Top 5 Free GRE Resources and Study Materials

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The bad news? The costs of studying for the GRE exam and applying to graduate school can add up. The good news? There are tons of free GRE study materials you can use to complete your GRE prep online free! How do you tell where to find the best online coaching materials? We’ve done the legwork for you! Here are the top free GRE resources to get your score where you want it to be.

How do I study for the GRE for free?

It is possible to study for the GRE for free—and to boost your score significantly in the process. To get the best GRE prep online free that actually works for you, you’ll need to access the following:

  • Lessons: these could be videos (like Magoosh offers), prep books, or online materials.
  • Practice questions: you’ll need a lot of practice problems! Make sure that they’re test-like by choosing expert-written items.
  • Full-length practice tests: these are vital for both determining where you’re starting with a diagnostic exam, and for determining how well your prep is working to get you to your goals as you continue. To get started, check out our free GRE practice test!
  • A solid GRE study schedule: this will keep you on-track and ensure that you cover all material you need to see and practice before the day of the official exam.

You’ll find examples of these in the free GRE study materials described below!

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1. ETS Powerprep Tests

ETS Powerprep Tests are online practice tests from the test-makers themselves. Need I say more? Use these to get a feel for not only the content of the GRE, but also the basics of the exam- how the GRE calculator works, how to flag and return to questions, etc. For a comparison of the various free and paid ETS resources, check out our ETS GRE Practice Tests vs. Powerprep vs. Offical Guide post.

2. Magoosh GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

A lot of students struggle on the Verbal section of the exam. Magoosh’s GRE Vocabulary Flashcards cover more than 1000 of the most important GRE vocab words. You can either download the app or use the desktop version.

3. Manhattan GRE Practice Test

Manhattan GRE Practice Test gives you a chance to take a full-length practice test, written by experts, at no cost. Manhattan is a reputable source of GRE information, so this practice test is of a very high standard. Complete with explanations!

4. Khan Academy

 Khan Academy is a great place to learn about…pretty much anything. While there isn’t a section specifically dedicated to GRE Prep, you’ll still find plenty of material that is really helpful for your studies, in particular math.

To tailor Khan Academy GRE to the study materials you need, make sure you have an understanding of the subjects the GRE tests (here are our expert breakdowns of quant concepts on the GRE and the verbal reasoning topics).

To find the most helpful modules for math topics, hop over to the ETS page, where the test-maker has linked out to relevant sections on the Khan Academy website.

For the Verbal Reasoning section, you can start with the SAT Reading material videos to learn about methods that work well on both tests (really!). GRE Verbal is far more complex than the SAT, of course, but the methods will work just as well. The two tests also cover the same topic areas, including science, literature, history, and social sciences. Be sure to supplement this learning with GRE practice problems and practice tests!, rather than SAT materials though!

Finally, if you’re struggling to find a particular GRE topic using either of the above methods, keep in mind that the Khan Academy site is vast. Just search for the concept you’re having trouble with, and you’ll likely find a video that explains it perfectly.

5. ETS Essay Topic Pools

The ETS Essay Topic Pools, Argument and Issue, provide the entire pool of tasks from which your essay prompt will be selected. That’s right–the ENTIRE pool, meaning you will see one of these topics on your actual exam. Practice writing essays with these prompts.

More Free GRE Resources and Materials

Of course, these aren’t the only materials you can use to do your GRE prep online free! Here are a handful of other high-quality resources you can use to prep on your own at no cost.

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Magoosh GRE Prep App – A free GRE study app that gives you access to blog posts, study guides, practice questions and video lessons all from your phone. What does this practice look like? Take a look at a sample GRE practice question, straight from the app!

Magoosh’s GRE eBook – Our eBook is a great crash course in all things GRE. This eBook contains an overview of each of the sections, study tips, practice questions, and more.

GRE word lists – GRE vocab is complex, even for the most avid readers! Use one of the “best” lists from this post to brush up on your vocabulary.

A Big List of Magoosh’s Free GRE Resources – What other free GRE study materials does Magoosh offer? You’ll find out on this post! Here, you’ll find out how to vet free GRE prep courses and materials, as well as how to access a diagnostic quiz, three high-quality practice tests, and hundreds of practice questions at no cost (in addition to much more!).

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  • Rachel Kapelke-Dale

    Rachel is one of Magoosh’s Content Creators. She writes and updates content on our High School and GRE Blogs to ensure students are equipped with the best information during their test prep journey. As a test-prep instructor for more than five years in there different countries, Rachel has helped students around the world prepare for various standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT, and she is one of the authors of our Magoosh ACT Prep Book. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an MA in Cinematography from the Université de Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University College London. For over a decade, Rachel has honed her craft as a fiction and memoir writer and public speaker. Her novel, THE BALLERINAS, is forthcoming in December 2021 from St. Martin's Press, while her memoir, GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND, co-written with Jessica Pan, was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Her work has appeared in over a dozen online and print publications, including Vanity Fair Hollywood. When she isn't strategically stringing words together at Magoosh, you can find Rachel riding horses or with her nose in a book. Join her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!