- Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; 4 Rev Upd edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375428224
- ISBN-13: 978-0375428227
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crash Course for the New GRE, 4th Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) 4 Rev Upd Edition
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The strategies they suggest in this book are the same as suggested in any book, but condensed: use time wisely, read only as much as you must, use your scratch paper, eliminate wrong answers rather than looking for right ones, skip questions you are spending too much time on and come back later, use your scratch paper (yes, I've already said it, but people tend to skip this).
Some of the reminders they give you about math are very, very helpful; in particular, the tips, tricks, and strategies relating to square roots and Pythagorean Triples about right triangles are not only shortcuts, but for some geometry problems, they are required knowledge. If you've forgotten about 30-60-90 triangles and isosceles right triangles, you may not be able to solve some area problems, so for those of us who, like myself, have never been good at geometric and spatial reasoning, these tips are score-savers.
However, I do have some issues with their other strategies.
For the reading comp, they suggest never reading a whole passage. Well, that's not surprising, we were taught this for reading-heavy seminars in college where we were scheduled to discuss the reading, anyway, and when you have 500 pages to read in a week you can't get bogged down in unnecessary details, only main ideas.
Unfortunately, their method seemed to backfire. While you don't read the whole passage on the first run-through by their method, you end up going back and fishing for the answer for the many specific questions - ESPECIALLY in the case of "all of the following are true EXCEPT.Read more ›
In an example "quant comp" problem on page 78, you are told very early on to cross out the answer C, as it is not a possible answer. The problem then goes on to conclude that C is the answer. What?
The answer (page 183) provided by the book for the fifth problem in "Math Drill #2" is incorrect. The book states that the answer is C ("The two quantities are the same."), but the writer also clearly states that Quantity A is equal to one third, while Quantity B is given as one and one third. One third is NOT equal to one and one third, and not even Princeton will manage to convince me otherwise.
There are other errors in the calculations within the book, but I cannot continue to delve into the specifics without becoming irate.
If you want to feel tricked and cheated, go ahead and buy this book. If you want a quality review guide, look elsewhere.
Book arrived in timely manner.
Buy the official guide and review the materials from the website. Only the test creators, ETS, really know what the new questions are going to be like.
I would know since I recently took the new GRE, and have found the Official Guide be have the most accurate preparation for the math section.
Still, if you could indeed decipher what they mean in each section, the strategies are helpful (though simply condensed versions of what's in the larger books).
I skipped most of the Verbal because I'm strong there, and Verbal is the "fun" part for me (study only if I have nothing else to do). I speak mainly from my experience with the Math section: the numerous errors make me nervous, but the tips are perfectly fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good if you have a very small amount of time to prepare.Published 17 days ago by Leah Leffler
The amount of calculation errors in this book is inexcusable-- and disappointing. I also have the full length cracking the GRE book, which I really liked. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lindsey Zischkale
3/14: I already worked on the larger version of The Princeton Review of the GRE. Read more
As a last refresher or cramming book, this really helps with little tips and memorization strategies to aid in your studies. Great helpPublished on July 31, 2013 by Jen H
The previous negative reviews say it all- there are errors that are simply unacceptable for a GRE prep book. Jazz's review says everything you need to know. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Tyler
Easy to follow. Has great tips for reading sections that make the test less intimidating especially if you're a slower reader. Review questions and answers are helpful.Published on November 28, 2011 by K. Miner
I wanted a small GRE study guide to use when I traveled. I found mistakes within five minutes of studying. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by sean_in_sandiego
I loved this book! I took my test on Sept. 30 and everyone should read this before taking your test It had great strategies and helped me with diciphering "what they were asking"... Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by LynnC