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I took the GRE many years ago, and only did practice tests. I did fine, good enough for a program, but personally I frustrated myself. As my wife and I both are considering programs, I wanted to be smarter about prep. This became a key resource. There's a lot to know for the GRE, but a major part of the actual taking of it is the technique. This book helps you maximize your study time to focus on what you need to know and helps you navigate the sometimes confusing instructions. It also provides some background insight about why the GRE is framed the way it is.
This won't be a cure all, but getting this and the math version is very well worth the cost to help you do as well as possible in both study time and on the text itself. Again and again, as I went through this I wish I had it a decade ago.
This is definitely a great book to have while studying for the GRE. The content is strategy-based, rather than offering test content, as the title suggests. If you’re looking for more content, I’d look for a different book, but this Manhattan book is helpful in giving you strategies to help polish your technique before the exam. The book comes with loads of practice and problem sets, all with a set of answers and comprehensive explanations. The book covers reading comprehension, sentence equivalence, and text completion sections, as well as a small section on analytical writing (this latter section was not as useful for strategies as the other aforementioned verbal sections). Overall, I am very satisfied with this product and feel well prepared for this part of the exam.
I already have the 5lb Manhattan GRE study book and the Manhattan flash cards and I love them. I went to a couple of GRE practice sessions and every teacher highly recommended this book, and Manhattan in general, to me. I love how Manhattan really focuses on the strategy techniques in order to make sure you get a good score. The verbal book is significantly smaller than the math book but the quality of the content is the same.
Manhattan has a reputation for being pretty much the standard for GRE test prep, and this edition falls in line with what one would expect. They cover all the tiny triggers to watch for as well as solid strategies. I have NO doubt that if one utilizes this resource properly, it will maximize your potential for a high score. Manhattan gets my recommendation 100% and will always be my first choice in GRE test prep.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat reference book and study guide
Reviewed in the United States on 27 April 2019
I had to take the GMAT to get into grad school, and of course, now that I'm planning to continue on for my doctorate, the GRE is required. This is a very comprehensive study guide, and practice tests are included as well. There's a lot of material to get through, and it is generally recommended to take 2-3+ months studying. So, I'll be spending the summer with this book!
What a great book. Manhattan Prep keys on the people had scored in the top 1% for their strategies in taking the verbal portions of the GRE. You get a lot of practice in this book and, just as importantly, strategies for taking the essay portions of the exam.