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New GRE 2011-2012: Strategies, Practice, and Review (Kaplan GRE) Paperback – February 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1607148487 ISBN-10: 160714848X Edition: Pap/Psc

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan GRE
  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Pap/Psc edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160714848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607148487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explanation on page 303 is not consistent with the problem.
Tony
It has really great tips and strategies and example problems and sections.
Ann
Kaplan books are definitely my favorite for preparing for the GRE.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on July 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
In my preparation for the new, revised GRE, I have used this book from Kaplan, Princeton Review's New GRE prep book, Barron's essential vocabulary, "30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary" by Funk and Lewis, and various dictionaries, Latin dictionaries, and various sources for word roots.

Essentially, it is impossible to find a single book that can fully prepare you for the GRE. I strongly prefer the Princeton Review book to Kaplan (see my review: Cracking the New GRE, 2012 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)), but no book should be used alone. Here is what Kaplan does well:

1.) Practice. Kaplan features 2 full tests (one in the book and one online via a serial number in the back of the book) and has plenty of smaller practice sets. The cumulative math sets, which are each 60-questions in length, are especially nice.

2.) Organization. Although I prefer Princeton, Kaplan places answers directly following the section so that they can be easily found.

Here's what Kaplan doesn't do well:

1.) Writing. Kaplan is a very boring read. I know this is a GRE prep book and it can't get all that exciting, but if you read Kaplan and Princeton side-by-side, you'll know what I mean. Kaplan's style is much more cold and sterile, whereas Princeton is more conversational and warm. Therefore, Kaplan reading is much more sluggish than Princeton's and leaves one feeling not as confident as after reading Princeton, which is mentally and emotionally very uplifting.

2.) The disc. A practice test can be accessed online using a serial number given in the back of the book.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AG2011 on July 26, 2011
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Please be aware that the following 2011 Kaplan New GRE books are essentially the same:
NEW GRE: Strategies, Practice and Review
and
New GRE: Premier 2011-2012
I have not compared the online or cd-rom practice tests but the content of the book is probably 90 % shared.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By BeforeDarknessFalls on June 13, 2011
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This is a great book to study from if you use it along with Barron's New GRE, 19th Edition (Barron's Gre). 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's 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 McGraw-Hill's New GRE, 2011-2012 Edition (Mcgraw-Hill's Gre (Book Only)) and McGraw-Hill's Conquering the New GRE Math
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ItsAllJeezies on November 22, 2011
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The ups of this book are possibly the word lists and groups.

The book does a horrible job explaining the math portion -- Barrons is MUCH MUCH better.

Moreover, I feel like they spend more time advertising their other products throughout the book rather than actually providing useful information. Waste of reading time when you're on a schedule.

In addition, they claim to provide a 'free online practice test', yet it is impossible to figure out how to access it, even with the access code given in the back of the book. Instead of taking you to the test, they fill your screen with advertisements to purchase their other test products.

The English portion of this book is fair, but I'd definitely recommend Barron's over this. Kaplan supposedly has a 'higher score guarantee', but I guess I will see after my test tomorrow if going through it was useful or a waste of time and money.

**ALSO** there are a few typos/mistakes in the math part, but I did not take not of where exactly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HA on July 30, 2011
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This book is useful in terms of learning strategies. It includes a math review section n the back of formulas, etc. You have to go through that section before you start the quantitative review section because they aren't included there. At that point the book expects that you know them. I think the answer explanations could be a little better and the book could include more practice problems. I did end up purchasing the workbooks as well to get more practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By singlalalapenni on May 3, 2012
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I did all the practice problems in this book and then found that the exam had types of questions not covered in this book! Very upset that I spent a lot of time preparing only to find myself unprepared.
Higher score is NOT guaranteed - I got a lower score on the exam than I did on the practice exams in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shenanyginz on October 13, 2011
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Doesn't offer much practice.

Once I understood how the test would work I was ready to just practice and practice and practice. This book has short practice sets at the end of every chapter as well as 2 60 question practice sets per Reasoning Section (verbal and quantitative) with answers and explanations. My major gripe with that however is that they preface each section with "allot 1.5 minutes per question" or something similar. I wanted more timed practice-- something that would feel more like the test-- and all this book has to offer as far as that is... 2 practice tests? My plan is to take at least 3 practice tests (I'm unemployed and have the time) every week until my test and its been impossible to get my hands on any more than the two in this book... or the two in the books every other test prep publisher seems to be offering. I think in general with the Revised GRE its been quite difficult to get your hands on just the simple most important thing. The test! I believe that taking the test and familiarizing yourself with it more than just two times is in the end the best strategy. Not with this book. Though it's an excellent start.

ETA
DO NOT GET THIS BOOK.
While Kaplan is probably the best source for revised GRE review and practice, THIS PARTICULAR BOOK does not offer as much practice as their PREMIERE book which has 6 tests total and additional practice questions on the CD-ROM. Start with the PREMIERE because this book IS the premiere book with extra practice! Then you will have more practice but Kaplan is definitely the way to go.
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