GRE: Final Preparation

You've spent weeks, maybe even months, preparing for the GRE. Here are some final tips for taking the exam.

Before the Exam

  • Spend the last week of preparation primarily on reviewing already completed problems, some basic skills, strategies, techniques, and directions for each area.

  • Carefully review the sections on taking the GRE CBT and the general strategies.

  • Do a quick review of each of the question types and the specific strategies.

  • Don't cram the night before the exam. It's a waste of time.

  • Make sure that you are familiar with the testing center location and nearby parking facilities.

At the Exam

  • Arrive at the exam location and check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time.

  • Remember to bring a valid photo-bearing ID, your score-recipient information, your authorization voucher (if you requested one from ETS), and a few pencils to the exam.

  • Guess if a problem is too difficult or takes too much time. If possible, try to eliminate one or more of the answer choices before guessing.

  • Take advantage of having the scratch paper. Do calculations, redraw diagrams, note eliminated choices, or simply make helpful notes.

  • Make sure that you are answering "what is being asked" and that your answer is reasonable.