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Verbal Book recommendations for GRE



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1. Barrons GRE ( 18th edition is the latest)
If you want to buy just one book for your GRE preparation this is the one !Plus, it is priced at less than 12 USD at amazon.So, look no further.

Pros -
a. It has the 4000 words well organised into 50 wordlists . Examples are provided for each word. If you are aiming for a high score this wordlist is indispensible.
b. 333 high frequency words.
c. The verbal section is among the best. [/list]
Cons -
a. Not quite sufficient for Math preparation. The basics are covered, but not sufficient practice and not many challenging questions.



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2. Nova's GRE Prep Course

Pros -
a. Lots of practice questions for verbal and Maths.
b. Very detailed AWA section.
c. Has 4000+ of GRE words. Downside is that only a 1 word meaning is given (without examples). Also includes high frequency words.

Cons -
The book is accompanied by a CD which is a big disappointment compared to the high standard of the book. But still, the book itself is worth the price.




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3. Norman Lewis - Word Power Made Easy

The toughest part of GRE preparation is building the vocabulary and this book works wonders. This book is based on etymology (root words) and actually makes learning new words and interesting thing to do.
For me, the biggest advantage I see is that when I learned words by understanding the roots, I was able to retain them much better than those I just tried to memorize otherwise.

As a matter of fact, it is not a GRE specific book, but is highly recommended because most of the words covered in this is part of the GRE wordlists.It is priced at less than 7 USD ( may be even lesser ) and I assure that you wont regret buying this.





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4. Kaplan GRE Premier

Overall good preparation for GRE.
One of the noteworthy things is that Kaplan CD comes with a lot of practice and 5 full length GRE exams which are pretty close to the real one.







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5.Cracking the GRE with DVD, 2011 Edition

Pros -
This is a book lot of GRE candidates absolutely love. Check out the amazon reviews.
More than anything, it has the most simple presentation and makes it appear that GRE is totally do-able.

Cons -
May not be enough for a 1200+ score.



6.Gre: Practicing to Take the General Test : Big Book 1995 ed.

Pros -
1.This book is the ultimate practice for GRE verbal. Excellent practice for verbal.
2.There are 54 question sets in the old paper based format. The difficulty level is comparable to actual GRE.
3. Real GRE retired questions
4. Especially useful for the reading comprehension section.
Cons -
1. Out of print now.
2. The used copies may be available at amazon, ebay etc. But are extremely expensive.

Bottom line, if you can find this book, that is all you need for GRE verbal practice.There is a GRE Math bigbook which is again hard to find. But that is totally outdated with a different question pattern - not worth it.




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7.GRE: Practicing to Take the General Test 10th Edition

Pros -
1. The only material available in market that has real retired GRE questions.
2. Contains 6 full length paper based exams.
3. Good for verbal practice and real-GRE like verbal questions.
4. Priced at less than 12 USD a copy, pretty inexpensive
5. Has the Mathrev pdf, which is a good Math refresher.This includes some good points that people tend to overlook. However, this is available for free download at ETS site.

Cons -
1. This is not an independant guide. It helps only as a question bank.
2. Out of the 6 exams, only one has detailed explainations for answers
3. Maths question pattern is outdated. It follows the very old pattern where 30 questions needed to be answered in 30 minutes. The current pattern has 28 questions and is 45 minutes long.

Overall, since the bigbook is out of print, this is the next best option for access to real GRE verbal questions.

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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 20:20
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 22:49
Nice post,thanks for this post above books help many students... :)
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 02:49
Thanks kieranwatts.
By the way, are you preparing for GRE?
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 01:07
From what I read the best combo would be Barron's for Verbal and Nova for Quant?
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 04:34
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From what I read the best combo would be Barron's for Verbal and Nova for Quant?


PadawanOfTheGMAT,

Yes, that is the general recommendation. Nova's GRE Math Bible is the most recommended Math guide. But it has been out of stock for a while now and is quite expensive even if you manage to find a copy. The one currently available at amazon costs around 976$ :( Check http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/ ... dition=new

Manhattan has recently launched their new set of GRE prep guides and their Math guides look promising. I am yet to look at the contents in detail,but with 6 guides dedicated to Math alone, they seem to be more thorough than any other GRE Math preparation material. The set includes guides on Number properties, Word translations which are similar in content to the GMAT guides and are proven materials for preparation.

Barrons is the most reliable source for the GRE wordlists which is the foundation to GRE verbal. There are about 4000+ words organized alphabetically into 50 wordlists.
They have some good set of questions as well.But,you will need to get more practice on the Antonyms,RC,Analogies and SC questions.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 08:39
Thanks for your message. Manhattan could be a very good source as I already study the gmat with their books and I love them.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 10:16
Are you sure about Nova's outrageous prices? On their website they are fairly priced and on local amazon websites I can find prices around $30.

By the way of you hadn't told me that Nova was legit, I would have thought they were just an Apple scam. Look at the design of their website!
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 11:37
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Are you sure about Nova's outrageous prices? On their website they are fairly priced and on local amazon websites I can find prices around $30.


Really? Are you sure these are prices for Nova's "GRE Math Bible"?
Could you please share that amazon link.
I checked in amazon today and a new copy costed 900+ $.

I am surprised,because I have been keeping a track of the price of this book and as of today I am not able to find even a used book for less than 500$.

Following is the result that I am getting when I search on http://www.google.com/products

http://www.google.com/products?q=GRE+Math+Bible&aq=f
The price that ebay sells it for is around 580$.

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By the way of you hadn't told me that Nova was legit, I would have thought they were just an Apple scam. Look at the design of their website!

Yeah !! But I dont see the book "GRE Math Bible" even listed in the Nova's website http://novapress.net/gre/books . I guess they have stopped printing the book. I am not sure if the one listed there "GRE Math Prep course" has content similar to that of the "GRE Math Bible".
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 01:02
Hmmm, you are right the product I checked out is not called the "GRE Math Bible", yet here is a $150 copy: http://www.amazon.com/GRE-Math-Bible-Je ... 963&sr=8-1

And both books the "Math Bible" and "GRE Math Prep course" have the same number of pages 528, so I guess the newest one supersedes the Bible, so one can safely buy it and save $100. An email to Nova would definitely confirm that.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 01:09
Great compilation !
Good to see Baron's still the best book around ... that word list is a killer ... I spent a summer trying to learn it up
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 02:49
As per my knowledge now GRE will not concentrate on vocabs..so it's good to avoid mugging vocabs list.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 22:50
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As per my knowledge now GRE will not concentrate on vocabs..so it's good to avoid mugging vocabs list.

actually, what I gather is that though there will no longer be a need to memorize the dictionary (figuratively), the GRE still continue to be way more vocab intensive than the GMAT
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 21:15
I think the GRE will still have a lot to do with vocab. Previously it was enough if we just knew the meaning of the word. But now to answer sentence completion questions, we need to know word meanings in depth and also know when and where to use them
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2012, 06:22
Nice books told about preparation. Have checked the books.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2012, 08:15
Hi all,

The following resources helped me the most.

1. The ETS guide (a must)
2. The 8 Manhattan GRE books. The concepts were explained really well.
3. There are a number of online test resources that are available. Even Manhattan gives you 6 free tests when you buy the books.
4. The ETS PowerPrep software.

That was all.

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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 05:31
Thank you for sharing - Great list and very helpful to many students.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2013, 00:28
I think there should be an updated list because the list of books in this thread was for the old GRE and not for the new one. There was a lot of emphasis on vocabulary in the old pattern of GRE so something like Barron's GRE would have been helpful but i think it'd not be very helpful now.
Here's what I found useful for verbal
1. GRE Verbal Grail- the holy grail for verbal.. awesome especially for RCs.
2.ManhattanGRE 5 lbs book- Great for overall practice
3. Norman Lewis Word power made easy- Teaches vocab in an interesting way.
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2013, 08:27
Hi guys :)
I have got the GRE test on the 8-th of December, I need one book to know how to pass this exam. Actually, I am already acquainted with this exam from books and once even passed this exam (its part only, without paying money. The preparation organization just checked our knowledge in English), so please tell me which book would is the best? It must not be large, I have got approximately 10 days to get prepared for it :)
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Re: GRE Verbal Preparation - Best GRE Books [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 08:39
Magoosh is a pretty good system for GRE verbal. I would recommend using Magoosh, combined with a book for vocab review like Baron's Essential Words for GRE.
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