Best GRE Books

Taking a GRE practice exam every week is the best approach to improve your GRE core. We have done some research and found out that “The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test (GRE: The Official Guide to the General Test)” and “New GRE 2011-2012 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan Gre Exam Premier Live)” are the best choices for you to prepare and ace GRE.

The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test (GRE: The Official Guide to the General Test)

Get expert advice on the GRE revised General Test from the test makers themselves!

Get ready for the new test debuting in August 2011! The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test with CD-ROM comes straight from Educational Testing Service (ETS), the people who make the test. Filled with vital test-taking information, sample questions, a full-length actual GRE exams on CD, and ETS’s own preparation tips–this only official guide is the essential study resource you’ll need for the exam.


  • Complete coverage of all the brand-new test features and question types
  • Authentic GRE questions and answers
  • An actual GRE test on CD-ROM
  • The test-makers’ own strategies for scoring high

Topics include: Introducing the GRE Revised General Test, GRE Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, GRE Quantitative Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning Practice, GRE Analytical Writing, GRE Math Review, and Authentic GRE Practice Test.

This book is one of the earliest books available for the new revised GRE available in August of 2011. It is a valuable tool for people to get a jumpstart on the masses and see what is going on with this new test and what will be expected.

I loved the changes made to the reading comprehension sections. The book does detail all of the things that have changed from the old GRE. Getting this information straight from the test makers at least gives you confidence that they do know what they’re doing.

An issue I had with the book is that it has review sections in math that glosses over an area and moves on. They mention that if you don’t understand a concept or need more explanation, you will need to purchase some other book or review an old text on the subject. This book gives a list of answers.

I took the test provided in the book and did pretty good.

New GRE 2011-2012 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan Gre Exam Premier Live)


The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is taken by college graduates looking to gain entrance to graduate school in business, the arts, sciences, and humanities. With an increasing number of graduate and business school applicants and an increasing number of GRE test-takers—now a complete test overhaul by the test-maker—a high GRE score is critical to set yourself apart from the competition.

New GRE 2011-2012 Premier with CD-ROM is a comprehensive package that includes a book, CD-ROM, and online companion with in-depth strategies, test information, and practice questions to help students score higher on the new GRE Revised General Test. New GRE 2011-2012 Premier with CD-ROM is fully updated and revised with 75 percent all-new content covering the revised and expanded Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing Assessment Test sections, including 50 percent new practice questions and brand new strategies for each of the new question types.

New GRE 2011-2012 Premier with CD-ROM features:

  • 6 full-length practice tests (1 in the book, 5 online)
  • 400 practice questions and answer explanations on the CD-ROM
  • A detailed overview of the test changes
  • Key strategies for all New GRE question types
  • Details and practice sets for the Verbal and Quantitative sections
  • Diagnostic tool in end-of-chapter practice sets for even more targeted practice
  • Advice for the graduate school application process

Kaplan guarantees that readers will score higher on the GRE Revised General Test using our guide—or get their money back.

I recently bought this book to study for the revised GRE that begins in August 2011. So far I’ve been pretty much looking at the resources and reading the introductory parts and they have all been very helpful.

First of all, with this book, which includes practice sections and one full-length paper-based practice test, you get an online registration number which allows you to access 5 additional full-length practice tests. You also get an online session to one free GRE Live Online session, which I’m looking forward to experience. You also have the CD-ROM companion. The CD has a whole lot of practice sets for both the verbal and quantitative sections as well as 5 analytical essay prompts. So far I’ve taken the paper-based test on the book, to get my first feel of how the test is like. I did pretty good on the verbal section but I know I’ll need a lot of practice on the math/quantitative section and develop my writing skills for the analytical section of the GRE.

As far as the introductions go, they explain all the changes with the revised GRE and give you lots of study tips for before taking the test and advice on actually taking the test. The mobile version of the book, as mentioned inside the book, will not be available until September, or so it said on the online website. I do have a Kaplan Vocab app which I downloaded (FREE) that has a 501 words list which I’ve been using occasionally.

As I go through the book, the revised GRE has been very helpful to me so far.

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