There is a famous theory in Management called SWOT – Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and threats. While this term is generally used in taking management decisions, GRE test prep can be no exception in using a similar Paradigm. When you decide to take a competitive test such as GRE, it is imperative to get familiar with all the perspectives to ensure a higher probability of success. One needs to thoroughly consider one’s strengths and weaknesses in specific areas of the test and accordingly create a well planned preparation strategy.
Remember Jack Ma? He once said that at a certain age, you should stop experimenting with your career capital. The same applies to GRE: When you are left with only a week or so, STOP trying to learn everything new. Instead, try to improve at what you are already good at: Revise vocab, Revise math foundations/formulas, work on diagnostic tests and assess your standing. Just make sure that you are using your time wisely.
Stop craving and stop comparing your test progress with others. If you are among those who have been preparing for a long time, there is a good chance that you are equipped with most of the foundations and other aspects. Just try to maintain consistency in this area and track your progress at regular intervals. Try to limit getting on new information; however, learn anything that comes up naturally. Try to reduce the burden of remembering everything at the last moment as it would be counterproductive. Killer questions also at the last moment can be a bad experience for most students. Instead, try setting your limit with what you must do with the available time.
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”If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail”. Do you know that people with little or no prior knowledge of a game can do well if they knew the rules well enough? That works for GRE too. Since GRE is a multiple-choice test, one needs to understand the overall phase of the exam: How to work, which one to work, and what needs to be rooted out. One needs to be extremely precise about the goals during the exam. Work on the questions that you are comfortable with. Skip any question that takes more time. If you happen to fall at a crossroad with a mild guess, take your guts and choose that answer. You can always come back to the time-killing question later. The objective is to ensure that you get maximum questions right in the first part of the section.
Practice, Practice and Practice until your exam. However, if you are not sure about what to be done during the final week or so, read these suggestions.
Take as many GRE practice tests as you can. This way, you help yourself pacing and building your stamina for an extended test such as GRE. Remember, always try to keep the standardized time and do a full-length test. Some have a mundane habit of resuming the exam and doing it at their convenience. This won’t help. So, try to work on full-length tests – this includes the experimental sections and AWA sections. Practice and review the questions you are facing difficulties with. This way, you don’t have to regret later for missing the golden opportunity of not working out on your weaker areas.
Mark these words – STOP LAST MINUTE PREPARATION.
Whatever is done, it’s done. You cannot control the odds of the day during the day of the exam. Instead, start your day with the right optimism. Your breakfast sets up the mood in your exam, and any inconvenience to your body during the exam predominantly affects the test. We suggest that your breakfast must contain eggs, nuts, yogurt, and cottage cheese with combinations such as whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk, toast with jam, porridge, oatmeal, or sugar-free muesli. These breakfasts are less in carbs, and more with protein as protein helps the brain function. However, eat a light breakfast. Keep your mood confident and stop consulting any of your friends who are also preparing for the exam. Most importantly, – Relax. You may also try to do some aerobics on the day of the exam – it helps improve the hippocampus region of the brain.
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What to Bring
A valid ID card would do just fine. it can be your Govt card, passport, etc.
Carry a water bottle
Carry yoga bars (you can find them in a medical store or supermarket)
In short, you must maintain your positivity throughout the exam. Do not give in until the whole exam has been finished. Stand tall and choose to be positive. It would help if you came with a decision to surpass all expectations with the right mind and attitude. GRE test can be very daunting if not planned well. A small change in the trajectory of the test can significantly change the pivots of the score. So, make sure that you keep yourself full and resourceful. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, and most importantly – Be Realistic.
All the Best!
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