Using mobile applications to prepare for the GRE can benefit test takers if they wish to have a convenient study tool that they can use anywhere and anytime. By using these apps, test takers can practice and learn new words in their random moments of free time. Even so, these study apps should only serve as supplemental resources to their main study methods, not as the main preparation.
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No, some GRE mobile applications require a subscription fee. Quite a few reputable GRE apps are entirely free to download, or free to try. Some applications offer in-app purchases of premium versions or subscription fees to access all application features.
The GRE apps offer one or more of these following features:
- Practice questions. Some GRE apps provide realistic practice questions that simulate GRE questions in terms of content, format, and difficulty.
- Answer explanations. This feature helps the test taker to have a detailed explanation of each test question’s answer.
- Progress tracker. This feature assists the test taker in keeping track of their progress toward their study goals.
- Vocabulary builder. This feature aids in the learning and review of high-frequency GRE words.
Every application has its own unique set of features to offer. Although apps alone will not cover every component of the GRE, test takers can utilize these to boost their preparation. (1)
The qualities or features that must be present in a GRE app for it to be considered as a good application are listed below:
- Easy to navigate (user-friendly). The appearance and functionality of an app are extremely important. There should be no design elements that prevent the user from being able to navigate the app easily, such as annoying pop-up ads or odd layouts.
- Cover comprehensive topics. GRE apps that are thorough offer useful test-taking strategies and explain challenging topics sufficiently. You can tell that an app is thorough by looking at how well it explains difficult concepts.
- Practice questions that simulate the actual GRE. GRE apps should not just have a large number of questions, but should also contain quality practice questions that simulate the actual GRE questions.
GRE apps should be easy to navigate, cover comprehensive content, and contain realistic practice questions. Test takers are encouraged to look at apps available in app stores, including those that have high ratings or have won Apple and Google awards. (2)
GRE test takers who want to use apps as part of their study prep can choose from the following list of applications:
- GRE Prep & Practice by Magoosh. The app’s key features include GRE practice questions, GRE schedules, video lessons for premium subscription, and test prep strategies.
- Varsity Tutors GRE Exam Prep. This GRE app includes full-length practice and diagnostic tests, flashcards by concept, flashcard maker, and practice questions.
- GREedge WordBot: GRE Vocabulary App with Pictures. Helps GRE test takers to build, revise, and test their GRE vocabulary.
- GRE Test Prep by Galvanize. The app features practice questions, answer explanations for each question, a GRE score predictor, an exam readiness indicator, and timed practice tests. New features of the app let its users conduct group studies.
- GRE Verbal Prep Master. Users can learn high-frequency words efficiently and check their progress with practice questions.
- Magoosh GRE Vocabulary Flashcards. Key features include 1,000 vocabulary words, definitions and example sentences for every word, a progress tracker, and a smart algorithm that focuses on practice for efficient learning.
- GRE Prep Club. App users can have access to practice questions with a built-in timer, and performance tracker.
- Barron’s 1100 for GRE. This GRE app includes word lists, flashcards, quizzes, a progress tracker, and other vocabulary-building features.
- Manhattan Prep GRE Review by Higher Learning Technologies. The app features practice questions, answers, complete explanations, vocab words, and practice quiz questions.
- Magoosh Vocabulary Builder – Test Prep. Key features of the app include 1,200 GRE vocabulary words, audio pronunciation for each of the words, and a progress tracker.
- Reading Comprehension – GRE Test Prep & Practice. Major features include essentials for reading comprehension, quick and short tests, and detailed test analysis.
- GRE Daily Vocabulary by The Economist. This app provides the user each day with an Economist passage that features a common GRE vocabulary word, plus its synonyms and definition.
- GRE Practice Test 2019 Edition by MediaLab. Key features of the app include practice questions, detailed answer explanations, and a personalized challenge bank.
- GRE Math Practice by PrepScholar. This app contains 500 sample GRE math problems. The user will receive immediate feedback on the questions they answer correctly or incorrectly.
- GREMax GRE Prep. App users can get access to practice questions, answers, detailed explanations, most common vocab words, and test-taking and study strategies.
GRE applications alone do not cover the aspects of the entire test. Nevertheless, these apps may be used to enhance test-taking preparation. (3)
The best apps for GRE can be found below:
- GRE Prep & Practice by Magoosh
- GRE Test Prep by Galvanize
- Ready4 GRE
- Magoosh GRE Vocabulary Flashcards
- Barron’s 1100 for GRE
- Manhattan Prep GRE
- Magoosh Vocabulary Builder – Test Prep
- Reading Comprehension – GRE Test Prep & Practice
- GRE Daily Vocabulary
- GRE Practice Test
These GRE prep apps are free, so test-takers can prepare without spending any money. (4)
The GRE study apps who garnered high ratings are the following:
- GRE Vocabulary Flashcards. It has 4.8 star ratings, over 30,000 reviews, and over 1 million downloads.
- Vocabulary Builder - Test Prep. 4.7 star ratings, more than 99,000 reviews, and over 5 million downloads.
- GRE Prep & Practice by Magoosh. 4.7 star ratings, more than 17,000 reviews, and over 500,000 downloads.
- GREedge WordBot: GRE Vocabulary App with Pictures. 4.8 star ratings, more than 3,000 reviews, and over 50,000 downloads.
- GRE Vocabulary Flashcards Prep. 3.8 star ratings, more than 1,000 reviews, and over 100,000 downloads.
- English Vocabulary Builder for GRE®, SAT® & more. 4.7 star ratings, more than 10,000 reviews, and over 500,000 downloads.
- Simplified GRE Vocabulary. 4.2 star ratings, more than 985,000 reviews, and over 50,000 downloads.
- GRE® Test Prep by Galvanize. 4.6 star ratings, over 7,000 reviews, and more than 100,000 downloads.
- Vocabulary builder for GRE®. 4.6 star ratings, over 2,000 reviews, and more than 100,000 downloads.
- GRE Daily Vocabulary. 4.6 star ratings, over 5,000 reviews, and more than 100,000 downloads.
The apps are rated based on an algorithm. They are compared and rated not only based on the number of stars but also based on downloads, reviews, and their velocity. (5)
The GRE Prep & Practice by Magoosh, GRE Test Prep Math & Verbal by Galvanize, and GRE Vocabulary Flashcards by Magoosh are among the best GRE apps for Android users. They have the highest star ratings and number of downloads on the Google Play Store. Users find these apps easy to use, intuitive, and with strong content.
The GRE Prep & Practice by Magoosh, Manhattan Prep GRE, and Vocabulary Builder by Magoosh are among the best GRE apps for Apple users. These apps are user-friendly, and they have the highest star ratings and number of downloads on the App Store.
Magoosh's GRE Vocabulary Flashcards is one of the most effective apps for improving vocabulary skills. The app includes 1,000 vocabulary words picked by a GRE tutor, definitions and example sentences for every word, decks for every difficulty level, progress tracking, and a smart algorithm that focuses your practice for efficient learning. The app also has good ratings, and a high number of downloads on the App Store and Google Store.
Relying only on GRE apps is not advisable due to the following reasons:
- Apps don’t cover everything. GRE tests are complex, and apps can not cover every part of the exam. Some apps only cover the vocab and it’s only a small aspect of the entire GRE.
- Apps only supplement the main preparation. The most effective way to prepare for the GRE is to enroll in a review course or in a reputable review institution, and test takers should only use apps to enhance test-taking preparation.
As a result of the complexity of the GRE exam, apps cannot cover everything. Consequently, test-takers should only use apps to boost their test-taking preparation.