(Closed) GRE Prep books?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

In My Humble Opinion only the good schools require a GRE or GMAT.  You could tell the caliber of programs in my field when I was applying.

I used Barron’s test prep and I ended up doing well.  I would recommend getting the flash cards by Kaplan because I ended up making my own which was a total pain in the ass.  It definitely comes in handy for the vocabulary.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I checked out a couple of books from my library, which saved me some money. I mostly used The Princeston Review prep book, and I can’t remember any of the other ones that I checked out. Kaplan offered free practice exams at my school, so I took advantage of those, also. I did decently on the test, not amazing, but higher than then cutoff score for the schools that I was looking into. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did a course but I don’t think it was worth it, I would just study on your own with a book. Princeton Review or Kaplan are good. Memorize as many vocab words as you can and take some practice tests. Most people I know had GRE scores pretty close to their SAT scores (when the SAT was on a 1600 point scale)- mine was within like 40 points. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The only prep I used included the free materials provided on the GRE website, their practice exams, and a free vocab flash card app for my phone. I scored in the 94th and 96th percentiles on the individual sections, so I’d say prep books are pretty unnecessary. Also I studied for less than 10 hours overall, and it wasn’t nearly as intense as the MCAT. It’s a test that primarily targets your ability to stay focused and make logical choices, not your textbook knowledge, and that’s why practice exams were the best prep for me. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Taeyers:  That’s exactly what I did.

The free online material is all you need unless you have no background in the areas. 

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