5 Best GRE Prep Books

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Best GRE Prep Books

If you’re beginning your GRE prep, having the right resources is imperative. There are two main online resources for GRE prep classes and materials: Magoosh and Manhattan Prep.  They both offer complete GRE courses. We prefer Magoosh for their free resources, inexpensive class access, and mobile study apps. While Manhattan Prep has, hands down, the best books on the market (outside the Official ETS guide). That said, be sure and check them both out, see which works better for you. Manhattan Prep lets you sit in on a live class for free, and Magoosh offers class tutorials to try for free as well. See which fits your learning style before committing either way.
Here are what we consider to be the five best GRE prep resources for studying.

 

 

(1) Official GRE Super Power Pack

If you only buy one thing for GRE prep, this should be it. It’s written by ETS,  the same people who write the actual GRE questions. These books represent the most up to date and applicable information you can get on the GRE. It’s critical to understand the types of trick questions they ask, and their explanations can help you develop intuition.

 

 

(2) 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems

This book ties for first in our minds. It has more practice problems than you could possibly do, broken down by category. If you know geometry is a weak point for you, you can go through dozens of geometry questions–followed by THREE practice exams (easy, medium, hard) that feature nothing but geometry questions. They have this setup for every topic on the GRE. This text won’t *teach* you material, per se, but it’s a critical resource for practice.

 

(3) Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides

If you’re feeling shaky about your knowledge base and want a set of books that functions like a class–essentially teaching you all the material you need to know for the exam–this is the resource to get. All the books have loads of practice problems in addition to instructional sections on each topic. There is a reason this set has such high customer reviews on Amazon, and is consistently discussed on reddit forums and gradcafe–it works!

 

(4) 500 Essential Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards and 500 Advanced Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards

Ok, so these aren’t books, but they are incredibly useful resources. The vocabulary section is a breeze if you know the core set of words used on the exam. These flashcards are amazingly useful because they actually provide memorable information, instead of just one regurgitated definition. Example:

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(5)Barron’s 6 GRE Practice Tests

We’re not super high on a lot of Barron and Kaplan books–only because they feel a bit incomplete. In most books, there isn’t a ton of instruction, yet there also aren’t a lot of practice problems. This book is breaks that tradition however, and provides 6 practice exams. Despite the Official GRE pack and Manhattan guides coming with free practice tests, if you’re serious about a high score, you need to take many practice exams. This book is cheap at only $11 and if combined with any of the Official or Manhattan guides, provides enough practice exams for you to do a timed session once a week for the entire summer.

 

 

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Best GRE Prep Books

If you’re beginning your GRE prep, having the right resources is imperative. There are two main online resources for GRE prep classes and materials: Magoosh and Manhattan Prep.  They both offer complete GRE courses. We prefer Magoosh for their free resources, inexpensive class access, and mobile study apps. While Manhattan Prep has, hands down, the best books on the market (outside the Official ETS guide). That said, be sure and check them both out, see which works better for you. Manhattan Prep lets you sit in on a live class for free, and Magoosh offers class tutorials to try for free as well. See which fits your learning style before committing either way.
Here are what we consider to be the five best GRE prep resources for studying.

 

 

(1) Official GRE Super Power Pack

If you only buy one thing for GRE prep, this should be it. It’s written by ETS,  the same people who write the actual GRE questions. These books represent the most up to date and applicable information you can get on the GRE. It’s critical to understand the types of trick questions they ask, and their explanations can help you develop intuition.

 

 

(2) 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems

This book ties for first in our minds. It has more practice problems than you could possibly do, broken down by category. If you know geometry is a weak point for you, you can go through dozens of geometry questions–followed by THREE practice exams (easy, medium, hard) that feature nothing but geometry questions. They have this setup for every topic on the GRE. This text won’t *teach* you material, per se, but it’s a critical resource for practice.

 

(3) Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides

If you’re feeling shaky about your knowledge base and want a set of books that functions like a class–essentially teaching you all the material you need to know for the exam–this is the resource to get. All the books have loads of practice problems in addition to instructional sections on each topic. There is a reason this set has such high customer reviews on Amazon, and is consistently discussed on reddit forums and gradcafe–it works!

 

(4) 500 Essential Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards and 500 Advanced Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards

Ok, so these aren’t books, but they are incredibly useful resources. The vocabulary section is a breeze if you know the core set of words used on the exam. These flashcards are amazingly useful because they actually provide memorable information, instead of just one regurgitated definition. Example:

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(5)Barron’s 6 GRE Practice Tests

We’re not super high on a lot of Barron and Kaplan books–only because they feel a bit incomplete. In most books, there isn’t a ton of instruction, yet there also aren’t a lot of practice problems. This book is breaks that tradition however, and provides 6 practice exams. Despite the Official GRE pack and Manhattan guides coming with free practice tests, if you’re serious about a high score, you need to take many practice exams. This book is cheap at only $11 and if combined with any of the Official or Manhattan guides, provides enough practice exams for you to do a timed session once a week for the entire summer.

 

 

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