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    Tips of improving on the GRE test

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    I am a 2nd year PhD student looking to transfer to another school. In this round of application, I'd like to have better GRE scores to apply. Last time I applied, my applications were presumably all desk-rejected due to my embarassingly low GRE scores (below 50th, one is even in the 30th percentile)

    However, given that I only spent about 3 or 4 weeks studying and not studying at it very hard, I am hoping I can drastically improve my scores.

    Has anyone drastically improved their GRE or GMAT scores? Did you work while studying for the GREs too? I would like to increase that percentile to the 70th or 75th. What tips do you have for studying for the GREs? I am looking at online prep courses and hoping they would be helpful. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Tips of improving on the GRE test

    I took both the GRE and the GMAT, but I know much more about the GMAT.

    I improved my score a lot. But it took me about 1 year for that, studying while I worked full time. There are tons of tips and strategies for the GMAT, it would be hard to talk about everything I did.

    But, to give an overview:
    1 - Manhattan books to study the content (I was out of school for a long time, had to study everything again);
    2 - Official GMAT guides;
    3 - GMATPrepnow study guide (it really helped to study the official guides with a better structure);
    4 - Princeton (not the best book, but still good for strategies);
    5 - Questions from GMATClub.

    I took a simulated test when I started studying. I don't trust simulated tests, but my score then was around 550 I guess. I took the GMAT twice. The first time with a few months of study I got 680/84%. The second time 750/98%.

    I strongly believe that the GMAT tests not only your Math and Verbal knowledge, but also the strategy you use to take the test. To get a high score, a good strategy is vital. Time management, recognizing the traps and shortcuts, how to take notes, the process of elimination, knowing when to skip a question, etc.

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    Re: Tips of improving on the GRE test

    I studied while working full time. During 1 year. But my main purpose was improving the quant gre. Finally got 166 (90% which is fine). At least for the quant part of gre recomend wepage magoosh (700 problems) and the books: nova (300 problems), manhathan. Ets has a little book on quant prep (150 problems) but the levels of the problems is too low.the same with the Princeton Review book on quant prep.

    Quote Originally Posted by zanelabw View Post
    Hello

    I am a 2nd year PhD student looking to transfer to another school. In this round of application, I'd like to have better GRE scores to apply. Last time I applied, my applications were presumably all desk-rejected due to my embarassingly low GRE scores (below 50th, one is even in the 30th percentile)

    However, given that I only spent about 3 or 4 weeks studying and not studying at it very hard, I am hoping I can drastically improve my scores.

    Has anyone drastically improved their GRE or GMAT scores? Did you work while studying for the GREs too? I would like to increase that percentile to the 70th or 75th. What tips do you have for studying for the GREs? I am looking at online prep courses and hoping they would be helpful. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by BrazilianPhD View Post
    I took both the GRE and the GMAT, but I know much more about the GMAT.

    I improved my score a lot. But it took me about 1 year for that, studying while I worked full time. There are tons of tips and strategies for the GMAT, it would be hard to talk about everything I did.

    But, to give an overview:
    1 - Manhattan books to study the content (I was out of school for a long time, had to study everything again);
    2 - Official GMAT guides;
    3 - GMATPrepnow study guide (it really helped to study the official guides with a better structure);
    4 - Princeton (not the best book, but still good for strategies);
    5 - Questions from GMATClub.

    I took a simulated test when I started studying. I don't trust simulated tests, but my score then was around 550 I guess. I took the GMAT twice. The first time with a few months of study I got 680/84%. The second time 750/98%.

    I strongly believe that the GMAT tests not only your Math and Verbal knowledge, but also the strategy you use to take the test. To get a high score, a good strategy is vital. Time management, recognizing the traps and shortcuts, how to take notes, the process of elimination, knowing when to skip a question, etc.

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