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Manhattan GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides, 2nd Edition (Manhattan GRE Strategy Guides) Original Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Series: Manhattan GRE Strategy Guides
  • Paperback: 1384 pages
  • Publisher: Manhattan Prep Publishing; Original edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935707558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935707554
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I only purchased the verbal sections of the series from a bookstore nearby, in my opinion:

a. The text completion and sentence equivalence section really helped me improve my scores. The end of the book has Idioms, root lists and 1000 essential & 1000 advanced words list with illustrated usage in sentences in a catchy way like " "Cramming" vocabulary words probably won't be very efective, but studying a little every day will redound to your success", thus making the contextual use of some obscure words easier. the words they claim are the same as their flashcards, but I heard the cards also have related words, which definitely helps to remember certain words. Eg. Disingenuous = insincere, and related words are 'dissembling' and 'prevaricating'.

b.Although reading comprehension section has a lot of tips, they are good only if you can practice a lot. The practice problems on the verbal section are tougher than the ones on GRE. Definitely helpful.

c.For essay & argument writing, the Manhattan GRE gives a good explanation on how to build your arguments. Writing using the issue topic pool on the ETS website or discussing with a friend or someone in your family by picking up certain topics you are not comfortable with definitely helps . There is a compilation of some quotes by great leaders and other prominent people.
For the quantitative section I used the math review that is available for free download on the ETS website, The concepts are very well explained.

The free online practice tests definitely helped me, although I read another reviewer said it didn't; I guess it depends on each person and their individual strengths & weaknesses. I took the GRE yesterday and the online tests were equally tough as the new gre.
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By Toni on September 19, 2011
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If you're like me and never seemed to understand math when you were younger, got through college somehow without having to take math (except statistics) but still have to take the GRE these books are for you. Seriously, I love these books so much they've eased some of my anxiety about test taking. The set is definitely large but if you're committed to really studying, the books are very clear and have plenty of practice questions. There are lots of tricks one can use to save time on test day. I'm giving myself about 5 months to prepare because I've never done well on standardized tests. I'm on month two of these books and got through two of them completely so far. You can jump around, they're not really in order.
Also, the vocabulary flash cards ( there are two sets and you have to buy separately) are great too really concise.I'm not a book learner usually, but I don't think I'll be needing a tutor as originally planned because these books are that easy to understand. It's annoying to spend over $100 on prep materials on top of the test, but I've looked at other books and feel that Manhattan are the best.
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I tried using other books to study for the GRE, but these books gave the most indepth explanantions for different problem types. I also love that they not only go through the different math information, but also give you tips on how to solve problems like the quantitative comparison questions. There are tips given that help you save time and you definitely need the time on the GRE! There are drill sets and problem sets so you can gain practice through many questions. There are also example questions that the books work through step by step explaining them. If you are looking for books that clearly explain the information and make it easy to understand, these would be a good choice! There are also 6 practice tests you can gain access to online, but make sure that the book is either sold by amazon or that there is a code in the book to gain access. If not, just buy the set and then buy one additional book from amazon and you will have access. You can also use the calculator that you will have on the GRE which is good so that you can practice using that rather than a handheld one.
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I got the GRE revised Manhatten review set because it came with free practice tests online. However, I took the GRE and it was painfully apparent that the actual GRE test was much harder than the review tests that Manhatten had online, so be aware of that!!! Also, the real GRE test had statistics questions on it and the manhatten GRE book series does not include statistics practice (I was EXTREMELY mad about this). The books are also riddled with type-os, not such a big deal for you getting a good score, but just sloppy quality. If you get these books, then make absolutely sure you check out the ETS book so you don't miss anything.
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This books are saved me. I forgot some basic maths principles, I spent a lot on GRE Class but could not understand lot of the stuff. I bought this books and haven't regretted. They're expensive but you'll achieve more. You can learn on your own and pass the GRE with there books.
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I decided to buy these books after studying for the GMAT with the Manhattan series. I honestly believe that these books will be of more use than a class that cost 1000+. The books all start out with the same summary of what the test is like and the new changes. Then they go into their respective fields. If you have the Manhattan GMAT series, you can basically skip all the math books in this series except the quantitative comparison book. Each book is broken into sections and each section is structured the same way. Each section begins with information that you need to learn and includes some sample problems, then you are given a problem set to do with answers on the next few pages. After all the sections of the book, you are given a huge Drill section over everything with probably around 100 problems. These books work great because they proivde the information you need and then provide a TON of problems to learn from. I scored in the 90% and above in both quant and verbal. I highly suggest these books and if your math skills are lacking, try the Manhattan GMAT math books. They are a bit harder but excellent at learning the basics.
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