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GRE Preparation

Preparing for the GRE


Get familiar with the test:

  • Learn about the content, times, structure, understand how the test is scored, etc.
  • Begin studying 2–3 months in advance. This gives you time to study on and off at your convenience.
  • Get a GRE prep book. Several books come with CD-ROMs that have very helpful practice tests.

GRE Books:

  • Princeton Review – Cracking the GRE with CD-ROM
  • Kaplan GRE Exam with CD-ROM
  • ETS GRE: Practicing to take the general test
  • Barron’s GRE Study Guide with CD-ROM

Additional Help:

  • Take a GRE prep course
  • You can learn test strategies, including time management techniques.
  • Use practice tests available on websites:

The GRE website offers several practice tests including the GRE Powerprep. Simply download it onto your computer (PC only).  It contains test tutorials, math review, practice questions and practice tests. Also try

  • Time your practice tests.  It is very easy to run out of time!
  • Make flash cards for the vocabulary words. (You can find lists of vocabulary words in the GRE books.)
  • Make lists of words and attach these in a place where you constantly see them.
  • Brush up on your math formulas. There are prep books specifically for the math section.

During the test:

  • Pace yourself so you have enough time. 
  • Use process of elimination – Eliminate answers you know are wrong.


University Resources:

Texas State offers several GRE resources at the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC):

  • Packets of study materials
  • Videotapes of test prep workshops
  • Published study guides
  • Computer software
  • Tutors
  • SLAC is located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library.  It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.