The Barron GRE Prep program is exactly as you would hope it to be. Let’s take a quick tour.
You begin by filling out your test date and the amount of time (hours per week) you plan on devoting to test prep. Then you take two diagnostic tests – one for verbal and one for quant. There are 20 questions for each test; for each you’re provided with the difficulty level, the percentage of students who got the question right, and the skills evaluated.
Once your scores are analyzed, the program will offer you a Skill Report in which you’ll get to see each of the testing skill areas (like Vocabulary-in-Context Questions and Literary Techniques for verbal or Fractions and Exponents for math) and your degree of proficiency. You’ll also have the option now of moving on to the personalized “Adaptive Prep” phase of the program. Here you’ll receive questions that are appropriate for your skill level based on your diagnostic results. You can answer each question as it’s presented to you, or view the solution (text) or watch explanatory videos. The videos are clear and upbeat – an excellent tool for audio-visual learners.
At any time, you can click on All Topics on the sidebar and choose those topics that best cater to your needs, including general test-taking advice. The All Topics section also provides advice on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE.
There are also four sample (or “model”) tests available.
The Barron GRE Prep program is extremely user-friendly. The graphics are clear and easy to follow and the prep materials guide you smoothly through the study process. You get to see your progress every step of the way so that at any given point you will have an idea of how well you’d do if you took the GRE today – which areas you’d excel in and which still need improvement.
Barron’s GRE Prep is worth serious consideration if you are looking for a thorough, user-friendly online GRE review program.