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GRE Math Prep Course (Nova's GRE Prep Course) Perfect Paperback – November 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1889057590 ISBN-10: 1889057592

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1. This is a great book to get more tricks and knowledge for the quantitative part of the GRE. It has hundreds of exercises of several types, it is well-written and reviews in detail every subject tested in quantitative GRE. Finally, it has a good, thorough diagnosis test. In summary, if you have a book for general preparation (like the ones sold by Kaplan) and you really need to have a high quantitative score (for those who want to attend courses like computer sciences, physics or economics), this one will be a great complement! --Guilherme Oliveira

2. I have to say that I love this book. I took a Princeton Review GRE class. I started off with a 610 on the math section. When I was finished with the class, I was getting about 650 on the practice tests. I have been working through the GRE Math Prep Course to get a more rigorous treatment of the problems. I took the Powerprep test today and got a 750. The Nova book does things at a much deeper level than the other stuff I have looked at. --A Student

3. At first I tried the Kaplan, Barron's and Princeton Review books, but this by far is the best book if you want to do well. You will probably need to buy Barron's GRE exam book to get basic review of math or the Kaplan GRE exam workbook if you are a little rusty. But after reviewing these books, definitely get this one. I have gone over this book for the past four weeks and my math skills have dramatically improved. The other brands may get you to an average score but this book will definitely get you scoring highly (700+). I took a practice test last week and did very poorly and in just a week of intense review of this book (timing myself rather than just going through the book slowly to understand the concepts) my score has gone up by 100 points! I hope to keep improving since I have yet to master every concept in this book, but I believe that with each concept I master my score will definitely improve. --greyay
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  • Series: Nova's GRE Prep Course
  • Perfect Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Press (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889057592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889057590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The worst thing of the book is the answer key.
R. Yosofov
Another great feature is that the book categorizes each problem by the level of difficulty (Easy, Medium, Hard, Very Hard).
real san diego reader
I'd recommend this to anyone who needs to get a good score on their math GRE.
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166 of 171 people found the following review helpful By real san diego reader on September 7, 2010
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This is the first GRE book that didn't infuriate me. Many other books are full of down-right stupid questions that are only difficult because they involve a great deal of tedious arithmetic (the average of the eight numbers in column A vs. the average of the nine numbers in column B). I've come across a book that assumed that I remember a bunch of unit conversions (how many feet in a mile, cups in a gallon), and one nasty book in particular (now out of print) that kept switching back and forth between integers and real numbers without specifying which set is being used. Still other books describe a bunch of "strategies" that are ridiculously time consuming and cannot be used realistically on the actual exam. Thankfully, this book had none of the faults I've just described. While there are some errors, they weren't as numerous as they are in most other GRE books.

The book is split up into over two dozen chapters, each chapter dealing with a specific type of problem such as geometry, substitution, and exponents & roots. This allows you to focus on each problem type, one at a time, so that you can be sure you have thoroughly mastered it. Personally, I think this approach is much more beneficial than learning some general strategies for solving what are, essentially, very different types of problems. Another great feature is that the book categorizes each problem by the level of difficulty (Easy, Medium, Hard, Very Hard). The problems labeled "Very Hard" are intended to be more difficult than any problem found on the GRE, and solving them is a great confidence booster.

I have a stack of GRE books including ones by Kaplan and Princeton Review, and this is by far the best GRE Math book I've come across. Highly recommended.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Blah Blah on December 6, 2010
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I bought this book as one of my final purchases for my GRE prep. It had been very highly rated and I needed a more intensive math review after purchasing GRE for Dummies, Cracking the GRE by Princeton and the Barrons 800 High Frequency Word List. The fact that the book separates the question levels of difficult is one of the better aspects of the book. The sheer number of questions to practice with is also very helpful.

However, there are still numerous flaws that left me unsatisfied. I found the reviews of many concepts to be lackluster at best, giving questions in the medium or hard sections with no preemptive preparation in the review part of the section. Also, I found numerous questions to be tediously full of problems that need more time to work on than should be necessary for a GRE question. Also, I found the types of questions themselves, while helpful to concept practice, not at all written in the same manner as the GRE questions you can typically find in the PowerPrep or in a Princeton book.

The math section on the GRE is all about tricks, traps and simple ways to solve problems. Many solutions offered in the answer sections provide complex if not completely unnecessary solutions - adding extra variables where no variable really need be added, for example. They show complex ways of solving QC problems with a D answer that need only basic logic to prove as a D.

Lastly, I feel a math book for the GRE should be teaching you how to do the least amount of math in your 45 minutes and how to immediately spot a trap. This book only minimally mentions traps and tips to find them.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Mae on August 22, 2010
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This book is amazing!!!
I wouldnt have done well without it. I studied with Kaplan's math workbook And Kaplan is good, but it is pitiful compared to this one. This book covers way more things that ARE on the Gre that Kaplan did not. Also, it levels the questions so that you know what level question you are answering.. which is extremely helpful because you get a better look at the ballpark of questions you will be asked on the GRE. I am so thankful that I found this book... it was tremendously helpful!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Holly on May 11, 2011
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This book had the best review problems of all the GRE Math books I tried, including REA and Kaplan. It will not give you step-by-step instructions for the problem solving, so you do have to do some of the work on your own to understand the solutions, but I think that only helps as long as you can take the time to go through them.

I took the GRE's last month and did great on the quantitative section. Compared to this book, the GRE math section actually seemed easy. I would recommend this to anyone who already has math knowledge, but hasn't done these types of calculations in years. It had been over 5 years since my last college course, and this book got me back up and running. Took me about 2 months to completely go through all of the problems and understand the solutions. Good luck!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Beehaz on September 30, 2011
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Alright, I'm going to tell you what I didn't find out until almost too late.. There are no comprehensive tricks or strategies to the GRE (skip all those Kaplan books which meander around all the 'tricks'), and no simply re-learning a set of concepts (such as in the Cliffnotes math review, which got great reviews as well, but after using it, realized I only had a rudimentary/non practical understanding of GRE math concepts). These are not sufficient for an above average score (if you are looking for a 'just survive this math section without failing miserably' kind of score then the Cliffnotes Math Standardized Test Review will do). In reality, on the test, you will have just over a minute to detect the concept that a question is not simply asking you to use, but it is manipulating the concept in a way where you have to be familiar with the very process of answering it.

In my opinion the only way to prepare for this is to do practice problems, and this book has LOTS. One warning to reiterate here though, you will need time, probably at least a month, as some of these practice problems are very hard. Indeed, this is the goal of the book-- to present you with easy, medium, hard, and very hard practice problem types for each concept, the very hard ones being harder than any problem you would actually see on the test. While going through all the necessary topics, it does do a bit of explaining, and offers very helpful tips on how to approach certain problems and problem types. The answer explanations are very in depth.
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