THE GRE JOURNEY/सफ़र (Read Suffer)

  1. I was in Marathi medium school (Semi-English to be precise). So, apart from technical words which were introduced in Science and Maths, I had (read have) zero vocabulary knowledge in especially History and literature. I didn’t even know what artillery means until I started preparing for the GRE vocab. (not kidding and don’t judge!)
  2. I hate Reading Comprehensions (who doesn’t? Tell me) even to the point where we had our placement season going on and I almost skipped all the companies’ online round which was having a verbal section. And the ones I did attend, I almost randomly selected any option because that’s how frustrated I was ! (Obviously, didn’t get shortlisted XD)
I mean actually stay CALM!
  1. Create your own vocab dictionary book. Write down words (I prepared from magoosh app). Use mnemonics and learn root words wherever necessary. Do not make it way too exhaustive (which I did and ended up anyway having unknown words on the exam day)
  2. Manhattan strategy guides — verbal (must) — learned about these a little late, but go through these before starting the practice.
  3. Try and create strategies that work for you and practice them — e.g. Elimination technique
  4. Quants — Manhattan 5 lb for practice and manhattan strategy guides for concepts
  5. Give as many mock tests as possible and create an excel sheet to keep track of the marks and mistakes you made (Do not focus on individual test marks as one can see the drop in the marks in between preparation) Even my score dropped in the 2nd ETS free test because I got panicked.
  6. Start preparing your last day notes from day 1 — quant formulas, concepts you want to revise, verbal strategy notes, etc.
  7. AWA — create your own document having few points from each essay you practice.
  1. Reach early to the center — Nothing adds more anxiety than doing things in a hurry.
  2. Start your test only when you feel comfortable and mentally ready — that’s why you should enter test center early so that you get enough time to get yourself familiarize with the test setting
  3. Utilize the breaks effectively — I got verbal experimental section that too the 1st one (I guess as it was worst amongst all) — I used the break to let go of that section and recharged myself for the next one
  4. Be adaptive to the questions — With the two ETS free mock tests and other tests, I had seen different types of RC questions: Strengthen/weaken, select a sentence, Roles of two sentences, etc. (I used to attempt these first). However, in the exam, I saw only 1 strengthen/weaken question, and others were all long passages having inference and specific details related questions. So be ready to change your strategy if required.

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