11 GRE Preparation Strategies for Working Professionals


It’s difficult to score higher than 315 on the GRE. It’s extra harder when you work a full-time job on top of it. Every working professional’s narrative begins with being unable to take time away from a busy schedule and failing to stick to the study programme.

Are you a full-time worker with aspirations of attending college in the US? Do you want to increase your professional options? If so, passing the GRE is the first step in realizing your dream of studying abroad. Every year, professionals who are in the workforce take the GRE exam all around the world, making up nearly 48% of the candidates. How do you approach it then?

Finding the ideal balance can be challenging. You may occasionally feel as though you must decide between giving priority to the present and the future. Working while preparing for the GRE doesn’t have to be a binary choice.

There are several ways to juggle your full-time career and GRE preparation.


#Tips for Managing Your Full-Time Job and GRE Preparation
1.Stop Thinking and Start Early
2.Select a Test Date and Sign up Early for the GRE as Well
3.Work for 8 Hours but Study for 3 Hours too
4.Determine the “Dead” Time
5.Create Notecards/Flashcards
6.Make Time for Practice Tests
7.Keep a Personalized Mathematical Formula Notebook
8.Make Use of Your Vacation Time Efficiently
9.Work on Your Mental Math
10.Develop your Critical Reading Skills
11.Be Truthful to Yourself


Tips for Managing Your Full-Time Job and GRE Preparation

Here are 11 pointers to get your GRE prep off to a strong start while still maintaining your professional life. Let’s examine each of them individually:


1) Stop Thinking and Start Early

You must act quickly to start planning and carrying it out in order to make the most of the time still available. Start early with your planning and execution. For instance, begin developing your plan and preparation as immediately as possible if you are aiming for the Fall 2023 intake. Time is money, as a wise man once said. Since the GRE test structure is unfamiliar to the majority of people, getting a head start on preparation is always advised. Getting a head start is even more crucial if you work a full-time job, though. Step back and take a look at your schedule after considering the following advice. How much time will it take you to get enough practice? (And be truthful about the amount of time you’ll actually spend studying!) It’s also crucial to take a GRE diagnostic early on to determine
where you stand and how much further you have to go to achieve your ideal score.


2) Select a Test Date and Sign up Early for the GRE as Well

There are different kinds of people in the world; some can work diligently and focus without a target, while others need deadlines to increase the effectiveness of their work. Why take a chance? Before you begin your preparation, reserve your GRE test date and time so that you have a deadline in mind. All applicants should use this incredibly successful method, which we propose! Your productivity and concentration while studying for the GRE will both be improved.


3) Work for 8 Hours but Study for 3 Hours too

You must be thinking that while this advice is simple to read, it’s more difficult to put into practice. But if you are really dedicated to your aim, your results will stand out more, I promise! Work during your working hours, then study
for the GRE after a brief break. Keep in mind that fruit doesn’t ripen in a day as well. Therefore, continue to put up a constant effort in your GRE preparation.


4) Determine the “Dead” Time

Waiting for friends? Sitting in the dental chair waiting? Travelling in a car? Even if it isn’t formally scheduled on your calendar, these little intervals might be the ideal time to squeeze in extra study time and really build up. Make sure you always have enough GRE preparation materials with you (or on your phone).

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5) Create Notecards/Flashcards

Flashcards are a must! This is due in part to the fact that they are so helpful for filling in “empty” time and in part to the fact that you will need to master a good amount of difficult vocabulary before the test. Keeping track of things in a busy schedule can be challenging at times, so we urge you to use root words and flashcards to get ready for the GRE Verbal section. With something like this, you can quickly determine which word you had trouble remembering and which one was quite simple. Additionally, this will assist you as you study in the days leading up to your GRE exam. You won’t need to go back to your high school years, so don’t worry. You can now utilize a selection of excellent applications to help you prepare without using any paper.


6) Make Time for Practice Tests

There are also plenty of practice tests available, including ETS practice tests, Princeton practice tests, etc. Develop a schedule and stick to it. Continue to include Mock Tests at regular intervals in that schedule to monitor your
progress throughout the last week or two.

Studies and lectures alone are insufficient. You’ll need to have taken and reviewed a considerable number of practice tests if you want to pass the nearly four-hour examination. It’s excellent if you can complete one per week.

If you can’t, estimate how long it would take you to finish ten (that’s right, 10) and set your exam date accordingly.


7) Keep a Personalized Mathematical Formula Notebook

How convenient it would be to simply open your personal Maths Formula book and look through it for 10 minutes while riding in a bus, train or car. We strongly advise creating a formula book. When you are resolving issues and discovering new formulas, you can keep updating the book. Just put it in writing. This robust method will work amazingly!


8) Make Use of Your Vacation Time Efficiently

A smart deal is to use your vacation time to focus on your GRE prep. Consider taking some four-day weeks or fewer days to study for the exam if you still have any remaining vacation time. If you want to take a leave of absence on a working day, keep in mind that your vacation should be productive. Take advantage of the holiday to advance your GRE preparation.


9) Work on Your Mental Math

A fantastic method to keep your mind active is to perform mental math. Start honing your mental math abilities at work, when paying bills, and in daily life. The key in this situation is estimation, as well as learning to rely more on your own thought processes than a calculator. On test day, it will save you time and frequently be more accurate.

10) Develop Your Critical Reading Skills

As you go through the newspaper, magazines, work memos and reports, ask questions to yourself. Consider the terminology, tone, and organization of the passage as well as how the GRE could evaluate it. When combined with
Step 9, you can actually complete a good amount of GRE preparation while working at a desk without reading a book.


11) Be Truthful to Yourself

Are you prepared? Be aware that you probably won’t notice a significant increase in your practice test scores on the actual exam if your practice test scores aren’t as high as you’d like them to be. If you can afford it, it’s a good idea to register for two test dates as most test takers find that doing the GRE twice results in the best score (at least 21 days apart). By doing this, you’ll offer yourself some breathing room in case your score is still below what you’d like it to be. Even more crucially, you’ll lessen the stress associated with your first test.

Your efforts at your day job and the GRE will eventually pay off, so keep up the good work. Maintaining your employment not only helps your application and resume, but it also helps you maintain your finances in order. Additionally, you’re enhancing your chances of future success by preparing for the GRE. So continue on! You will succeed.


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