GRE: 2009 (Barron's) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/7/6
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This 17th edition of Barron's GRE manual reflects recent Graduate Record Exams and presents six full-length model exams with all questions answered and explained. Tests are similar to recent actual GREs in length, question types, and degree of difficulty. The manual also reviews all GRE test topics: antonym, analogy, and sentence-completion questions, reading comprehension, analytical writing, quantitative comparison questions, data interpretation, and math. The enclosed CD-ROM contains computerized versions of the book's subject reviews and practice tests.
1)Is it harder or easier than the real thing?
The Barrons is a little harder in the sense that the questions are slightly trickier. Seems that it's the Barrons philosophy to do the "learn to run before walking, so walking will be easier to do later."
2)Is it accurate?
Some questions are close to the real thing, some are much harder. For example the graph questions on the math section are MUCH easier on the real test. The graphs on the Barrons books don't show tick marks and often you get the question wrong because the data point looks like it could be anything from 10 to 15 and if you approximate too much in either direction you'll come up with the wrong answer.
Basically- accurate enough for practice. If you can do these you should be fine for the test.
3)Do I need to buy anything else?
I would recommend the Kaplan vocabulary flash cards. I find flash cards work way better than the wall of text that is included in the Barron's vocab section. I skipped over the barron's vocab section in its entirety so I cannot say how good or bad it is. (Only that I found it annoying to read)
4)Barrons vs. Real thing
During the weekend before the GRE I took the last 2 practice tests. On one I got something like 1370, the other 1410. I did way better than both of those on the real GRE.
5)What to buy with this-
Kaplan vocabulary cards and use the free software you get when you register for the GRE. The CD-rom isn't nearly as close to the real test as the powerprep software.
Bottom line- if I were able to go back in time I'd tell myself to buy this book. :)