Free Instant Access GRE Practice Exams
Once you sign up for the test, you’ll have access to two GRE practice exams with their Powerprep software. It’s important to take advantage of this resource. They’re the only two tests you’ll get that are actually made by the same people who write the exam. All other practice exams are made by those trying to emulate GRE style questions and scoring algorithms. Many are very good at it, but the closest you’re ever going to get are the ones offered by ETS.
The ManhattanPrep practice tests are really good, and arguably the best after ETS PowerPrep. This practice test is often used as a good diagnostic test, and the comprehensive analysis of your performance you receive at the end is very helpful when trying to design a study plan. They offer one free practice exam that anyone can take, and when we say free we mean it. No credit cards to enter or catches. It’s offered on testing software that mimics the real GRE exactly–color, button style and position, etc.
They also have a package of 6 practice exams that you can take over the course of a year for $30.00USD. One thing to keep in mind though, those “6” exams actually include your free one. So if you took an exam for free, then signed up for the extra exams, you’d actually only be buying an additional 5 tests.
They offer a free diagnostic test that is simple and fast to use. It doesn’t emulate the real testing environment (even close) but it’s the same style of questions and isn’t a bad resource to exhaust. Scoring is a little off, so don’t use this as your only assessment.
They offer a free practice test along with an introductory demo to acquaint you with the setup. Sign up required, but no charge for the test. The Princeton Review practice test is close to the Manhattan Prep test, but the questions are on the easier side, and you may see a higher overall score than Kaplan or the Manhattan practice tests. Aside from that the Princeton Review test is a great place for GRE practice exams, and the user interface is decent.
One free full length exam is offered along with a post exam demonstration of how their tutorials and classes work. Quality is close to Manhattan Prep in many ways, but still a bit easier.
One free diagnostic test under realistic time restraints. Not the highest quality questions or scoring but still useful.
Free practice exam of “ok” quality. It doesn’t mimic the real GRE well, but it’s still a useful resource to have.
There are many more free practice question resources, but these are the best and most trusted sources. It’s unlikely that taking GRE practice exams under actual testing conditions is necessary more than 3-6 times, so you probably won’t exhaust all your options. Just keep in mind:
> Most tests don’t have the correct scoring algorithm.
> The GRE is a sectionally adaptive test. Performance in the first sections determine the difficulty level of the second sections. This is not something the practice tests can emulate for you.
> Most tests don’t have the correct mix of topics and categories. The GRE throws questions at you randomly, and a lot of practice exams give them to you in “question blocks” all at once.
> The actual test will be uncomfortable. You’ll be in a room with strangers, at a location you’ve never been to with people sneezing and moving around as you try to take the test. You won’t be able to get up most of the time. For a lot of people, actually emulating that aspect of the GRE is the best ways to calm test jitters and ensure peak performance, rather than sitting in a quiet private room casually going to test questions.
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