How To Improve GRE Verbal By 18 Points From 136 To 154 ?

How can you improve your GRE Verbal Section score by 18 points?

Hello, everyone! This is my GRE success story.

I share my journey to improve verbal score from 136 to 154. This debrief is for those who struggle with verbal reasoning in GRE. Despite being disappointed many times, I always saw the light at the end of my tunnel because I believed in hardwork and seeing the good in others. Although I was unable to comprehend a paragraph that contained several lines of vocabulary, I continued to work hard and got the score I needed.

It took me 5-6 months to complete it. After taking the Diagnostic test and getting 136, I prepared for my GRE Verbal first attempt. Unfortunately, it was only 143. After comparing the scores of my abilities and scoring, I decided I could improve my performance if I created a plan and followed it carefully. After several months, I took the GRE again and scored 154 Alhamdullilah thanks to the guidance provided by ScholarDen mentors.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of each section.

Suggestions for Improvement:

You have your strengths and your weaknesses.

  • First, identify the weak areas and address them daily. Your strengths should be developed further to earn you higher scores. To get the desired score, you should start preparations at least three to 4 months in advance.
  • You should create a daily schedule.
  • Note every word that you find.
  • Your preparation time should be spent on your fundamental skills. The GRE pattern suggests that you should not rest until you have completed strategic preparation.


A set was completed in a little over 4-5 days. I chose 10-15 words to start the set and then looked them up in context on You can find synonyms for many words at I kept a notebook in which I recorded each synonym of every GRE word. This enabled me to simultaneously learn new words. I was able to understand and correct my pronunciation by reading the sentences on the site, which were taken directly from media sources.

It is important to revise vocabulary. It was my first task when I woke up in the morning, so I reviewed it before bed. I used the day following completion of each deck to revise that deck instead of learning new vocabulary words.

Reading Comprehension:

I read articles from many sources for RC.

Preparation: I divided the questions into two parts

  • Global questions, such as the primary purpose, main idea and tone of author.
  • I will only use the information provided by the author to answer specific questions. For a summary of 20-30 seconds, paraphrase each paragraph.

Test Day Strategy:

Talking about the test-day strategy, I skipped 5-6 questions from each section. Next came RC and SE. These questions were more important to me as I was a strong reader and speaker.


  • 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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