Preparing For The GRE

ETS offers a variety of free and low-cost tools to help you prepare for the GRE® General Test so you can feel more confident on test day. To learn about the GRE General Test and ETS’s test preparation tools directly from a GRE expert, sign up for a free in-language webinar.

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Free GRE General Test Preparation Materials

Information about the GRE General Test

View general advice, sample questions with explanations, scoring guides and tips for answering question types to become familiar with each of the test sections:

POWERPREP® Online: Preparation for the Computer-delivered GRE General Test

Practice for the computer-delivered GRE General Test with POWERPREP® Online. TWO FREE practice tests simulate the actual test and include the same test-taker friendly design features you’ll encounter on test day, like moving back and forth between questions, changing answers within a section and the on-screen calculator. Preparing with these features gives you the ability to practice your test-taking strategies, such as time management, and become more comfortable with the type of content you’ll see on the test.
Learn more about POWERPREP Online

Practice Book for the Paper-delivered GRE® General Test, Second Edition

Download this publication for a simulated test-taking experience of the paper-delivered GRE General Test. You’ll get the following: one full-length paper-delivered practice test and scoring key, test-taking strategies, sample Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning questions with explanations, sample Analytical Writing topics, scored Analytical Writing responses and reader commentary and information on how the test is scored.
Download Practice Book for the Paper-delivered GRE® General Test, Second Edition (PDF)

Math Review

A great refresher on your basic math skills, this free 100-page review covers the concepts you may see when you take the GRE General Test. Math Review includes definitions, properties, examples and a set of exercises with answers at the end of each section.
Download the Math Review (PDF)

Instructional Videos on the Khan Academy® Website: Preparation for the GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Measure

Preparing for the Quantitative Reasoning measure of the GRE General Test just got easier! Get additional explanations on the concepts covered in the GRE Math Review by viewing FREE instructional videos on the Khan Academy website.
Learn more about preparing with Khan Academy

Math Conventions

Learn more about mathematical assumptions particular to the GRE General Test. Includes notation and terminology as well as guidelines for interpreting and using information given in test questions.
Download Math Conventions (PDF)

GRE® Diagnostic Service

If you have taken the computer-delivered GRE General Test and are planning to retake the test, use the GRE Diagnostic Service to help you understand your performance on questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the test you took. The service includes the types of questions you answered correctly and incorrectly organized by skill area, and the difficulty level and time spent on each question.

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By Pete Ostrander
Pete Ostrander Assistant Director of Career Development