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9 months to prepare for GRE 3rd attempt. Suggestions?


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I'm planning on writing my GRE for the third time mid-December 2018. I need super scores as Harvard allows a maximum of 3 attempts to enter their program and this will be my third. I'm told they are mostly looking for high scores in the Analytical Writing and Verbal Reasoning portions. But I also want to do well in the Analytical.

Any suggestions on books, ebooks, websites, apps for Android, other resources, strategies?

Cheers. :)


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I’m biased, perhaps, since I am one, but if what you say is true, find a professional, experienced, GRE tutor. You’ll get to where you’re going with a lot less frustration. :)

Consider this: if the forum-recommended resources were enough to get a super-high score, then everyone would be getting super-high scores. But they’re not. It’s really hard for most people to get a really high score, so in addition to using recommended resources and working hard, insight from someone in the field can really help.

Good tutors are almost always expensive - so before you spend a lot of money, read reviews, get references, do research. But the right person will go a long way towards that Harvard degree.

P.S. - how the heck will Harvard even know how many times you took the GRE? You can choose which date to send, and that report doesn’t show how many times you took the test...

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Take an online course, such as Magoosh, Kaptest, Princeton, Manhattan, etc. For Verbal section, try to learn as many vocabularies if you can.

  1. Barron’s GRE 3500 Master Word List 1-5()
  2. Barrons GRE Wordlist 4,759 words
  3. GRE Word Lists
  4. GRE Word List

If you have no time, learn these lists:

  1. GRE High Frequency Words
  2. The 357 Best GRE Vocabulary Words: Complete List
  3. Top 101 High Frequency GRE Words
  4. Top 52 GRE Vocabulary Words


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