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Cracking the GRE with 6 Practice Tests & DVD, 2014 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) Paperback – June 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0307945648 ISBN-10: 0307945642 Edition: Csm Pap/Dv

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Product Details

  • Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm Pap/Dv edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307945642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307945648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Very poor explanations, many many errors.
Nydia Martin
I highly recommend you also download the GRE PowerPrep II software from the ETS website (it's free), and read through the list of potential essay topics they provide.
Steven M Vick
This is a really helpful study guide, very easy to understand and keeps your interest.
Ashley S.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Vince Kotchian on November 19, 2013
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I write this review from the perspective of someone who tutors the GRE professionally and has done so since 2008. Overall, the book is good, but not great. It's a mix of helpful advice, oversimplified advice, and dangerous advice.

Helpful stuff:

- most of the DVD. Good tips for time management/test taking. Good, specific techniques for most question types. The presenter is clearly a real tutor and knows his stuff. Easy to watch and follow.
- concepts and techniques are presented in plain, helpfully written English
- most techniques are usable and effective
- vocab is appropriately chosen

Average stuff (the theme here is oversimplification):

- practice questions are generally representative of the real test (but sometimes too simple)
- math review does a nice job of simplifying things (at the expense of sometimes oversimplifying)
- techniques can be a little bit too basic and some need to be expounded upon to actually be useful

Bad advice/things that are just wrong:

- from the DVD: "the essay is by far the least important part of the test". Not true for MANY grad programs.
- from the DVD: "the test is scored from 200-800" - not since 2011...
- the book's title and assertion that the GRE "just assesses your ability to take the GRE". If you don't believe the test measures your vocab, math, writing, and reading comprehension skills, and that those fundamentals don't matter, and that you can just use this book to "Crack the GRE"... then you've just fallen for The Princeton Review's marketing. Unless you have average score aspirations, you will almost definitely need to do MORE than this book suggests.
- the claim that you don't need to buy the ETS Official Guide. The ETS book has a ton of real GRE questions that are real, therefore worth your time.

All in all, a pretty good book - just be aware of its shortcomings and it can be a useful tool in your GRE prep.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mw on July 25, 2013
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I like the Princeton Review GRE prep book because its writers are witty and have a sense of humor about the GRE and the company that produces the test - ETS. This makes practicing for the GRE more bearable - like they really get what you're going through in having to spend so much valuable time doing this. Very practical, strategy based. Don't buy the ETS prep books...they're already making enough money off of you! My one suggestion to Princeton Review is to try to be a little more succinct; I found myself skimming to get to the meaty stuff. This will help make this thick book seem less intimidating and waste less time.
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I've been using this book for a couple months. I haven't taken the GRE test just yet, but I think that its really helping so far. It definitely points you in the right direct with the all the tips an tricks. It includes six different practice tests, about 5 enormous lists of vocabulary words (words that have been used on the Gre in the past), several different math sections, as well as a writing portion; all of which have an answer key to each of them as well as valid explanations to go along with them. It even includes a CD which is also supposed to enhance further understanding. What I like most about the book itself is that it tells you what to expect on the test, it breaks down the parts, the number of questions per section, the time frame, ect.. just to make sure that no one is blindsided. I'm sure I'll do well on the test, I'm planning on take it in November.
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This book has been the most helpful of all the review books I have for the GRE. I haven't taken the test yet, but it makes a difference having the most up to date book. I highly recommend getting this one if you are taking the test this year. The tactics they teach are great, especially if you aren't good at math. I think I'm going to have a better shot at passing the math portion with the elimination process they teach. Plus the practice tests are helpful. It shows you exactly what the test will be like. I'm glad to have examples because I wouldn't have understood some of what the test was asking. Or how to use the calculator.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven M Vick on January 1, 2014
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In general, I think they get a little too cute with trying to teach techniques for passing without really knowing the material. The vocab words provided were very helpful though. If you make yourself familiar with the hit parade you'll have a solid foundation for doing very well on the verbal reasoning portion of the test (I scored in the 98th percentile). I highly recommend you also download the GRE PowerPrep II software from the ETS website (it's free), and read through the list of potential essay topics they provide. Good luck!
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By future grad on September 19, 2014
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I must have bought a like new book because there is pencil answer marks throughout the entire book. Makes studying difficult. I have to erase all the marking before I can read the section. My advice is to buy brand new. Not like new. The material however, is a FIVE STAR
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By Nydia Martin on October 11, 2014
Run for your life from this book. Very poor explanations, many many errors. Last I checked, 330 is a multiple of 30. Well this book says it isn't. This tells me the writers are either incompetent or careless... neither of which is acceptable.
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I used this and the Kaplan GRE book to study. I did very well on the the GRE. Between the two books, they cover pretty much everything that will be on the test.
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