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The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  231 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Get expert advice on the GRE revised General Test from the test makers themselves

Get ready for the new test debuting in August 2011 "The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test with CD-ROM" comes straight from Educational Testing Service (ETS)--the people who make the test. Filled with vital test-taking information, sample questions, a full-length actual GRE exams o
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by McGraw-Hill (first published July 9th 2007)
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I only skimmed this one, reading a few sections thoroughly, but here's my opinion. Two full-length practice tests (compare with Barron's four). What distinguishes this book from the others I've seen is its examples of actual essays from test-takers, along with commentaries by graders and a break-down of the scoring. Also included: converting your raw score to the old scaled scores, and the new percentiles. What would have been helpful would be a conversion table for the raw scores to the new sca ...more
This was the first GRE preparation book I have used and I thought it adequately prepares the reader for the test. It outlines all the sections, provides two practice tests, and gives the very basics of math and verbal review. If you don't have much time before your test appointment, it's better than nothing. Otherwise, I'd recommend using other books as well. This manual does not do a good job of describing testing strategies or giving recommendations for preparing for the verbal section. The ma ...more
Nancy Stephan
Well, I took the GRE Saturday, so I'm done with this sucker, I hope never to need it again.

Was it a good study guide? Meh...; it was no match for Khan Academy.
This is the standard GRE book that must be reviewed before taking the exam. ETS (Educational Testing Service) is the organization that develops and scores the comprehensive exam; which makes this the "Official Guide to the GRE". The reason why I mentioned this is because I thought ETS was a third-party company like Barron's New GRE: Graduate Record Examination, but they're actually the ones administering the exam. Needless to say, studying the material from the group that's creat
Lobna sameer
excellent guide. well balanced on the coverage of the different sections of the GRE. they also do present different essay samples and the grade each essay received which was extremely helpful in understanding how essays are graded.
the guide though doesn't provide strategies for solving verbal or quantitative questions which might be disappointing for some yet they present their answers to sample questions in a very compelling way and they provide more than a single solution method when possible
It's as dry as you would expect. There aren't many really special "strategies," but a good basic outline of the exam with key information, like how long for each section and general structure of the exam that will make it easier. They reveal potential "tricks" in the exam in their practice questions, like sentence completions I'd get wrong if I skimmed too quickly, therefore missing a negation that would require the antonym of the word I originally selected. I found some of the "review" sections ...more
Can you "like" a book you use to study? Well, whatever. It would seem foolhardy not to take credit for reading this when I have indeed read this various times.
This book outlines what's on the exam... dryly. Yes, the book is worth reading because it will let you know the exact format of the test and has some good practice questions. However, I found the math explanations, in particular, very difficult to understand. It's a good supplement if you can get your hands on it, but I don't think the book is worth $35.

I recommend Khan Academy for anything math related.
The worst GRE prep test I have read. This brick is hard to read, to understand and to digest. As far as test prep, I would not recommend reading this book in preparation of the GRE. The only good aspect of spending time on this text is to getting used to reading test material that does not make any sense.
A. Gamble
Good overview of the new test, with two practice tests and plenty of practice problems. The review isn't that great and anyone who struggles with quantitative reasoning will need to supplement with other materials. ETS has some of this information free on their site.
Julie Shuff
I did all of the chapter practice questions, and it gives you a good sense of what you need to know for the exam. Math is my weak point, but this book helped to minimize some of my anxiety by offering clear explanations and offering advice on what to expect.
A must for the practice tests. You definitely want to supplement your review of concepts and practice problems from other courses or books with these tests. Relying on this alone would be confusing and insufficient practice, though.
I'll be honest, as there's not much to say: this book does what it does. The end.
Alison Law
I definitely want to get credit for reading this book!
Oct 29, 2013 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Griffon Prep
Very useful in the context of the course I used it in.
This definitely counts. I read it cover to cover, haha.
Definitely helped me prepare!
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