 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.

## Week Four, Day Four

- 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

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 20, “Ratios,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- 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.

## Week Four, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Four, Day Six

- In the Magoosh product, do:

1 Argument Task Essay

## Week Five

- Develop stress-management skills this week by reading and putting into practice tips from Stress and Your Thoughts

## Week Five, Day One

- 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 - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 22, “Standard Deviation and Normal Distribution,” do ALL the practice problems.

- 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.

## Week Five, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

- 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.

## Week Five, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 24, “Data Interpretation,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Five, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Sentence Equivalence Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 25, “Polygons and Rectangular Solids,” do ALL the practice problems.

- 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.

## Week Five, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 26, “Circles and Cylinders,” do ALL the practice problems.

## Week Five, Day Six

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

As much as possible when you take practice tests during the 90 day study plan, 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 thoroughly, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that was unfamiliar.

## Week Six

- Hone your stress-management toolkit by reading through Stress and Your Stories

## Week Six, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

15 Reading Comprehension Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 27, “Triangles,” do the practice problems starting at #20.

- 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.

## Week Six, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 28, “Coordinate Geometry,” do ALL the practice problems.

- 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.

## Week Six, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 29, “Mixed Geometry,” do ALL the practice problems.

- 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.

## Week Six, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 30, “Advanced Quant,” do practice problems #1-20.

- 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.

## Week Six, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Sentence Equivalence Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 30, “Advanced Quant,” do the practice problems #21-40.

## Week Six, Day Six

- Review the wrong answers from last week’s practice test.

## Week Seven

- Master your stress with the Zen Boot Camp for Test-taking

## Week Seven, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Multiple Choice Questions - In the
*Manhattan GRE 5-lb Book of Practice Problems*:In Chapter 30, “Advanced Quant,” do any remaining practice problems.

- 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.

## Week Seven, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

15 Reading Comprehension Questions - 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.

- 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.

## Week Seven, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

- 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.

## Week Seven, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions - In the
*Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions*book,Do the Arithmetic practice problems, pp. 45-50. Keep a strict 33 minute time limit.

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

- 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.

## Week Seven, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the
*Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions*book,Do the Algebra practice problems, pp. 67-72. Keep a strict 30 minute time limit.

## Week Seven, Day Six

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 thoroughly, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that was unfamiliar.

## Week Eight

- When learning GRE vocabulary, 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.

## Week Eight, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Sentence Equivalence Questions - In the
*Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions*book,Do the Geometry practice problems, pp. 87-92. Keep a strict 23 minute time limit.

- 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.

## Week Eight, Day Two

- 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 - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

- 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.

## Week Eight, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),

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

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Eight, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - 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.

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Multiple Choice Questions - 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.

## Week Eight, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- In the
*Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions*book,Do the Mixed Practice Set #2, pp. 173-182. Keep a strict 40 minute time limit.

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions

## Week Eight, Day Six

- Review the wrong answers from last week’s practice test.

## Week Nine

- Daily review of vocab is vital. I wrote this 90 day study plan recommending 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 (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.

## Week Nine, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - 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.

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Nine, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the first 20 questions

- 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.

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Nine, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Multiple Choice Questions - 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.

## Week Nine, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Text Completion Questions - 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.

## Week Nine, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

## Week Nine, Day Six

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 when you take practice tests during the 90 day study plan, 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 thoroughly, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that was unfamiliar.

## Week Ten

- This 90 day study plan is fairly intensive, and if you follow it exactly, 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.

## Week Ten, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Ten, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Ten, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Math Questions - 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.

## Week Ten, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*, do Verbal Practice Sets 1-6. - In the Magoosh product, do 20 Verbal Questions.
- 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.

## Week Ten, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), do the Math Review Exercises—Data AnalysisIn section 5.3, do Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

## Week Ten, Day Six

- Review the wrong answers from last week’s practice test.

## Week Eleven

- 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.

## Week Eleven, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 20 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Verbal Questions - 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.

## Week Eleven, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), do the Math Review exercises (arithmetic).In section 5.3, do Problem Solving Practice Questions, the next 15 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Math Questions - 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.

## Week Eleven, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 5.3, Problem Solving Practice Questions, the last 15 questions

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 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.

## Week Eleven, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

Do the Math Review exercises (Algebra)

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Math Questions - 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.

## Week Eleven, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:

20 Verbal Questions - Math Practice: 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

## Week Eleven, Day Six

Today, you are going to take the first practice GRE available through PowerPrep Online.

As much as possible when you take practice tests during the 90 day study plan, 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.

## Week Twelve

- As test day approaches, make a plan! This will help you manage stress, as well as set you up for an even higher score. What will you wear? What will you eat? The more you can plan, the more confident you’ll feel about the test day experience!

## Week Twelve, Day One

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

Do the Math Review exercises – Geometry

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Math practice on Magoosh GMAT Blog: Challenging Coordinate Geometry practice problems
- 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.

## Week Twelve, Day Two

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Math practice on Magoosh GMAT Blog: Counting Practice Problems for the GMAT
- 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.

## Week Twelve, Day Three

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

Do Math Practice Sets 1-2

- Watch the following Magoosh videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Math practice on Magoosh GMAT Blog: Circle Problems on the GMAT
- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, spend 30 minutes reviewing mastered decks.
- 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.

## Week Twelve, Day Four

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition), - In the Magoosh product:
Review five lessons of your choice

- Math practice on Magoosh GMAT Blog: GMAT Practice Problems with Fractions and Decimals
- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, spend 30 minutes reviewing mastered decks.
- 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.

## Week Twelve, Day Five

- In the
*GMAT Official Guide*(any edition),In section 8.4, Critical Reasoning Practice Questions, do the next five Critical Reasoning questions

- In the Magoosh product:
Review five lessons of your choice

- Math practice on Magoosh GMAT Blog: practice problems on Sets and Geometry
- In the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards, spend 30 minutes reviewing mastered decks.

## Week Twelve, Day Six

Today, you are going to take the second practice GRE available through PowerPrep Online.

## After Week 12: Concentrated Review

At this point in the 90 day study plan, you may have some questions left. For whatever days remain before the test, keep up work on GRE math and verbal questions. Some suggestions for what to do:

- Select question type and difficulty on the “Dashboard,” and do Magoosh problems over again. See how you do the second time.
- Watch or re-watch any Magoosh lesson videos, on whatever topics you feel you need to review.
- Keep reading your challenging material, to build vocabulary and acclimate your ear to eloquent style.
- Keep drilling your vocab flashcards and any math flashcards you haven’t mastered.
- Finish the remaining Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions in the
*GMAT Official Guide*. In section 3.2 (the Diagnostic Test), do the RC and CR questions. These are among the hardest in the Guide. - 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:

- No GRE preparation all day
- Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!
- Go to bed earlier than usual.

## Day of test

- ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GRE PREPARATION!
- Eat a large breakfast, full of protein
- Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test

## Bring to the Test

- A liter of water
- Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)
- On breaks, make sure to get up, move and stretch – moving and stretching the large muscles of the body (legs and torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

Questions about the 90 day study plan? If you’re a Magoosh Premium GRE student, send us an email at [email protected]. Not a Magoosh student yet? Leave a comment on this post, and we’ll get back to you.

## Comments

## 70 responses to “90 Day GRE Study Plan for Advanced Students”

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

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 🙂

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

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 🙂

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

Stephanie,

You are quite welcome.

Mike 🙂

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.

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 🙂

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?

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 🙂

Thanks soo much Mike! Really appreciate it.

Shah,

You are quite welcome.

Mike 🙂

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

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:

https://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 🙂

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

Dear Stephanie,

You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, my friend.

Mike 🙂

Hi! Mike,

What means 10 MC in magoosh?

Any 10 MC questions? or are there any specific questions?

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 🙂

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?

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 🙂

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 🙂

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,

https://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 🙂

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?

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 🙂

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?

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 🙂

Thank you 🙂

Michelle,

You are quite welcome.

Mike 🙂

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)

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 🙂

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

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 🙂

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!

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 🙂

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

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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Mike 🙂

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?

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 🙂

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!!!!

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

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

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!

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 🙂

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

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 🙂

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 ! 🙂

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

Mike 🙂

Thank you Mike 🙂 Appreciate it.

You are quite welcome.

Mike 🙂

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.

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 🙂

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. 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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.

Akshay: That sounds like a good plan.

Mike 🙂

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

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 :).

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

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 🙂

Thanks Mike!

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!

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 🙂

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

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

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

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 🙂