Nice post and also i would like to mention that Nova GRE MAth Bible would be a nice addition if you have 3-4 months Study Plan. What do you think?
OK, quick question here: Are the quantitative practice sets in the PowerPrep software adaptive? I ask this because I've been studying Barron's math review for a long time and also took 2 (paper-based) model tests. I only did the first quantitative comparison practice set in PowerPrep, but it was very easy compared to the stuff in Barron's. However, I did stupidly miss the very first question in that first quantitative comparison set of practice questions because I misread a number. I wonder if this is why it was so easy. So are the practice sets adaptive or fixed; if they are fixed, then why am I wasting time studying all this difficult stuff in Barron's when the PowerPrep software seems so easy?
Powerprep is absolutely adaptive. And yes, the GRE math section is on the easier side. A lot of books will bring up harder concepts, because it is CONCEIVABLE that these subjects will show up on the real test. However, you might not see more than one of them, and it may be easier than what you've studied. Still, knowing how to do harder questions only means you're that much less likely to struggle on the real test, and it also helps with speed. Also, whatever other websites tell you, trust me: Getting the first question wrong does not immediately mean you'll get a bad score (it's more complicated than that).
And Himadric, taking a class is a totally subjective thing. If you feel entirely able to get all the necessary studying done on your own, then you're probably fine. However, a lot of people, because they're full time in school, or full time at work, or whatever else, find that they need a little bit of structure and discipline to help them study. For these people, a class isn't just helpful, but critical. If everybody could find the willpower on their own, there'd be no need for people like me! : )
I want to get admitted to a finance/econ PhD program in the near future. Some of the programs I've looked at requires Q800 to be competitive. My undergrad background is business. I have never taken GRE before, and I have roughly 5 months to prepare for GRE. And I'm going to take the paper-based test.
I have bought several books on both the Old and the New/Revised GRE test, which are
- GRE Nova Math
- Princeton 2012 New/Revised General Test
- Kaplan Math Workout book
- Kaplan Strategies, Tips book
- Barron NEW/Revised GRE 2011 book
Do you think 5 months of self-studying on a weekly basis (maybe on a daily basis) are enough to get close to Q790-800? My problem is that I graduated from college so many years ago, so my mind is not really quick and sharp. I also need a good Verbal score and this is really hard given English is not my native language.
Do you have specific suggestions on books and frequency of practice? I also have something else to do besides GRE prep.
Thanks so much in advance.
I suggest trying to get your hands on some real GRE tests and practicing on those. Nothing beats the real thing. If you're aiming for a high score, like Q800, you'll need to practice on difficult questions. I've heard that Barron's is a good book for tougher questions.
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