One of the best things you can do for your graduate school application is to get a good score on the GRE. From what I heard, it is very important to meet a certain GRE score cutoff. Once you meet the cutoff, your GRE score becomes almost irrelevant. I have heard different numbers for this cutoff, but it is usually around 160 on Math & Verbal, and a 700 on the Psychology Subject Test.
I found it helpful to study intensely for a couple of months on my own before taking each GRE test. I found that studying more than 2-3 months before the test can actually lead to burn out and hurt your score. If you spend ~3 hours a day studying, 2-3 months prep time for each test should be more than enough.
Prepping for the GRE (Math, Verbal, Writing)
I found the following resources very helpful – I ended up using all of them, and thought they were a very good investment in terms of time and money. I am listing them in order of how helpful they were. You may be able to check out some of these books at the library.
- Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides, 3rd Edition (Instructional Guide/Strategy Guide) – This is the best investment I made in terms of GRE prep. Not only do you get 8 very helpful strategy books, but also access to several practice tests online. I found these practice tests to be one of the best, second to the official GRE practice tests
- The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test, 2nd Edition – You must get this book, as it contains official GRE practice tests
- Official GRE Website – Again, this website contains 1-2 official GRE practice tests
- Essential Words for the GRE – The vocabulary is a very important part of the test. I suggest using the “Quizlet” app in addition to this book to make flashcards to help you prep for the GRE.
- Cracking the GRE with 6 Practice Tests & DVD, 2014 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) – I found their vocabulary “hit parade” list very helpful. You should start with this list, and then move on to the Barron’s Essential Words for the GRE list (above).
- Gruber’s Complete GRE Guide 2014, 3E
- Barron’s GRE Verbal Workbook
- GRE® Verbal Workbook (Kaplan GRE Verbal Workbook)
- GRE Math Prep Course (Nova’s GRE Prep Course)
Psychology Subject Test
I found that the best way to prepare for the Psychology Subject Test is to read a Psychology Text Book, and follow up by reviewing one or more of the Study Guides Below
- Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology – You can use any intro to psych book you had, but I found this one to be really good!
Review Study Guides
- Cracking the GRE Psychology Subject Test, 8th Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)
- GRE Subject Test: Psychology, 5th Edition
- The Official GRE Psychology Subject Test Website
- The PsycGRE App on your Phone