Practice Tests and Strengthening Weaknesses

In Parts I and II of the Study Guide, you covered all of the contepts that the GRE tests.  Now it’s time to identify areas of weakness and start building the stamina required for this 4-hour test.

In Part III, you will:

  • Take reqular quizzes to work on speed
  • Take regular practice tests to gauge your progress
  • Identify and strengthen areas of weakness
  • Continue building your vocabulary
  • Work on your timing and endurance

Let’s begin Part III.

Determining the Distance to your Target Scores

At this point, you may already have the skills necessary to reach your target GRE scores.  Let’s find out.

Complete Practice Test 1 (pages 304-344) in the Official Guide to the GRE (2nd edition)

So, did you reach or exceed your target scores?

If so, then you’re almost ready to take the official GRE.  Before you schedule your test, however, you should take more practice tests.  Your goal should be to exceed your target scores on at least 2 practice tests, since you want to be certain that you will reach your target scores on test day.

If you have not yet reached your target scores, you will need to identify and strengthen areas of weakness.

Practice Tests

At this point in the Guide, you've already taken Practice Test #1 in the POWERPREP II software, and you have taken Practice Test #1 in the Official Guide to GRE Review (2nd edition).

Beyond these practice tests, there are several more you can take.   

Take Practice Test #2 from the POWERPREP II software

Take Practice Test #2 in the Official Guide to the GRE (2nd edition)

Retake Practice Test #1 in the POWERPREP II software (note: The first sections will be identical to the first time you took the test)

Retake Practice Test #2 in the POWERPREP II software (note: The first sections will be identical to the first time you took the test)

Additional Practice Tests (free)

Free GRE practice test from Manhattan Prep

Free GRE practice test from Kaplan

Free GRE practice test from Princeton Review

Free GRE practice test from McGraw-Hill

More Practice Questions

If you're looking for additional practice questions, you might consider the following sources:

Don't forget that there are links to many topic-specific practice questions at the bottom of each module page (for example, at the bottom of the Statistic module.  

Quizzes

The quizzes at MajorTests.com are a great was to work on your speed as well as identify areas of weakness

Work your way through the Quantitative Comparison math quizzes on MajorTests.com

Work your way through the Multiple Choice math quizzes on MajorTests.com

Work your way through the Numeric Entry math quizzes on MajorTests.com

Work your way through the Sentence Equivalence verbal quizzes on MajorTests.com

Work your way through the Text Completion verbal quizzes on MajorTests.com

Work your way through the Reading Comprehension verbal quizzes on MajorTests.com

Continue Building your Vocabulary

To achieve a high Verbal Reasoning score, you'll need a sizeable vocabulary. 

Learn all 500 basic GRE words on Quizlet

Learn all 500 advanced GRE words on Quizlet

Strengthening Areas of Weaknesses

From this point on, your learning activities will be guided by any areas of weakness that you identify while taking practice tests and quizzes.  Below, are some suggested activities to strengthen any weaknesses:

Review the videos related to each weakness you identify

Keep answering practice questions and taking quizzes (from the above resources) until you gain the skills needed to reach your target scores.

Ask, review and answer questions on GRE discussion forums such as Urch.com and GRE Prep Club

 

Reaching your Target Score

Keep taking practice tests until you reach your target scores on at least two attempts

Schedule your test

Avoiding Surprises on Test Day

Before your test, travel to the test center to ensure that you know how to get there 

Test Day!

Walk into the test center and do your very best

Keeping in Touch

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