We have found that a rigorous, long term preparation working one-on-one with tutors provides the most effective way to prepare for the GRE. Studying with a dedicated tutor will help you fill in any gaps in your knowledge and grow confident with the material because an experienced tutor will provide you with an individualized program tailored to your strengths and weaknesses and show you how to approach each question that you will encounter on the exam.
While you should certainly strive to perform to the best of your ability on the GRE, keep in mind that perfect scores are very uncommon. A 170 Verbal is at the 99th percentile, a 170 Quantitative is at the 96th percentile, and a 6.0 Analytical Writing is at the 99th percentile.
You can also improve your score through rigorous practice. Take full-length, computer-based official practice tests. After you finish each test, review every question you got wrong, and practice similar questions until you feel comfortable with the content on the test. The best way to improve is to practice, not to try to learn “tricks.”
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