Saturday, June 1, 2013

5 Online test preparation sites for GRE

While GRE coaching classes are limited and not necessarily in every city, there are several online test prep services which ensure that Indian students get high-quality training to crack the test.
5 Online test prep sites for GRE
Cracking GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) requires rigorous and effective preparation to tackle problems efficiently and within the time limit. While GRE coaching classes are limited and not necessarily in every city, there are several online test prep services which ensure that Indian students get high-quality training to crack the test. Some of these online courses bring really high-quality, international standard of teaching, online video lectures, problem solving techniques and almost every information required to take a GRE test. We have picked five such useful sites for our GRE aspirant readers.

ETS is a handy site for everything you need to know about GRE. This official GRE site will guide you to prepare for the test with low-cost as well as free online/paperback study material. The site offers general advice about taking the test, sample questions with rationales, scoring guides and smart tips for answering different GRE question types. It has recently added a few new online tools including a 22-minute video to get started. Another feature is the ScoreItNow! Online Writing Practice, a web-based tool that can help you sharpen your writing skills and prepare for the Analytical writing section of the GRE revised general test. Moreover, the site tells it all – from registering for the test and test centres to  test dates and more. Along with sample questions, strategies and tips, it offers a free software with two full-length practice tests. In fact, there is a lot of material available on the site for free, while some have been priced at a considerably low cost. The free content is available in easily accessible formats. It has even developed the Official GRE guide app for iOS users.
ETS is also on your iOS devices

The Testclassroom is an online coaching site built in order to ensure that students in Indian cities get quality GRE prep training equivalent to international students. It allows the test-taker to interact with a qualified team of experts to start preparing for GRE. The online classroom stretches for over six weeks. However, depending upon a student's needs, it can be expanded further over 10 weeks or curtailed to four weeks. It includes online GRE test prep sessions, homework assignments, practice tests, verbal booster, GRE reading booster and more. The online classroom sessions teach several techniques to handle GRE questions. After each GRE test prep session, students will be assigned homework to give them the opportunity to apply the techniques they’ve learnt in the GRE test prep sessions. In case anyone has difficulty in understanding a particular aspect, there are "Extra Help" sessions that are conducted to help students. Furthermore, the faculty conducts GRE test strategy session to teach the various approaches to cracking the test. These are paid sessions priced around Rs 19,000 and one will require a working computer with mic and audio. Check out the demo of an online class here. You can opt for weekday or weekend batches and save a lot of travelling time.

The next in the list is Grockit, an online test prep service that allows access to solo or group practice sessions. It can be completely personalised depending upon your need for interactive group training or one-on-one tutor teaching. The study plans are crafted to provide practice tests, personalised insights into a student’s weak areas, reviews students’ work thoroughly and assigns a right tutor who can help you. Grockit has a video course wherein reputed tutors will coach you. A tutor session coupon lets you interact with professors on a one-to-one basis. Grockit tracks your performance and improvements, and projects accurate score improvements. You can try the 3-day trial session, which allows free unlimited access to group and practice sessions, before buying the premium version that would cost around Rs 8,000. Grockit GRE prep also comes into your palms with the iGrockit GRE app.
For group or personal online coaching

This online tutorial offers chapter-wise explanation and problem solving techniques for Verbal, Verbal reasoning, Quantitative and Quantitative reasoning. Further, it comes with TCY Analytics that will help you know the level of preparation required and also compare it with other TCYOnline students planning to take GRE. It will help you know your strengths, identify your weak topics and also questions that you take most or least time to solve. Three month subscription pack costs Rs 575, which includes TCY Analytics along with tests and study material (with solution and explanation). In addition to all this, you can also get voice-based lectures with the GRE Premium package priced at Rs 950. You can appear for online tests; the site also lets you study in groups under its “Group learning” feature.

GREguide is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about applying for GRE, understanding the test paper, preparing for it and more. It lets you download reknowned GRE material from Keplan, ETS and Peterson. Students can download around 25 free prep tests directly to your email. Besides, it also offers 20 free full length tests. Apart from the material and test papers, it lets test-takers connect with those who have appeared for the GRE and take tips on approaching the test. This could be really helpful in learning to recognise one's strength and weakness and approach the test paper accordingly.

Besides, you can also check out sites such as LearnHub, Kaplan Test Prep and Princetonreview.

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