How Many Hours Should I Study for the GRE?


Study as Much as Possible

  • Experts recommend four or more months of preparation for the GRE Exam. Achieving the best possible score happens with extended study and preparation. Preparing well in advance of your scheduled exam gives you the best shot at getting into your first-choice graduate school.

96 Hours or Less

  • GRE experts say eight weeks of study is adequate. Study about two hours per day, six days a week for a total of 96 hours over the eight-week period. Plans are available online for those who only have one or two weeks to prepare for the exam.

Bottom Line

  • More study and preparation results in better GRE test scores. Take GRE pre-tests when you begin. Focus your study on areas that need the most attention. Then, systematically work your plan for getting into your first-choice graduate programs.

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