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New GRE Math Workbook (Kaplan GRE) [Paperback]

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May 10, 2011 1419550039 978-1419550034 8th Edition

Kaplan New GRE Math Workbook comprehensively addresses the test changes in the math section of the GRE Revised General Test. Fully revised and updated, Kaplan New GRE Math Workbook contains 75 percent all-new content, 50 percent new practice questions, and brand new strategies for the new question types. This powerful combination makes the Kaplan New GRE Math Workbook a highly effective way to prepare for the math section of the GRE Revised General Test.

Kaplan New GRE Math Workbook includes:
  • Overview of the new Quantitative sections
  • In-depth review of essential math concepts
  • Practice questions with detailed answer explanations
  • Kaplan-exclusive strategies and tips

Kaplan is dedicated to helping our students score higher. We guarantee that students will raise their scores–or get their money back.

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More people get into graduate school with a Kaplan GRE course than with a similar course from any other major test prep company. Kaplan provides three advantages no one else can match: the most personalized prep with more course options than any competitor including in-class, online, one-on-one, and self-study; the most focused prep with Kaplan’s exclusive online score analysis and personalized recommendation system; and the most effective prep, which is why Kaplan guarantees your score will improve.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan GRE
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 8th Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419550039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419550034
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good October 25, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had the revised GRE last week. I guess as most GRE takers, you want to do your best to prepare, and as ETS changed their format, you are left only with the POWERPREPP II. At this point I must say that the POWERPREPP II is an excellent preparation and you should also download all the material from the ETS website and make sure you understand all the concepts as they will be asked on the test!

On the contrary, the Kaplan Math workbook is just not good at that! It will only add to your frustration.
Firstly, it DOES NOT cover all the new additions in the revised GRE, i.e. Statistics. They just changed the name of the title!!
Secondly, it is full of errors. These include questions that suffer from ambiguity, which ETS will never pose, and just plain WRONG answers.
Thirdly, if you choose to work on the CD, you will notice typesetting errors.
Lastly, the questions are either dumb or complicated for the sake of being complicated. It looks that Kaplan did not invest a lot of their time to come up with these questions.

So why two stars and not one star? I guess there was merit in finding mistakes in Kaplan's questions.
To conclude, I would not recommend buying this!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money January 19, 2012
By Yvonne
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just took the GRE this week and lucky for me I used additional study materials to prep because I don't even want to think what kind of score I would have received had i solely relied on this Kaplan book. The math on the GRE is much more difficult than the math you will encounter in this book. Its good for brushing up on basic math concepts if it has been awhile since your last math class but don't rely on this for practice problems. Magoosh.com is a really good online prep system for practice problems. I highly recommend it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly Average January 20, 2012
By Amanda
I certainly did better on the GRE having studied with this book than if I had done no preparation at all. I started with the second part of the book which reviews basic math, algebra, and geometry. There are tons of practice problems, which are divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced categories. The first half of the book explains the different question types and has six full-length practice sections. I was satisfied with the number of practice problems and the layout of the book.

What bothered me is that I consistently scored almost 100% correct on all of their practice sections. I went to the GRE confident that I would do very well. I was surprised by how unprepared I was to answer many of the more challenging questions. Kaplan's book does not do enough preparation for statistics questions or very difficult geometry questions, which is an unfortunate thing to learn when you're in the middle of taking the test. I did get a good score but not as good as my practice test scores indicated I should have gotten.

This book is also full of typos and errors, which is very frustrating when you're trying to learn a new math concept, and you don't know whether the answer key is trustworthy. I found at least a dozen. It needs some serious editing.

I didn't use any other materials besides the ETS practice test to prepare, so I can't compare it to other popular books. However, if you do decide to use this, I suggest coupling it with something else.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid 3 stars January 30, 2012
By Tom
This prep book does a few things absolutely right, but there is no doubt that it falls short.

First the good - every concept that appears on the quantitative reasoning section is perfectly explained at a level that is effective for its target audience. Going through the book, I constantly furrowed my brow at a confusing problem, flipped to the solution, and only had to read a few lines before saying "ohh of course!" And this is an efficient method if the goal is to study intensely and achieve the highest possible score on this section.

However, most of us who are purchasing this remedial review of mathematics (as opposed to taking a class, etc.) are not expecting a perfect score. We merely want an acceptable one. And a better method for this audience would be to explicitly list the harder types of problems that appear on the test. I know that this can be a bit subjective, but it is necessary for people like me who shouldn't be memorizing the quadradic formula. Such an emphasis was placed on quadradics and fractions covered in exponents! I did not encounter a single question that required the quadradic formula on the test. Meanwhile, Kaplan only devoted a page or two to factorials - something that haunted me on test day, showing up in 5 or 6 questions (it seemed.)

But it earns a solid 3 stars. I got a 156 on the math section, having practiced no math for six years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Practice December 30, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ok I started out with the The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT which is a great basic math review. The Kaplan Math Workbook is my secondary guide and I like that it breaks the problems down by level of difficulty. While the book suggests you do the GRE Practice Problems 1st and then review the topics that you need to I would ONLY reccommend that for someone who has strong math skills. I would do the practice sets in the Math Review FIRST and then go to the front of the book for the Quantative set in the GMAT format. Just my two cents.

Oh and I gave the book only 4 stars because some of the explanations are not very clear. Then again, I am NOT a math genius so I pay just need a greater explanation than the average person studying for the GRE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't match the test very well
The book provides advice and tips for the GRE, but when I sat down to take the test I didn't recognize anything. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pdxer
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
Needed this text for school, it actually turned out to be pretty good and I would recommend for others learning about the topic.
Published 2 months ago by Joshy G
3.0 out of 5 stars Worked my tail off.... Not a huge amount of help
I really can't complain too much as at the very least, the one thing it was good for was getting me back into do the math I had not done in 20 years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Antonio J. Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-have practice for GRE
I studied using this book and scored 169 on the quant section. Good practice manual. I only wish there were more practice questions. The book is thick but most of it is fluff.
Published 3 months ago by C. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good math review
This book is pretty good as a math review. It has a section dedicated for every chunk of math that the new GRE might ask. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bman
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you're in need of
I have not taken the GRE yet but I hope that these things are on there! Most of the math is very basic & the summaries are very brief. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shannen bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Kaplan resource
I teach college so I buy these books so that my students can use them to prepare for the GRE. The Kaplan books seem to be especially helpful and this one is no different.
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool
Great book for GRE will help you raise your score especially if it's been a minute since you've been in school.
Published 6 months ago by dollface
3.0 out of 5 stars It went into too much detail.
I feel like it stressed me out and made me almost more anxious because of the level of difficulty of the questions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CaliGirl1989
5.0 out of 5 stars Great practice for each math topic
There is a review followed by practice problems for each topic of the GRE (Geometry, Prob/Stat, Algebra, etc.). Problems are just like ones you'll see on the actual test. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BK004
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