Review Books for GRE


The best GRE review books and how they can help you score high

Don’t know where to start your GRE studies from?

Taking the GRE looms as a huge obstacle in front of all those students who are keen on carrying out higher studies. Cracking this test is a tough job especially because it is not a test of your subject specific knowledge; rather it is a test of how well you are able to utilize your skills in applying that knowledge for solving problems. This calls for studies that concentrate on sharpening the skills that will be put to test by the GRE. It is this fact that baffles the test-takers as they are not aware of how to commence their studies for the test. If you are confused about how to start your studies for the test, there is only one way to disperse the clouds of uncertainty - ‘Pick up the right review book of GRE and start studying’! This is where most of you will get even more perplexed as you will not be aware of how to choose the right book that will help you to score high.

Are GRE books really helpful?

There is no doubting the fact that you cannot study for the GRE without the assistance of good test books. It will be a reckless decision on your part if you are planning to prepare for the test by studying from your high schools books or some general books that cover the subject areas being tested for the test. Your aim should be to study from books that have been written with the aim of helping you prepare for the test. Such review books of the test will not only acquaint you with the test format, but they will also familiarize you with the types of questions that will be asked in the test.

What are the advantages of studying from Review Books

There are numerous advantages of studying from books for your GRE prep; however it is not necessary that a single book will offer all the advantages that are associated with good review books. You must carry out a survey and pick up a combination of books which will collectively be able to provide you with maximum advantages of studying from preparation books. Listed below are some features of prep books that make them so helpful for studying for the GRE:

  • You don’t have to look high and low for information regarding the GRE as prep books will generally contain a detailed description of the test format along with an explanation of the types of questions that will be asked in the test.
  • You will come across books that concentrate on one of the test sections only. You can pick up such a book if you want to pay more attention to a specific test section in which you find that you need to improve your skills.
  • Review books are a useful resource for sample questions and practice tests. Some books even come with computerised practice tests in a CD or access to an online link. These computerised practice tests are very helpful as they familiarize you with the computer-based format of the test and you know how to handle the application which you will have to use to take the test.
  • The questions asked in the test may be tricky and you may have a good knowledge of the test content, but you will not be able to answer certain questions correctly due to lack of awareness regarding the best way to locate the correct answer from the given answer options. There are some books that provide you with useful tips and strategies for answering the questions that will be asked in the test. Such books are very useful as they will help you in scoring high in the test which may not have been the case had you not been aware of the best method for finding the correct answers when you are in a doubt.

Which are the top Review Books?

There are many popular books for preparation of GRE, but before you buy a book you must ascertain whether it suits your requirements or not. A book which proved to be useful for your friends may not be equally useful for you as well; for instance, if you need more practice on questions on verbal reasoning, then the book you choose should have ample practice questions on verbal reasoning with answer explanations. Therefore, survey the market, have a look at the available books and buy a book only if it meets your requirements and if it has received favourable feedback from the students who have used it for their study. You can buy review books from local bookstores or from online bookstores like, etc. Some popular  books are listed here.

  • The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test
  • This is one GRE book that should definitely be with you if you are studying for the test. This review book is of ETS which is the same organization that develops and administers the test. This implies that the sample questions in this book would be from the same pool of questions from which the actual test will be framed. This book contains full length computerised practice tests, useful tips and strategies for taking the test along with answer explanations to the sample questions given in the book. Therefore, make sure that you study from this book for your test.

  • New GRE 2011-2012 Premier by Kaplan
  • Kaplan is a world leader in the test prep industry. The book is a bestseller as it has been prepared by Kaplan which has years of experience in training students to score high in the test. You will get a CD along with this book. The book contains numerous full length practice tests, tips for getting high scores and other useful information related to the test.

  • McGraw-Hill's Conquering the New GRE Math
  • You should go in for this book if you need to specifically improve your skills being tested by the Quantitative Reasoning test section of the test. It contains three math practice tests, test strategies for each of the question types that will be asked and drills for improving your weak areas.

  • New GRE Verbal Workbook (Kaplan GRE Verbal Workbook)
  • This is another book marketed by Kaplan and it concentrates on helping you prepare for the Verbal Reasoning test section of the test. It contains practice questions with detailed answer explanations, useful vocabulary building resources and strategies for answering the types of questions that will be asked in the Verbal Reasoning test section of the test.