Frequently Asked Questions About the POWERPREP® Practice Tests

General

Where do I access the POWERPREP® Test Preview Tool?

The POWERPREP Test Preview Tool can be found in the “My Test Preparation and Services” section of your ETS Account. The tool is free and automatically placed in this section of your account.

What operating systems do the POWERPREP practice tests support?

See system requirements.

What are the system requirements?

See system requirements.

How do I contact Technical Support?

Send a description of your problem to powerprepsupport@ets.org or call 1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373 (toll free for test takers in the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–7:45 p.m. ET (except for U.S. holidays). Emails will be answered within one business day of receipt.

To help us respond quickly and accurately to your inquiry, include the following information with your email:

  • Description of problem
  • Date(s) and time(s) of day(s) test launch was attempted
  • Browser type and version (e.g., Chrome 40)
  • Computer make and model
  • Amount of memory (RAM)
  • Type of internet access (dial-up or broadband)
  • Windows version
  • Type of monitor

Using POWERPREP Online

How do I get access to a FREE POWERPREP Online practice test?

Visit the "Shop for Test Preparation" section in your ETS Account, add one or both FREE POWERPREP Online practice tests to your cart and submit your order.

What accommodations are offered?

The following accommodations are offered for PC users:

    • Extra breaks
    • Extended time (1.5x or 2x)
    • Screen magnification, selectable colors, and screen reader and refreshable braille compatibility are available with the installation of the GRE Practice Test Software

The following accommodations are offered for Mac users:

    • Extra breaks
    • Extended time (1.5x or 2x)
How long do I have access to the practice test?

Each practice test is available for 90 days from the date that it is first accessed. There is no limit to the number of times you can order the free practice tests. Note, however, if you take the same practice test more than once, the scores you receive may not be a good indicator of how you would perform on the actual GRE® General Test.

Can I quit the test and resume later?

Yes. Use the Quit w/Save button in the timed and untimed practice tests to save your responses and resume your test later.

Can my practice test be reset?

No, practice tests cannot be reset.

Are scores displayed for the untimed practice test?

No. Scores are displayed prior to the End of Test screen for the timed practice tests only.

Is there a way to score my essay responses?

Scored sample responses and reader commentary are provided for the essay tasks so that you can compare your essay response to the scored sample essay responses. A link to the scored sample essay responses and reader commentary is available on your POWERPREP Practice Test score report.

You can choose to have your POWERPREP Online essay responses scored with ScoreItNow! Online Writing Practice. ScoreItNow! is a low-cost, web-based tool that uses the e-rater® automated scoring system to provide immediate essay scoring in a confidential, risk-free environment.

To score your essay responses using ScoreItNow! you will need to save your essay responses to a file. This can be done in Review Mode after you have completed your practice test. Then, create a ScoreItNow! account and purchase the service. Once you are logged into the ScoreItNow! service, select the "Practice" option and choose the topics that match the POWERPREP Online practice test essay tasks. Follow the directions to paste your previously written essays into the ScoreItNow! service. Once your text has been added, submit your essays and get an instant score. Log in to your ETS Account to get more information about ScoreItNow! Online Writing Practice.

Using POWERPREP PLUS Online

How do I purchase POWERPREP PLUS Online?

Visit the "Shop for Test Preparation" section in your ETS Account, add one or both POWERPREP PLUS Online practice tests to your cart and follow the checkout procedures.

What accommodations are offered?

The following accommodations are offered for PC users:

    • Extra breaks
    • Extended time (1.5x or 2x)
    • Screen magnification and selectable colors are available with the installation of the GRE Practice Test Software

The following accommodations are offered for Mac users:

    • Extra breaks
    • Extended time (1.5x or 2x)
How many times can I take a practice test?

Each purchase of a practice test allows you to take the test once.

There is no limit to the number of times you can purchase the practice tests. However, if you take the same practice test more than once, the scores you receive may not be a good indicator of how you would perform on the actual GRE General Test.

Can my practice test be reset?

No, practice tests cannot be reset.

How long do I have access to the practice test?

Each practice test is available for 90 days from the date that it is first accessed. There is no limit to the number of times you can purchase the practice tests. However, if you take the same practice test more than once, the scores you receive may not be a good indicator of how you would perform on the actual GRE General Test.

Can I quit the test and resume later?

Yes. Use the Quit w/Save button in the practice tests to save your responses and resume your test later.

What scores will I receive?

When you have completed your practice test, you will receive scores within minutes on all three measures of the test: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Your scores will be displayed on screen and on a downloadable score report.

How can I review my test?

After you have completed your practice test and reviewed your scores on the Practice Test Results screen, you will be directed to a screen that provides the option to “Review Your Test.” You can review your practice test immediately after you complete the test. This option will also be available if you decide to review your test at another time. Remember that your practice test and results are available for 90 days from the date that your test is first accessed.

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