Best Books for GRE Verbal Preparation

Getting an excellent score in GRE can be very hard without a solid preparation of the verbal reasoning section. The biggest mistake any person can make is thinking that the verbal reasoning section is just one part of GRE and scoring less would not have much effect on their overall score. The verbal reasoning section is composed of three different sections:

  • Reading Comprehensions (RCs)
  • Sentence Equivalence (SE)
  • Text completion (TC)

In order to get above 95 percentile in the verbal reasoning section of GRE, you must score superbly in at least two subsections listed above. Then, even an average performance in the third subsection will be enough to get you to the desired total. The principal task you need to accomplish is to identify your areas of strength and weakness, in order to give special attention to your weak areas to improve upon them. Here is a list of books that can aid your GRE Verbal preparation and increase your confidence manifolds.

The Official Guide to the GRE General Test – ETS

This book is the Holy Grail for the test takers as it is published by the ETS themselves. Since the ETS publishes this book, the difficulty level and the question pattern are remarkably similar to the actual GRE exam. Four full-fledged practice tests are also provided with the book, which help the students to understand the nuances of the exam. Clear and detailed instructions related to the AWA section are also given with the motive of teaching best practices to the students that are helpful in scoring high marks. The only area in which this guide lags is the lack of practice questions and strategic advice, which are readily available in many other guides.

Gruber’s Complete GRE Guide

Written by Dr. Gary Gruber, this book is highly recommended for students who are at the initial stage of GRE preparation. It is especially helpful for those who believe in self-preparation. It also consists of the frequently asked GRE words that can be very helpful in building a basic vocabulary for tackling the verbal section. The students also provided a wide array of practice sets to test their skills and improve upon them. The only bad part about this book is the level of some of the reading passages, which is quite primitive and nowhere near the level of the RC passages asked in the GRE.

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Building an impeccable vocabulary in an extremely important part of GRE preparation and there is hardly any other book that can beat the collection of words of this book. The words listed in this book are based on the etymology of the words. So, playing with words becomes easy and fun as you know the parent words. This book does more than just add words to your vocabulary; it teaches ideas and a method of broadening knowledge as an integral part of the vocabulary building process.

Manhattan GRE Guide

The publishers of Manhattan GRE Guide provide a separate book for each topic. So, find out your weak section and refer this book as each volume of the book focuses on a particular sub-section. This book provides more elaborate explanations of concepts related to various topics, accompanied with the practice sets. This approach leads to a better understanding and preparation of all the topics that are asked in the GRE. Moreover, the questions in this book tend to be tougher than the questions that are usually asked in GRE. So, if you can get high scores in the practice tests that are provided in this book, then your chances of getting a top score in the actual exam are quite high.

The Verbal Workbook by Kaplan

There is a famous proverb in English that says ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ and this is the tagline of this book. This book provides tough test sets along with ample questions to materialize your preparation on better ground. A diagnostic tool is given to help students for carrying out a more targeted practice of concepts related to the Verbal Reasoning section. Key strategies for Verbal Reasoning section and essay writing tips for the Analytical Writing section are also mentioned in this book.

Use these books for an effective preparation. Learn new methods of problem-solving for better output. Keep on practicing questions diligently to apply the newly learned methods and build more confidence. Join BYJU’S in order to make the most of your every attempt. BYJU’S will be glad to help you in your GRE preparation journey. You can ask for any assistance related to GRE from us by just giving a missed call at +918884544444, or you can drop an SMS. You can write to us at gre@byjus.com.