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This is a practical guide that aims to help the students preparing for the GRE.
Summary Of the Book
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a common test for admission to colleges and universities in the US and other English speaking countries. The GRE online exam is an adaptive test. The performance in the initial sections of the test determine the difficulty level of the subsequent sections.
The GRE consists of a Verbal section, a Quantitative section, an Analytical Writing section, and an Experimental section. The Experimental section does not contribute towards the final score, but it is mixed up with any one of the other sections. In some instances, a Research section, identified as such, is given at the end of the test instead of the experimental section.
This book, Cracking the New GRE 2012, has been completely revised to reflect the changes made in the exam in August 2011. Each major section of the exam is covered separately, with explanations of concepts and illustrative examples, and exercises for practice.
The book provides several helpful tips and techniques for tackling the various problems in each section. It shows the readers how to solve algebra problems by substituting numbers for the variables. It helps them solve analogies even if they do not comprehend the meaning of each word in the problem.
It covers all the basic concepts in each section, like basic mathematical concepts, as a revision of high school level maths for those who have lost touch with maths for several years. The book provides practical tips for sentence completion section and covers how to identify and avoid wrong answers in the reading comprehension tests.
This edition consists of two full practice tests, several practice exercises in each section with solutions, helpful strategies for tackling each section, and a comprehensive review of all GRE topics, including the new aspects.
|Publisher||Random House Information Group|
|Number of Pages||496 Pages|
When you have Barron's New GRE, Kaplan's New GRE Premier, it's pointless to study from this book. Buying this book is a waste of money. Barron's and Kaplan are enough for the New GRE preparation. In fact Kaplan's Verbal Workbook has loads of question for practice which are more than enough. You might get tired of solving practice tests but the book will not fall short of tests.
Princeton is useless book. They've used the word "CRACK" as if they are the only one who have brains!! Their strategies are not new; same old things that we read in all books. In GRE what matters is the number of practice tests. The more you practice, the better it prepares you for the final exam. GRE is not rocket science where you need some great formulas to crack the code!!!!!!-- which PRINCETON seems to offer. We need good practice questions which match the standards of the real exam. In fact the quality and standard of questions (in Princeton) are not good at all. I have done questions from ETS official guide to GRE revised general test, and this book Princeton is not even close to that.
Go for Barron's and Kaplan. For maths I think it’s best to go for some personal tutor who can guide you well. Barron's english and maths section are pretty good. Kaplan's Premier gives u 10 tests in their CD and their verbal workbook is fantastic! But Kaplan doesn't have good Quantitative section.
I feel princeton does have great tips and they are indeed the best in CRACKING the gre.....
They have awesome plugging in techniques which are fool proof. Writing algebraic expressions for each question might result in errors. Princeton has the best techniques to overcome the difficulties in algebraic questions with user friendly
"plugging in the answer choices" techniques.. Even the geometry portions are taught with ease using the "big angles and small angles techniques".. So you do not have to mug up mechanical stuff like "corresponding angles are equal" .. etc... Princeton is one of the best universities in America and they have researched more about the Ets..Their techniques would definitely help people master the gre, by avoiding silly mistakes andarriving at the answer choices in lesser time..
I took the GRE in December 2011 and I score 162 in Quant and 158 in Verbal. I had The Official GRE book by ETS, the Math Workout by Kaplan, another GRE workbook by Kaplan, Verbal Workout by Princeton and this book.
I owe it to this book. One reading of the introduction of this book and you know you are in safe hands. The authors convey their tips and points very well while poking fun at ETS and their rigid testing methods.
Most of the methods to solve Math problems are so easy to remember and fast to execute. Even their technique to solve Verbal questions help a ton.
I did not take any classes. I read this book over a period of 2 months and solved all the questions in it in the week leading up to my exam. I also took 2 online tests; one by ETS and one by The Princeton Review. This book does not have a plethora of questions or drills; just enough to acquaint you with the topic they cover. So, I would suggest you get another book with a lot of questions, because ultimately that is what will help you.
My money goes The Princeton Review and I am off to by their TOEFL iBT book now.
All the Best for your GRE.
Had bought this book, decent book. got 161 in quant and 155 in verbal. THe RC part and the word HIT parade is junk. The math part is deficient on some of the most critical formula( i had forgotten half of it) when i gave the sample test on power prep i had a hard time in quant, but the tips for the other verbal section were useful. If u go to the test just based on this book u will end up with bad marks . Use barrons along with this its very good combo(i had used a very old barons 2008) . All the best :)
A must refer book for all taking GRE. The strategies are explained really well! It gives you confidence. I found it interesting than Kaplan or Barron's. I made a improvement from 142 to 154! when I took in Oct 2012. So definitely my efforts and this book's guidance deserves a credit.
So anyone taking the GRE preparation, could stick to the ETS official guide as the bible, Princeton to master your skills and Barron's wordlist 2009 version a must for vocab!!