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GRE Study Plans

Important: These study plans include math. If you don't want to study math, just ignore the math parts and cut the estimated times in half.

The materials referenced in these plans are explained at the bottom of this page (just scroll a bit).

One-month GRE study plan

Two-month GRE study plan

Three-month GRE study plan

Four-month GRE study plan

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Recommended Resources

I have been using the below resources with my GRE students for years. Note: I include some math resources below, too.

The Official Guide to the GRE General Test

Why buy: This book is invaluable because it contains hundreds of ETS questions that are not found anywhere else.

The Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Book (free with GRE Verbal Precision)

Why buy: 150 official verbal reasoning questions that are unique to this book.

The Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Book

Why buy: 150 official ETS math questions that you can't find anywhere else.

Vince's Complete Guide to GRE Math on Khan Academy

Why buy: Actually, it's free. If you're following one of my study plans and using Khan Academy instead of CliffsNotes to learn math concepts, use the "Look Inside" feature on the Amazon listing of Cliffs Notes Math Review to view the Table of Contents to see what's in each chapter, and then do the equivalent subjects in Khan.

CliffsNotes Math Review For Standardized Tests

Why buy: It's much better than CliffsNotes Math for the GRE, and it covers math concepts at a basic level. This for people who prefer books to review math concepts.

Manhattan Prep 5-lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems

Why buy: A great way to get repetition with a certain concept or type of math question. Don't try to finish every question in a math chapter - some are unrealistically complicated - and ignore the verbal questions. Good bicep workout also.

ETS Powerprep Tests

Why buy: Well, two of these tests are free, but the other two (which cost $40 each) are well worth the price, since they're essentially the same as taking an official GRE.

GMAT Official Guide 2020: Book + Online

Why buy: The GMAT writes questions with the same attention to detail as ETS, so they're excellent supplemental practice. Use the Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions, and if you're working on math, use the Problem Solving questions.

500 Essential Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides)

Why buy: MGRE's flashcards are the best I've seen - sturdy cards, interesting sentences, and synonyms.

500 Advanced Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides)

Why buy: These words are a little harder than the "essential" set.

Vince's GRE Prep Journal (free with GRE Verbal Precision)

Why buy: It's super cheap, and has a valuable method to help you learn the right lessons from your mistakes.