GRE Sample Papers for Practice

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GRE Sample Papers for Practice

No Test prep is complete without solving some sample papers and taking a few GRE full-length mock tests. After having understood the GRE test pattern and practiced sufficiently, it becomes extremely important to assess one’s progress by solving a few GRE sample papers. An online search will yield a number of sites offering GRE sample papers/tests. Some of these are full-length tests and others are based on the different types of questions found in GRE. However, not all of these are authentic. Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization that develops and administers GRE, provides two powerful tools for GRE Prep – POWERPREP™ Online and POWERPREP PLUS™ Online. Both these tools are best suited for self-evaluation and should be ideally used after preparing sufficiently well.

POWERPREP™ Online contains two free full-length timed practice tests that simulate the actual test. It includes all test features such as moving back and forth between questions, changing answers within a section and the on-screen calculator. It provides scores for the Verbal and Quantitative reasoning sections it also provides the correct answers to the questions in the Quantitative and Verbal sections. The scored sample essays for the essay prompts help students to evaluate their performance. There is also one untimed full-length practice test 1 which provides correct answers to the test questions but does not provide scores to the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections.

POWER PREP PLUS™ Online provides two paid full-length tests with all the features that the free test provides. It generates scores for all three measures – Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing within minutes. Along with explanation to the correct answers, it also provides the difficulty level for each question and problem-solving strategies used to determine correct answers in Quantitative Reasoning measure.

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The Princeton Review portal provides eight full-length tests that have all the test features that are available in the Power prep tests and they mimic the actual test quite accurately. Both GRE Quantitative and GRE Verbal Reasoning are section-level adaptive. The test also includes one experimental section which is an essential part of the actual GRE. The experimental section, which could be in either the Quantitative or Verbal Reasoning measure, is not included in the Power Prep tests. The addition of the experimental section in the Princeton Review tests helps in building the right mindset and stamina for the GRE. The comprehensive score report generated covers aspects such as –

  • Time is taken for each question
  • Weak and strong areas
  • Solutions to the questions
  • The usage of strategies
  • Topic-wise and question type-wise analysis
  • Analytical Writing score and tips.

These tests are best suited for self-evaluation at different stages of the test Prep and to work out strategies for score improvement.

Some of the strategies which a student should adopt while taking these sample papers/tests are as follows:

  • The practice papers must be done in a timed manner only as the purpose is to gauge the preparedness at the various stages. The drills or the practice questions should be done without worrying about the clock ticking away. While learning concepts or practicing techniques it is better to slow down and focus on accuracy.
  • As GRE is a section-level adaptive test the performance in the first section determines the difficulty level of the second section. In short, it is important to get as many questions correct as possible in the first sections of both the Quantitative as well as the Verbal Reasoning in order to get the second section of a relatively higher difficulty level than the first one. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score.
  • The scratch paperwork while taking the tests should be neat and organized. All important information must be jotted down on the scratch paper and mental calculations must be strictly avoided.  The long duration of GRE (approximately 4 hours) can cause mental exhaustion and hence no step should be skipped in a hurry.
  • It is important to maintain a diary to note down all the takeaway learning points and errors committed in the tests. An analysis of all the questions answered incorrectly is to be done immediately after taking the test. This will ensure that the mistakes are not repeated in the subsequent tests.
  • Knowing the different types of questions and having a technique to handle them can ensure that the time is managed effectively throughout the test. Getting stuck in killer questions can cause havoc in managing time. So it is prudent to do all the easy questions first and ‘Mark’ and move the difficult ones to be done later.

Solving GRE sample papers/tests will not only help the students gain confidence but also get rid of test anxieties. They help in building the right mindset for the actual GRE test.

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How do I practice for the GRE?

GRE practice starts with a diagnostic test to understand where we stand. The practice should include learning and practicing the new and difficult topics. Tests should be taken on a regular basis to see the progress.

How long is GRE practice?

The GRE practice depends on the student’s ability and the score improvement he aims for. Ideally, two months of learning and another month for practice should be enough. Too little practice or too much gap between the GRE preparation and test-taking may affect the performance. 

How to access GRE practice tests?

You can use the free GRE online tests available or choose a test series from a reputed test prep institution. Make sure the questions in these tests mimic the actual GRE questions. They should be full-length tests and include the GRE experimental and GRE Analytical Writing Assessment sections.

Which practice tests are best for GRE?

Test series from reputed companies and the GRE Powerprep can be used for regular practices. Make sure you take full-length timed GRE practice tests.

Where can we download the GRE sample papers?

Since GRE is an online test, it is better to take the practice online. The Official Guide has sample paper-based tests that could be included for practice.

How accurate are GRE practice tests?

The Powerprep series from the ETS is the closest and most reliable GRE test series. Other test series also try to mimic the real GRE questions, while others stick to harder questions.

Does Manya release official GRE model papers?

Manya has the Princeton Review test series but doesn’t release any official GRE model papers. The Princeton Review Dashboard has drills that simulate the GRE test questions.

What are the benefits of solving GRE previous year question papers?

Solving the test papers from the Official Guide will give an idea about question types and the topics assessed in the test. Also, the book provides adequate topic wise drills with answers and explanations. In addition to the Official guide, the Powerprep series from the ETS is the closest and most reliable GRE test series.

Are GRE Practice Papers required to prepare for GRE?

GRE practice papers can be used for drill practice. It is advisable to take online tests.