Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Shorter GRE Diagnostic Quizzes

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Need a quick diagnosis of your GRE level? Try the Magoosh GRE Diagnostic Quizzes to determine your current abilities in both Quant and Verbal. Think of each GRE diagnostic test as an early step you can take toward test day, something that can help you get off on the right foot for your GRE prep. (For a full-length practice test, check out Magoosh’s GRE Practice Test!)

Take the Shorter GRE Diagnostics

You should allow yourself 17 minutes for the Quant Diagnostic and 15 minutes for the Verbal Diagnostic.

Ready to go? Here they are!

What You Need to Know about Shorter GRE Diagnostic Quizzes

If you are 100% new to the GRE, it might be a good idea to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the question types you’ll encounter; however, doing so is not absolutely essential before taking a diagnostic.

In Quant, you’ll see,

  • Problem Solving questions (multiple choice)
  • Numeric Entry (you enter your own answer)
  • Quantitative Comparison (determining which quantity of two is bigger)
  • and Multiple Answer (more than one multiple-choice answer can be correct)

Verbal also has some questions that will look similar to past tests or coursework you’ve done (Reading Comprehension), but the way it tests logic, Sentence Equivalence, and Text Completions are pretty unique.

Done! What Next?

Once you have taken each Diagnostic, you will see your score on-screen, and you will also get an email with your score and recommendations for next steps. No matter what, don’t be discouraged if the Diagnostics challenge you: The GRE is supposed to be hard! And remember–no matter where you start in your GRE prep, Magoosh can help!

What does Magoosh’s shorter GRE diagnostic tests say about your GRE score?

These diagnostics can help give you a basic measure of your GRE abilities and will give you a feel for how you might do on the test. When you’re ready, check out What is a Good GRE Score? And, if you’re considering taking the GRE to apply to an MBA program, check out Verbal scores and Quant scores for MBA programs.

The diagnostics are a good place to kickoff your GRE preparation. However, additional practice is essential. As such, I further recommend taking Magoosh’s full length free GRE test in your future studies. And check out the other free GRE practice tests recommend by Magoosh as well. These resources, along with a good GRE study regimen (see our GRE study plans for examples), can help pave your way to a successful test day experience.

And speaking of test day….

How do the shorter GRE diagnostic tests compare to test day itself?

The practice questions come from Magoosh GRE‘s test question bank. Like the real GRE, these quizzes includes multiple choice questions, numeric entry, problem solving, and quantitative comparison. We write and release our questions after careful data analysis of real GRE materials from ETS.

Still, there’s no substitute for GRE practice from ETS. Official ETS GRE questions are the very best resource for preparing you for what you’ll encounter on test day. Thus, the very best free GRE practice tests, are the PowerPrep GRE tests. The tests from the GRE Official Guide are also great, but I especially recommend PowerPrep. This is because the PowerPrep software is programmed to make the exam adaptive just as it is in the test center. This is something you can’t get in any of the print GRE practice books from ETS.

Finally, just like ETS, Magoosh GRE’s sets of practice questions and GRE practice tests are adaptive as well!

Finally, remember to take a “big picture” approach to your shorter GRE prep!

Leave no stone unturned when it comes to practicing for the GRE and self-diagnosing your abilities as you continue to learn and grow during GRE prep. Make sure you practice all major GRE skills: GRE Reading Comprehension, Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion, and, of course, all of the the GRE Quant concepts.

Good luck! You’ve got this. 🙂


  • 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!

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