Are you planning to take the GRE in 2023? If your answer is yes, you would need thorough prep to crack the exam. But, referring to outdated versions of practice books will do more harm than good. The GRE has evolved and to match its format and question types, you need books that are relevant in today’s date. Below is a list of the top 10 GRE books that you will need if you are taking your exam in 2023.
Books to write high-scoring essays
Analytical Writing is the first thing you will encounter in the GRE. This section requires you to work out your brain and form essays expressing your opinions and thoughts on certain issues or arguments. You are given 30 minutes to write 2 essays each. This means that you will likely face a time crunch. But, at the same time, you have to give your best and write good essays. This is only possible when you know the strategies to manage your time!
The 3 Analytical Writing books comprise official issue and argument topics for the GRE. The topics range from subjects like Arts, Education, and Philosophy, to Government, Politics, Science and Technology, and Society. The book includes expert tips and strategies to write high-scoring essays in the exam. These tips and strategies show how to strategically utilize your time to think, lay an outline, and write the essays. To give you a more substantial picture of the essays, sample essays are also given for each of the issue and argument topics.
The 2023 editions of these books are available for Pre-order.
Books to ace the Verbal Reasoning section
Test takers often have the perception that they do not need practice for the Verbal Reasoning section as it comprises comprehension and sentence completion questions. Well, it is a myth. While the questions seem easy, they require a good vocabulary and a practiced eye to recognize the correct answers.
These 3 books are meant to teach you just that. With more than 500 Verbal Reasoning questions, you will have a concrete idea of how to quickly and efficiently answer questions. As you don’t have much time to think over all questions, you will learn strategies on how to efficiently answer questions by using tricks like word associations. You will also comprehend the logic behind the questions with the help of detailed answers that explain why an option is correct or incorrect. You can now pre-order these books.
Books to improve your vocabulary
The GRE does not test your ability to throw around big and fancy words; it rather tests your fluency in understanding and conveying your thoughts and opinions. But, building vocabulary is not a day’s task. Luckily, GRE experts have identified GRE-specific words and compiled them in these two books. They will be of great help in getting focused vocabulary practice for the Verbal Reasoning section beside the apparent benefit of actually helping in improving your vocabulary.
The words in the book come with synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, pronunciations, and example sentences so that you can not only learn the words but also know their usage with context. These books are now available for pre-order.
An all-in-one book for the Quantitative Reasoning section
The Quantitative Reasoning section often poses a challenge to the test takers and is dreaded by many. But again, practicing is the only way to overcome this fear and even ace the quant section.
The ‘Supreme’ book is true to its name. It is filled with all types of Quant questions - Quantitative Comparison, Multiple Choice Single Answer, Multiple Choice Multiple Answer, Data Analysis, and Numeric Entry. The questions are divided into Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, and Data Analysis. This book is different from other books in the market because it provides detailed answers to all questions. This will help you understand the logic behind quant questions and answer them in the real test.
Complete your prep with practice tests
Lastly, after thoroughly practicing and preparing for all the sections, you can test yourself with 6 timed GRE practice tests. The tests are just like the actual GRE with time slots and instructions given for each question so that you get a simulated practice before actually appearing for the exam. The book has over 480+ realistic practice questions that cover all the sections of the GRE.
The tests also have a detailed answer key that doesn’t leave you in the dark but clears your doubts.
A stress management ebook for the GRE
Conquer the GRE: Stress Management & a Perfect Study
GRE can be a stressful affair. Preparing for various subjects with a pressure to crack the exam can lead to stress, but it can be managed. All the above books come with an ebook on stress management that has the necessary tips to lessen your stress and manage your study schedule. It has a 6-month and an 8-week study plan that you can follow. It also has tips and advice to follow before the test day and on the test day. The book is also available for purchase on Amazon.
The right resources can make a huge difference while preparing for a test. These books will teach you everything that you need to learn for the GRE and at the same time, will stimulate your critical thinking skills which are equally important for the exam.