- Series: Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides
- Paperback: 1920 pages
- Publisher: Manhattan Prep Publishing; Fourth edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937707911
- ISBN-13: 978-1937707910
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides) Fourth Edition
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The foremost strength of these guides is their comprehensiveness. They aim to cover all the concepts the GRE will present, and I think they do. Most one-book guides can't and don't.
The writing is authoritative and easy-to-read. The techniques presented are generally useful and easy to follow. I did notice a couple of things I didn't like: math techniques such as plugging in numbers and back-solving are rarely explained or described. This may be because only the practice sets at the end of each book have multiple choice questions. These are crucial math techniques and should be your first line of defense against many GRE problems. Verbal techniques are good, sometimes a bit oversimplified, and at times perhaps difficult for most students to use (the mantra advice for reading comp, for instance). I'd suggest Manhattan publish a separate math book with a focus on techniques as opposed to concepts, but that might cut into their course sales...
Another benefit of these books is that any of them gives you access to six online multistage GRE-like tests, which are useful practice, since there are only two computer practice tests available from the real GRE. Another good addition to these books is Manhattan's famous 5-pound book of GRE practice problems. Manhattan questions are not perfect imitations of real GRE questions, so use them but do not analyze them too much compared to authentic GRE questions.
Despite my issue with the dearth of math techniques and my lukewarm feelings about those for verbal, I strongly recommend you get these books early and use them often. These guys know their stuff and it shows. The only sporting thing for their competition to do at this point is to throw in the towel.
I like how the books go into the different pitfalls and include tips and tricks on how to avoid them.
Primarly, these books gave exposure to the test taker on how to ID and attack questions quickly.
If we all had the time, we can probably figure out most of the questions to a great degree of accuracy. However under stress and timelimit, this book will help you figure out the questions before you even start answering them.
My issue with this set of books is with only 5% of the material. The user should be aware of these possible issues so they dont waste their time:
Some of the books felt a little padded. For example. the text/sentence completion spent the first 100 pages telling you how to read a sentence when their tips can be summarized into ONE bullet point: Look for the target word, clue word, pivot word, then fill in with your own word. Pretty much, if you want to do well in with sentences and fill in the blanks, you need a vast vocab which is in the back of the book. One should start with the words first then learn the sentences as that will be the most time consuming part. There are also some typos and an inference errors but i can let those pass. The a few sample questions make the same mistakes it teaches you to avoid. "dont assume the answer". the answers to some of the sample questions does make an assumption. The quality of the books were sometimes inconsistent. The section for combinations and arrangements didnt really explained how combinations work, but just went straight into just how to fill out a chart or plug numbers into a formula. While another section will go into detail on how to add decimals and what the digits mean.
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