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I'm looking for a good GRE preparation program. I need help with the quantitative sections much more than the verbal. I do better with something structured, as compared to working completely on my own but the price for the basic Kaplan course, $1,199, makes me cringe on many levels.I'd also like to find something that will allow me to spend most of my time preparing for the math sections. Can anyone suggest other options? Has anyone had good luck with one-on-one tutoring? Can you get tutoring without breaking the bank? Thanks! hopeful future grad student
What I did was buy the $20 Princeton Review book, that came with a CD, and had a reliable study buddy. We made firm plans to study three times a week for 3 hours at a time - just be in the same room to study with each other, we would talk out specific questions if we had any. The test is ultra-formulaic. The best way to improve your verbal score is to study the list of vocab words at the back of the book. Flash cards - no need from an outside party needed there. The essays are a formula - and they give you the formula in the book. Pratice a couple times on each type, and you are fine. The quantitative section - Im not gonna lie - it had been almost 10 years since I had taken math, I've never enjoyed doing math, and Ive never been great at it. I was more that a little rusty. The math on the GRE does not go above high school level math (they can't test you on college-level math because not everybody takes math in college). There are certain kinds of problems (maybe 40?) you need to know how to solve- the book lays it all out. Learn each - really understand it - and then practice, practice, practice. It did help for me to have a couple friends who were good at math so when I was stuck, and the book's explanation didn't cut it, I asked them. But honestly, as rusty and math-phobic as I was, that probably only happened 3-4 times.
Just keep practicing, and do it religiously, and there's no need to shell out a couple thousand dollars. If you know you dont have the discipline to study on your own, and you have a couple thousand dollars, you should take the class. But if you can do it on your own, or with a friend/study buddy, put that money to better use!
help. it's been 20 years since i've taken a standardized test. i want to try to take the gre next spring. none of the kaplan or princeton review class times work for me. has anyone done the online courses. are they worth it? ($500-$900) or is it just as helpful to save the money and buy the book - though i'd like some feedback and structure, though. individual tutors are even more expensive, it seems. anon
When I took the GRE 20 years ago, the math seemed very basic--I just needed a review. Now it's been 30 years since high school math, and I need more than the brief reviews in the GRE prep books. But I don't have time for an intensive GRE class. Does anyone know a tutor who not only knows the math but is also familiar with the GRE? (If not, a patient math tutor would do.) Or a GRE class that would allow me to take only the classes focusing on math? Sandy
Urgent need for math tutor recommendations to help someone who is studying for the GRE. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Donna
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