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New GRE Verbal Workbook (Kaplan GRE) [Paperback]

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April 26, 2011 1419550012 978-1419550010 7th Edition

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

Kaplan New GRE Verbal Workbook includes:
  • Overview of the new GRE Revised General Test verbal section
  • Review of all question types
  • More than 220 practice questions, with detailed answer explanations
  • Kaplan-exclusive strategies and tips

Kaplan is dedicated to the success of our students. We guaranteestudents will score higher on the GRE -- 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: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 7th Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419550012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419550010
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This review is specifically for the verbal section of the New GRE

I had already purchased Kaplan's new GRE Premier and ETS The official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test. ETS gives the right picture about how the test will be like. I couldn't find questions of high difficulty level in any book, but ETS Guide. Since there are just two practice tests in the ETS, you obviously need to practice a lot of questions in order to be well prepared.

Kaplan's approach to the Verbal Section for the New GRE is the best. You should combine it with Kaplan New GRE Premier which gives you 10 practice sets in their CD and two practice tests inside the book for verbal section though New GRE Premier doesn't have a good Maths section)- This book- Kaplan Verbal Workbook, has many questions which are very much close to the ones that I found in ETS; that means Kaplan meets the standards of real exam. When I saw the sample question for the verbal part on the ETS website, I found that comprehension questions are a bit more difficult now. Kaplan Verbal Workbook has come with questions that one might expect in the real GRE Exam and it gives a good practice. Although there are not enough books in the market for the New GRE exam (Barron's, kaplan and ETS are the only reliable sources), I believe this book will be enough. The number of practice tests are quite a lot! And that's what I wanted. Usually GRE books are huge and are filled with too many general explanations with the overview of the exam. We obviously know what the exam is and Verbal section is more about practice. SO, I just wanted to practice questions and this books wil really help me. I recommend this book to anyone who is preparing for the New GRE exam with a focus on Verbal section.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tool November 24, 2011
By Mike
This book is definitely helpful, and if you study long and hard it goes by quickly. I started the book with rather poor scores, around 153-154/170 on most practice sets. by the end I was up to around 168, and I have even received a perfect score on one of the sets. my actual GRE didn't reflect as high of a score (164/170), so I won't go out on a limb here and say that this is a perfectly accurate tool for gauging your final score. But it did indicate when I was improving. I would advise, however, that even when you begin to score extremely well in these kaplan practice sets that you do not consider yourself done with verbal study. Keep going with vocab and other practice sets in different prep books. My score wasn't as high as I had hoped for, and if I do end up having to retake the GRE, I will focus even harder on vocabulary.

If you are struggling with comprehension questions, it would greatly benefit you to begin studying far in advance of your test day by frequently reading quality publications in your free time. Read The New York Review of Books, Truthdig, The Economist, etc. and LOOK UP and LEARN every word you can't define immediately. If you have a Kindle, subscribe to the new york review of books, and when you read it, you can instantly look up the definition of words you don't know. That simple! You can tell I worked really hard to achieve a decent verbal score. This book is a decent tool to help gauge where you stand with the verbal section and I would highly recommend it in addition to other practice sets.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a good book for additional practice problems August 31, 2012
I just took the GRE and scored in the 85th percentile on the verbal section. Here is what I used:

I bought this Kaplan book later in my GRE studies as I was still struggling with the comprehensive reading, and some vocab. The book itself is mostly useful for having additional practice problems although it doesn't get too in depth regarding strategy (see my review of the Manhattan book below). Most of the practice problems seemed moderate to slightly challenging level of difficulty, so should suffice for the GRE.

Here are the other verbal workbooks that I used as well:

I did use the Barron's GRE Verbal Workbook Barron's GRE Verbal Workbook and while I found it useful for it's large amount of practice problems, I found some of the vocab words used as answers were less common that what I saw either on the GRE or on other practice problems and practice tests. With this noted, I still recommend using this book as some of these practice questions seem more difficult than other books.

I did use Manhattan's Reading Comprehension and Essay GRE Strategy Book as well. Reading Comprehension & Essays GRE Strategy Guide, 3rd Edition (Manhattan Prep Strategy Guides). The best thing I got from this book is learning how to take brief notes while reading over the reading passages on the GRE. Taking notes helps to reinforce what you are reading, a technique not talked about very often by other books. The practice problems in this book are decent, but nothing above that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for Verbal preparation
I used this workbook as my primary resource for preparing for the GRE. In retrospect, I probably did not need to purchase any others, especially since the Math portion of the test... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Natasha Smith
Published 2 months ago by P. Plunkett
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
1.0 out of 5 stars New seller, obviously
Disappointed! The book was was rated "Used, like new," so I ordered it. I needed the practice tests to brush up on my test-taking skills. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jean H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good review for the verbal
This book is pretty decent as review for the verbal section of the new GRE. It has sections for each major part of the new GRE. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to review verbal
The book is perfect. Nothing happens to the cover or inside. I read this book before in Barnes & Noble. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tianlang Liang
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
The Kaplan materials seem to be the best...at least according to my students preparing to take the GRE. They are reasonably priced and helpful.
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful!
It prepared me really well for the verbal section. I would definitely suggest you invest in this and the vocab flashcards!
Published 6 months ago by CaliGirl1989
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Stated
Helpful tool, really good item, just as stated in the description. A lot of practice questions to help with studying.
Published 7 months ago by Shantaya Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like I am starting from scratch
I find this book very helpful. It is giving me a totally different approach to studying and understanding the written language.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn Cannon
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