" I needed above 165 at the last minute"
Connor needed to increase his quant score greatly (he scored 146 on his first try) in time to take the GRE in 2 months. He had waited too long to take the GRE the first time and now was in a time crunch to get his math score up considerably.
His verbal score was where he wanted it at 166, and as a native English speaker and an English minor in undergrad, this made sense.
Connor looked at courses for the GRE because he knew he needed guided instruction from someone who knew the ins and outs of the GRE quant section. He was practicing his quant question of the day on Ready4GRE when he got a notification that they offer courses so he took a look and signed up for their 4-week Live Online course.
Twice a week Connor attended the sessions online, completed the outside assignments, kept up with his practice questions, completed all the simulated exams and attended the live office hours to ask specific reasoning questions. After 3 weeks, he was feeling much more confident as his percent correct continued to climb.
After the course finished (half-way into his 2 months of studying), Connor took an official practice GRE and scored a 162 on quant! Things were looking up, and Connor felt that after a months more of self study on 165 level quant questions he could achieve his dream of breaking through to top percentiles.
On test day, Connor felt nervous but excited. He was getting a high percentage of his quant questions right and kept up with polishing his verbal skills as well.
After 2 months of intense prep, Connor scored a 165 on quant and a 169 on verbal.
Connor’s advice to students seeking to make a similar turnaround:
Stay focused and keep your goals in view at all times: your grad degree
Take care of yourself (eat well, sleep, exercise)
Treat the GRE like it’s your full-time job (plus overtime!) if you’re trying to make a turnaround like I did in 2 months
Try to relax on test day and let your preparation speak for itself.