Best Free Gre Resources You Should Know

The GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam which is necessary to apply for a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in any field overseas. You can take the GRE exam any time during a year by selecting a slot for the exam 45 days prior. ETS (Educational Testing Service) is responsible for conducting the exam.

The GRE is conducted in multiple stages, In this test, the difficulty of the next section depends upon your performance in the previous section. The difficulty level of questions within a section does not change. If you do well in the first verbal section, the difficulty level of the second verbal section will automatically increase. The scores for Verbal and Quant sections are between 130 to 170 in one point increments. Analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in 0.5 increments.  

The GRE syllabus basically consists of 3 subjects namely: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The time duration of the GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are total of 6 sections: two sections each on verbal and quantitative reasoning, one section on analytical writing. The sixth section is redundant as it has no role to play in calculation of the final score.

Let’s have a look at all the resources that are available online, which can enhance your preparation –

  • Books

Reading some offline content can provide relaxation to the eyes. Good books can be extremely vital for preparation for anyone, who is preparing for GRE. They can be used for building an effective strategy and a strong base. Methods for fast scoring are provided in all good books. Good books provide many methods to the reader to choose from, for solving questions of a certain type. There are some popular books available online, in the form of e-books and pdf files. Such as:

  1. The Official Guide To the GRE General Test
  2. Best if you struggle with math – McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GRE Math
  3. Best one-stop shop — Barron’s GRE, 22nd edition
  4. Best for top math scorers — Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course
  • Online learning

Online learning platforms have truly revolutionized the way of learning. Online preparation offers certain advantages over classroom preparation such as:-

  • Learn at your own pace

The biggest disadvantage of classroom learning is that the pace of delivery of lessons is determined by the grasping power of the entire class. Online preparation enables you to focus on the areas of your choice and creates a more personalized experience. This way you can focus more on your weak subjects.

  • Online mock tests

Online mock tests have been truly revolutionary in aiding the entire preparation process as:

    • The level of difficulty of tests can be modified by the test taker, according to the stage of preparation.
    • Test taker gets the result right after completing the test.
    • In-depth analysis is provided, along with the rank amongst the other test takers.
    • Detailed solutions are provided for better conceptual clarity.  
  • Constant guidance

Online coaching can be a source of constant guidance for the students. Doubts can be resolved by teachers, who are available online during the day. There are some online platforms like BYJU’S, which provide personalized learning experience to students. They focus on the weak areas of every individual, for better all-round development. Having the guidance of experts can make the entire learning process both easy and fun.

  • Better study material

There is a plethora of content that’s available online, which could enhance the learning process. The videos provided by the online tutors can be watched over and over again. In case of loss of concentration, students can simply rewind the video to go through any lesson as many times as he likes.

  • Easy availability

Distance barriers are no longer a hurdle for students, who want to obtain quality education. All the knowledge in the world is just a click away. Online platforms of learning have made it possible for students to learn without any restrictions. Mobile apps like BYJU’S are truly transforming the way education is provided nowadays.

  • Mock tests

There are a lot of mock tests that are provided for free on various platforms. ETS Powerprep II software is completely free.  It offers two complete section-adaptive, timed GRE tests, as well as some untimed practice sections to help you get acclimated to the format and feel of taking a computer-based test. This is the absolute closest to the real GRE experience you can get.

Check out the mock tests provided by BYJU’S. They will help you analyze your performance in each section, through diagnostics provided after each test. Take a mock test to know your current level of preparation and to find out your weak subjects. Focus more on these subjects and give at least one mock test every week to keep a track of your preparation. Giving mocks in an exam like environment can further increase the confidence of the test taker and help in getting a better score.

  • Online Forums

There are several online forums where students can discuss the issues they face during their preparation. Their queries get answered by other students who are also members of that group. Forums like GRE prep club provide in-depth analysis of GRE related queries. It has separate forums for all sections of the GRE exam. It also provides the option to ask the experts regarding any doubt related to GRE. These forums can be extremely helpful, as they provide the information to the aspirant absolutely free of cost.

BYJU’S will be glad to help you in your GRE preparation journey. You can ask for any assistance related to GRE from us by just giving a missed call at +918884544444, or you can drop an SMS. You can write to us at gre@byjus.com.