Cracking the GRE with DVD, 2009 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)
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Cracking the GRE with DVD, 2009 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)

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Cracking the GRE offers major features on DVD, including engaging video tutorials from The Princeton Review�s top instructors. The 2008 edition includes over 300 practice questions in the book and exclusive free access to 4 practice exams and expert advice online.

Of course, you�ll also get all the test-prep techniques you expect from The Princeton Review. In Cracking...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Princeton Review (first published July 4th 1995)
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Rachel
I liked this book best out of the few I picked up (including Barron's Math Workbook and a set of Kaplan vocabulary flashcards). The only downfall - and it's a big one - is that there are only a few math problems given and solved for in each chapter, and there isn't a section of practice problems to solve after quantitative chapters. There are practice sections for the verbal chapters, so if that's your problem area then this is likely the book for you. If you're like me, though, and terrible at...more
Rebecca Schweitzer
The best book I read in preparation for the GRE. I need about six more months to truly benefit from it, but it had the clearest instructions and broke down the questions in an easy-to-understand way that didn't make my brain implode the way other GRE study guides tended to.

My only complaint: I studied the vocab words in this book pretty good, but the ones on the test were even harder, more obscure words than the ones in the book. This is probably the test's fault more than the book's, but it see...more
Myles
I realize that writing a review is a bit indulgent as this book, already updated in the last few years, is going to be doubly redundant with the coming of the new GRE in August. But, I did spend a lot of time with this book, praising and damning it in turn, and I know it helped me get my very satisfying score. *Buffs nails on shoulder*

I'd say The Princeton Review, while thorough, is better for those worried about their Verbal Scores as there were a couple things lacking in their Quantitative Sec...more
Dana Brownstein
the verbal section is good...the vocab words listed as commonly used comprised at least half the words on the gre vocab related sections. the math section was difficult to follow since i'd long since forgotten the concepts, and i needed to get a separate book for math. the outline for the analytical section was very useful. the cd-rom was kind of lacking; there was not enough of a pool of vocab-oriented questions to be able to take more than one practice test without using the same questions sev...more
Lauren
So far, I am impressed with the verbal section of the book but not the math section. I am sure this is partially because math is more of a struggle for me, but I think it is also because there are very few practice problems in comparison to a huge amount of information in that math section. I'll write another review after I take the test as that will be the real test...
I felt really well-prepared for my test and was very happy about my verbal score. I think my math score proved, however, that th...more
Steve
Very easy to use. Haven't read other GRE preparation books, but I think this one's pretty good because it simplifies everything and has a lot of information on how to approach problems. Also gives you vocabulary to study and sample tests.I used Princeton's online sample test(which you can use my registering the book you have) only once, and I wished I had taken more of those. Won't reveal my score here but I think better with the book than with out it. Also wished I had taken the test at noon an...more
Eve Williams
Mar 30, 2010 Eve Williams is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody that felt like they could rip their heads off after trying to seek help from Kaplan!
OMG!!! I actually like- yes, I mean like- this book. I have found myself so overwhelmed and frustrated over this stupid test that means nothing (oh except perhaps admissions to MA and PHD programs of my choice) especially after I have been working i.e. not studying algebra and latin for the past 7 years! But this book is actually helping me understand new concepts as well as awaken some long dormant ones!
Melissa
So I had a number of these GRE prep books and this was easily the friendliest of the bunch and written in language that was easy to follow whilst toddlers and babies wailed in the background. It contained a number of helpful techniques that improved my scores. My overall score was good enough...it could have been better, but my innate inability to perform college (or hell, even high school) math was my downfall.
Laura
I just took the GREs and have changed my mind . . . this is the best test-prep guide ever!!! Of course, it's best paired with (vocabulary) flash cards as well as with the cd that the GRE testing service supplies, but still . . . I recommend that anyone using it simply memorize every single vocabulary word on the Hit Parade and follow the essay format guidelines closely and they're sure to do well!
Elizabeth Abney
Lots of good reviews and strategies. Haven't taken the test yet, so can't vouch for the results, but I do feel more prepared.

ETA: Took the test and did better than I expected. Most of the vocab words I encountered weren't ones in this book, but it was still great prep.

From my personal collection.
Kate
Princeton Review is much easier to follow than Kaplan, so if you need a prep book you may as well get this one. But skip the edition with the DVD; it doesn't add anything. I hate to recommend giving any money to this racket. When will universities have the good sense to drop the GRE?
Cecelia
I haven't atually taken the test yet but after reading this and doing the excercises I feel very confident approaching the test. She explains things in a way that are simple and make sense so that there are few places where missunderstanding could potentially arrise.
Jamie
If only I'd had these useful mathematics tips in high school! My parents could have saved loads of money on tutors! No, really.
Cherene
If you have to take the GRE, this book has lots of useful information about the test, and was a decent study guide.
Mila
A little less hateful than the other GRE book but it still makes my heart sad.
Mg
Needs more examples to be considered a decent one.
Angela Kristin VandenBroek
Best GRE study guide I have had.
Shreyas
Done. It was fine.
Paula
This was my number one resource for studying for the newly revised GRE. The book is broken down into easy to navigate sections. The side tips, use of numbering/lists, and many examples were what helped me the most. I love a well organized book. Each section closes with a 10-20 or so question quiz. These quizzes were really helpful, because the questions really do resemble what is presented on the actual GRE. There are many helpful, generalized test-taking tips throughout the book. I only spent a...more
Greg
This book offers some good tips in most places, with only a few flaws throughout. But when there's a flaw in the book itself, it's BIG. For instance, page 248-249 presents a problem for which you're supposed to fill in a number in the box. After a long explanation of how to find the answer, it says "Adding 20 and 30 gives us 50 total committees, and the answer is (C)." Err... except that there is no A, B, C, D, or E on this particular question because it's a fill-in-the-box problem. Oops. But th...more
Daniel
If you only get one GRE prep book, this is the one to get. Other books will tell you how to solve the kinds of problems you are likely to find on the test itself, but this book shows you how to figure out the correct answers to questions you'll face. As the authors make special note of, "The GRE assesses how well you take the GRE." Hey, it's great if you can solve every math question the Educational Testing Service throws at you, but doing so can take more time than you have to spare. It's much...more
Mazen Lababidi
I only had 2 weeks to study for my GRE and this book was helpful but requires you to start even sooner, say a month especially for the vocabulary part.

English part: really helpful and I used some of the techniques during the actual test but you can't really use it for every question though.

Math part: contains a lot of info and you should know all of them (I mean it's grade 1 math, I'm exaggerating of course) however, THIS BOOK IS NOT ENOUGH. It's really important to do a lot of previous GRE exam...more
Jackie
This was the best tool that I used in preparing for the revised GRE. The conversational language made it easy to read, comprehend, and digest. The Hit Parade list of vocab was pretty accurate; I definitely saw a lot of these words on my test. The approach to the quantitative reasoning section by the authors was also something that I appreciated, especially since it's been the better part of a decade since I have seen some of the question types that the test uses. The authors not only presented t...more
Ro Givens
This book is not quite as thorough as Barron's GRE 2008, but if you only have a short amount of time to study, this book provides a decent foundation without overwhelming you with information. I found that the questions in this book were more consistent to what has actually on the GRE, but there weren't as many as in Barron's since Cracking the GRE doesn't have any practice tests. I also thought that this book did a better job of breaking down the how-to in the writing section than Barron's. Ove...more
Gina
I thought overall this was a useful book if you need help with tactics on how to take the test. I found the tactics for verbal more helpful than for math. I am a science person though, so I think I get hung up on solving the math problems instead of quickly assessing and answering questions as the book suggests. I was worried that the verbal on the exam would be much more difficult than the examples, but it ended up being relatively similar in difficulty. I scored far better on the verbal than I...more
Joseph
Difficult to rate this one. I read through it and studied it cover to cover in the period of about 5 weeks. I memorized every single vocab word I didn't know, and I made sure I understood every math problem. It seemed to be really informative. Long story short I got a miserably low score on the GRE - several math problems showed up on the actual test that didn't have corresponding examples in the book. I also felt really confident about the verbal section, but only got a 570. My total score was...more
Angie
I'm taking the GRE in less than a month, and I had absolutely no clue what to expect until I started reading this. I can tell that the tips in this book are going to very useful, since they give a starting point for working on each type of question. I'm less nervous about taking the exam now that I know what I need to look for in each problem and how to approach them. The practice problems throughout each chapter were very helpful; I got quite a few right, and for the ones I got wrong I was able...more
Brian Storms
Okay, for a GRE book, not bad. I've really only read this one and the ETS one a bit. I like this one better. It's almost funny at times. Read this review again after Feb 2011, see if I change it after taking the test. I doubt I will thoroughly finish this book. I do think it is funny I am seeing all sorts of words from the Hit Parade popping up in the Ian McDonald books I am reading.
In the end, I used this book thoroughly for studying and scored as well as I aimed for, but not quite as well as...more
Jay
Jul 28, 2009 Jay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jay by: The entire world, basically
A higher compliment can hardly be paid to a book than to say that reading it fundamentally changes one's outlook on life. Still more impressive are accolades praising a book's cover design, font selection, and chapter headline flourishes.

This book deserves no such veneration. That said, it did help me lose close to 30% of my hair and shave 0.5 points off my senior year GPA as I crammed words like "perspicacity" and "saturnine" into my tortured brain during International Trade class. And, along t...more
Samantha
So, I've been slowly but surely chipping away at the practice problems and tips in this book for over a year. I'm putting my grad school plans on hold for the moment, because I'm trying to become at least somewhat more financially stable before I commit to more school and student loans, so I'm putting the book down. But I will say that, given the fact that I've never used a prep book for any exam, I was impressed with this one. It was clear-cut and gave some solid tips, as well as practice probl...more
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