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What's the ideal amount of time to give yourself if you want to get a 600+ above on all sections (not subject tests)?

Also, how hard is it exactly to get a 600+ above on all sections compared to the SAT (I know that with the SAT, a 600+ above on all sections without studying is quite commonplace, but is this the same for the GRE?). How do the scores tend to correlate?

Also, how hard is it exactly to get a 600+ above on all sections compared to the SAT (I know that with the SAT, a 600+ above on all sections without studying is quite commonplace, but is this the same for the GRE?). How do the scores tend to correlate?

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## Replies to: When should you start preparing for the GRE?

351Member1,735Senior Member117Junior Member55Junior MemberIm aiming for 800Q so I've been going through every type of possible quantitative question I come across. For verbal, you can never study enough...sorry.

I'm taking mine in october and I've been studying quantitative and vocab since the summer but mostly quantitative.

4,105Senior MemberAs far as when to start studying... how much time do you have?

656Member893MemberA test prep class usually lasts either 4 or 8 weeks, and many prep books are geared to these timeframes.

2,846Senior MemberThe curve on the math section is ridiculous. I hadn't done math in 3 years but still got nearly a perfect score. :eek:

6,467Senior MemberBut to help out the OP, how well a 600/600 stacks up depends on your field of study, as many people here have posted. For instance, for engineering, if you get a 600 on verbal, you are going to be ahead of the game (as the average is somewhere around 500-550). However, if you get a 600 on quantitative, you will probably get flat out denied from just about every school you apply to, as the average is somewhere around 780 for engineers.

When I took the test, I studied for about 2 to 3 months leading up to the test. I would take one practice test a week, and review problems twice a week (one night math, the other verbal). You could always pay out the butt for one of those Kaplan courses, which guarantee an improved score over your base value, but they are expensive, so only do that if you have the money to spare or you really really need that higher score, otherwise you could probably get nearly identical results with self study.

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