There are a lot of companies that claim to have the “Best GRE Books,” but the Nova Press GRE Prep Course and GRE Math Prep Course books truly are some of the best GRE books out there. Whether you want to review everything on the test or just the math section, the Nova Press books cater to your needs.
The GRE Prep Course book thoroughly covers the three main sections of the GRE: math, verbal, and writing. Each section gives an extensive review of important concepts and guidance on how to improve your work in those areas. The math section addresses substitution, defined functions, number theory, quantitative comparisons, geometry, inequalities, and fractions & decimals, just to name a few areas. The Math Notes section provides a brief overview of concepts while the individual subsections give clear examples with explanations, in case you need more detail. Practice questions end each section, giving you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned, and answers with explanations are provided in a separate area so you can check yourself.
The verbal section will help you improve your reading comprehension by outlining steps to get to the real meaning of each reading excerpt. As the GRE will ask for text completions, Nova Press again gives clear examples and explanations on how to arrive at the correct answer. Perhaps the most valuable section are the vocabulary lists of commonly used terms on the GRE. There is a main list, with the 400 most frequently used words, and then the 4,000 list with other possibilities. That way, you are able to focus your attention where you feel it is most necessary. Finally, just to make sure you have all of your bases covered, Nova Press has a section on Etymology, so that if you come across a word you don’t know, you can figure out its origins and make an educated guess as to its meaning.
Nova Press also has you covered with the writing section. Aside from subsections on grammar and punctuation, the GRE Prep Course includes tips on how to develop your own writing style and on how to properly decipher the writing prompts, so you know exactly what the test-graders are looking for. Still need convincing? The writing section includes rubrics for each of the essay types so you have a way to evaluate your writing consistent with the way the test-graders will.
Originally posted 2012-04-03 00:33:02.