Exam Prep

Additional Resources

Please feel free to browse these additional study guides and other resources in order to prepare for the GRE exam. For more information about registration, policies, scores, and other GRE-related concerns, please visit the official ETS site.

General GRE Resources

  • PowerPrep II: This free software program is the official study guide from ETS for the computer-adaptive GRE general test and is available on PC and Mac. Full-length practice tests are included.
  • Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE revised General Test: This 119-page PDF file is the official guide to the paper-based exam from ETS.
  • Magoosh: This site dedicated to the GRE features hundreds of lessons, video tutorials, and vocabulary flashcards to prepare individuals for the general and subject tests.
  • MyGRETutor: In addition to free sample questions, study tips, and practice tests, this site features daily planning guides for individuals who want to create a structured studying schedule in the days and weeks leading up to their exam date.
  • Varsity Tutors: This paid tutoring service allows prospective GRE-takers to enlist in exam tutorial services online; tutors work one-on-one with pupils, and lessons are tailored to meet the demands of the individual student.

Vocabulary Resources

  • Text Completion: This page on the ETS website is dedicated to GRE questions related to vocabulary terms. A study guide and sample questions are included.
  • Sentence Equivalence: A tutorial guide and list of sample questions are featured on the Sentence Equivalence page from ETS.
  • Quizlet: This free educational site features a GRE vocabulary flashcard list from Kaplan with hundreds of different terms and their corresponding definitions.
  • Graduates Hotline: Site visitors can test their vocabulary knowledge by simply matching words (from a pool of more than 1,300 GRE terms) to their proper definitions.
  • Tyrannosaurus Prep: This free site inputs GRE vocabulary terms into a user-friendly quiz format and allows users to assess their strengths and weaknesses.

Math Resources

  • GRE Math Review: This 102-page PDF document from ETS covers all of the different areas of Quantitative Reasoning GRE-takers can expect to encounter on the exam.
  • GRE Mathematical Conventions: This 11-page PDF from ETS is intended to supplement the GRE Math Review.
  • SparkNotes: The popular tutorial site offers a free, broad look at the Quantitative Reasoning sections of the GRE.
  • Pocket GRE Math: This free app is available from Google Play and contains more than 500 sample QR GRE questions.
  • GRE Math Flashcards: Available on Amazon.com for $17.05 (with free shipping), this set of 500 flashcards is available from Manhattan Prep and covers all QR-related areas of the GRE general test.

Writing Resources

  • Task Pools: The ETS offers full archives of all “Issue” and “Argument” tasks found under the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. All test-takers will encounter one task from each pool on their exam.
  • GRE Analytical Writing Section: How to Do WELL: This 15-minute video tutorial from YouTube user pinkxconfetti discusses some general strategies for both tasks of the Analytical Writing section.
  • Writing Essays for Exams: While not specifically focused on the GRE, this tutorial from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers the fundamentals of effective, engaging essay-writing.
  • 7 Tips for a Perfect GRE Essay: This list from Grockit.com discusses methods for preparing for and composing essays during the Analytical Writing section of the GRE.

Reading Comprehension Resources

  • Reading Comprehension: The official study page for this section from ETS contains a tutorial guide, list of question types, and sample questions from past exams.
  • SparkNotes: This site has dedicated a six-part tutorial guide to the GRE reading comprehension questions.
  • Reading Comprehension Practice Questions: West.net features four different reading passages accompanied by 1 to 3 questions each. The site helps exam-takers study for the Verbal Reasoning sections that test reading comprehension.
  • International Reading Association: The IRA features an extensive guide to reading comprehension, including lesson plans, webinars, and podcasts.
  • GRE Reading Comprehension: For $4.99, Apple phone and device users can download this app that includes five full-length GRE reading comprehension sections.

Free Practice Tests

  • The Princeton Review: One full GRE general test is included.
  • MajorTests.com: More than 50 practice tests are offered, categorized by exam section
  • Kaplan Test Prep: Self-proctored and instructor-proctored practice test options are available.
  • GREGuide: At least five practice tests are offered for all the core subject areas of the three GRE sections.
  • Manhattan Prep: This full test is administered in real-time to prepare test-takers for actual time allotments.
  • McGraw-Hill Practice Plus: The practice exam on this site is compatible with smartphones, tablet devices, and desktop browsers.
  • 800Score.com: Five full-length practice GRE tests (as well as a detailed explanation of the GRE scoring system) are featured on this site.
  • Manhattan Review: The full version of the practice test on this site uses real-life time allotments and is “designed to mimic the look and feel of the actual exam.”
  • 4Tests: One full-length practice version of the GRE is available on this website.
  • Barron’s GRE Prep: Users can study for the GRE using this free app and then register for full online GRE simulations using their PC.

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