Applying to graduate school is stressful.

One of the worst parts is the standardized test you will have to take as part of the application process.

How do you prepare for these tests so you will get the best score possible?

The resources in this list include two free grad school test prep services and one paid test prep service. Most of you will take the GRE test as part of your grad school application, but if you are applying to an MBA program then you will probably take the GMAT test. There are many other paid graduate school test review services, either in person or online. I included Magoosh for this list because I used their GRE test review service to study for the GRE myself and found their services very helpful.

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#1 – Magoosh – Test Prep Service

Highly Effective Test Prep Services - Magoosh

Magoosh is an online review and study service for a whole bunch of standardized tests, including the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, TOEFL, and more. I used Magoosh as my one and only study aid for when I took the GRE in 2015 and thought it was really helpful. Using the service, I got some great scores (Quantitative Reasoning :167/170, Verbal Reasoning: 169/170, Analytical Writing: 4.5/6.0). Magoosh offers a double guarantee:

  1. A 7 day money back guarantee if you don’t like the product, no reason needed.
  2. A score improvement guarantee – increase your score by 5 points or your money back.

I recommend checking them out. I found their service incredibly clear and helpful.

Highly Effective Test Prep Services - ETS GRE

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a nonprofit that administers several standardized tests including the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Advanced Placement (AP) tests, among others.

They offer a several free options for preparing for the GRE, including several practice tests and some guides. The ETS website is a great place to start your research and preparation for the GRE.

#3 GMAT – Free Test Prep Software


Highly Effective Test Prep Services - GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) administers the  Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT test is required as part of most MBA program applications. GMAC provides some free test prep software on their website that includes practice questions and two full length practice tests.

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