GRE Scores Improvement Vs Preparation Time

Many students have asked us the following question: "How long is it to get a perfect score on GRE or get at best a good grade?"

A good score depends on the student's academic profile and the university they are targeting.

The following GRE scores should be considered if you apply directly to the U.S.A, Canadian Schools, or Europe (without Fulbright funding).

To SCORE 330 there is no one time for preparation. Every student has a different education, reading habits, problem-solving abilities, and analytics.

Not all applicants will be eligible for exceptions. It's also more competitive for Engineers and MBAs.

How to beat the GRE

To beat the GRE, you must master these skills:

  • First: Clarify core concepts
  • Second: Learn Skills, Strategies & Techniques
  • Third: Practice.
  • Forth: Improve timing
  • Fifth: Develop stamina
  • Sixth: Full length mocks

Let's review the following 4 student groups to get a better understanding of GRE scores and their preparation times.

Categories 1 for Students:

They are highly intelligent, talented students and take less than one month to achieve a score of 330. They only need to learn the format and take full-length tests to test their stamina.

Category 2 for Students:

Students are able to communicate clearly and have strong math and verbal skills. They get a +310 score on the GRE Diagnostics test. Students who study for at least 1-2 months score between 320-330. They are typically from engineering, computer sciences, mathematics, finance, statistics, accountants, or have a strong academic background.

Categories 3 for Students :

These students are strong in the verbal and quant sections, but average in another. The diagnostic test scores them between 295 to305, but if they work hard on weak areas and study for about 2-3 months, their scores can range from 310-312. These engineers are usually engineers and score high in Quant. Verbal scores are average and they can get a decent GRE score.

  • Strong Quantities + Worse verbal concepts
  • Average Quantity + average Verbal

Categories4 for Students

This is because of the educational system, which makes it hard to memorize and learn things. The following skills are available to students in this category:

  • Good Quantity + Worse verbal Concepts
  • Verbal concepts are better than quant concepts.
  • Worse Quantity + Worse verbal

They score between 260 and 295. Studying for 1-2 weeks can help them improve their scores by 10-30%.

This group includes students who score between 260- 295 on their Diagnostic Score.


The four categories above clearly show that the standard preparation time of 1-2 months results in a huge difference in scoring patterns, i.e. There are a range of 290-330.

Questions: What is the best way for students to improve their scores? Answer: Students should not look at the standard preparation period of 1-2 months. Instead, they should be focusing on the following steps.

  • Step 1 Take a computer diagnostic test. This will allow you to get a sense of your current proficiency levels and also give you a score.
  • Step 2 Determine the target score you want based off your profile information and the schools that interest you.
  • Step 3: Next, compare the scores and allocate time to fill the gap.

Very important:

These hypothetical student groups can be used to help you determine which preparation strategies, time and techniques are needed for the GRE. It will take time and effort to move between these categories. However, there will come a point when your test scores are not improving and you need to break through this threshold to get higher.

It takes different amounts time to transition from one category into another, according to our observations. Below is the list of results:

  • Transition from Category 4 to Category 3 = 4-6 month
  • Transition from Category 3 to 2 = 2 month
  • Transition from Category 2 to 1 = 2 month

Category 4 students should set a target score and create a timeline based on it. This is a gradual process. There's no magical way to turn your 270 score into 330 in a month. Each day you will make improvements. All you have to do is make sure that you are on a straight path.

This strategy was created to make life easier for students in category 4. They shouldn't be focusing on the standard one-month preparation time. Instead, they should work on concepts first, then strategy and finally practice.

Study plan for students:

FIRST STEP: Focus on Fundamental Concepts

Improving the Quantitative section:

This strategy will help you improve your quantitative skills.

A person who is not a medical student or hasn't studied basic mathematics in the past 10-15 years, or doesn't like numbers, should first learn and revise all basic math concepts. Then work on strategies and practice questions.


Once the core concepts have been learned, students should begin to practice them by solving real questions. A student who has studied algebra concepts should then practice algebra-related questions. The student should not continue to the next section if algebra concepts are unclear. Also, it is important for students to take time after practice sessions to assess their strengths and work on improving. Once the student is able to comprehend concepts well, they should then practice questions. This can be from questions of Scholar Den or ETS difficulty to difficult ones.

This material provides basic concepts.

Quant Resources:

After you have clarified the basic concepts, you can go to Scholar Den and then practice the following material.

  • Questions about Scholar Den


Students should devote 2-3 months to fundamental concepts.

Improve verbal section:

Students who wish to improve their verbal skills:

These students are engineers with a strong focus on numbers, but a poor understanding of the basics. A passion for reading is an asset to your verbal score. However, even though you don't hope it's lost, hardwork and practice will make you as competitive as the rest. Talent can't be beat by hard work, even if it isn't.


Begin by understanding the GRE test and how to comprehend complex sentences.

  • Complete videos of Scholar Den are available to view
  • Take a look at passages on, and ensure that you have reached grade 12. Keep it up until the test.
  • Keep reading articles until you are ready to take the test.
  • All Verbal Practice Questions from ETS should be practiced
  • Practice reading comprehension questions from the ETS Big Book
  • All Scholar Den Verbal Question Practice.


  • camdynelliott

    Camdyn Elliott is a 35-year-old educational blogger and school teacher. She has been writing about education for nearly a decade, and her work has been featured on sites like The Huffington Post and The New York Times. Camdyn is the founder of the education blog Education Week, and she is also the author of the book "How to Teach Like a Pro: A Guide to Effective Teaching Methods for College and Career Students."

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