GRE Study Materials:Books, Softwares Used to Score 1380

Raghuram Sukumar Uncategorized 7 Comments

Following GRE Test Prep experiecne was shared by Sanyam.
I got 1380 ::  590 (verbal) and 790 (Quant)
I had to postpone my test from September to December because I was getting low mock test scores(around 1100-1200). So, I delayed my test and it helped me to score quite good marks.
My experience was almost the same as that of other HSB fans but I got to know two new facts about GRE.

GRE Tips

I don’t know if anybody else has experienced such thing. BUT most of the questions that I and my fellow test takers got, were same. I saw their questions while going through the room during the breaks. One of them got 1020 and I got 1380, and we got same set of questions.
So, I can say that there is no such thing that if your answer is correct then you will get more difficult questions ahead i.e. the test in not ADAPTIVE. As the scores we got were very different.
The Quant section was little different than the questions in Barrons , NOVA, Kaplan etc. Do practice the “Practice Questions” from the POWERPREP software. Fortunately, I saw them on the last day, they were very helpful. I even got a question of Parabola and 2 questions regarding Standard Deviation, but simple plugging-in helped for me. So, I suggest fellow test takers to at least have a look at these topics.

GRE Books

I used following material for preparation.
  1. Barron’s GRE for verbal and quant.
  2. GRE 10th edition book for practicing tests. (That I got with Princeton Review Material in 2008.)
  3. I had no benefit by taking their prep course of 8 weeks. All you have to do is by yourself. They can’t tell you how to learn words. And, the tactics for solving Maths questions are futile and senseless for an engineering student. Even the course material is very low standard as the of GRE.
  4. GRE Big Book. The questions are really on par with the level of questions of actual test. (Same as that of GRE 10th edition)
  5. ARCO’s GRE (from Petersons) for AWA section. (They have about 200 answers for the actual GRE essays of the question Bankavailable on GRE website)
  6. Top 9 GRE Test Prep Books

GRE Softwares

  • Barrons (for complete mock tests)
  • KAPLAN( for verbal)
  • NOVA (for complete mocktests) – Review of Nova Math Prep Course Book
  • Vocas (for Synonyms, Antonyms and Analogies)
  • Gre Bible (for complete tests. Most of the questions are from the BIG BOOK)
  • WordFlash (for quickly reviewing the words of different segments i.e. easy, difficult, double difficult & high frequency words.
  • POWERPREP (I scored 1210 in first test and 1250 in the second one) But “Practice questions” section was really helpful.
I just bought 2 Books and rest of the material was available online on different websites for free. But I wasted a LOT of time in finding them.



  1. The test is obviously adaptive, both you and your friend probably got the same questions at different times in the test.

    For e.g. My friend had this particular analogy on his 9th question and I got it first. We both made equal number of mistakes, and I got 650 in my verbal and he got 620. Obviously, the questions changed or the order in which they appeared changed according to the way we both answered our respective questions. And by the way our exams were two days apart.

    By the way, I want to write my GRE experience, (V – 650, Q – 800, AWA – 5)

    Any rules and regulations I must be aware of?

    1. I wrote by the way incorrectly twice, now my AWA – 5 looks stupid. =P

  2. To be honest enough, you dont need to prepare from so many sources.

    In my opinion, just stick to one source.

    GRE is kinda easy to crack , if you are focussed. I got 1450 within 25 days preparation. All I did was :

    1) Mug up Barrons. You decide your way to mug up, but just mug up.

    2) Give atleast 20-25 Big book tests.

    There you go, you dont need anything else. For quants, the practice tests are enough. For AWA, read blogs, write blogs, fight, argue. 😀

    1. HI
      how much u took a time to prep of gre
      and what u wana say to learn more an more vocabs

  3. hey sanyam, how long have u been preparing 4 GRE? & congrats wid d great scores!

  4. My 2 cents.Got 1430 (Q 800 V630) last week.

    Compulsory Reading: 1.Barrons 50 WLs.(absolute must)

    2.Big Book-I solved the Korean Big Book with 19 tests.

    3.ETS's 10th edition book which has practice tests for GRE.

    4.Novas for quant.

    I think Novas is a good book for quant.It is quite comprehensive and solving the entire book was worth it.Also solving 4-5 months problems from Dr.Rajus forum helped me a lot.I actually saw 4 to 5 questions either directly or a slight variation of the problems there.

    Also princeton material is a good read.Wordflash is an awesome software.Simply brilliant.You can choose any no of wordlists in any order and test yourself through MCQ or just go through the words.It exactly has Barrons word list.Kaplan software was very nice.The verbal section was good.

  5. hi every 1…….could u help me guys coz my GRE on 1st of july.i got 1030 in power prep. now(350-v,680-q).how to improve scores about 200 points.plz help me.

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