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The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test

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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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Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James Carter
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dichotomy, at least in my opinion, of The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test will be Verbal and Quantitative (or English and Math for the word-challenged people).

It does have the coverage of writing, but really, it's either one has or doesn't have it which takes years to develop. I took the GRE in 2003 and scored a 5 out of 6; it wasn't all that bad, but I didn't know what was the rubric until I read it in this book.

First, the bad, I find the review section of the Verbal sectio
Tessara Dudley
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The math section is hard to get through if you're not math-inclined. I preferred the Princeton Review book Cracking the GRE over this book.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly a rehash of the kinds of questions found in the domain-specific books. Still, it does have two full length practice tests which are pretty useful.
You know how you'll say, wow, that was a stupid book, I feel stupider for having read it? But really it's just a turn a phrase, you've not really become stupider, mostly, I hope. You've not lost faculties or capabilities, you just wasted some time. Well, with this, I think I've actually become stupider. The GRE seems aimed at breaking down hard-earned (perhaps especially if you're not a native speaker) ability and confidence to judge the merit, quality, tone and nuance of a text and reducing rea ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
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
Lobna sameer
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Siddhant Shrivastava
It does what it is supposed to do, and it does it well - which is preparing the reader for the GRE test. However, it becomes monotonous after a while; which is expected of an instructional book. Given the conditions that people generally read this book in (tense uncertain times of their life when they are planning to make an important future life-changing decision), some empathy on the part of the book to make the test-preparation effort fun would have been very welcome.
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