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I didn't give this book 5 star because there is a serious problem of this book you must be cautious of. It is that the problems in the actual test are far more difficult than the problems in this book. It indeed covers all the topics but not deep enough for the real test.
For the calculus, probability, complex analysis, number theory part, it probably provides all you need but you still need to do more difficult exercises besides this book.
For the linear algebra part, I think it should emphasize more on the theories of linear transformation and vector space. There wouldn't be any calculation problems of linear algebra in the test: nearly all the problems in this part are theoretical.
For topics like abstract algebra, topology, real analysis, if you want to have a good score, say over 80%, you definitely need to read Rudin' "Principles of mathematical analysis"(chapter 1-8), Munkres' "Topology"(first 3 or 4 chapters) and an abstract algebra text book (I would recommend "Abstract Algebra: A First Course" by Dan Saracino ). There are more problems in these 3 branches in the real test than in the sample posted by ETS. (But I don't think you need to know much about Lebesgue's theory although this book discussed about it).
The main complaint regarding Leduc's guide is a lack of exercises. Having taken the Mathematics Subject GRE just yesterday as of the writing of this review, I can honestly say that the major pitful encountered by most, including me, on the exam was the time constraint - an absurd 2 hours 50 minutes for 66 somewhat tricky to somewhat impossible to solve in 2.5 minutes mathematics questions.
The best use of this guide is to serve as a nexus for your studies, and augment your studies with a lot of other books and exercises. Nonetheless , since this guide is not terribly expensive, I recommend the purchase if you don't already have the 3rd edition.
By the way, there are too many errors in the Review problems for chapter 7.
On the ETS website there is an actual test that was administered in 2005.A comparison of this test and a practise test at the end of this book shows great differences in the actual difficulty level.Needless to say the real ETS test is much harder.Another problem with this book is that many advanced topics do not get realistic treatment.Most notable are Real Analysis,Topology,Number Theory, and Abstract Algebra .Therefore it would be naive on the part of prospective test takers to think that this book represents an actual MATH SUBJECT TEST.The only worth this book has is that it makes the reader get used to multiple choice Math questions, and this is why it is perhaps better than nothing.As far as the actual MATH SUBJECT TEST is concerened,the people who score high on this test are mainly foreigners who are graduates of overseas Universities. In the United States in the great majority of undergraduate math programs it is a known fact that the stress is not on the most difficult problems.Ironically the GRE SUBJECT TEST IN MATH does stress the most difficult problems.As just one example supporting this fact look at question #51 on test available on the ETS website where it has the integral of the greatest integer function multiplied by the exponential function.Read more ›
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Wow, this is the book you want for a down and dirty review!Published 1 month ago by Moribund Alpaca
At most, this will serve as a placebo. Having this book will give you the feeling that you've spent some money and effort to prepare for the exam in one comprehensive book like so... Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. Choi
This book's one redeeming feature is the practice tests. All the strategy is basically worthless -- you already know it if you're taking the math subject GRE. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew
Much Better than nothing. Gives you an idea what to expect. Wish it had more practice though.Published 7 months ago by Johnny P. Nguyen
Worthless book unless all your looking for is confidence. It will make you feel like you have a good shot, then you will fail hard.Published 9 months ago by James Waddington