Best Books for GRE preparation
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States. Created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning and that are not entirely based on any specific field of study outside of the GRE itself. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers.
So the best books for GRE preparation is listed below
1. ETS’s The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test, 2nd Edition
This is the holy grail of prep. If you can only buy one book, this is it. The tone of the voice may not be as friendly as almost any other book on the market. But if you can bear the dry content, you are getting by far the best practice since ETS writes the questions for the test.
Throw in two GRE computer-based tests, which are on a CD that accompanies the book, and the best GRE book on the market gets even better.
2. ETS’s Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions & Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions
This one’s a twofer. ETS published these two new books in 2014, and boy is we glad they did. The Verbal book contains tons of new questions, written by the makers of the GRE. The strategies are nothing new (you can learn all of those from this blog), but this book is a must-buy, if only for the quality of its practice questions. The Quantitative Reasoning book, on the other hand, contains both helpful practice problems and useful new strategies. A word of warning: these new math problems are challenging. They’ll require some extra attention, and will help you up your quant game
3. Barron’s 6 GRE Practice Tests
4. Practicing to Take the GRE General Test, 10th Edition
Sure, this is a version of the old GRE, and the old, old GRE at that (the tests were taken from 1991, a year some of you had yet to enter the world). Yes, the math is much easier. Still, these are questions created by the writers of the test, so the traps are classical GRE.
The Reading Comprehension passages are still tough and make for good practice. And while they’ve cut the Antonym and Analogy sections, the antonym questions still make for good practice (the analogies contain many ridiculous words, such as names of tools and sewing implements)
5. The Manhattan GRE Series (MGRE) – Books One Through Eight
Ths series contains eight (mostly excellent) books written by those with years of tutoring experience. This fact shines through in the authorial voice this series uses. You feel as though there is a highly intelligent, but fun, laid back tutor walking you through the material.The six free online tests you get by simply buying any one of the eight books makes MGRE a no-brainer if you want expert guidance and great practice.
6. Vibrant’s GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to Real Essay Topics Books
These books from Vibrant Publishing—GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to Real Essay Topics and GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics – Book 2—are a welcome addition to the GRE literature scene. Not because they’re perfect, but because they contain GRE sample essays … something few books have. They’ll help you craft a decent response to a range of GRE essay topics. Not required reading, but helpful if you want to improve your essay score.
7. The Princeton Review, Cracking the GRE, 2017 Edition
That said, two major caveats: Do not use this book if you are looking for a high score. The strategies are very generic; they apply to most standardised tests, and they won’t help you understand the nuances or advanced concepts in the GRE. Secondly, do not do the questions, unless you are scoring way below 50% and are just starting off on the GRE. From this book glean some helpful strategies that you can use to actual test questions. Otherwise, this book is not of much use.
The only eligibility requirement for GRE is the document required to prove your identity. In India, you’ll need a valid passport. You’ll have to get your original passport (not photocopies) which clearly shows your full name, photograph and signature.
No other documentation (like birth certificate, international driving license etc) can be used as an alternate identity proof. They are very strict about this.
Apart from this eligibility requirement, ETS does not set any age, qualification, timing related pre-requisites. However, there will be a range of eligibility criteria set by universities that accept GRE scores. For each of their programs, they may have a minimum age, experience and qualification related filters.