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GRE For Dummies, 7th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-88921-3
384 pages
January 2012
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Sharpen your GRE test-taking skills with this updated and expanded premier guide with online links to BONUS tests and study aids

Are you anxious about taking the GRE yet eager to get into the graduate school of your dreams? GRE For Dummies, Premier Edition is a hands-on guide that gives you everything you need to excel in every area of the exam — verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. With clear, straight-forward advice, this test guide includes five tests that model real GRE questions, updated information that reflects the latest exam, plus 400 interactive vocabulary flashcards that you can access online. GRE For Dummies, Premier Edition gives you the edge you need to get your best possible GRE score and get into the graduate school of your choice!

  • Wield words like a samurai — find out how to tackle Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions, improve your reading comprehension, and expand your grammar
  • Count on mastering math — discover strategies for scoring high on the quantitative reasoning section — from basic math and geometry to algebra, charts and graphs, quantitative comparison, and word problems
  • Get the "write" stuff — learn an easy, step-by-step process for writing killer essays that meet the evaluators' requirements with minimal effort
  • Practice makes perfect — take the practice exams online and test your skills using the timed or untimed feature of the five full-length practice exams

Open the book and find:

  • An updated test prep guide to the GRE
  • A checklist of everything you need to prepare for test day
  • Strategies for all question types
  • Two fully revised practice tests and three brand-new practice tests
  • Detailed explanations for all practice problems
  • 400 vocabulary terms most likely to appear on the test
  • Essential information to help you sign up to take the test

Learn to:

  • Score higher on the GRE and get into the graduate school of your choice
  • Master verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing
  • Prepare for the big day with expert strategies for improving reading comprehension, grammar, and math skills
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Introduction 1

Part I: Mastering the GRE Test-Taking Experience 5

Chapter 1: Knowing What to Expect with the GRE 7

Chapter 2: Owning the GRE: Strategies for Success 13

Chapter 3: Gearing Up for Test Day 19

Part II: Tackling the Verbal Section One Word at a Time 25

Chapter 4: Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence: The Easiest Verbal Questions 27

Chapter 5: Making Sense of What You Read: Reading Comprehension 45

Chapter 6: Analyzing the Argument Questions 59

Chapter 7: Expanding Your Vocabulary to Boost Your Score 69

Part III: High School Math and Beyond: Math You Thought You’d Never Need Again 87

Chapter 8: Brushing Up on Basic Arithmetic 89

Chapter 9: Algebra: Finding What X Really Means 103

Chapter 10: Shaping Up Your Geometry Skills 123

Chapter 11: Translating English into Math: Word Problem Strategies 149

Chapter 12: Interpreting Data and Graphs 169

Chapter 13: Comparing Quantities: They Report, You Decide Which Is Greater 183

Part IV: Penning Powerful Analytical Essays 195

Chapter 14: Writing Analytical Essays on Issues and Arguments 197

Chapter 15: Practicing Analytical Writing and Sample Essays 211

Part V: Taking Full-Length Practice GREs: It’s All You 219

Chapter 16: Practice Exam 1 221

Chapter 17: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 243

Chapter 18: Practice Exam 2 259

Chapter 19: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 285

Chapter 20: Practice Exam 3 295

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations 323

Part VI: The Part of Tens 331

Chapter 22: Ten Key Facts about the GRE 333

Chapter 23: Ten Mistakes You Won’t Make (And Others Will) 337

Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Warm Up and Relax Before and During the GRE 341

Index 345

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Ron Woldoff is the founder of National Test Prep, where he helps students prepare for the GMAT, GRE, and SAT. He also teaches at Northern Arizona University and the American Graduate School of International Management.

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