How should I begin studying for GRE

This Magoosh One Month GRE Study Plan is designed for those of you who are wondering how to study for the GRE in a short period of time on your own. How can you effectively prepare for the GRE test at home when you have competing priorities—school, work, family, hobbies—all demanding your time (and which are likely more tempting to indulge in)? The key is to commit yourself to an established plan.

We’ve eliminated the guesswork by detailing below exactly what you should do every single day to get your highest GRE score in the one month you have before your GRE exam date, along with some bonus GRE preparation tips. (If you think you need more or less time to study, Magoosh has lots of GRE study options for you!)

We’re not going to beat around the bush: one month is not a lot of time to prepare for the GRE, but it is doable if you follow this plan! Here’s how to prepare for the GRE in one month.

GRE Study Plan 1 Month Table of Contents

How to Study for the GRE in One Month: Your GRE Preparation Game Plan

  • Step 1: Take a practice test. Find out where you are compared to where you need to be. Taking a practice GRE exam early on can also help you diagnose problem areas, figure out score goals, and set priorities.
  • Step 2: Get your foundations in place. Familiarize yourself with the test, its format, its question types, and its scoring.
  • Step 3: Set up your schedule. While we have everything you need to prep for the GRE in one month, you’re the one who needs to decide when and how this fits in with your other priorities.
  • Step 4: Practice daily. This includes work on both the GRE Quantitative section and the GRE Verbal section, GRE vocabulary study, and lessons on GRE-specific strategies.
  • Step 5: Test yourself. Complete daily practice questions on the concepts and strategies you’ve just learned.
  • Step 6: Prepare for the full exam. This includes the AWA (writing section)! How to do it? Weekend essay writing practice and mock GRE practice tests, simulating real test conditions.
  • Step 7: Mentally and physically prepare. Get enough sleep, perform confidence-boosting exercises, and model healthy eating the days before the test

This outline will guide you to GRE mastery over the next month. It’s a simple formula with proven success!

GRE Study Plan Essential Materials:

1) Magoosh GRE Prep, including Magoosh GRE lessons and Magoosh GRE practice

2) ETS’s Official Guide to the GRE book

If you already own a 2nd edition of the Official Guide, don’t feel you have to buy the 3rd edition.

3) ETS’s Free PowerPrep Tests: When you’re done, we offer video explanations here. I highly recommend using PowerPrep Online if you can, since taking the test on a computer is a good simulation of exam day conditions.

4) A journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)

5) Magoosh’s online GRE Flashcards. They’re free and you can use them on the web, on your iPhone/iPad or Android.

6) Notecards (or

7) Magoosh’s GRE Complete Guide

This comprehensive, web-based guide to the GRE gives you the quick but very helpful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GRE is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GRE prep, and how to prepare for the GRE’s different sections.

8) A Guide to GRE Practice Test Resources

This page includes instructions on where to find good full-length GRE practice exams, and how to take practice tests and incorporate them into your studies. This page also has links to Magoosh’s free GRE diagnostic quizzes.

9) Before you get started, Magoosh’s GRE expert Chris has some tips for how to use this schedule.

Okay! Let’s get started with day one.

One Month GRE Study Plan: Week One

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One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Two