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Test prep can be expensive—but it doesn’t have to be! One of the best tools in your GRE prep toolkit is a quality practice exam. And you can definitely find a free GRE practice test online, if you know where to look! In this post, we’ll take a look at the best free GRE practice tests you can use to get yourself ready for test day.


 

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Where can I find free GRE practice exams?

GRE Practice Test FAQ


 

Where can I find free GRE practice exams?

Free GRE Practice Tests by Magoosh

First of all, you’ll want to check out Magoosh’s GRE materials. Not only do we offer a free practice exam, but we also have diagnostic quizzes and video explanations for official GRE general test practice questions!

  • Magoosh’s Free GRE Practice Test: A mini practice test that includes one full-length Quantitative Reasoning section and one full-length Verbal Reasoning section.
  • Official Practice Tests with 200 Video Explanations: Two GRE sample tests from the test-maker in PDF form (no on-screen calculator here) with Magoosh’s experts providing video explanations for each and every question!
  • GRE Diagnostic Quizzes: 10-question quizzes for each subject area to help you zero in on your strengths and weaknesses quickly.
  • Magoosh’s Online, Full-Length Practice Tests: If you’re a Magoosh subscriber, guess what? You can take sample GRE practice tests right from your student dashboard. There are enough questions for you to take around 6 full-length exams!
  • GRE Question of the Day: This page has a new GRE Quant question for each day of the month, as well as a week’s worth of Verbal questions!

Other GRE Practice Tests

You can find lots of other free practice tests online. In addition to the above, these are the best resources for getting a true sense of what the GRE exam is actually like.

 
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What are the best GRE practice tests for me?

It depends on what you’re looking for. No fear, though! If you’re not sure which GRE practice test is right for you, we’ve gathered them into this table so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

ResourceWhat It IncludesBest When...
Magoosh's Free GRE Practice Test20 Quantitative Reasoning questions and 20 Verbal QuestionsYou have a spare hour and want to familiarize yourself with the GRE format, question types, and concepts
Official GRE PowerPrep TestsTwo free online tests mimicking the computer-based GRE testYou need a full-length diagnostic or practice test and have 3.5+ hours to spend on it
Official Practice Tests with 200 Video ExplanationsTwo official, full-length GREs from the test-maker, with 200 video tutorials explaining each oneYou want both the full test-day experience and the opportunity to study the content on it, learning new approaches to succeed in the future
GRE Diagnostic Quizzes10 Quantitative Reasoning questions and 10 Verbal QuestionsYou have 32 minutes and want a quick glimpse at your current strengths and weaknesses
GRE Question of the Day30 Quantitative Reasoning questions (one per day, updated daily) and 7 Verbal Reasoning QuestionsYou want quick, regular practice to test out your skills!

 
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GRE Practice Test FAQ


 

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What Quant content will I be tested on?

For a lot of students, the GRE Quantitative Reasoning section presents question types they’ve never seen before. However, with careful practice, you can master these! On test day, expect to see:

  • Multiple choice questions with one answer choice
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  • Multiple choice questions with multiple answer choices. These could be “all that apply” or “exactly X correct answer choices” (such as “exactly three correct answer choices”). Be sure to read directions carefully!
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  • Type-in answers (numeric entry)
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  • Quantitative comparisons. These are the trickiest question types for many test-takers but becoming familiar with them helps a lot. You do not solve the problems given in these questions. Instead, you review two columns (which can contain anything from numbers to equations). Then, you decide whether the information in Column A is bigger, the information in Column B is bigger, the two quantities are equal, or if it cannot be determined from the information given.
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If the GRE quantitative practice test makes you nervous, you’re not alone. A lot of test-takers won’t have studied math since high school or college. That’s OK! Just make sure to brush up on all of the topics you’ll see. If you’re unsure of where to begin, taking a GRE online practice test is a great way to figure out areas to focus on.

You can expect to see the following subjects covered on the GRE.

GRE Quant ConceptPercentage frequency on the test
Word problems35.5%
Ratios, percents, and fractions23.9%
Algebra22.8%
Data interpretation20%
Integer properties and arithmetic16.7%
Two-dimensional geometry15%
Statistics14.4%
Powers and roots7.8%
Inequalities6.1%
Probability and combinatronics5.6%
Coordinate geometry4.4%
Three dimensional geometry2.2%
Sequences1.7%
Functions1.1%

 
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What Verbal content will I be tested on?

The GRE Verbal practice test contains many question types that you’ll see on the official exam. In this section, you’ll encounter general GRE practice questions that test your reading comprehension and critical reading skills. These include:

  • Text Completion. These are questions with blanks that you select the answers to. You’ll see one or two TCs with single blanks, two to three with double blanks, and one to two with triple blanks. For questions with more than one blank, you must fill in the right answer everywhere to get the point.
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  • Reading Comprehension. These questions come with passages, which vary from fewer than 20 lines (short) to over 40 lines (long). They ask about your understanding of the text.
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  • Critical Reasoning. Technically a subset of Reading Comprehension questions, CR questions ask you to make logical connections between pieces of information in a short passage.
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  • Sentence Equivalence questions. SE questions ask you to select words that complete a given sentence—and that produce the same meaning. If your vocabulary is strong (and you can make it stronger with good preparation), these questions go quickly!
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Now that you know what to expect, check out these do’s and don’ts when taking a GRE Verbal practice test:

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How are GRE practice test scores calculated?

We would love to be able to give you a score calculator where you input your raw score (the number of questions you answered correctly) from a GRE practice test and it spits out a scaled score (that’s the 130-170 scale). Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple.

Once you’ve taken the actual GRE test, ETS (the test-maker) performs mysterious calculations on the raw score. This process, known as “equating,” translates those scores into the scaled scores you’ll see on you report. Read this article to learn exactly what that means.

You can use some of the available ETS materials, like this evaluation PDF, to get a very rough sense of what your raw score means for your test-day performance. However, we strongly urge you not to rely too much on this method. The equating process is different for each exam, so the likelihood of getting a different scaled score on the real GRE test—even if you answer the exact same number of questions correctly—is very high!


In short: Use this practice test to get a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, not to estimate your exact GRE score. Your goal on the GRE is to answer as many questions correctly as possible within the given time limits.

So how should you use your practice tests? Look carefully at the explanations for the questions that you missed on your practice test, understand what you did wrong, and then devote extra time to understanding those concepts and question types.

On your next practice test, compare the results to see if your raw section scores have improved and if you’ve mastered the concepts that used to give you trouble.
 
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How do I evaluate AWA in GRE practice tests?

Evaluating your own Analytical Writing section isn’t the easiest thing in the world. After all, if you knew what you needed to do to improve your GRE AWA…well, you would probably have done it already.

The very best way to score your GRE essay is to get a friend, study partner, tutor, or teacher to help (if you can enlist one of them to help, here’s a GRE AWA rubric they can use!). But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do if you’re working on your own.

You can use that same AWA rubric to score your own essays. Now, the key here is honesty: Be brutally honest with yourself as you go over your essays.

Remember, you’re evaluating your analytical writing skills. If you’re struggling with this, scroll down in that post to find a series of questions you can ask yourself as you evaluate it.
 
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Is the GRE harder than the practice tests?

The answer to this is complicated: it can be, but it depends.

In terms of the content, the actual test is section adaptive. In other words, the difficulty level of the questions change as you go through the test. They might become easier, if you mess up a few in a row—or they might become harder. As hard as it is, try not to take the difficulty level of the question as a comment on your current score; a particular question might just be easy for you, rather than easy in general, so it doesn’t necessarily reflect your score band the way you think it does.

This is different than the free practice tests given in paper format (or in standard quiz form) above. Though these can give you a sense of how well prepared you are for test day, they don’t necessarily change difficulty as you go along. So they might be easier or harder than what you’ll actually see on test day.

Now, for most people, the actual test is definitely harder psychologically, in that test day pressure can make you more anxious than you were taking a practice test at home. But with enough practice in test-like conditions, as well as relaxation strategies, you can prepare yourself to succeed in this environment.

Overall, keep in mind that different people will find different questions easy, medium, or hard depending on their training or background. A particular practice exam might seem like a breeze for you while being objectively difficult—or vice-versa.

The best thing you can do to prepare for variations in question difficulty on test day? Practice as much as you can with a variety of questions of all different difficulty levels. That way, nothing you see on the official exam will throw you off your game!
 
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How do I practice for GRE tests?

Still craving more GRE practice? You can find it in these Magoosh resources:

 
As you practice your GRE test preparation skills with a mock test (or several mock tests!), check out the Magoosh blog for tips to help you master different subject areas with our study guides. We’ve covered everything from the most frequent GRE quant concepts to a comprehensive guide to Reading Comprehension questions for GRE verbal.

Finally, don’t forget to set goals! You can find out everything you need to know about GRE scores here. And Magoosh’s GRE prep can help you reach those goals once you’ve set them!

P.S. Ready to improve your GRE score? Get started today.

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