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The GRE Test For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) Paperback – March 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470009192 ISBN-10: 0470009195 Edition: 6th

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  • Series: For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 6 edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470009195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470009192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

It goes without saying that if you're taking the GRE you're not really a dummy. But GRE scores are an important part of any graduate-school application--so you need to do your best. Suzee Vlk, long time test-prep specialist and author of several Dummies books, can help. The GRE for Dummies is packed with useful information and strategies to help you prepare for the test. The book includes advice on how to use the book efficiently (Vlk estimates you'll need 31 hours to work through it), review chapters for all three sections of the exam, and two complete practice exams. Vlk also discusses the pros and cons of taking the GRE by computer or with paper and pencil and special advice for those who choose to take the computer-based test. In familiar Dummies style, Vlk includes a handy tear-out "Cheat Sheet" with a summary of the most important information and a "Part of Tens" section with 10 "wrong rumors" about the GRE and 10 relaxation techniques to use before and during the exam. With its witty writing, helpful icons in the margins pointing out important information, and useful vocabulary scattered throughout, The GRE for Dummies makes test preparation easy and relatively painless. --C. B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A test-prep favorite, now updated for the new all-electronic Graduate Record Exam --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This is the book to buy if you want a high score on the GRE.
Addicted2GRACE
Her style makes for easy reading while you're soaking up knowledge, and the tips and tricks are indispensable.
Jen Petrunis
The examples were overly simplistic and did not reflect the difficulty of the test.
Karen E. Chaney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

118 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am taking the GREs to get a certain score to get into the school of my choice. I have taken this test twice and failed to reach my goal. Prior to the the first try I shelled out big money for a Kaplan course and bought Kaplan's cd-rom. For the second test I bought Princeton's cd-rom. I memorized hundreds of vocabulary words, took endless practice tests, and sat through banal classes -- and still was not able to meet my goal. If you are applying to graduate school, all of the standard guides and cd-roms will seem patronizing at best. In desperation and preparation of my third try I bought the 'Dummies' book. While some of the vocabulary is rather general, the tactics are marvelous! The vocabulary is based on roots, prefixes and suffixes... much better than memorizing definitions by rote. The study strategies are really useful. The math section explains each answer in full. The time management strategies are great. I would highly recommend using this book in conjunction with one of the standard ETS guides. While the title is daunting, you won't be disappointed with the content.
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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and the Kaplan book+CD-Rom on the basis of the reviews I read on Amazon.
Suzee Vlk writes very clearly and knows her subject well. If I were not halfway around the world, I would definitely have looked into the possibility of taking private tuition from her.
I believe strengths of this book are in the math review sections and the vocabulary material. It falls down a bit on preparation for the CAT. Sure, it mentions basic information like "you should answer everything" and "the first five questions count the most", but really fails to capture the nature of the test.
I think this is a very good book for people who might have forgotten some of their maths, people who think their vocabulary needs a bit of a kick and people who want to learn some of the GRE tricks. However, even those people I would advise to ALSO buy one of the GRE prep books that comes with a CD-ROM of practice tests. It's a stressful enough experience without letting it be a totally unfamiliar one.
(In case this matters in gauging whether my review is relevant to you: my scores were all over 750)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely helpful, and the author's sense of humor makes the studying bearable. Also, the way the vocabulary is integrated into the entire book means you are learning it even while studying for other parts of the exam. The most helpful parts are the math reviews, I actually re-learned years worth of algebra and geometry without too much effort. Again, the best part about the whole thing is that the author actually has a sense of humor, the book is not nearly as dry as some of the others I bought.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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I used The GRE for Dummies as well as the Cracking the GRE CAT (with CD Rom) to study for the GRE. Both had their strengths. In the GRE for Dummies, the math review was superior, the prefix, suffix, and root review was excellent; and especially helpful was the note that prior to studying, one should see whether or not the graduate school requires all three scores. I did that, found that I would not have to spend very much time studying for the analytical section, and was appreciative of the time saved. Using these two books, I did quite well on the GRE!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Disappointed on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Beware...althought this text is easy (and relatively painless) to read, the math section does NOT provide adequate preparation. Several types of questions found on the actual GRE are nowhere to be found in this supposedly comprehensive study guide. I was very disappointed when, after studying the math section religiously, I encountered problems on the GRE that I could have easily solved, had they been reviewed in the math section of the study guide. I would recommend using this guide in conjunction with another (possibly the ETS) study guide to prepare for the GRE.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
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I purchased this book 2-3 weeks before taking the computer-based GRE. I went through all the material and took both practice exams. I found the book to be extremely useful in terms of the many tips for doing well, even though you may not have the material totally mastered. I am 40 years old, married, two kids, and work full-time. I needed something that could help me get it done quick. This book really proved to be well worth my time and money. I will say that I found the analytical and verbal sections on the actual test more difficult than the practice exams. Nevertheless, I scored just as well on the actual test as on the practices: V-580, Q-530, A-580, for an overall score of 1690. I needed a 1600 for the masters program I am applying to. I really think the strategies I learned from the book are what helped me, because there were several questions on the exam I felt clueless about. Thanks Suzee!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "luvvy@email.unc.edu" on October 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the online reviews, and I have to say, the reviews are accurate. This book teaches you a lot about the tricks and traps of the GRE--some of which you can apply and some of which you won't see on the actual test. The math review is good and easy to understand. The analytical review helped me the most--just by practicng the logic games, you will learn a lot about how to do well on this section. The verbal review is okay, but it is better, I think, to start way ahead of time and learn as much vocabulary as possible. (It is extremely difficult to do well on the verbal section if you try to cram at the last minute--unless you have a superior vocab to begin with...) The best feature of this book is the fact that it is easy and interesting to read. As for my last word of GRE advice: take a snack or something to drink, because you will be so zonked by the time you have your break, you will need a little sustenance. Good luck!
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