The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test Paperback – Nov 16 2010
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Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to educational measurement and research, primarily through testing. ETS develops and administers millions of achievement and admissions tests each year in the United States and 180 other countries. These include the TOEFL, SAT®, GRE®, PRAXIS™ and other standardized tests.
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I loved the changes made to the reading comprehension sections. The book does detail all of the things that have changed from the old GRE. Getting this information straight from the test makers at least gives you confidence that they do know what they're doing.
An issue I had with the book is that it has review sections in math that glosses over an area and moves on. They mention that if you don't understand a concept or need more explanation, you will need to purchase some other book or review an old text on the subject. As I was working through the math section, I got an answer incorrect on a triangle problem. The problem was that when I went back to the triangle section, there wasn't any examples exactly explaining how to solve such a problem. This book does not provide an explanation for the review questions. They just give a list of answers. I think most of us learn by working a problem, then seeing where we went wrong in the process. It is a real drain to have to go back to another text to solve a problem. I had to go back and get my Barron's GRE book from last year to solve the problem. Barron's by the way has one of the most complete and almost too complete reveiws in math and vocabulary.
I took the test provided in the book and did pretty good. I will buy one of the other books when they come out in June or July and work through them and finally take the cd-rom version of the test in this book to see how I do. If you are looking for a good GRE book and it is already July or August, there are going to be books much better to choose from by this time.
Good luck on your GRE. I hope we all do well!!
Here's where the book shines: in its description of core knowledge you will need to know, its practice tests, and its examples and explanations for the written section of the test. You can read this book's guidelines and feel confident that you have a good idea of what to expect on the test; in my experience, that wasn't the case with some of the other current review books. The practice test included on paper gave me a good indication of my score and allowed me to work through problems that I missed. The included CD's Powerprep software helped me to understand exactly the format I would encounter on the test.
However, this book is not a great comprehensive guide. For example, there are three sets of math problems, and each of those questions has answers or descriptions. However, if you decide you will need to focus on one particular section (say you're feeling weak in two-variable algebra), you'll only have a set of rules to read over later in the book. It is short on general practice problems and specific practice time.
As a final note, many of the elements of this book which I found most useful are also available for free online. The Powerprep software (which lets you practice the test on your computer) is available on the ETS website. So are the comprehensive breakdowns of the written section. I found the physical copy of the book useful, but this book should be used as a companion to another study guide. Price conscious buyers may find that ETS's website has all the companion information they need.