I’m pursuing a master’s degree in computer science and most of the schools I’m applying to— Seattle University, University of Washington, University of Southern California — require that I take the general GRE (graduate record examination). Although I don’t necessarily agree with standarized tests, especially the GRE, I recognize the necessity to establish some sort of bar for applications. So, instead of fighting the process, by attempting to convince admissions to waive the GRE requirement (although some do), I reluctantly scheduled my exam for December 16th. That’s gives me about two months to study.
That’s not a whole lot of time to prepare. Magoosh, an online platform that prepares exam takers, suggests that most students should aim to study for about three to four months: ain’t nobody got that time for that. Therefore, I’m condensing my studying to two months. This plan of mine will still require anywhere between two and three hours, every day.
So, here it is. There’s a myriad of resources available (I’m starting to think that the GRE is a cash cow. Money flows between Educational Testing Service and the institutions, I think) and I’ve made a conscious reduction of the material:
Time to get cracking.
 If you haven’t already watch this video, at least a dozen times, you’ve been doing yourself a disservice.
I’m Matt Chung. I’m a software engineer, seasoned technology leader, and father currently based in Seattle and London. I love to share what I know. I write about topic developing scalable & fail-safe software running in the AWS cloud, digital organization as a mechanism for unlocking your creativity, and maximizing our full potentials with personal development habits.View all articles