How to Prepare for the GRE General Test with POWERPREP II Software
If you are planning to take the GRE General Test, you might want to use the free POWERPREP II software from ETS, the test maker. This software allows you to download two full-length practice tests that simulate the actual test experience. You can also access some sectional practice questions and learn about the test format, scoring, and strategies.
However, you might encounter some challenges when using this software, especially if you have a 64-bit Windows operating system. In this article, we will explain how to install and use the POWERPREP II software on your computer and how to make the most of it for your GRE preparation.
How to Install POWERPREP II Software
The POWERPREP II software is available for download from the ETS website. You will need to create an ETS account and log in to access the download link. The file size is about 57 MB and it is in ISO format, which means you will need a software like PowerISO or WinISO to mount it as a virtual drive on your computer.
Once you have mounted the ISO file, you can run the setup.exe file to install the POWERPREP II software. You will need to agree to the license agreement and choose a destination folder for the installation. The installation process should take a few minutes and you will see a shortcut icon on your desktop when it is done.
If you have a 64-bit Windows operating system, you might encounter some compatibility issues when running the POWERPREP II software. This is because the software was designed for 32-bit systems and it might not work properly on newer versions of Windows. To fix this problem, you can try the following steps:
Right-click on the shortcut icon and select Properties.
Go to the Compatibility tab and check the box that says \"Run this program in compatibility mode for:\".
Select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the drop-down menu.
Click Apply and OK.
This should allow you to run the POWERPREP II software without any errors. However, if you still face any issues, you can contact ETS customer service for technical support.
How to Use POWERPREP II Software
The POWERPREP II software has three main features: Practice Test 1, Practice Test 2, and Test Preview Tool. You can access them from the main menu after launching the software.
The Practice Test 1 and Practice Test 2 are full-length tests that mimic the actual GRE General Test in terms of content, format, timing, and scoring. They also include an Analytical Writing section where you can type your essays on the computer. You can choose to take each test in one of two modes: Timed Mode or Untimed Mode. In Timed Mode, you will have to complete each section within a fixed time limit, just like in the real test. In Untimed Mode, you can take as much time as you want for each section and skip or review questions as you wish.
The Test Preview Tool is a feature that allows you to familiarize yourself with the test format and navigation. It does not contain any actual questions or scores, but it shows you how to use the mouse, keyboard, calculator, and other tools on the test. You can also learn about the different types of questions and answer choices on each section of the test.
The POWERPREP II software also provides some useful information and tips on how to prepare for and take the GRE General Test. You can access them from the Help menu or by clicking on the question mark icon on any screen. You can learn about topics such as:
The structure and content of the test
The scoring process and score reporting
The test day procedures and policies
The test-taking strategies and skills
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