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Important Information for Test Takers Who Plan to Take the POWERPREP® Practice Tests with Accommodations

With the POWERPREP® practice tests, you'll experience a simulation of the actual computer-delivered GRE® General Test that includes the test-taker friendly design features you'll encounter on test day, like moving back and forth between questions and changing answers within a section. The practice tests also provide the following accommodations that simulate the experience of testing with accommodations:

  • extended time
  • extra breaks
  • screen magnification
  • selectable colors
  • screen reader and refreshable braille compatibility (only offered with POWERPREP® Online)

To ensure you have as authentic an experience as possible when taking the practice tests, we recommend that you use Google Chrome, and select only those accommodations for which you have been or may be approved for when taking the actual test.

Additional Set-Up

For certain accommodations, additional set-up on your device may be required. Please read the following information carefully before proceeding.

If your accommodation requires the installation of the Practice Test Software, you will need a Practice Session Number and Passcode. To obtain this information, you must access the POWERPREP practice tests through your ETS Account by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Shop for Test Preparation section of your ETS Account.
  2. Add the POWERPREP practice test(s) to your cart and select "Next" to checkout.
  3. Once you have completed the checkout process, your POWERPREP practice test(s) will be added to the My Test Preparation and Services section of your ETS Account. Go to this section and find the practice test (should be at the top of the list) and select "Go To Practice Test" to launch your test.
  4. On the first screen of the practice test, check the box "Select testing accommodations for this practice test." Then select your testing accommodations from the list. If your accommodation(s) requires the installation of the Practice Test Software you will be asked to provide your email address. The Practice Session Number and Passcode will be provided on the next screen along with additional instructions.

Extended Time (1.5 or 2x)

  • No additional set-up required
  • Available for PC and Mac systems

Extra Breaks

  • No additional set-up required
  • Available for PC and Mac® systems

Selectable Colors and Screen Magnification (ZoomText®)

System Requirements:

  • Requires the installation of the GRE® Practice Test Software with ZoomText
  • Only compatible with PC systems
  • Windows® 7 and above (Windows 8 does not support ZoomText version 10)
  • Physical memory: 1GB dedicated graphics RAM (0.5 GB free space)
  • 0.1GB of free disk space
  • Administrator privileges required to install the necessary software

Additional Information:

  • This special version of ZoomText will not work independently of the GRE POWERPREP practice tests.
  • If you already have an existing version of ZoomText, it is not necessary to remove it from your computer before installing this version of ZoomText.
  • If you normally use screen magnification software, it will not work with the GRE POWERPREP practice tests.

Note: If you are a Mac user who needs selectable colors or magnification accommodations, you will need to use your own screen color and/or magnification software when taking a practice test.

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Screen Reader and Refreshable Braille Compatibility (currently only available for POWERPREP Online)

System Requirements:

  • Requires the installation of the GRE Practice Test Software for Screen Reader and Refreshable Braille Compatibility
  • Windows 7 and above
  • Physical memory: 1 GB dedicated graphics RAM (0.5 GB free space)
  • 0.1GB of free disk space
  • Administrator privileges required to install the necessary software
  • JAWS 18 recommended (not included)

Additional Materials:

  • Braille supplements, which include tactile graphics, are available for use with your practice test. To get this material, contact Disability Services at stassd@ets.org
  • Before starting your practice test, review the following materials:
    • Instructions for Supplement Booklets — This document provides instructions for handling your supplemental materials and identifying the appropriate supplemental booklets as you navigate through your practice test(s).
    • Help for JAWS® Screen Reader Users — Help screens are available in the practice tests and in the actual test to assist you in navigating the test. This document will familiarize you with the different elements you will encounter in the test and the JAWS keystrokes you can use to interact with them. Due to the secure testing environment, some advanced functions of JAWS may not be available during the actual test.
    • Important Note About Custom Regions - The POWERPREP Online practice tests and the actual test use custom regions to provide a quick way for users to navigate through test content. In JAWS 2018, announcement of some regions, such as the custom regions used, are turned off by default. To force announcement of these regions, do the following:
      • Open the Settings Center by pressing Insert+6 or select "Settings Center" from the "Utilities" menu.
      • Ensure that the "Applications" dropdown box is set to "Default (All Applications)."
      • At the search box, enter "configure web verbosity levels."
      • The "Web Verbosity Level" dropdown box will be set to "Medium" by default. Select one of the following two options:
        1. Change the dropdown box selection to "High."
          OR
        2. Keep the setting at "Medium" and alter the configuration as follows:
          • Select "Medium…" under "Configure Web Verbosity Levels."
          • The "Medium Virtual Cursor Verbosity Preferences" dialog box will open and "Regions" in the tree structure will be partially checked.
          • Navigate to the "Regions" check box and press the spacebar until all region options have been completely selected.
          • Select the "OK" button or press Enter to close the dialog box.
      • Select the "OK" button to close the "JAWS Settings Center" dialog box.

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