Every student is unique in terms of his/her key interests, mental acumen and of course, concentration levels. Therefore, every student starts at a completely different level in their GRE journey. There could be students who ace the exam within a month. Also, at the same time, there could also be students who take over 5 months to get there.
Having said that, you should start your GRE preparation as soon as possible. Once you decide that you want to pursue your postgraduate or doctorate degree, kickstart your GRE preparation right away.
I will tell you why.
Unique GRE Exam Pattern
Most importantly, the GRE exam is very different from other Indian exams such as JEE or CAT. The understanding of the GRE pattern and of different question types demands a methodical approach as well as extensive practice. Moreover, the computer adaptive nature of the test also takes time to get used to. Apart from that, comprehending and memorising the vast vocabulary for the GRE is a Herculean task. On the other hand, you could be someone who hasn’t studied Math at school/undergrad level. So, getting used to the Quant aspect of GRE might take more time and effort from your side. Keeping such variable aspects of the exam in mind, it is imperative that you kickstart the GRE prep as soon as you can.
Analysis of Practice Tests
Secondly, you also need to take into consideration the time it would take you to write practice tests. More often than not, writing mock tests will uncover many mistakes and errors that you didn’t realise beforehand. Practicing and therefore, refining on these will also take time that you might not have accounted for in your earlier estimation. So, I would again like to emphasis on the fact that start prepping for GRE sooner than later.
Validity of GRE Score
Thirdly, the GRE score has a validity of 5 years. Hence, the sooner you get the GRE score, the more time you would have to work on the other application documents (for instance, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendations, etc.).
Time consideration for a re-attempt
Finally, you might encounter a situation where you are not happy with the score you achieve in the first attempt. To account for such scenarios, it is important to have enough time on your hands so that you can improve upon your weaknesses and therefore, write the GRE exam once again (after a span of 21 days). Therefore, starting your GRE preparation in advance is a more realistic approach that you must take up.
I would like to conclude by saying that the GRE score is one of the most important criteria for getting into a reputable grad school. So, you must be diligent and proactive about your GRE preparation.
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