Are you a full time working professional aspiring to pursue higher education in the US? Do you wish to enhance your career possibilities? If yes, the first step towards fulfilling your study abroad dream is to crack the GRE. Almost 48% of the applicants are working professionals who take the GRE exam every year across the world! So, how do you go about it?
There must be several questions running through your mind like “how can I balance my full-time job with the GRE preparation?” But do not worry as we have your back. Keep reading because we will provide some important tips you need to follow to walk through the slim edge and balance yourself till the end.
GRE Preparation Tips for Working Professionals
We have curated 7 tips here to help you kickstart your GRE preparation while maintaining your professional life. Let us have a look at them one by one:
TIP 1: Stop Thinking & Start Doing
Time doesn't wait for anyone. And to get the best out of the remaining time, you have to plan fast and start executing it. Start your planning and execution early. For instance, if you are planning for Fall 2021 intake start planning your strategy and preparation right now! As a wise man once said, “Time is Money”.
TIP 2: Pick an Exam Date and Register for GRE
There are many types of people in this world, some can work hard with concentration without a deadline, but some people require deadlines to make their work more efficient. Why take the risk? Book your GRE test date and time before starting your preparation so that you have a deadline in your mind. This is a highly effective technique that we recommend to all aspirants! This will boost your efficiency and your focus on the GRE Prep.
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TIP 3: Work 9 to 5 but Study 9 to 12 too!
I know you must be thinking that this tip is so easy to read but harder to practically do. But, trust me if you are completely committed to your goal, your results will shine brighter! Work during working hours then after a quick rest study for the GRE too. Also, remember that fruit doesn’t ripe in a day. So keep being consistent and pouring consistent efforts into your GRE Prep.
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TIP 4: Take out time for Mock Tests
There are so many mock tests just waiting to be taken which include ETS mock tests, Princeton mock tests, Manhattan mock tests, etc. Make a timetable and keep following it. In that timetable, keep including Mock Tests at regular intervals to track the progress you’ve made in the past week or a couple.
TIP 5: Maintain flashcards or Root words for GRE Verbal Section
Maintaining a record in a busy schedule sometimes might get tough and hence we advise you to prepare for the GRE Verbal section with the help of flashcards and root words. You can either write them down or even use Yocket’s GRE Flashcard App. With this, you can easily know which word was hard for you to remember and which one was comparatively easy. This will moreover help you in the last few days of your GRE exam while you revise.
TIP 6: Maintain a Handwritten Maths Formula Book
If you are travelling in a bus or even a train, how easy it would be to just open your personal Maths Formula book and take a glance for just 10 minutes. We highly recommend you make a formula book. You can keep updating the book when you are solving the problems and come across some new formulas. Just write it down. This effective technique will do wonders!
TIP 7: Use and Time your holidays wisely
Last but not least if you decide to take a leave on any working day remember that your leave should be fruitful and hence take a holiday wisely. Use the holiday to get along with the GRE Prep and take it to the next level.
You are not alone in this situation of struggling to balance your full-time job and prepare for the GRE. Many people take GRE and score well on it with their full-time jobs too. Keep these 7 tips in mind and see the result after your GRE exam. Don’t stop now because you have made up your mind, which means you already have made the harder decision, so this should be easier. Try Yocket's GRE Prep and get access to the latest GRE practice questions for free!
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All the Best!
Frequently Asked Questions About GRE Preparation for Working Professionals
Ques. Is it possible for working professionals to crack GRE?
Ans. Yes. With proper time management, hard work and dedication anyone can qualify for GRE with good scores.
Ques. Should I be a reader to score well on the GRE?
Ans. Being a reader opens your essay writing abilities and also improves your reasoning abilities and strengths, both a plus point for the GRE prep.
Ques. What is the minimum age to appear for the GRE?
Ans. There is no age limitation on a GRE aspirant. However, you need a government document as ID proof to prove your age and other personal information.
Ques. Can I study for the GRE in one month and how long does it take to prepare for it?
Ans. You can study for the GRE for a month or even six months if you have the time. You must devote efforts with a precise plan of action to get desired results. So, with an effective GRE in one month study plan you can prepare sufficiently.
Ques. For how long do the GRE scores remain valid?
Ans. The GRE General Test scores are valid for a period of 5 years from the day you took the test.