GRE Reading Practice: Writers in The New York Times

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When it comes to improving your reading ability and vocabulary, there is no shortcut. To be a better reader, you have to read and you have to read often. So often we hear from students who have a month left before their test and are looking for quick ways to improve their Verbal score. Sadly, there is not a whole lot that can be done in a month besides rote memorization, which we know is not very effective. Only sustained reading over a long period of time will bring the gains that students need for success.

It is for these reasons that we recommend improving your reading ability even before you begin preparations for the test. I always tell my students that they need to allocate at least six months to improving their reading. I tell them to read actively, read often, read material that mimics that of the test, and read about subjects that are unfamiliar and uncomfortable.

But where to begin? What counts as decent reading material?

We have offered advice on news sources to read when students want to improve their vocabulary or reading ability. But trying to find something worth reading in The New York Times of The Atlantic Monthly can be overwhelming. Students still struggle with making a choice of what to read.

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So we are launching a series on authors and journalists that we enjoy reading and think students would enjoy too. What follows is a list of journalists and academics that I enjoy reading. This is just a small sampling of people from The New York Times who have thoughtful and insightful articles on contemporary issues—issues that you might find on the test. I tried my best to give a little bio for each person, a link to a compliation of their writing, and a few choice articles to begin with.

Ultimately, you should find your own favorite columnists and writers to read. Don’t just rely on what I have to say. Ask others. Read authors that write about subjects you know and subjects you don’t know. Expand your literary horizons. I have two prescriptions, though, for choosing a journalist or author to read: make sure they have a wide readership and have been recognized by their peers for excellence in their field. These are two strong metrics for quality writers.

Note: At the time of writing, The New York Times only allows users to read 10 articles per month.

Update: Please read the second comment from Muntasim Ul Haque. He provides some useful tips for avoiding the monthly limit.

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, and linguist at Harvard University. He is one of the more popular and widely-read academics of our time. He often writes opinion pieces for The NYTimes. He’s also a regular speaker at TED.

Mark Bittman is a food writer for at The Times. He focuses on simple, delicious meals and has written a popular cookbook, How to Cook Everything. In addition to writing recipes, he contributes opinion pieces about the environment, the food industry, and the politics of food. He also gave a TED Talk.

Errol Morris is an Academy-Award-winning documentary filmmaker who writes opinion editorials. He focuses much of his writing on the nature of truth, knowing, and deception. He is a deeply thoughtful person writing about culture, film, photography, history, and anything else that captures his attention.

Paul Krugman is a Professor at Princeton, contributor to The New York Times, and winner of the Nobel in Economics. He is a regular columnist, publishing articles every Monday and Friday.

David Brooks is an author and columnist for The New York Times. His topics range from politics to popular culture. He has also given a compelling TED Talk. His articles come out every Tuesday and Friday.

Thomas L. Friedman won the Pulitzer Prize three times while at The New York Times. He is an insightful and powerfully intelligent commentator on international affairs, politics, and economics. His column is released every Sunday and Wednesday.

This list is far from comprehensive and fairly subjective. These are the people I like to read and won’t necessarily resonate with you. So begin here, but search out people that inspire you and challenge you.


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48 Responses to GRE Reading Practice: Writers in The New York Times

  1. Fatina February 17, 2019 at 4:44 am #

    Thank you so much for this very helpful article. I found so many resources. Thank you and good luck to you all 🙂

    • Nikhil Gupta September 26, 2019 at 1:04 am #

      Hii Fatina..!!

      I wanted to ask where you found the other articles and more resources ?

  2. K December 28, 2017 at 11:07 am #

    Thank you in advance!
    I just wanted to improve my reading/writing/speaking skills and came across this great page.
    Thank you.

  3. Nabeel Zafar September 15, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Just open these links in incognito mode and there will be no limits how many articles you can read.

  4. Ximena December 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Thank you! This is amazing information. I often spend time looking for on what to read, but these topics are awesome. If you can continue sharing authors, that’d be amazing.

  5. Anonymous May 17, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Hello I got a 145 verbal and 147 on quant and I really need to improve both scores. I noticed it’s very difficult for me to memorize words and definitions , so during the verbal sentence questions I was really struggling with defining words.
    Can u give me advice on how to remember a words meaning ?
    Also can you give me advice on how to find the tone / purpose of passages ?
    My quant score wasn’t as high as I expected .. Does that mean I just need to practice more math problems ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 25, 2016 at 1:34 am #

      Hi there 🙂

      We go over several strategies on how to improve your vocabulary in our GRE Vocabulary eBook, which I definitely recommend checking out 🙂 And as we mention in this post, reading is one of the best ways to improve your knowledge of vocabulary words for the exam. Being able to use and recognize vocabulary in context is key for text completion and sentence equivalence questions, as well as for reading comprehension questions 🙂

      Honing in on the author’s tone and the purpose of a given passage is definitely important. Firstly, we have an excellent GMAT Tuesday’s video on identifying the author’s tone in a passage, which I recommend watching: GMAT Tuesdays: Active Reading – Author’s Opinion and Tone. 🙂 In terms of the main idea or purpose of a passage, active reading is key. Make sure to pay close attention to the beginning and end of the passage, as the main topic is typically introduced early on and/or emphasized in the conclusion. That said, as Kevin mentions in the comments of our post on Main Idea Questions, “You need to be aware of what happens to the topic as you read through the passage. Sometimes the passage will support that idea or sometimes it will evolve and change the idea.”

      To improve your quant score, you will want to first make sure you have a solid grasp on the fundamentals. The Quantitative Reasoning Section of our General GRE eBook is a good place to start to see which concepts are most frequently tested on the exam, as well as to find strategies to help you improve. Additionally, we’ve compiled the must-know formulas for the exam in our Math Formula eBook. Using the strategies and ideas in these resources as you work through more practice questions should definitely results in improved scores. 🙂

      And keeping an error log for each question you get wrong will help you focus in on the concepts that are most challenging for you. To do so, write down the question number, the source, question type, and concept tested. Then write down answers to the following questions:

      1. Why you missed the question?
      2. Why your answer is wrong?
      3. Why the correct answer is correct?
      4. What will you do to avoid this next time around?

      You can maintain an error log for both sections of the exam. Make sure to return to it often to help you keep track of difficult concepts and also common errors you make, which will help you prepare even better for test day!

      I hope the resources and tips I’ve mentioned help! Good luck on your studies 😀

  6. bob April 15, 2016 at 12:42 am #

    I have given GRE exam recently and got a score of 305(verbal-145,quant-160). I want to improve my verbal score ( from 145 to 155) and quant score (from 160 to 165).I am having problem in reading comprehension. i am finding it difficult in understanding them and i am wasting my time on a single question hovering on different options.can you help me to improve my skills in reading comprehension? Previously i have done some of the questions of TC and SE in manhattan 5lb book.I also want to improve my score in SE and in TC.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Bob,

      Glad to help!

      GRE RC Strategies

      To help you on your journey to GRE Reading Comprehension domination, I am giving you some resources that will help you to succeed. Each one tackles a different aspect of reading comprehension, and if you want to read actively and understand the passage in front of you, dive into these resources:

      Introduction to Reading Comprehension (Strategies and Pacing)
      How to Approach Questions
      Example of How a Passage is Outlined
      Identifying Patterns in Passages
      Pacing Strategies
      Active Reading Strategies for the GRE

      Reading Recommendations

      In addition to practicing the strategies explained in these resources, you should be reading all the time to prepare for the GRE. Read. Read. Read. This will help you to learn new words, see different passage structures, and become familiar with the forms and styles employed by authors 🙂 As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don’t know. Pause every so often, and recap the main message in your own words. Here are some suggested reading materials:

      The New York Times
      The Economist
      Arts & Letters Daily
      The New Yorker

      For some specific articles suggestions, I’d recommend browsing through our “GRE Article of the Month” series. About once a month, Chris selects an GRE-level article and provides both GRE vocabulary for you to focus on as you read, as well as a brief discussion of the piece.

      And if you would rather read books than articles, check out this post for fiction and non-fiction book recommendations!

      For tips on how to use these reading sources to learn really vocabulary in context, check out these blog posts:

      Vocabulary in Context
      Reading Vocabulary in Context: Where Should I Start?

      Truly, reading is the BEST way to improve your reading comprehension skills, I promise!

      Pacing on GRE RC

      In terms of improving your speed on GRE RC passages, I’d recommend first practicing without the timer–slow down, and try to truly understand the passage. You might think that time is lost when you read the passage too carefully, but in reality most time is wasted on questions that you don’t know the answer to because you read the passage too quickly. So step one, slow down, take notes on the passage, practice without the timer. Practice using all of the strategies you have learned, and don’t pay attention to the clock.

      Next, once you feel your accuracy is improving on RC questions, start using the timer again. The more confident you become in your reading skills, the faster you will be able to answer questions.

      Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence

      Text completion (TC) questions can be difficult and hard to understand, clearly! Fortunately, we have some great resources to help you understand what to do.

      On top of knowing vocabulary words, you need to be able to read a passage and decipher its meaning. Part of improving will be based on learning new words and part of improving will be based on learning about signal words in English that tell you about the relationship of ideas. Words like “because” or “however” or “more than” tell you about the relationship of ideas in a sentence and these are crucial to choosing the correct word to fill-in a blank.

      You want to make sure that you read passages that are similar to the ones you will find on the GRE. Some of the best places to look for good articles and writing are at The New York Times and The New Yorker. The style, tone, and level of writing will be very similar to what you will see on the test, so make it a point to read these news sources—and/or others of their caliber—everyday.

      Besides that, strategy is key! We have many blog posts that outline exactly how you should be tackling text completions and give some great examples (of course, that’s beside what’s in our lesson videos!). You can see those here:

      GRE Text Completion

      • ravi July 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

        Hi! i am planning to apply for ms in us. I have given GRE and scored 305 and plan to write TOEFL in the month of august. Can you help me about how much score should i score in TOEFL to get in a good university? And how should i start preparing for TOEFL exam?(i mean like on which areas should i focus(i am from India ,and my mother tongue is not English)) i plan to write GRE again by the end of September. If i send my applications for ms in the month of October , will there be any chance of funding (if any), or will the funding options be reduced as i have sent applications in the month of October?Please help me in these areas.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

          Well, before you think too much about your TOEFL score, it’s important to remember that GRe Verbal score requirements and math score requirements are separate in the eyes of admissions offices. As a result, admissions offices may actually set separate score requirements for GRE Quants and GRE and Verbal. You can check out one of our other blog posts for a look at some of the expectations top schools have for these two sections of the GRE.

          Minimum TOEFL scores can also vary from school to school. Some top schools will start accepting you once your TOEFL iBT score is above 80. But to maximize your chances with top schools, aim for a TOEFL score of more than 90, or even more than 100. The higher you go over 80, the more schools you’ll be able to choose from.

  7. Austin Phung June 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi Kevin,

    So I understand that those are good recommendations on what to start with for the New York Times, but I also was wondering does the Facebook page for New York Times work also? Because they post articles frequently and some of them are pretty interesting, so is it okay to read these also as a way to improve my verbal, since sometimes I’m out and I have my phone with me so I could just open my phone and go to the Facebook page.

    In addition, I am learning vocabulary from the Magoosh flashcards also. I’m mainly focusing on verbal since it is my weaker area. Do you think this is a good plan? I’m taking the GRE around the beginning of September and I’m hoping these strategies, the strategies I’m learning for Reading Comprehension, etc, and doing a bunch of practice problems will help me prepare in time. I did a diagnostic test at the Princeton Review Site and I got 150 Verbal, so I’m hoping in these next 2 1/2 months, my goal is to get at least 157. Do you think this goal is tangible?

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin Rocci June 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Austin!

      Happy to help! 🙂 Using the NYTimes Facebook page is probably a great way to get new articles to read each day! 😀 I think the key is to be in the habit of reading high quality materials, so it sounds like this is a great approach! 😀

      If you are preparing for the verbal section with a mix of outside reading, vocabulary practice, and focused prep with questions and strategies, then you are in good shape. You will be able to improve a lot over the course of 2.5 months. 😀 I wouldn’t put too much faith in the score you received on a Princeton Review practice test. They tend to not be great predictors of scores on the actual test. The best thing to do if you want to know where you are at is to take a PowerPrep Test from ETS. This will give you the best indication of your level now. 😀 Here’s a link to download the software to take the test:

      I hope that this was helpful! 😀

      Happy Studying!

  8. Sha May 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Hi Kevin!
    I am writing GRE this summer. I was wondering if you could suggest a good classic novel, with good vocabulary (preferably British) that I can read in my spare time to improve my overall verbal skills?

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin Rocci May 21, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Sha,

      Happy to help! 🙂 First, let me direct you to this blog post from Chris Lele that recommends a lot of books to read—fiction and non-fiction! 😀

      As far as a book that I like and would recommend, here are three: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, or Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.

      I hope that helps! Happy Studying!

  9. Yang May 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Hey Kevin. I’ve been voraciously reading articles from NYT and Arts & Letters Daily, including your recommendations , finding pretty much all the topics genuinely interesting since, as an engineer, I deprived myself of the outside world for the past school year…
    The endless vocab list in my Barron’s book is intimidating, so I started writing down and reviewing all the words I didn’t know from the articles and looking them up on wordnik. I read one verbal section a day, too, figuring out my mistakes and jotting down additional vocab words. Would reviewing a giant vocab list be better?
    I have mostly four hours a day for the next three months and might be able to spare an hour a day during the school year to practice GRE verbal. I’ll take the GRE next summer.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin Rocci May 14, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Yang!

      Sounds like you have a great plan in place! I like the fact that you are reading so much and keeping track of words you don’t know. This is going to help you to improve more than anything else! 😀

      It’s a great question, too, whether you should be reviewing a giant vocabulary list, like Barron’s. This is going to depend on each person and their own level of vocabulary. What you need to remember is that the GRE can include many, many other words than what is in a list (or any list) of GRE vocabulary, which is why reading extensively is VERY important no matter what level your vocabulary is at. 🙂 Just try not to think of the GRE as a simple vocabulary test. There’s no specific number of words you have to learn in order to reach a specific score. In part, the GRE tests English vocabulary in general, not just “GRE words,” and even then, there’s more involved!

      So, you could definitely benefit from looking through the list of Barron’s word, and it will probably help you to learn new words, but don’t rely solely on the list for learning. Lean heavily on your reading, and you’ll find that many words on the list are within your grasp! 😀

      I hope this helps!

      Happy Studying!

  10. David April 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for the list of articles. I’ve been struggling with my verbal score for three months and was trying to figure out what I else I can do to improve my score. I’m definitely give this a try. Thanks a bunch magoosh staff!

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin April 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      Glad we were able to help out, David! 😀 Good luck with your prep! Hope you can dominate the test!

  11. Amir October 31, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Kudos for your helpful topic; are there any music critics in The New York Times or any other places in the net in which I can find album reviews enriched with GRE vocabs? I am not sure whether music magazines are that helpful to learn that many GRE quality words or not. I appreciate if you introduce something to me, since music is as important as food I guess.
    I love music and it would be lots of fun for me to learn this way.

  12. Chaitanya October 10, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Hi Kevin
    Thanks for the authors list for reading however I don’t find the tip to over come 10 articles per month limit. Where do I find it?

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin October 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Happy to help! 🙂

      Muntasim Ul Haque wrote this in a comment and should be a way to read more than 10 articles:

      “Thought this would be good to know: NYT’s Twitter links can be used for reading unlimited articles on their site. Google links do the same for that purpose. If you know the headline of that article, just Google for that and click the link that appears in NYT website. This way and also following NYT’s Twitter and Facebook you can read unlimited articles.”

      Happy Studying!

  13. Swapnil Arwandekar September 12, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Hey, how to come over the ten articles per month of new York times?

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin September 12, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Swapnil, this is discussed in another comment. 😀 Look at the comment by Muntasim Ul Haque. He describes how to avoid the usage limits. Happy Studying!

      • Anonymous June 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

        Hi ,

        I have started reading from New York times and new yorker but after their required limit when i try to open article through twitter , the same message appears as you dont have limit. So what to do in that case?

  14. Divya June 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm #


    I took the PowerPrep test and I noticed a few of the Text completion questions had sarcastic undertones. An answer chosen purely based on the wordings of the sentence is very different to the correct answer that relies majorly on sarcasm. I caught onto the nature of the text but I worry that I might now start to over-analyse all the sentences, especially the triple bank ones.

    In addition to that, I majorly fumble with RC questions of the following types:
    – Multiple answer choices
    – Author is optimistic/ pessimistic etc
    – Strengthen and weaken questions

    Could you please help me a bit here 🙂

  15. abhi March 21, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Kevin, I am in great dilemma, I’m not able to increase my Verbal score.
    I have tried Magoosh videos,Manhattan’s RC,SC books and I’m thorough with Norman Lewis also, still I’m not able to increase my verbal score(Magoosh Prediction 141-146). I have mugged up around 3000 GRE words and have been reading good articles also, still I am lacking somewhere.Please advice me on how to approach Verbal as I’m having my exam in next 15 days.
    Will doing grammar at this point will help me or not,because that’s the only thing I didn’t touched up till now.
    Please Reply

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin March 21, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Howdy Abhi! Sounds like quite a predicament. With only 15 days left before your test, there is not a lot that you can do to dramatically increase your score. The GRE doesn’t test grammar so I am not sure that will be helpful. It may help you to break down sentences for TC and SE questions, but I am not sure that you will find it much of a benefit. At this point, I would recommend going through the questions that you missed in the past and really analyzing them. Figure out what went wrong and what you can do to avoid this in the future. Also, you have time to take some practice tests. I recommend doing this to practice your pacing strategy. Often pacing can be something that students don’t think about until test day. They score high when they don’t think about time, but once in a timed setting, their score drops. So do some timed practice and take one or two practice tests to build up your stamina and work on your pacing. Finally I recommend that you work on your active reading. It is not enough to just read a lot. You need to be actively engaged in what you are reading. I recently posted an article on GMAT Club about how to improve reading skills. Although focused on the GMAT, it is absolutely relevant to the GRE. The last part covers active reading:

      I hope that this helps! Best of luck in your studies! You can dominate the test! 🙂

  16. reza March 20, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Hi thanks a lot.
    Do you think it is better that we read passages of LSAT,GMAT, GRE or articles of New York Time?
    Best Regards

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin March 20, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      Happy to help! This is an excellent question! I think you should read as much as you possibly can before the test. So read articles in major news sources as well as continue to do your normal preparation and practice for the Verbal section. Read LSAT, GRE, and GMAT reading passages. Answer questions. Dive into explanations. And when you are not doing straight ahead test prep, go read articles in The New York Times, The Economist, MIT Technology Review, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. This is just another thing that students can do to prepare for the test and something often neglected. If you really want to improve your reading skills, you have to read more. And I am not directing this at you, Reza, but at anyone who reads this comment. Read more and read actively! Hope that helps! 🙂

      • reza March 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

        Thanks a lot. I have 7 months for preparing the GRE. Do you think I should spend 4 months just for reading the articles and after that I should read the passages of GRE, GMAT and LSAT or I can diversify these two sources? I mean first I should concentrate on official guides and along with them read articles. When we read passages of big book for example we can consider to them as one article and then try to answer the questions and analyse the wrong/right answers. Also, spend 1-2 hours for articles.Please help me.

        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin March 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

          Hi Reza! I think you are in a good place! From this day forth, I would make a point of reading articles in those news sources a few times a week. Every day would be excellent, but even every other day is fine. And you don’t have to spend hours reading through multiple articles. In the beginning, choose one and really focus on it. Figure out the tone and opinion being stated. Understand the structure. And as time goes on, you can read two articles at a time. Don’t think of this as necessarily test prep. This is enrichment. You are learning about contemporary issues and becoming a stronger reader. These skills will translate into test prep when it comes time to dive into materials.

          As for using GRE, GMAT, and LSAT materials, you can start doing this now if you’d like. How much preparation you do, depends on your level now and the score that you are aiming for. You should have an idea of the average score at the programs you are applying to. And you should have an idea of your level now. With this information, you can build a study plan. If you are unsure how to do this, I recommend using one our study guides as a template:

          I hope this helps in your journey to GRE domination! Best of luck! 🙂

          • reza March 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

            Thanks a lot. I need 160 or above for verbal and near 170 for math. I can spend 8 hours a day for preparing the GRE. I read your study plans but I should change its based on my position.This is my plan:
            1.Every day one or two sections of Big book(for RC and TC) and 1-2 critical reasoning of GMAT and 5-10 questions of GMAT(Then Nova).
            2. Magoosh
            3.Manhattan 5lb
            4.full tests
            Note. I spend 2-3 hours for reviewing the word lists and 1-2 hours for articles. And I am advanced math. So, I can get prefect score at math.
            Now I want to know:
            1.How can I identify my level?
            2. Do you think I should study big book at first or Magoosh/Manhattan? I think big book is better because it is related to old version and has much more/difficult passages.
            3.What is your idea about my plan and what is your advice?
            Best regards,

            • Kevin Rocci
              Kevin March 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

              Reza, you’ve definitely put a lot of thought into this. That will be a great benefit for you. 🙂

              Whether you start with Magoosh or the Big Book is not as important as just working through as many practice problems as you can. I would start with the material that you want to start with and aim to complete all the material before your test day. Pro tip: don’t write in the books so you can return to questions in the future and practice them again. I recommend taking a PowerPrep practice test to get a sense of your level. The software is free, and the questions are made by the people who make the test, so I think you will find it very useful:


              Some things I am unsure of: Is that numbered list something that you will do each day or only on a single day? Also, you should plan to take a break every hour for at least 10 minutes. Also, I would encourage you to NOT study 8 hours a day. Not only is this not sustainable for many months, but it is also not the most effective way to learn. Spend a couple hours a day studying over a long period of time. This will be more beneficial.

              Happy studying!

              • reza March 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

                Thanks a lot. I studied the 1100 and 800 of Barron’s, Word smart and 500 words that I extracted from 3500. I entered all of them into Babylon and copied the examples/definitions of Webster/Longman into Anki.So, I just should review them and add new words from articles/passages or tests. My verbal score is around 140-145. Do you think for achieving to 160 or above studying 2 hours is enough for 7 months.
                Best wishes

                • Kevin Rocci
                  Kevin March 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

                  The key to doing well on the Verbal section is not knowing the definition of a lot of words. You need to be able to understand words in the context of a passage, which is one of the reasons we recommending reading so much. You have to deal with words in context. So don’t just rely on word lists. They are useful for review, but not the key to success. If you can sustain 2 hours of reading and practice for 7 months you will be on track to increasing your score. Whether or not you can reach a 160 in that time is hard to say. We are talking about huge gain in points. I would not worry about your score for now and just start reading. 🙂

                  • reza March 21, 2014 at 3:41 am #

                    Thank you so much. I never forget your help. Actually, I don’t study just the definition of words. I read at least one or two sentences from dictionary and when I read the words read those examples like your flash cards. Finally based on your guide I notice that I should read a lot before the test Just for two or three hours. So I divide my time into three the my prepared word lists(with their examples)2.Practice(consists on RC, CR and Math) 3read articles(based on your method).Do you think this is goo plane and I should add some SE/TC in the practice section? By the way, these days In Iran is the Noruz and after one week I’ll start my plan. I wish the best for you an your team.

                    • Kevin Rocci
                      Kevin March 21, 2014 at 9:48 am #

                      Reza, sounds like a good plan! I would definitely include SC and TE in your practice sessions. Don’t neglect any question type. Enjoy the New Year and the holiday! This is truly my favorite time of year! Happy studying! 🙂

  17. Kshitiz March 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    Searching for the best article ,is time consuming. You saved my precious time.

    Thank You !

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin March 19, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      Happy to help! I know that we all have limited time, so I am glad that this helps you save some of it. 🙂

  18. Muntasim Ul Haque March 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Thought this would be good to know: NYT’s Twitter links can be used for reading unlimited articles on their site. Google links do the same for that purpose. If you know the headline of that article, just Google for that and click the link that appears in NYT website. This way and also following NYT’s Twitter and Facebook you can read unlimited articles.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin March 19, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      This is a great tidbit of information. I am going to update the post so that everyone knows about this pro-tip! 🙂

      • Muntasim Ul Haque March 19, 2014 at 10:53 am #

        Glad to help. I’m following Magoosh from the very beginning of my GRE preparation. I’m following Magoosh and Manhattan, as suggested by Magoosh blog. My preparation is going on and would sit for the GRE in five to six months. Keep me in your prayer.

        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin March 19, 2014 at 11:16 am #

          Best of luck, Muntasim! We’ll be here to help! 🙂

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