How to Choose a GRE Study Guide

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a very important test for individuals wanting to go to graduate school after completing their undergraduate degree. Many people planning to take the test take preparation courses or purchase study guides to help them prepare for this difficult examination. Choosing the right study guide for your personal needs is important and essential to success on the GRE.


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    Take a practice test on the GRE, website to determine your current strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the GRE examination. This will help you understand what you will want your study guide to focus on.
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    Evaluate your own personal learning style to determine what type of study guide will be best for you. If you are a visual learner you may want to use a CD-based study guide with visual props or a standard book to study from. If you are an auditory learner, you may want to listen to audio lectures on the GRE or take verbally appointed quizzes.
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    Figure out how much time you have to prepare for the test, this will help you determine the appropriate type of study guide. If you have several months to prepare for the GRE, you may want to choose an electronic GRE guide that will help you keep on track and pace your studying over time. If you have a lot of time to study, look for a more detailed study guide.
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    Pick a more general study guide that simply goes over the main topics of the test if you only have a few days or weeks to prepare. You want to pick a guide that correlates with the time you have to study, as this is one of the most significant factors in your approach to studying.
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    Visit a local bookstore or library to compare numerous study guides and books. Read or listen to excerpts from each of the guides so that you can choose one with a layout and writing style that you can easily understand. If you are considering an online study guide, try a trial version prior to purchasing.
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    Look for a sample exam in your study guide, making sure the guide you purchase includes a practice test. Complete sample tests are a great way to get a feel of what the test will be like, and you can time yourself while taking the exam as well. Most study guides will have practice questions, but you want to ensure your guide includes a complete sample test.
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    Purchase a second study guide after picking your ideal guide. If your ideal study guide is a book with general overview, pick a second more focused guide, or an audio GRE lecture, so that you are getting multiple forms of mental stimulation while studying.


  • Always try to give yourself as much time as possible to study for the GRE, the more time you have to thoroughly use your entire study guide, the better.

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