Gre: Practicing to Take the General Test (PRACTICING TO TAKE THE GRE GENERAL TEST) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/10/31
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GREのGeneral Testは、2002年10月1日から新形式に変わる。新形式はVervalとQuantitative、それにこれまでのAnalytical Sectionに代わってエッセイを書くAnalytical Writingから成る。本書は過去問題7回分から選んだVervalとQuantitativeの設問、それにAnalytical Writingで出題される全トピック集から選んだトピックの参考例を掲載している。また、テストの構成についての知識、解答手順、VervalとQuantitativeの問題の解答と解説、エッセイの解答例と採点法、採点の知識、数学の復習問題、受験対策なども盛りこまれている。
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The value of this GRE practice book is its verbal and math practice tests. Although these practice tests are pen and paper, they provide two important advantages: (1) you can get a lot faster because these tests have more questions which are to be done in less time than the computer-based GRE, and (2) these are real GRE questions that will give you a preview of all the nuances that you would need to understand on sentence completions and analogies. There are other benefits such as picking up words you have never seen or used before, and recalling all the math concepts you have probably long forgotten. All of the above was important to me because English is my second language, and, therefore, my vocabulary is somewhat limited. When taking the GRE the second time, I still did not know all the words - I don't think it is possible - but I knew enough to exclude the inappropriate answers.
I would not recommend buying this book to study the strategy - Princeton GRE books do a much better job from the outsider (test taker) perspective. However, practicing with this book will give you insights into the logic behind the GRE questions. To learn the effective strategy, I would recommend Cracking the GRE with DVD, 2011 Edition by Princeton Review. I also used Anki, a free flash card software which you can download off the net, to practice the "hit parade" GRE words provided by the Princeton Review.
What I liked about it was that it was ETS's "official" prep book and it offered questions that you would most likely see on the exam. My instructor mainly used this book for our "homework" and took questions from certain pages to show how to solve them. Other than that, however, it's not very good at assisting on how to do well on the actual GRE. There are very few strategies and the examples in the book are not very good. Most of the strategies I learned to get the score I got were from my instructor. Plus, I hate to admit this, but the book was kinda boring.
This book is also very dated, so it may not be representative of the actual GRE exam now. In any case, I wouldn't use this as a stand-alone study guide; this would book would probably work well if you used a prep book from another well-known study company like Kaplan or Princeton Review.
Definitely start timing yourself about a month before you take the test- the timing was the hardest part for me. You have to be REALLY fast.
All in all, this book was quite helpful to me- used in conjunction with other materials.
In conclusion, the ETS GRE book makes for a good supplement if all you're looking for are practice questions before the actual exam, but it is insufficient if you plan on just studying this one book for the GRE.