GRE Test Day Tips: Best 8 Tips To Ace The Exam
Once you’ve made the important decision to study abroad, there can be a lot of daunting preparation. eduPASS is here to help you throughout the process of applying for university and arriving in the United States. One important step is prepping for the GRE exam! Depending on which topic of study you’ve chosen, this will be the exam you’ll need to complete in order to gain entrance into a U.S. university.
So what is the GRE? The GRE is the Graduate Record Examination, and its score is accepted by thousands of graduate and business schools worldwide. The exam measures factors such as verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing. It’s important to plan out when you will be taking the exam months in advance, so you can study and prepare. There are tons of resources available online, and in-person courses are available as well.
The GRE has a set testing time of 3 hours and 45 minutes for you to complete each section and review. There is the Analytical Writing section, which will always be first, then there will be two Verbal Reasoning sections, two Quantitative Reasoning sections, and the unscored or Research section at the end. Each section, besides any part marked unscored, is worth the same amount of points.
Here are some GRE test day tips:
- Have a travel plan to the test site! Make sure you know where it is, your best route (i.e. car, metro, walking, etc.), and how long it will take from your house to get there. Don’t cut it too close! Plan to arrive to the test center early to find your way around and get settled.
- Don’t cram! Plan out your studying schedule in the weeks leading up to the exam, and stop studying the day before. Leave the day before the exam open to relax, get a good rest, and don’t study! You’ll get too stressed out and won’t really retain information that close anyways.
- Make a list of what you need on the day of the exam! Put a bag together with your I.D., snacks, water, etc. But don’t bring any study materials – you could get kicked out of the testing center for having them inside.
- Dress in layers the day of the exam. There’s nothing worse than feeling too hot or too cold during a test, so don’t lose focus and come prepared with options. You never know what temperature the test site will be and how your nerves might change that!
- Once at the exam site, ask for extra scrap paper and talk to the proctor right away if you need any special assistance.
- Read the tutorial sections! Don’t skip through the rules, there can often be important sections in it, or use the time to relax. Don’t forget to type something out on the keyboard during the tutorial, too, to get comfortable with the computer.
- Use the break time! Use the bathroom, stretch, have a snack, anything! It’s important to give your mind a few minutes to relax away from the exam and the screen before heading back in.
- Don’t rush! Take your time, review your answers, there are no points for finishing early. You can use up the whole 3 hours and 45 minutes if you want to.
We hope this guide was helpful! Best of luck on your GRE preparation. With these tips and a proper studying plan, you’ll do great.