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Name: Indradeep Mazumdar
Country: Australia

Rule#1-If you want to secure more than 700 in your verbal you have to memorize, yes memorize the "Baron's" vocabulary section.95% of the words that come in the actual GRE test come from "Baron's" and who ever tells you that most of the words were outside the word list has not studied the word list thoroughly enough.

Rule#2a-This is a general rule. You should start preparing for the test at least 6 months in advance. Build a time table and give in 1.5-2 hours daily for the first 2 months,3 hours for the 3rd and 4th month and 6-7 hours for the last 2 months. Try to give one hour more on Sundays. If you are not able to give in the time that I mentioned try to make up the following week or on a holiday.

Rule#2b-When you are preparing for the tests, start by doing the Peterson's book and Baron's word list simultaneously. Then move on the Arco's book and Baron's word list simultaneously. When you have finished all of these books (by the 3rd month), start timing yourself and appear for the practice tests. Do the Big Book tests first for a month) and then move on to doing the Baron's tests, Arco's and Peterson's test. Give the Kaplan test about a week before the final test. Add about 100 marks to what ever you get in that test and that will roughly be the mark that you can expect for the final exam. Finally about 2 days before the final exam appear for the practice free CDs from ETS.

Rule#3-There is no rule for the quant's section. Practice maths for 6 months on a regular basis. Practice all the sums at least 2 times from the list of books and DVDs that I gave you above.

Rule#4-For the analytical writing section, write as many essays as you possibly can. Unfortunately you cannot build on your essay writing skills so fast but what you can do is to make sure that you do not make any grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Write small clear sentences. Do not try to put in flashy word or sentences unless you are dead sure that it is the right word. Try to get your essays corrected not all though, only a few but on diff. topics) by someone appropriate and try and learn from the mistakes that you made.

Rule#5-The most important rule. Don't panic. Even if you see that your scores are not improving greatly or you are not learning a lot, stick in there. Don't give up and you will eventually succeed. Don't ever panic even in the exam .If the set of words for you are tough, the marking will be easy. So just try staying there. You guys will make it.
The only thing you need to know about the TOEFL exam is that you guys need to practice from Cliff's book. From the grammar section, practice the Agreement of the Verb with the Subject from Wren and Martin grammar book. Do the listening part from Cliff's, Baron's and for the writing, the rules are the same as Rule#5.

This is all I had to say. Hopefully, you people will find this information useful. if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact me at my mail address. I will get back to it as good as possible. Till then, wishing all of you a very successful career and best of luck for your exams.


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