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[Announcement] Updated Book Reviews for the New Year

Happy 2014 Magooshers!

Studying for the GRE gets better and better each year, as study materials become more comprehensive and online applications put GRE vocab flashcards and study programs at your fingertips … anytime you want them!

And, for those of us who still like to hold a good old-fashioned book in our hands, Magoosh now has an updated list of the Best GRE Books of 2014.

Happy studying!

As usual, let us know how you feel about the list in the comments section below!

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8 Responses to [Announcement] Updated Book Reviews for the New Year

  1. Nazahat Durryyah May 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm #


    I’m planning to take the GRE on July 7th, and I’ve a little more than a month to prepare. I’ve signed up for Magoosh, and I’ve downloaded the vocab flash cards. My main concern is quantitative part. I’ve reserved a copy of Manhattan 5 lb. book from my local library, as I’ve read the good review about its math problems here.

    In addition, I’ve reserved a copy of Master the GRE 2014 by Peterson and Kaplan’s math workbook. I would like your reviews about these books.

    Furthermore, If you could please make your Math flashcards available on the kindle store, I’ll be extremely obliged.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 2, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Hi Nazahat!

      The Manhattan Series is excellent. The 5 lbs. book is a trove of helpful problems. While I have not seen the specific Peterson’s guide you speak of, the company has a pretty abysmal record as far as test prep material goes, one that stretches back decades. Kaplan is only a little better, mainly because it’s questions are much easier than what you’ll see on the actual test. Stick to Manhattan Series (their practice tests also offer excellent practice) and you should be fine.

      Best of luck 🙂

  2. Partho Mandal February 27, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    I need guidance regarding preparation for verbal section. Is Manhattan 5lbs practice book better or Barron’s 6 GRE practice tests better from verbal point of view? Is there any better material than these two? Thanks.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele February 27, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Partho,

      For the verbal section, you have to think of it in terms of questions and strategies. For strategies, MGRE is good. For questions, though, you want to rely on the official material as much as possible. ETS’s 2nd edition Official Guide to the GRE has hundreds of verbal questions (and even more when you count all the questions available on the practice tests).

      Hope that helps!

  3. Preeti January 12, 2014 at 9:13 am #


    I’m planning to take GRE test in this mid-march. Hoping to get a schedule from your team. I’m good at Quants and I want to improve my Verbal. Previously when I took GRE, I got a score of 1060 (750-Q 310-V). At that time, I got a top 100 list of words that helped me. I would like to know if there are any top 100 or 300 words which will help me in the learning process? I’m a Stay at home mom of 15 month old and I may not get time to learn all the words that are available in your site.. for this reason, I would like to know the top list of words.

    Thank you very much in advance 🙂

  4. preethi January 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I will be taking the GRE in mid-march.Could you please tell me a schedule that I could follow as I am aiming for a high score. my previous core was 1060 with 750 in math and 310 in verbal.

    Thank a lot in advance.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig January 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm #


      There are multiple study schedule options for you, since you have about two months until you take the GRE. I’d recommend trying to stick to a 2 month study schedule. We have an outline for one here:

      Good luck, and I hope you get the high score you’re aiming for! 🙂


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