GRE Score Improvement Guide
Free GRE Practice Test with Score Analysis
Are you ready yet? Are you sure?
If you think you’re all set for the GRE is, think again!!!
The biggest yet most underrated challenge in the GRE: Should I take GRE Practice tests?
That is exactly what we’re going discuss today.
What is a GRE Practice Test?
For starters, you should know that the GRE is not just about how good you are with your Quant or Verbal. It is also about how well you know the test and its pattern.
There are two phases to prepare for the GRE: one is to understand the question types and learn the strategy to answer them, the other is to know what tools you can use to give the test.
The biggest yet most underrated challenge is the clock that never skips a tick-tock.
So if you aspire to get your dream score, you need to get familiar with using these tools and have a perfect game plan.
Now, our GRE practice tests would help you gather the gear to take the tests. So take them on to step up your game.
Before you embark on this arduous journey to prep yourself for the GRE, first get clear about what these things actually are.
What is a GRE practice test?
As the name suggests, a GRE practice test is supposed to help you practice on the questions, question types, and the actual test itself.
There are ways in which you can practice:
- You can practice individual questions to understand the question types and how you can get maximum right answers.
- You can take extra practice on either the verbal or the quantitative section depending on your strengths and weaknesses.
- You can practice a paper-based test to master the question types and strategies to answer or you can take a computer-based test to get a hang of the tools and techniques to taking the test.
- You can practice taking the timed test and get used to the ticking of the clock.
- Or you can just simply take the test to practice sitting in front of the computer for close to 4 hours and get your eyes adjusted to it because, honestly, it will tend to drain you out if you are not used to it.
Are GRE Practice Tests accurate?
If you are expecting the practice test scores to be an accurate or even an approximate prediction of your actual GRE score, then you are only in for disappointment. The practice tests are simply to give you the feel of the test and the techniques.
If you master the techniques and are able to get maximum right answers, then your actual GRE score will be what you dreamed of.
The primary aim of taking GRE Practice Tests should not just be to predict your score but rather to prepare better for the grueling test day.
Your aim should be to dissect your practice tests and identify your weaknesses. Then you need to work on those weaknesses before moving on to the next set of practice tests.
A score can dip from one exam to another even with the same amount of knowledge or even the same percentage of correct/incorrect answer. Where you make errors, how many mistakes you make, the difficulty level of the incorrectly answered questions: all these factors can affect your score.
Overall, when a student wants to know where he/she stands, the best way to do so is to take the average after a few practice tests. This should get you to a fairly close estimation of where you are at.
How many GRE Practice Tests do I take?
Is there a fixed number? We don’t think even experts can answer that. However, it all depends on how many practice tests you take to get familiar with the format of the test and the question types.
You may take as many practice tests as you need to master the techniques and nail the GRE. The key here is to start early.
Do not wait until the last few days to practice for the GRE as it is not an overnight thing to achieve. You need to go steady and go long. The more you practice, the better.
It’s not like you take the question sets and go about answering them randomly. The first thing is to draw a plan and to do this you first need to know about the test and identify your strengths and weaknesses with respect to the test.
So take the diagnostic test and focus not just on the scores but on your entire test-taking experience. Where did you panic, where did you feel confident, what words sounded like Greek and Latin to you, and what problems seemed impossible?
Draw up a study plan. Strategize and practice keeping your dream score in mind. Strategize and work to achieve the target score. Concentrate on areas that need more practice, however, do not ignore your areas of strength.
For example, if you find RC passages difficult but are very confident in Quants questions, give more time to practice RC passages but do not ignore your Quants questions. You don’t want to be surprised on the test day right?
Start with individual sets of questions. Address each question type separately and apply the techniques to arrive at the right answers. Practice till you have mastered the techniques and get maximum right answers in a set of questions.
Then, start taking the full-length tests and time each section to get used to the time factor. It is really recommended that you take the computer-based tests, as many as possible.
Where to take practice tests?
There are plenty of options available for practice and it is advisable to use these resources exhaustively. There are official practice test options given by the ETS but they are very limited in number and much fewer are free.
You also have the ‘Official Guide’ by the test writers themselves, the ETS, which have separate exercises dedicated to individual question types.
Our 65-minute diagnostic practice test will give you an idea about where you stand. Plus, receive a detailed report on your GRE readiness, strengths and weaknesses.
Furthermore, our GRE app has a bunch of free practice questions that will give you practice on individual question types.
The test will assess your current skills and develop a study plan that is unique to your individual abilities. A detailed analytics includes the types of questions you answered correctly and incorrectly, organized by skill area, and time spent on each question.
GRE Practice Test Benefits
Preparing for your GRE exam with GRE Practice Tests is a great approach. The benefits of using practice GRE test questions include the following:
Ability to solve problems – GRE Test measure your ability to solve problems, not just memorize information. To do well on the GRE you will need to have problem solving capabilities.
When you take our sample questions, pay special attention to the answer rationales presented in your score report to help improve your problem solving abilities.
Be comfortable with the test format – The GRE, like most standardized tests, has its own unique format (way of presenting the questions).
As you take more and more sample tests, you will begin to see a pattern in the way the questions are written. Once the actual test day comes, you will feel comfortable and have no surprises.
Improve your pace – GRE test is timed. To do well on the GRE exam, you need to keep a strong steady pace going. Practice taking the sample exams in a timed format to help improve your speed and decision making.
Focusing your study time – One of the biggest advantages to taking sample tests is learning what you are good at and what you are weak at. You can then concentrate your study time on your weakest areas.
GRE Practice Test Tips
Take the GRE Practice tests under GRE-test like conditions: Set aside 4 uninterrupted hours to complete the practice test, preferably around the time of day that you’ll be taking the official GRE.
Find a place to work where you won’t be disturbed, preferably where it’s quiet. Turn off your cell phone—no, you know what? Leave it in another room to really minimize temptation.
Ensure you take the entire practice test at one time, rather than attempting different sections at different times. You won’t be able to leave and come back to the test on the official exam, so don’t let yourself do so now or you won’t get an accurate picture of where you are score-wise.
Also, don’t skip the AWA section! While it isn’t as important to most schools as your multiple-choice scores, remember: you’re going to have to get that section squared away on test day, and it can tire you out.
Otherwise, take a ten-minute break between the first GRE Verbal section and the second GRE Quant section. No less, no more. And finally, remember to eat healthy snacks before sitting down to practice.
Don’t eat during the test, because (all together now!) you won’t be able to on test day.
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