Tips and Tricks of the Trade

  1. Take at least two full-length exams. Simulate test day as much as possible. Observe time limits as indicated in the instructions. IF YOU’RE HAVING ISSUES WITH TIMING (I.E. NOT FINISHING), PRACTICING THIS WAY IS THE ONLY WAY TO IMPROVE.
  2. Complete the full practice tests in one sitting You’ll need to complete several practice tests as part of your improvement but plan to take at least one complete test this way. This method is the only way to build endurance for test day.
  3. Check your answers and score your test. Note the ones that are correct and incorrect. Then review each incorrect answer to understand WHY you missed it. Did you understand the question? What was reasoning behind your answer? Do you understand the actual answer? One of the ways we help our students is to map out specific skills the students need to work on based on their practice test answers. If you need help, call us: 919-824-3912.
  4. Read widely. The GRE draws passages from “ physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, business, arts and humanities and everyday topics and are based on material found in books and periodicals, both academic and nonacademic” (from al_reasoning/reading_comprehension)
  5. Ask for help. Set a study plan and stick to it, but sometimes that’s hard to do by yourself. Get a study buddy and/or find a tutor to help you stick to your study plan. 
  6. Take the phrase “test anxiety” out of your vocabulary! I’ve met so many parents who say of their kids, “My daughter has test anxiety”--and they’re right: the kids have anxiety because the parents keep talking about it!!! Focus on being fully prepared, and there’ll be nothing to be anxious about.

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