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Help developing a study plan, Practice scores of 156v, 149q


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My wife and I are studying for the GRE to get into our respective programs, mine in the humanities and hers in the sciences. 

We got pretty similar "baseline scores" (no preparation) from the first PowerPrep II practice test:

Me: 156v, 149q

Her: 154v, 147q


I really need to get at least 95th percentile (maybe not so much for Quantitative). My wife needs 60th percentile, (>154v, >155q).


1. How much time do you think we should spend preparing?

2. What should we use? Definitely Official ETS Guide, 2nd Ed. and their forthcoming little practice book supplements, but anything else?

3. Best way to study for verbal? Focus on reading things in The Atlantic? Study vocabulary profusely? Other approaches.


I will of course be scanning the forums for suggestions, but anyone's insights on these specific questions would be nice to have given the specifics of our situation.




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