Study for GRE
Graduate Record Exam is an exam which prospective undergraduates take in order to take admission in a graduation course. When you pass out of a school and seek admission in a college or university you will be expected to have taken the GRE. This exam is a part of the admission criteria of colleges. Your school results are not sufficient for admission in a college. College admission authorities intend to take in the best students so that they produce good results. GRE acts as a source of certifying the calibre of students at the same standard level.
GRE tests the candidates for their proficiency in English, their ability of quantitative reasoning and their analytical writing skills. This it does through three sections of the test; Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning Section and Analytical Writing Section. Each of these section has a fixed format and fixed types of questions. The test is not about cracking the exam, it is about achieving your target score and hence the intensity of your preparation will depend on the target score you hope to achieve. This will require serious hard work if you know what I mean.
The first step towards the study of GRE is planning. You have to start well in advance about when and how you are going to start preparing for the exam. Most students who have successfully dealt with these tests say that it is best to have between 8-12 weeks of preparation time before the exam. Gain as much knowledge about the test as you can through friends, books, teachers, internet, official websites, blogs etc. After you are well aware of what the test requirements are, choose the best medium for study according to your capabilities and shortcomings. Remember that, the study will test your sincerity and commitment to adhere to it. Each section will require adequate practice to improve your skill as well as speed.
The verbal reasoning section requires you to focus on reading comprehension as well as the vocabulary. For improving your vocabulary it is best to get a list of words. You can download this list from some websites, or consult a book or prepare one yourself. The easiest way is to get a readymade wordlist but it is ideal to prepare one yourself. You can start a year in advance and start writing difficult words which you come across in newspapers, magazines, textbooks etc. Compile them and start learning a few everyday. You must also know the usage of each word and for this you can refer to examples from a recommended book.
In the text completion section you will be asked to complete sentences with words given in the options. You have to fill in the blanks with those words which complete the sentence both logically and grammatically. For this you can revise the English grammar concepts which you were taught at school. This revision should be done before you start with any written practice so that you can be thorough with your concepts. English grammar, though complex, is brief. Moreover, the knowledge of applied grammar is more important than just remembering the rules. Thus it becomes all the more necessary to practise well. The verbal section also deals with comprehension skills. The number of questions of which have increased from the previous 2-4 passages to the present 5-7 passages. You can practice these from any grammar book, or other books especially for the purpose of the study. A lot of material is also available online, besides mock tests and tutor software on the different websites. You will have better chances in managing time if you are thorough with this section where speed matters as much as the preparation.
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