Best GRE prep books and reviews

GRE tests the skills that you have acquired over the years in verbal, quant and reasoning sections. It is the sort of exam that can help you to realize your dream of getting into the college of your choice. But it’s not going to be a cakewalk for you. In order to crack GRE, you must dedicate each and every second of your free time, including the free time you get from your job. Use this free time to learn and practice questions related to the GRE exam. Even after making a schedule with the confidence of following it at all costs, the biggest challenge faced by any aspirant is what study material to opt for and which book to choose as a guide for a fruitful prep. For decades, students have been using different books for preparation. Some of these books are used nowadays as well. The relevant information they hold has been able to stand the test of time. Let’s take a quick look at some popular books, which can be vital for your GRE preparation:-

The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test by ETS, 2nd Edition:

This book is said to be the Holy Grail for the GRE aspirants. So, if you are planning to purchase a single book, then you must go for this one. The official guide by ETS is written by the people, who prepare the questions for the GRE test. Even though the tone used in the book is not that stimulating, but it is still good enough to help you nail your preparation.

  • Official site of ETS – $40.00
  • Book’s price on Amazon – $21

Barron’s 6 GRE Practice Tests:

This book should be chosen just for its sheer content. The practice sheets present fill the candidate with confidence and help them to understand the pressure felt in the real-time environment. The information provided in this book helps them to prepare for the D-day in a very effective manner.

  • Barron’s Site – $14.99
  • Amazon – $7.55

The Manhattan GRE Series (MGRE) – Books One Through Eight:

This series of books contains eight volumes covering each aspect of every section of GRE. It is designed by the people who have years of teaching experience that apparently drips from teaching techniques used in the book. This book requires you to have a lot of patience, as it provides a detailed process of preparation for GRE. Going through 8 books is not easy but if you want a proper preparation strategy. Then, this is the right book for you.

  • Manhattan Site: $32.00 – $148.00*
  • Amazon Site: $11.00 – $140.00*

*Depends on the number of books purchased.

The Princeton Review, Cracking the GRE, 2017 Edition:

This book is still very famous in the GRE community for its elaborate strategies, which are absent from the official GRE guide. The strategies aim at making learning both easy and fun.

  • Princeton Review Site: $23.99
  • Amazon: $39.55

Given below are the books that will help you to prepare for a particular section:

Best Books for GRE Verbal

ETS’s Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions

This book is designed by ETS specifically for the verbal section of GRE. Since ETS conducts the GRE, understanding the problems and their level of difficulty in the actual exam becomes much easier.

  • ETS Site: $20.00
  • Amazon: $10.85

The Manhattan Verbal Reasoning

These books belong to The Manhattan GRE Series (MGRE). It’s a nice option for those, who want to develop an understanding of different aspects of the verbal sections and apply advance strategies to tackle verbal questions.

Best GRE Quantitative Books

Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, by ETS:

This book for GRE Quantitative Reasoning was designed by ETS with the intent of providing an in-depth view of the quant questions asked in GRE. It’s one of the popular books in the market as it has all the necessary ingredients, for you to develop a good understanding of the vital mathematical concepts.

  • ETS Site: $20.0
  • Amazon: $10.56

The Manhattan Quantitative Aptitude:

This book belongs to The Manhattan GRE Series (MGRE) and covers the fundamental concepts required to nail the GRE quant section. This book will also provide you with a vast number of practice questions.

Good books can be extremely vital for preparation for anyone, who is preparing for GRE. They can be used for building an effective strategy and a strong knowledge base. Methods for fast scoring are provided in all good books. These books provide many methods to the reader to choose from, for solving questions of a certain type.

It is also important to have a good mentor, who can bring certain ease to the entire learning process. Experts at BYJU’S come up with innovative ways of learning, through years of experience. These methods aim at making learning easy and fun. Take mock tests provided by BYJU’S and get an in-depth analysis of your performance. Find out your weak sections and go through the video lessons delivered by the experts to improve upon your weak areas.

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