5 Tips for GRE Success

GRE preparation is an important step on the road to graduate school in the United States. Here are five tips to help you get ready for this (or any) admissions exam:

1)Learn your vocabulary.

Standardized tests are pretty limited in what they can actually test. Vocabulary is easy to test so language portions of these exams tend to test it a lot! This is good news for you, because vocabulary can easily be memorized.


2) Remember the math you learned at school.

The math on most standardized tests is not hard. In fact, it is math you probably learned when you were 13 years old. This can be a challenge. Make sure to review geometry and algebra as well as basic arithmetic. You already know how to do it. You just need to remember.


3)Know the test’s style.

All tests have their own style. That is, all tests have their own way of asking questions and posing answers. Learn the “rules” for the test you are taking. The hardest part of any admissions test is learning the rules of that test. Once you have mastered this, you are well on your way to success.


4)Get a good night’s sleep

Staying up the night before a big exam can be a big mistake. This is especially true on standardized tests, because they tend to measure your test taking skills more than your actual knowledge of any given subject. Avoid caffeine and alcohol the night before the exam. Make sure you are well-rested on exam day.



This is probably the most important test strategy. And the most difficult to do! Any admissions test is a big deal, and it is hard not be stressed while preparing. This stress will do nothing to help you, and it might actually hurt you.

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