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GRE For Dummies: with Online Practice Tests, 8th Edition

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The fast and easy way to score higher on the GRE

Does the thought of preparing for the GRE give you goose bumps? Fear not! This new edition of GRE For Dummies with Online Practice gives you a competitive edge by fully preparing you for the GRE exam with subject reviews and tons of practice opportunities. Written in the accessible and friendly style that has defined the For Dummies brand for more than twenty years, this hands-on guide helps you assess where you need more study help, gets you up-to-speed on the questions you can expect to encounter on the actual GRE exam, and will have you practicing your way to test-taking perfection by exam day.

The Graduate Record Examinations is a standardized test and admission requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. THE GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. If you're an aspiring graduate school student preparing for this all-important exam, GRE For Dummies with Online Practice gives you everything you need to increase your chances of scoring higher.

  • Includes full-length GRE practice tests and hundreds of practice questions to prepare you for test day

  • Provides trusted GRE test-taking strategies to help you score your highest

  • Helps you master verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing

  • Gives you access to GRE practice questions online

  • So what are you waiting for? Start practicing today—and get into the graduate school of your dreams!

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    7. Part I: Getting Started with the GRE
      1. Chapter 1: Knowing What to Expect with the GRE
        1. Signing Up for the GRE
        2. Breaking the GRE into Manageable Pieces
        3. Scoring Max: 340 and 6
        4. Gimme a Break! GRE Intermissions
      2. Chapter 2: Owning the GRE: Strategies for Success
        1. Making the Best Use of Your Time
        2. Repeating the Test
        3. Reporting Test Administration Abnormalities
        4. Using Old Scores
      3. Chapter 3: Gearing Up for Exam Day
        1. Gathering Your Stuff the Night Before
        2. Knowing What Not to Bring
        3. Training Physically and Mentally for Test Day
        4. Test-Driving the Computerized Version
        5. Bringing the GRE into Your Comfort Zone
    8. Part II: Tackling the Verbal Section One Word at a Time
      1. Chapter 4: Making Sense of Sentences: Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence
        1. Grasping Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Questions
        2. Developing Your Skills for Finding the Correct Answers
        3. Attacking the Question Head-On
        4. Interpreting Trickier Sentences
        5. Getting Your Hands Dirty with Practice Questions
      2. Chapter 5: Extracting Meaning from Text: Reading Comprehension
        1. Recognizing the Three Reading Comprehension Question Formats
        2. Developing Strategies for Success
        3. Acing the Three Commonly Tested Reading Comprehension Passages
      3. Chapter 6: Analyzing the Argument Questions
        1. Skipping the Answer Choices
        2. Knowing What to Look for in the Question
        3. Reading the Passage with a Critical Eye
        4. Answering the Question in Your Own Words
        5. Eliminating Wrong Answers to Find the Right One
      4. Chapter 7: Expanding Your Vocabulary to Boost Your Score
        1. Brushing Up on Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots
        2. Memorizing the GRE's Most Common Vocabulary Words
    9. Part III: High School Math and Beyond: Math You Thought You'd Never Need Again
      1. Chapter 8: Brushing Up on Basic Arithmetic
        1. Knowing Integers, Factors, and Multiples
        2. Factoring in Prime Time: Prime and Composite Numbers
        3. Reading between the Lines: Absolute Value
        4. Remembering the Order of Things: Putting PEMDAS to Use
        5. Taking Advantage of the Distributive, Associative, and Commutative Properties
        6. Measuring Up: Units of Measurement
        7. Discovering the Point with Decimals
        8. Facing Off with Fractions
        9. Manipulating Percentages
        10. Making Ratios More Rational
        11. Working the Numbers: Arithmetic Practice Problems
      2. Chapter 9: Algebra: Finding What X Really Means
        1. Tapping the Powers of Bases and Exponents
        2. Working with Math Operators and Functions
        3. Mastering the Fundamentals of Algebra
        4. Dealing with Square Roots and Radicals
        5. Traversing the X- and Y-Axes with Coordinate Geometry
        6. Recognizing Patterns in Sequential Terms
      3. Chapter 10: Shaping Up Your Geometry Skills
        1. Exploring Lines and Angles
        2. Recognizing the Many Sides of Polygons
        3. Understanding Triangles from Top to Bottom
        4. Knowing Quadrilaterals Inside and Out
        5. Working with Circles
        6. Going 3-D with Volume and Surface Area
      4. Chapter 11: Translating Word Problems into Math and Solving Them
        1. Working a Word Problem Step by Step
        2. Are We There Yet? Calculating Distance, Rate, and Time
        3. Figuring Averages
        4. Calculating Simple Interest: I = Prt
        5. Working Out with Work Problems
        6. Mixing It Up with Mixture Problems
        7. Sorting Out Sets and Groups
        8. Solving Simple Probability Problems
        9. Surveying Different Counting Methods
      5. Chapter 12: Interpreting Data and Graphs
        1. Brushing Up on Basic Stats
        2. Analyzing Data in Tables
        3. Analyzing Data in Graphs
      6. Chapter 13: Comparing Quantities: Which Is Greater?
        1. The Answer Choices Are Always the Same: Memorize Them Now
        2. Easy as Π: Approaching QC Questions
        3. Gotchas and Other Pitfalls: Tips, Traps, and Tricks
        4. Deciding On Your Own: Quantitative Comparison Practice Questions
    10. Part IV: Penning Powerful Analytical Essays
      1. Chapter 14: Writing Analytical Essays on Issues and Arguments
        1. Setting Your Sights on the Target: Scoring a Perfect 6
        2. Writing the Issue Essay
        3. Writing the Argument Essay
      2. Chapter 15: Practicing Analytical Writing and Sample Essays
        1. Setting the Stage for a Realistic Experience
        2. Writing an Analyze an Issue Essay: Some Samples
        3. Writing an Analyze an Argument Essay: Some Samples
    11. Part V: Taking Full-Length Practice GREs: It's All You
      1. Chapter 16: Practice Exam 1
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 1
        2. Analytical Writing 1: Analyze an Issue
        3. Analytical Writing 2: Analyze an Argument
        4. Section 1
        5. Section 2
        6. Section 3
        7. Section 4
      2. Chapter 17: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations
        1. Analytical Writing Sections
        2. Section 1: Verbal Reasoning
        3. Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning
        4. Section 3: Verbal Reasoning
        5. Section 4: Quantitative Reasoning
        6. Answer Key for Practice Exam 1
      3. Chapter 18: Practice Exam 2
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 2
        2. Analytical Writing 1: Analyze an Issue
        3. Analytical Writing 2: Analyze an Argument
        4. Section 1:
        5. Section 2
        6. Section 3
        7. Section 4
      4. Chapter 19: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations
        1. Analytical Writing Sections
        2. Section 1: Verbal Reasoning
        3. Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning
        4. Section 3: Verbal Reasoning
        5. Section 4: Quantitative Reasoning
        6. Answer Key for Practice Exam 2
      5. Chapter 20: Practice Exam 3
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 3
        2. Analytical Writing 1: Analyze an Issue
        3. Analytical Writing 2: Analyze an Argument
        4. Section 1
        5. Section 2
        6. Section 3
        7. Section 4
      6. Chapter 21: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations
        1. Analytical Writing Sections
        2. Section 1: Verbal Reasoning
        3. Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning
        4. Section 3: Verbal Reasoning
        5. Section 4: Quantitative Reasoning
        6. Answer Key for Practice Exam 3
    12. Part VI: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 22: Ten Key Facts about the GRE
        1. You May Return to Previous Questions in the Same Section
        2. The GRE Doesn't Penalize for Guessing
        3. The GRE Uses a Percentile-Based Scoring System
        4. Practice Makes All the Difference
        5. You Must Study for the GRE
        6. The GRE Is Different from the SAT
        7. The GRE Also Measures Your Stamina and Performance under Pressure
        8. The General GRE Is Not Program-Specific
        9. You Can Practice the GRE on Your Own Computer
        10. You Can't Bring Anything into the Testing Center
      2. Chapter 23: Ten Mistakes You Won't Make (But Others Will)
        1. Cheating
        2. Running Out of Steam
        3. Not Planning for Your Breaks
        4. Worrying about Questions in the Previous Sections
        5. Panicking Over the Time Limit
        6. Rushing through the Questions
        7. Choking on the Essays
        8. Fretting Over the Hard Questions
        9. Taking the Test with Your Best Friend
        10. Changing Your Morning Routine
      3. Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Take Advantage of Online Practice
        1. Take an Exam in One Sitting to Build Stamina
        2. Recognize the Wrong Turns You Make Under Pressure
        3. Get Accustomed to the Presence of Other Test-Takers
        4. Make It a Dress Rehearsal
        5. Make It Personal
        6. Practice Your Strategies
        7. Discover How the Software Works
        8. Get Used to Writing the Essays First
        9. Gauge Your Skill Level
        10. Review the Answers and Explanations
    13. About the Authors
    14. Index