Perhaps some of you, like me, can consider signing up for the GRE your launch pad into grad school reality; throwing your proverbial hat into the ring, if you will.
I learned shortly thereafter that Kaplan was evil -- I invite you to read my account -- and that there are perfectly adequate resources for GRE preparation that you may find online, for free. Which I suppose should come as no surprise.
1. Number2.com: Comprehensive online test prep for the SAT, ACT, and GRE, founded by professors and graduate students who wanted to make high quality test preparation universally accessible. Nice.
The courses are organized in a fashion that is not overwhelming, so that you can plan your schedule of study fairly easily (I crunched mine into a three-day weekend). Their review of the basic math you'll need for the quantitative portion is helpful and quick. They provide clear instructive answers explaining why you got an answer on a practice question wrong (or why you got it right), taking special care to point out all the "traps." And because it's all online, your practice will come as close to true GRE conditions as possible -- versus, say, using a workbook. Just a fantastic service all around.
2. FlashcardExchange: This gem is more hidden. Arguably, the only true guarded knowledge at Kaplan (and apparently not so well-guarded) is their list of high-frequency GRE words -- this is no joke. There are roughly 600,000 words in the English language, and the average human vocabulary consists of 10,000 of those. That leaves 590,000 words that test-makers could choose to baffle us with, but for some reason they are compelled to include a large number of their favorite 295 words on every exam.
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