Cracking the GRE Premium Edition with 6 Practice Tests, 2020
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Cracking the GRE Premium Edition with 6 Practice Tests, 2020 Book Review
I just took the GRE (scored a 311) and this book was essential to performing well. It’s a good place to start with for studying the GRE to get an idea of what you need to do in order to study and improve your score. I recommend this book or another form of a general guide book that suits you, ETS material- especially practicing with their two free practice tests, and magoosh videos/website to help supplement.
I found the Princeton Quant to be a little easier than the actual GRE so it’s important you do the free ETS practice tests and practice Quant (found in their math guide). The free ETS math guide I would also recommend to read for not only practice in Quant but also to touch on areas not fully covered in this book such as parabolas and trapezoids (although these are a low yield questions in the Quant section I think). Occasionally practice doing 20 quant questions in 35 min to mimic the test and to get used to working at a fast pace. I also used two pieces of computer paper to write down all the math formulas, triangle related concepts, and general math rules I needed to know to perform well and reviewed it often.
I would recommend practicing writing the essays a few times, but overall this book will help you feel confident in attacking and approaching any essay given.
For vocab, I solely studied from this book. I would go through their vocab page and memorize all the words. If some words gave me trouble I would cut a notecard into fours and make flash cards. This not only saved time (by making cards only for my “problem” words), but also helped to cement the words into my mind. Do not delay in studying for vocab. Study a little every day (about 10-20 words, depending on what you can handle). Don’t cram it all at once, in fact you can’t because it’s really not possible. And make sure you review old words you previously studied.
For reading comprehension just practice reading those lengthy hard passages, and practice with the text completion and comparisons. Practice makes perfect and will help you master the ability to make educated guesses as well.
I recommend at least doing 3-4 full practice tests before your GRE to gauge your process. Do the two ETS and two from Princeton (I found Princeton tests to be a little easier overall but still great practice). It’s important to build stamina for taking this long test. BUT do not take practice tests less than a week before your exam. You will freak yourself out and also start to burn out. Also do not study the day before or day of your exam. You did what you needed to do!
Good luck! I recommend this book and hope this review helps you.