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GRE Subject Test: Psychology, 5th Edition Paperback – August 3, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1419550447 ISBN-10: 1419550446 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 5th edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419550446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419550447
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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It has concise bullet points on relevant topics and leaves out the unnecessary details Kaplan likes to throw in.
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Not only that, but there were so many errors in the Kaplan book, that I couldn't believe were not noticed when the editor went over it before production.
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I had used Kaplan's GRE study book for the GRE General test, so I had high hopes for this book's ability to prepare me.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shreen on December 10, 2010
I procrastinated studying for this test until the week before, even though I had this book on my shelf. I had used Kaplan's GRE study book for the GRE General test, so I had high hopes for this book's ability to prepare me.

The book contains three sections. The first section is about the test format and scoring, the second is a discussion of many topics in psychology, and the third consists of practice tests with answer keys. There is also a glossary in the back and a note for international students.

The second section reads like a really in-depth Introduction to Psychology textbook. The entire section is 263 pages and contains chapters on social psychology; developmental psychology; personality and abnormal psychology; physiological psychology; sensation and perception; learning and ethology; cognitive psychology; and research design, statistics, tests, and measures. As a psychology major, it was extremely helpful at refreshing my memory on topics I had already learned about. However, sections that I had not already covered in-depth were harder to memorize (such as the physiological section). In studying, I began with the sections I knew the least about and worked my way down, reading all the sections. I studied for 14 hours the day before my test, and for two hours the morning of. I believe I got very good scores (I still haven't received them); I definitely felt prepared for the test and I at least recognized the information on every one of the questions, whether or not I knew the right answer.

For a psychology major, this book is invaluable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By -alyssa on November 21, 2013
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I had taken the GRE Psychology once before a couple years ago, prior to finishing all my undergrad course requirements and without using a review resource. Needless to say, my scores weren't great so I retook it this year. I already had this book and started reviewing about 1.5 months before. I went through the whole thing, cover to cover once and highlighted, went through a second time and took detailed notes, and then converted all my handwritten notes to type, so I essentially ingested all the information three times. During this time I also created flash cards of my weak points, in particular, associations of people and their theories, and internet searched concepts I was unclear on. During this time I also took ALL the practices tests, including the ETS test twice; for a total of four tests. Each time my score got progressively better. Imagine how quickly my heart sank on test day when I open the first page and see that only 2 of the 6 questions relate to anything I had reviewed...

This book is for sure missing a whole section of questions on cognitive as well as a bunch on evolutionary psych (which almost neglected any psychological perspective). It also needs to go into further detail on abnormal, including the similarities between disorders.

To be honest ETS needs to update their practice test as well because I found that wasn't even a reliable example of the questions on the current revision of the test, and sure enough, that practice test was distributed starting in 2008..... Like the test hasn't been revised since then?? Same with the Kaplan review book; 2010?!

Not surprisingly I was disappointed by my test score when I received it this week. It was better than last time, but barely competitive for acceptance into any programs.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. on November 11, 2011
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If all you want to do is skim through some basic stuff to sort of prime yourself or gently refresh your memory, this might do it for you.
It seems generally inadequate. It's frustrating that there aren't better resources to study for this test. So far the only decent thing I've found is the practice test on the ETS website.

EDIT: That's how I felt the night before I took the exam. Now that I've taken it, I can tell you that the best preparation for this test is to take courses in Research Methods, Developmental Psych, Social Psych, Cognitive Psych, Physiological Psych, Abnormal Psych, and History of Psych. Once you've done most of that, this book is actually a pretty good refresher. I was skeptical, but I would say most of the material on the exam was covered in the book. Or that's how it seemed. You would also do well to start studying more than three days before the exam. Aye, cross your fingers for me.

I would say that it needs more content. There are some things that there is too much information on and other things that there should have been more info about.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By xfairelanouba on May 24, 2012
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While preparing for the Psychology GRE, I ordered both this book and the Princeton Review. After some time working through the Princeton one, I abandoned it completely. Kaplan is THE WAY TO GO. I studied almost exclusively from this book, and it was great at identifying the most important topics from each subfield of psychology. My only complaint is that the review questions in both Kaplan and Princeton are not similar to the ones on the actual test. Make sure you take some ETS practice tests before going in.

Aside from this, I read through an Intro to Psych textbook in the last few days before the test to fill in the gaps with more detailed information. I scored a 750 and owe my success largely to this book.
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