I had to take this for graduate school. English not being my first language I always had a problem with the verbal section. When I took the SATs in highschool I scored a 470 on the verbal and a 600 on the Math. Neither of those scores was so great, but the thing is that in practice my verbal skills were much much better than my math skills. This was never reflected by the test.
I knew I would have to study hard to do well on the GRE. So I bought books, used flash cards, and studied 10 hours a day for a whole month before the test. I was taking practice exams daily and was consistently getting near perfect scores on both the verbal and the math sections. The more I studied for the analytical section and followed the “techniques” in the books I was studying the more that the analytical score kept falling. LOL. At any rate, my test was scheduled for September the 13th. Two days after the infamous September 11th. I couldn’t and didn’t sleep for those two whole days before the real test. My final scores were still acceptable, but not what I had been hoping for.
In the end it turned out that my first choice graduate programme was in a Canadian University, and Canadian schools don’t require standardised tests of their applicants. So, this was definitely not worthwhile. It is however worthwhile to improve ones vocabulary and the vocab questions are fun if you are not under pressure.