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December 13th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Math Help for the GRE

Hi, I've been deficient in math since I was a kid. That's the simplest way to put it. It hasn't gotten any better in time, in fact....somehow worse. I will be taking the GRE sometime in the next few months, and the math section is going to ruin my score. I was wondering if there are any books/online guides that are recommended. I would prefer a straightforward guide, rather than a tutor. I have gone to math tutors over the years and they never helped for some reason. I have some time to dedicate to building up my mathematical skills, but I need somewhere to start. I'm also interested in getting better at math because I actually do find it interesting. I just need A LOT of extra help. Any recommendations would be great and really helpful. Thanks.
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When are you planning to start at a grad school? You need to take the GRE early, and you need to register for it in advance. If you can begin this whole process early enough to take the test twice, that could be a big help! The first step is to review the ETS website to get familiar with deadlines, costs, etc. Then, the next step is to look for guide books. There are a lot of guide books out there. I used one, but I can't remember the publisher... just look on amazon to see what the latest ones are. Make sure you get a book that focuses on the 2010 GRE, because there are slight differences each year. Find books with sample tests that have detailed solutions for the math problems. Take these sample tests over and over again (the same ones if you have to) until you get it right!
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Sorry that I wasn't very specific in my first post. I looked up the book I used... it was Cracking the GRE, 2010 Edition by Princeton Review. It's $12.97 on amazon. There are also GRE flash cards on amazon, if that sort of thing works for you. I used some for vocabulary, but I didn't try the math ones.

Also I think the ETS puts out an online sample test each year. But you don't get detailed solutions to the math problems on that one, so it isn't as helpful as a guide book test.
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