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Barron's New GRE with CD-ROM, 19th Edition (Barron's GRE (W/CD)) 19th Edition

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For 70 years, BARRON'S experts have been helping students surpass their expectations on standardized tests. This is the only book you will need to get the score you want on the GRE.

  • One diagnostic test and two full-length model tests structured to reflect the NEW GRE
  • All new Verbal Reasoning questions reflect questions you'll encounter on the NEW GRE
  • All new Quantitative Reasoning section includes multiple-answer and numeric entry questions--question types you'll encounter on the NEW GRE
  • All questions answered and explained

    Every question in this book comes with a comprehensive answer explanation.
    Enclosed CD-ROM with two more practice tests

    --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Product Details

    • Series: Barron's GRE (W/CD)
    • Paperback: 536 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 19 edition (July 1, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1438070780
    • ISBN-13: 978-1438070780
    • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    Truly, Barrons creates some of the most helpful educational books, but this GRE book is not the most user-friendly guide to ETS's new graduate exam.

    Here are a few things you need to know before you purchase the Barrons edition:

    1. Barrons' Quantitative Section: If you're not comfortable with math, you must consider purchasing either Cliffs Math Review for Standardized Tests (Cliffs Test Prep) or Gruber's Complete Preparation for the New SAT, 10th Edition--I'll explain later. Though Barrons does a fantastic job of including difficult math questions, which helps prepare you for the new GRE, the explanations are vague and sometimes inconsistent. Those who are comfortable with math--meaning those who know the basics and rules of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry--will of course love Barrons' take on the new GRE, solely because this book simply reviews concepts of math quickly rather than going into detail and giving step-by-step solutions. Again, for those who are not comfortable with math whatsoever, you'll have a better chance of doing well on the GRE if you take your time with either the Cliffs Math Review or Gruber's version. Both give comprehensive reviews and show step-by-step solutions, without leaving out an iota of fact. Surely, you might think that the Gruber's book is completely useless because it's an SAT book. Nonsense! Both the old and new GRE test your knowledge on 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade math. In fact, SAT math is much more difficult--especially the way it's written--than GRE math (go figure), but supplementing a GRE guide like Barrons with Gruber's or Cliffs will, without a doubt, help. Plus, you'll have a number of questions and diagnostic tests at your fingertips.
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    Barron's Guide to the New GRE Exam stands out because its focus is on mastering the "hard questions", i.e. the "level 4 and 5" questions on the GRE exam. While Kaplan and Princeton Review are quality review guides that are popular because they appear to be more user friendly, the sad fact is they do not expose the test taker to the Hard Test Questions nor do they show the student how to solve those hard questions that boost your score and make you more competitive to the better schools. The Barron's math section is very good to excellent and the Barron's verbal is perhaps the best because it contains those 3500 most popular vocabulary words that frequently appear on the GRE and that you must learn if you want to get a high score to go a top school. If anything, I would recommend supplementing Barron's with Grubber's GRE exam prep book in order to master more vocab questions and learn more detail on how to solve the math questions. One thing is for certain, the best place to first encounter those "heart-stopping" "Level 4 and 5 Questions" is on the practice exams rather than the real test where your future is at stake. As for the writing sections, again, I found Barron's and Grubber's to be better. In the end the choice of which book to buy really depends on how high a score you need and how much work you want to do. If you want a high score and will to do the hard work, then purchase the Barron's guides.
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    This is a great book to study from if you use it along with the Kaplan book. Using both books together helps to understand all the math concepts better. The Kaplan book alone is not enough as it glosses over certain math concepts and the Barron book is not enough because it isn't organized or worded as well as the Kaplan book. You need both books to complete your GRE prep.

    Other good GRE books you might want to have are the McGraw Hill's guide to the new GRE and McGraw Hill guide to new GRE Math.
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    Format: Paperback
    I used this book for its practice exercise sections, and for the CD-based practice tests. Both were disappointing. A distressing number of its questions were ambiguous. The CD was even more frustrating. One passage-based question was completely unrelated to the passage provided. (The question was about women in the workplace, and the passage was about the US's pre-WWII relation to Europe.) One math question referred to a diagram that was not provided. Further, when I finished the test and looked at the scores, I discovered that it marked as wrong several questions that I had answered correctly. When I checked their explanation, it showed my answers, and then the correct answers... and they were the same. One explanation was so poor that it listed an answer as correct that it then called incorrect in its own explanation.

    This book needs an editor.
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    I took the GRE in December 2011 and found this book to be the most helpful of the various study guides I used. Before I started studying, I was most worried about the writing and quantitative sections and not as worried about the verbal section.

    Math prep: This was where the Barron's book was most helpful to me. I dutifully worked through each section in the Math Review chapter, which took me about a month of working two or three nights a week. To my surprise, using Barron's to reacquaint myself with math concepts from high school was actually enjoyable! I felt like I gained a much deeper conceptual understanding of math than I had had before. In high school I would happily plug in numbers into formulas, but I dreaded the two or three "trick" problems at the end of the problem set that required reasoning about the concepts. On the GRE, almost all the math questions are more like those "trick" problems from high school. In practicing for the GRE, I developed the habit of taking a breath while I read the math questions and literally making a fist to prevent myself from desperately trying to scratch out a solution instead of thinking carefully about the way the problem was presented. I think the Barron's book was very helpful in preparing me, but I did also use the Kaplan's math guide. I'd recommend using both, if you can, because they each cover slightly different types of problems (I noticed this esp. with ratios/probabilities, percents, and averages).

    Writing prep: I read through the sections in Barron's, which were definitely helpful in giving me ideas about how to attack the topics, but I think the ETS website had advice that was just as useful.
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