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[2024] 100+ GRE Exam Preparation Resources

Taking the GRE for admission to a graduate program? Prepare for the exam with this comprehensive list of courses and resources.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of prospective students worldwide take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) to try to gain acceptance into graduate programs in the US, Canada, and a few other countries. Learners typically spend weeks preparing to take the exam, often using online resources.

Class Central lists close to 1400 online courses to learn a new language from beginner to advanced. We also recently published articles helping you prepare for TOEFL and IELTS, two English proficiency exams that many prospective students also need to take.

Now, we’re expanding this series of articles to help you prepare for the GRE.

We’ve compiled resources that include online courses, practice websites, mobile apps, YouTube videos, vocabulary flashcards, podcasts, and guide books.


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About the GRE

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). It’s an admission requirement for many graduate schools, especially in the United States and Canada. The GRE, offered as a computer-based exam, measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

GRE format and timing

The GRE exam consists of six sections: an analytical writing section, two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and an unscored or research section. The overall testing time is about 3 hours and 45 minutes. The unscored and research section do not count toward your GRE score; they’re used by ETS to try out new questions.

Skill Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing

(1 section with 2 tasks)

1 “Analyze an Issue” task 

1 “Analyze an Argument” task

30 min per task
Verbal Reasoning

(2 sections)

20 questions per section 30 min per section
Quantitative Reasoning

(2 sections)

20 questions per section 35 min per section
Unscored or Research Varies Varies

GRE Scores

The analytical writing section is scored by one human, and by e-rater, a natural-language processing program developed by ETS. If the human and algorithm are in clear disagreement, the e-rater score is discarded, and the essays are reviewed by a second human scorer.

The verbal and quantitative reasoning sections are scored only by a computer. The verbal and quantitative reasoning parts of the GRE are “adaptive”, meaning that your success in the first section will impact the difficulty of the second section. This allows more granular results. Ultimately, scores are scaled to compensate for these difficulty differences.

Section Score Scale How the Section is Scored
Analytical Writing 0–6 (0.5-point increments) By human and machine. 
Verbal Reasoning 130–170 (1-point increments) By machine, adaptive.
Quantitative Reasoning 130–170 (1-point increments) By machine, adaptive.

Hence, the final GRE score is often condensed into two figures:

  • A quantitative score: up to 340.
  • A verbal score: up to 6.

GRE Registration Fee

Location Fee
China  $231.30
India $228.00
All other areas of the world $220.00

You can check the official website for other service fees like rescheduling and canceling.

GRE At Home 

In response to the pandemic, ETS announced that students can take the GRE on their own computer while being monitored by humans through online proctoring.

GRE Online Resources

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GRE Analytical Writing YouTube Videos

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