GRE® Preparation Timeline

01 November, 2022

What is a good GRE® score?
There is no such thing as a ‘good score’ or ‘bad score’ on GRE®. The score alone does not guarantee to admit in a good master’s program. Simply put – a good score on the GRE® is a score that enhances your chances in a particular university. The higher your score on the GRE®, the higher your chances of admission.


How can I score 325+ on the GRE®?
Simple. GRE® has well-defined sections that have well-defined topics and question types. As long as you are doing justice to each question type and each topic, you shall be able to sail through GRE® the test. However, it is important you should know the precise depth and breadth of the test. Numerous aspirants waste crucial time studying topics that are irrelevant to the GRE®. Without knowing the exact boundaries, they even miss certain crucial areas of the GRE® test. Also, the well-defined question types in GRE® require knowledge of certain key strategies. A lack of awareness of such strategies leads to poor scores. Therefore, to ace the GRE®, do the following:

  • Take a test to identify strong and weak areas
  • Create an objective study plan broken down into clear weakly action points
  • Master the process to ace every question type
  • Practice as much as you can
  • Take periodic tests and analyze the performance

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GRE® preparation timeline

Given that GRE® scores can be used up to 5 years from the date of the test, anytime is a good time to start your GRE® prep – whether you are in college or are presently working.

Most US universities have Fall application deadlines during the December (previous year) – January (same year) period. So if you are planning to Apply for Fall 2023, you should be completing your applications (which include submitting GRE® & TOEFL®/IELTSTM scorecards) by December 2022.

Also remember, the ideal time to be invested in GRE® preparation is 3-4 months. Do not unnecessarily invest more time as it hardly helps.

The below-mentioned timelines shall help you plan for GRE® & MS admissions:

  • If you are in the final year – Prepare for GRE®, take the GRE® and complete MS applications in the final year
  • If you are in the pre-final year – Prepare for GRE® and take the GRE® in the pre-final year. Apply to MS programs in the final year
  • If you are in 1st year or 2nd year of a 4-year degree – prepare for the test now, take the GRE® in the pre-final year and apply to MS programs in the final year