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Kaplan GRE® 2014 Strategies, Practice, and Review with 4 Practice Tests: Book + Online Paperback – Jun 4 2013

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Celebrating 75+ years as the world leader in the test prep industry, Kaplan Test Prep ( is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Takes too much for granted, too easy, skips important concepts Dec 11 2013
By Vince Kotchian - Published on
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I've been tutoring the GRE since 2008. Most of the problems I have with this book come from me picturing the average student using it. I am afraid this book will give students a false sense of efficacy for three reasons:

1. The Kaplan methods tend to assume the student has certain skills. For instance, the reading comprehension strategies assume students have a good way to get a main idea from a dense passage. In my experience, many students don't know how to do this. The strategy doesn't work if a student can't do part of it - instead, the book should more clearly explain HOW to look for main idea. Likewise, Kaplan advises to "think strategically" as part of math strategies. I don't think most of my students can see the logical way to make questions simpler, because many haven't done math in a while. I think teaching techniques is much more effective. Of course it's easy to do a math question if you happen to see the logic behind it - but that won't work for many if not most students on the real GRE's complex, multi-layered math questions.

2. The second false confidence booster is the practice questions and tests. They're too easy, and more importantly, too straightforward. Though you might think they're hard enough because they have tough vocab, in fact, the real GRE writes MUCH more complex questions for both verbal and math - questions that are tricky in spite of easy vocab. The reading comp questions are too straightforward. If you just practice with these questions, you will be in for a nasty surprise when you take the real GRE. Admittedly, no one really does a bang-up job of writing verbal GRE questions that are like the real thing - Manhattan Prep is ok.

3. The math section doesn't cover all concepts tested. The verbal tests don't even have logic questions! Not good.

I did like some of this book. The essay writing drills stand out to me because they will help students improve their writing style and get rid of some bad habits. And the math reference in the back is pretty useful. Other than those, though, I think the book isn't a good resource.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Kindle Version = No Access To Online Tests Jan. 9 2014
By thesilentgirl - Published on
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There is only two practice tests in the back of this book, actually, I think only one. If you buy the Kindle version you don't get the codes necessary for the online tests.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Tool. Oct. 18 2013
By Nicolle - Published on
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Happy I purchased this book, the vocab is really helping. Only a few of every type of math problem. Might need another supplementary book for the math GRE portion.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good prep book, though not a standalone Dec 28 2013
By Scott Whitman - Published on
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Kaplan offers a lot of ways to prepare for the practical aspects and mechanics of the GRE test itself, and a good level of preparation for the types of problems on the GRE. What is doesn't offer is a comprehensive review of of the actual material itself or a sufficient level of practice testing for one to become comfortable with the test questions. In short, it is a book of tactics and strategies for the GRE, not a textbook. On its own, this book isn't sufficient prep for the GRE, but combined with a "practice test drill" book such as the 5lb Book of GRE Problems and outside reviews of any topics one finds necessary to review, it does quite a good job of preparing one for the test as part of a combined study plan.
Good study tool July 20 2014
By Armando Loera - Published on
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The only thing I really used from this book were the practice sections at the end, the practice essay prompts, and the practice tests that came with it. The verbal section was the hardest in my opinion, but I found the vocabulary words at the end really helpful, and credit them in helping me earn the verbal score I needed. I was pretty consistent in my scores when I took the practice tests, and my actual GRE score was consistent as well. The tests were great study tools. The book does a great job at presenting how the GRE is set up, but you need more if you want to make that score. I would recommend getting another book. I opted for Manhattan's 5 lb book of GRE Practice Questions. Both of these books helped me get that score.