CBT – Practice on the Computer-Based Tests (1 month before GRE test)
The final stage of your GRE prep is taking practice GRE computer-based tests. If you are a student at Dilip Oak’s Academy, here is the plan – if you’re not, you are missing out!
- Start doing the Computer-based tests 3 weeks-1 month before the GRE.
- There are 10 Oaks tests (5 to be taken in the lab and 5 online) and two PowerPrep tests from the ETS, making a total of 12.
- Going through all of them, at the rate of one every 2-3 days will take about a month.
Material to be Covered and Order:
Given below are the tests you should take and the order in which you should take them. Carefully read the accompanying notes wherever they are given – they will save you a lot of confusion.
- The Oak’s free full-length diagnostic test
- The free test is separate from the 4 online tests that you will do at the end of your GRE course at Dilip Oak’s Academy
- You will have to register separately for the free online test at http://online.dilipoakacademy.com/ (click on the url to register).
- The login and password for the 4 Oak’s online tests are given in your I-Card; they are NOT to be used for the free test.
- This test should be taken as a diagnostic, to help you identify your areas of weakness, so that you can eliminate them while you are attending the course or, as you do the paper-based practice material.
- The Oak’s tests are harder than the GRE test, so to get a more accurate estimate of what your score will be in the actual test, add 10-12 marks to your score in the Oak’s tests. (This applies both for the free tests and for the 4 online tests.)
- First ETS PowerPrep II test
- The ETS PowerPrep II software contains 2 full-length CBTs.
- The PowerPrep II tests can be obtained either from CD in the ETS’s Official Guide for the GRE or, from the GRE website, where you can download the software.
- Do the first test after you have completed (most of) your paper-based practice material, so that you will understand the question types, techniques and timing thoroughly before you attempt the test.
- Your score in the PowerPrep II software will be given in the form of a range on the earlier 200-800 scale (so, for example, your verbal score might be given as 550-650/800). You can convert this into the corresponding range on the new scale using ETS’s concordances (score conversion tables) at the following url: http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf
- 5 Tests in the Oak’s Lab – these are onscreen practice exercises which will prepare you for the full-length CBTs
- 4 Dilip Oak’s Tests Online – remember to add 10 marks to your overall score to get a more accurate idea of what your score will be in the GRE since our tests are tougher than the actual GRE.
- Second ETS PowerPrep II test – this will give you a fairly good idea of where you stand at the end of your preparation.
Take your last test a day or two before your actual exam – don’t do any last minute testing. This is the final stage of preparation. So, after this you should be all set to do your GRE. All the best!