5 Essential Study Tips for Grad Applicants To Master the GRE for Free

Felicia Stephens
January 16, 2018

The GRE, along with your academic performance, is one of the commonly reviewed objective scores to predict how you will perform in graduate school. It has now become a key player in the application process.

Don't take the GRE lightly. This is not the type of test that you can prepare for in just a few days. Most students prepare for this test at least 3 months in advance of sitting for it, and a number of students take it more than once.

Here are some tips to prepare for this important step on the Path to Acceptance:

Start Early

If you have downloaded my free Pre-Therapy Students timeline toward graduate admission, you will notice that traditional students begin reviewing the GRE application process by the start of their junior year of college.


Starting to prepare early for this test will allow you time to study and not cram. It will also give you a large window to repeat the test prior to application if needed.

Download or make a study schedule

I have done extensive research with test prep organizations and tutoring website and most of them suggest at least 8-12 weeks of consistent study to score successfully on the GRE. Study schedules will help you divide the material and conquer the test. Again, this will help you avoid ineffective cramming.


The Path to Acceptance Admission Package includes multiple links to my favorite GRE study schedules and plans for the highest score possible.

Study in a quiet space with a timer

The library is one of my favorite places for many reasons, it is quiet and it is a place of productivity and learning. You need solitude and silence to make the most of your time studying. The local coffee shop is a great place to go with a set of ear buds as well. The living room in your home or the kitchen table is not always the best place to be productive, especially if you do not live alone. Go to a quiet place and set your phone or watch for the amount of time you have set aside in your day for study and get it in. You can have a study buddy but just make sure that they are focused on the same goal of being efficient with time and besting the test.


Take lots of practice tests

If you have purchased my Path to Acceptance Admission Package you know that I provide resources for free GRE practice tests online and at your local library. There are many up to date GRE study manuals right at your fingertips. You don't have to register for some expensive tutoring course when you can have all the tools and knowledge you need to succeed on this journey from start to finish and beyond.


Spend extra time in areas of weakness

Once you feel great about what you are strong in, make sure you spend extra time reviewing the areas that you are weak in. You may be great in the areas of quantitative reasoning and math but you may be weaker in sentence equivalence under the verbal reasoning section of this exam. You want to be secure in all areas of the test to reduce the birth of test anxiety on certain sections of the test.


Lets recap:

Scoring well on the GRE will require preparation, strategy, time, and discipline. If you put in the effort, it will be well worth it. A high and competitive GRE score will mean another strong step on your journey with a higher probability of acceptance.You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on GRE tutors, if you are dedicated to a good study schedule with free resources available at your fingertips. I have done all of the searchings for you and strategically mapped out your entire journey because I have been down this path successfully myself and helped others do the same. Click to learn more about me and what others think of me.