Yocket Editorial Team
Updated on 28 May, 2018

How To Score Perfect 340 in GRE?

Arjun Shah, currently pursuing 3rd year of Chemical Engineering in ICT, has cracked GRE with a perfect score of 340. Here is his mantra for the examination and his preparations.

  • When did you start preparing for GRE?

From 20th December to 10 January was the crucial period when I started my rigorous preparation. I built my foundation, vocabulary and the concepts, in the month of October but due to college studies it was difficult to channel my time and concentration towards GRE.

  • What books did you refer to?

The official ETS and Jamboree study material were the only things I referred.

  • Verbal is a weak point for a lot of Indians. What was your take on it?

True. Verbal is quite difficult for many students. I find the conventional method of learning 2000 - 3000 words in one go quite inefficient because it's difficult to remember each word. Also, out of this wordlist I was aware of approximately 500-700 words which meant I would be wasting my time learning them.

So I made my own wordlist comprising of the words I had come across in books and tests. This method helped me remember words better because writing words registers them twice in the head. This gave me confidence that I would not forget them.

Reading helps a lot - novels, news, blogs. Regular reading habit was helpful in the Reading Comprehension section.

  • Tips for the writing section.

I had a fixed frame work for all kinds of essay. The body of the essay came from the news, my reading habit or the examples from the past.

I always found Argument writing very logical and key method to crack it is to find loop holes in the question.

For time management, speed of typing on the computer is a must. I had no problem with typing but many of my friends suffered because of the speed. The solution is to practice typing regularly.

  • Does it matter if you score anything above 330 or a perfect score would stand out?

Yes. A perfect score would always stand out. My seniors had guided me saying that very few people score a perfect 340, a slightly bigger number fall in the range of 335-340 and the number keeps on increasing as the range steps down.

  • How many Mock Tests did you give?

I gave a total of 8 mock tests and never did I score a perfect 340. I would land up in the range of 330-335.

I always gave my Mock tests seriously in one go. It is very important to sit for continuous 4 hours to build up the stamina. After the test, I would devote an hour to analyse my test marks.

  • What is your mantra or mindset while preparing for any exam?

My mantra is to always be motivated to score as high as possible. I never put a definite score in my head because that might limit my preparation for an even better score.

During the exam too a calm and composed mindset with confidence in your preparations is a must.

  • Which Universities are you aiming for?

I still have a year of college and I am not sure about the course I'll be picking. So I have not planned the universities I'll be sending my score to.

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